Once you start spiraling (veggies and fruits that is), you may not be able to stop! Fun and good for you, spiralized veggies and fruits are made with a simple kitchen gadget called a spiralizer that makes piles of fresh “noodles” to use in all sorts of dishes. (You can also use a carrot peeler, though it takes a little longer.)
Spiralized veggies and fruits can be used in place of pasta saving you unwanted calories and extra carbs while boosting your intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals like potassium, a plus for heart health. Of course these curlicues of freshness are vegan, wheat-free and can be used raw or cooked in your favorite pasta dishes, soups, salads, wraps and even desserts!
Here are some basics about spiralizing to help get you started:
- Depending upon your spiralizing tool, your veggie or fruit should be at least 1½ inches in diameter and about 2 inches long or longer.
- Pick veggies and fruits that do not have a hollow center or are packed with seeds (which would end up in your “noodles”).
- Spiralize produce that is firm and not super juicy or overripe, which can make it nearly impossible to create well-formed “noodles.”