You might have seen on Instagram that I’ve just got my first spiralizer. I know…where have I been? Health gurus like the Hemsley sisters and the press have been raving about them for years but yes I’ve finally just hopped on the spiralizing train! Don’t get me wrong, I knew what a spiralizer was, I just presumed they were too bulky and a bit of a faff so never got around to buying one. Now I’m trying to be healthier I thought I would give it a go!
So what’s a spiralizer?
For the few of your out there who might not have come across one yet, it’s a plastic hand powered device with blades to carve up vegetables like courgettes into Courgetti and zoodles as a healthy low carb alterative to pasta/noodles.
I picked up a horizontal hold spiralizer from Amazon here, it fixes to your work top with an easy release suction pad, you just chop the ends off your veg, press it in to the spikes at either end, turn the handle and long ribbons of veg come out the other end.
They come with various blades, mine came with a slicer (to create pasta ribbons and chips), a chipper (to create thicker styles of pasta) and shredder blade (to make thin, spaghetti like pasta).
Is it worth getting one?
I ummmed and ahhhed over getting one for a while as I thought it was a bit faddy and would just end up gathering dust in the cupboard but after trying it I think I’ll actually get quite a lot of use out of it. The Courgetti makes up a really easy dinner, is seriously quick and there are tonnes of combinations for recipes. It’s also easier to clean than I expected, I just rinse the blades and base under the hot tap and leave to dry. You can scrub them with a round brush if any veg gets stuck in the blades but I’ve not had any issues with courgettes. The end product is a really good substitute for pasta, so if you’re trying to cut back on carbs or if you are trying to get more veg into your diet or are vegetarian I think you’ll get on well with it.
What can you make?
I recently made Courgetti with skinny bolognese. It felt like comfort food, was filling and nutritious but without overloading on carbs!
Basically you can made anything where you would normally use spaghetti, noodles or thin pieces of vegetables like stir frys!
– Courgetti with pesto and balsamic glazed tomatoes
– Courgetti with garlic prawns and parmesan
– Courgetti with beef ragu
– Zoodles with spicy beef
– Sweet potato noodles
– Baked curly fries
– Raw Pad Thai
– Courgette ribbon salad with lentils, mint, lemon and peas
My spiralizing tips
1. Make sure you cut the veg straight and position it in the centre of the spikes/blade otherwise you’ll get half moon shapes rather than long strings.
2. To avoid soggy Courgetti only cook for a around 2-3 minutes in boiling water or your sauce.
3. Either cut your courgette in half or if you spiralizer it all in one go, cut the long pieces into shorter strings before you cook it – like the length of dry spaghetti pasta, otherwise, otherwise it could get very long and be a nightmare to serve it up.
4. Large vegetables work better e.g. 2-5 inch diameter courgettes make more and are less likely to make half moon shapes.
5. Save any left overs such as the cores – freeze them to put in soups or sauces, keep them raw and dip them in hummus, chop them up and add them to the meal with your Courgetti.
What are your favourite spiralizing recipes?