I’m new to spiralizing. The people at Qwerkity gifts sent me one to try and I was intrigued. I’d heard about it but didn’t really understand how it worked;
What vegetables can you use? What kind of recipes work with it? Does it actually taste good?!
If you have any of these questions, then this post is for you. I’ve also featured my favourite recipe so far that I have used it for.
The spiralizer I used was a table top version, with rubber feet to sucker on to your work top for stability. I preferred this to some of the hand held ones I’ve seen. It’s also dishwasher safe which is handy, although I’ve never needed to put it in the dishwasher as it’s so easy to clean. It comes with 3 blades and is available for £24.99
Courgettes (or zucchinis) work particularly well, but as you see in the recipe it’s best not to over cook them as they can be soggy. In the following recipe I’d have liked to have garnished it with some toasted pine nuts, but alas I didn’t have any. That doesn’t mean you can’t give it a go!
Don’t be tempted to just use the main attachment that comes with it. I was guilty of this for the first few attempts. But once I had time to play around with it properly it was really fun using different blades with different vegetables. My favourite at the moment is the ribbon attachment.
Any firm vegetable could be used. I’ve used butternut squash the most so far, but my favourite has been the courgette (zucchini) ribbons. I’ve also tried carrot, which was OK but I’d recommend only using the fattest carrots you have. The spiralizer leaves a central core, so if you use any vegetables that are too skinny it will waste more than it cuts. Next I’d like to try parsnip and even apples too.
I never waste the central core that comes out after you’ve finished spiralizing. I dice it finely and add it to whatever I am cooking.
There are so many ways you can serve your spiralized vegetables. So far I have blanched them in boiling water, and sauteed along with the sauce. But you could also serve raw or even bake them for crispy nests.
If you’re after more spiralizer ideas I also have a few fellow blogger recipes to add to your list!
Spiralized courgette zucchini fettuccine with pea mint sauce from Kate at Veggie Desserts
Skinny pad thai with courgette noodles from Lucy at Super Golden Bakes
Skinny shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles from Diana at Little Sunny Kitchen
I was sent the spiralizer as a gift from Qwerkity but under no obligation to review or promote. Any views expressed are genuine and my own.
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