May 042015

Let’s Do the Twist

If you’re not spiralizing your veggies yet folks, it’s definitely time to get on board! We here at Garden Candy have been spiralizing for a while now and all of a sudden we’ve noticed it’s become all the rage. There is even a certain Hollywood starlet who is having a great time with this fun gadget, but the one she is using, from a company called Hemsley and Hemsley is $65. That model is surely worth every penny, still, we opted for the $15 version you can buy at any home or kitchen supply store. We got ours at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Whichever you choose, we promise you’ll have a good time with it.

Spiralize Zucchini with onions and tomatoesIf you’ve never used a spiralizer, our version basically looks like a pencil sharpener for food with two ends, one makes slightly thicker strings than the other. And while I’d like to pretend that there is a lot to learn to use this gadget, there really isn’t. If you can sharpen a pencil or crayon, you can spiralize any vegetable that fits into the opening. We love zucchini because it stands up well to cooking, but so do carrots, all kinds potatoes, beets, turnips, apples, and honestly just about any firm vegetable or fruit that you like eating.

Why spiralize? Why not? It’s a really fun gadget to work with and brings a whole new texture to the food you’re eating. You can use it for food you’re going to cook or even eat raw and you can spiralize enough to feed an army in about 5 minutes, but if you’re like me, after that you’ll be opening the fridge and looking for new things to turn into fun little curly q’s.

My first use of this gadget actually became one of my favorite dishes. I was thinking I would spiralize some zucchini to make a basic side dish, but then with a little garlic, onion and tomato added in, it was clear that I not only had an entrée, but one that handily replaced carb-laden pasta.

Go grab yourself a spiralizer. It doesn’t matter which model or how much it costs. We don’t judge. We do promise you’ll have a good time with it.

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A mother of three grown children, she still finds she cooks for five when making dinner. She loves her antique home, but is thrilled her kitchen has a few modern touches and has been known to fit entire girl scout troops around the island for cooking baking parties. When Laura’s not blogging about food and creating new recipes she can usually be found teaching preschool or texting her kids to call home.

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