Over the weekend I bought myself a spiral veggie slicer. I really was intrigued by the possibility of making zucchini pasta and homemade curly fries. It was delivered today, and I was really excited to see how it worked. I had already planned on fixing slow cooker beef stroganoff and typically I always put that over rice or brown rice pasta. So I decided instead to make some zucchini pasta to pair with the stroganoff.
I broke open the box, cleaned the slicer and went to town on a couple of fresh organic zucchini. It was super simple to use and I was able to create this “pasta” in just a few minutes. I also liked the fact that it allowed me to get more veggies in and reduce some grain consumption (I’m trying to not overdo the grains these days!)
This “pasta” can be used in a variety of ways. You can use it just like it is in garden fresh salads and meals. If going to use it in place of regular pasta, here is what I recommend.
- Place the spirals into a colander or strainer and then place that over your sink or a large bowl. (I recommend this colander for the job!)
- Sprinkle the zucchini with unrefined sea salt (This is one of the brands that I use)
- Allow the zucchini to set for 20 minutes. The salt will pull out the water which will prevent the zucchini from becoming mushy.
- Shake the colander a few times to remove excess water.
- Saute the zucchini for 3-5 minutes in a saute pan with butter and some garlic. Don’t overcook or it will get mushy. You can also use EV Olive oil, ghee or coconut oil.
- Top with marinara sauce or whatever else you desire.
I used two large zucchini and it created enough “pasta” for 2-3 people. It was flavorful and was a great substitute for pasta. The only major difference was that it had a bit more crunch….which I didn’t mind at all.
I did not peel the zucchini before slicing. I just washed them. But if you have picky kids at home who have an aversion to green veggies, then you can easily peel the zucchini to get a more natural pasta look.
I will definitely have fun using my new spiral slicer. And you can be sure that I will be adding more recipes using different spiral sliced fruits and veggies in the future!
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