Like the rest of the world I am obsessed... OBSESSED with my spiralizer. I was gifted the Inspiralized Cookbook by Ali Maffucci for my birthday a couple years ago. I then bought her next cookbook Inspiralize Everything and then you could pretty much say I am a super fan of spiralized fruits and veggies, but mostly veggies. I am also a fan of hers, if you do not follow her on Instagram... do so, immediately. She is constantly sharing about food, sometimes it makes me not want what I have planned for the day, but that is A-OK!
So let's get down to it, why did I switch to spiralizing my veggies?
I actually used to make a lot of pasta. In fact one year for Christmas everyone got homemade pasta and sauce as a gift. Since I am in beautiful Colorado I made Green Chile Fettuccine and paired it with a white wine sauce. I will share my recipe on that later. Let's not get side tracked on the sweet wonderful taste of fresh homemade pasta.
However even though I made my own pasta, ya know fresh from scratch, I still didn't feel well after eating it, another reason to focus on my health. So bam there is the first reason why I spiralize my veggies!
In addition to no pasta... I have used her recipes to create spiralized potato buns. Yes you read that correctly! SPIRALIZED POTATO BUNS! They are sooo freaking yummy. Oh and let's not forget the Potato Everything Bagels.
Another reason, it's a fun way to get more veggies into my diet. In another blog post I stated I was about to embark on a Whole30 adventure. To get ready I put together a ton of recipes and meals that are Whole30 compliant and they also let me use my spiralizer. WHOOO WHOOO. Whipping out my spiralizer for more meals has seriously brought me excitement! Especially with meal prepping. Ali Maffucci has taught me a lot about storing the veggies after they have been spiralized for meal prep purposes. That's another thing I love about her, she shared what worked and didn't work in storing and was completely honest.
So enough about that Ali... So yes I have replaced veggie noodles in any of my pasta dishes, and each dish is still absolutely delicious. Don't get me wrong, I love eating vegetables, but sometimes they can get boring. Spiralizing them has let me create even more dishes and recipes than before. I have used the noodles/ribbons in soups, created casseroles, "toasts", and salsas. The lists of creations can honestly go on and on. One of my favorite quick and easy dishes are shown above. I make zucchini noodles or ribbons, in this case I also did it with yellow squash, and top it with any kind of flavor of Chicken Sausage. Sauce wise, I used a Butter Garlic and Rosemary Sauce (I will share this specific recipe in a later post).
But if we get down to the nitty gritty besides having a fun way to eat whole and clean, it also gets you closer to reaching any type of health goal. I literally have a long list I need to tell any new doctor of things that run in my family, am I affected by any of those ailments? Nope not yet, and I don't plan on it either. I know that my diet is the gateway to my health and it's one of the things I have complete control over.
So ladies and gents, pull out your kitchen gadgets and create something new!