Veggie Noodles: Meg's Case for Spiralizing Vegetables
I know, I know...spiralizing your vegetables is the trendy thing to do right now and there are a million blog posts out there with fancy recipes for what to do with your 'zoodles' or 'swoodles' what ever you are in the mood to call them. But hear me out!! I am here to make a case for why I think you should consider a spiralizer as an essential tool in your kitchen, especially if you want to stick to a clean eating lifestyle.
First, I think using the spiralizer is fun! I have the Mueller Spiralizer, but there are so many different brands out there. I highly recommend you read reviews and pick the one that you think will work well for what you want out of it. Depending on the blade I use, I get tight little spirals, or a larger, more wavy noodle. I love watching the noodles transform from an awkward shaped sweet potato into evenly cut spirals that cook perfectly.
That brings me to my second point. I love chopping vegetables - it is some what of a meditation for me. But I recognize that not everyone enjoys standing in their kitchen for extended periods of time to make an elaborate meal. Some times you just want a meal to go from the raw ingredients to ready on the plate within 20 minutes, especially if you have just worked a long day at the office. So, a spiralizer cuts down on food prep time. All you do is chop off the end of your zucchini, stick in the spiralizer and 10 seconds later you have evenly cut noodles. Since the spiralizer turns the vegetables into even slices, you are ensuring that the vegetables cook evenly.
Third, incorporating spiralized vegetables into your diet is a great way to get used to a clean eating lifestyle. Whether you are vegan, paleo or attempting a Whole 30, substituting spiralized vegetables for pasta or rice is a great way to dip your toes into a low carb way of eating. Getting extra vegetables into your daily routine is a great idea, meaning you get more fiber and vitamins in every meal. Replace your past with some zucchini noodles and top with some Turkey Bolognese, and you have a great, filling meal that doesn't leave you feeling overly full 20 minutes later.
Lastly, spiralizing food makes me experiment a lot more. Why not try turning an onion into spirals, or a bell pepper or a regular potato? The possibilities are endless, and you might end up liking something you didn't like before. Go online and look at different blogs to see what people are making. Try making pad thai with sweet potato noodles, or make pasta primavera for a spring time meal packed with veggies. Don't forget to have fun and know that even if it doesn't work, you can always try again.