Today I want to share my latest discovery/obsession, spiralized veggies! Zucchini pasta dishes – aka zoodles – are all over the net these days. I first tried them in a vegetarian restaurant in town. It was love at first bite.
If you are anything like me and love to experiment in the kitchen, I bet your cupboards are filled to the brim with all sorts of kitchen tools… so buying another big tool like a spiralizer may not seem the best option for you. And it wasn’t for me either. Since we moved to SE-Asia I try to keep my personal belongings, kitchen stuff included, to an absolute minimum.
That’s when I found a julienne peeler on Amazon for less than $10 that gets the job done and doesn’t take up any space.
Here are a few examples (click the links for more info):
Although it will take you a few minutes more to spiralize your veggies into a delicious raw or cooked noodle dish…. It is cheaper and takes no space in your kitchen cupboards.
It is so simple to use. Wash your veggies, cut the top off, scrape the julienne peeler from bottom to top and you’ll have your noodle-like vegetables that you can top with basil pesto, avocado sauce, etc.
UPDATE: I found something even better!!!
This little tool is a bit more expensive but doesn’t take up any space and spiralizes veggies so much better than a julienne peeler. I wrote this article when I just started my spiralizing adventure and must say if you are going to take spiralized veggies serious and make them often… the julienne peeler isn’t the best option out there. It doesn’t produce the same nice pasta-like strands as the spiralizer.
Unfortunately, relocating to SE-Asia and always moving homes don’t allow me to buy the real thing because it is just too big.
However, a few weeks ago I ordered this baby (see pic below) and compared it to the veggie noodles made with the spiralizer from a friend and I must say, they come very close, and it is very easy to handle and clean.
Interested? Click the image for more info.
Swapping store-bought dry pasta with the vegetable spirals is way more delicious and nutritious. I got my family and friends hooked.
The first veggie pasta I made with my julienne peeler…. zucchini-carrot pasta with fresh tomatoes from my mom’s garden, avocado sauce, and pine nuts.
UPDATE: the pasta below was made with the second generation hand spiralizer.
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Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.