Monday, January 11, 2010

spiralize your life

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I received a Spiralizer for Christmas. For those who are unfamiliar with spiralizers, they are an interesting kitchen gadget that can transform certain vegetables and fruits into noodle-like shapes. My version is formerly the Spirooli, and comes with three blades: one for finer noodles, one for medium spiral noodles, and one for larger spiral noodles.

So far, I have tried spiralizing carrots, zucchinis, parsnips, and beets with fantastic results! Carrots are super easy, and quick to spiralize. I was also amazed with how quickly a beet can be turned into spirals!

Here is an interesting recipe I whipped up yesterday evening for Zucchini Pasta and Pseudo 'Pesto' Sauce. This is a great pseudo-pesto made without nuts, but with lots of flavor! If making again, I would reduce the amount of salt to 1 tsp (it was quite salty, but not so much once served over the zucchini noodles):

Zucchini Pasta with Pseudo-'Pesto' Sauce

3 handfuls spinach
1 zucchini
3 small tomatoes
2 stalk celery
1 avocado
2 tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 clove garlic
2 tsp salt (would reduce this to 1 tsp)
1 tsp olive oil
2 kalamara olives
sprig of fresh rosemary (about 10 'leaves' or 1 tsp)

Blend ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Add sprig of rosemary and blend. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and serve over zucchini noodles.

Other than spiralizing, I am embarking on a green smoothie/juice 'feast' for the next day or so, as a sort of post-Christmas cleanse (too many raw desserts!). I will keep you posted :-)


Joanna Steven said...

I love my spiralizer. Whenever my hubby wants something cooked and I don't, all I have to do is make "pasta" for me!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Joanna - that sounds great! I really do prefer veggie pasta rather than SAD pasta. It is so much lighter and tastier too! :-)

evergreen said...

Spiralizers make raw food so much fun! Your recipe looks great, thanks for sharing:)

Good luck with your smoothie/juice feast! It is a great way to balance out the nut-filled raw desserts:)

bitt said...

i just posted about pesto pasta yesterday! i think i'd like carrot spirals better than zucchini. i am not a huge raw zucchini girl.

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Bitt! I've been perusing your blog - your juice feasting posts are really inspiring me to push through my green smoothie/juice feast. I caved and ate some pineapple this evening, but I will take your advice and drink 4 quarts of juice tomorrow (I've been drinking much less than that). Thanks for the tips :-)

Raw Goddess said...

The pasta looks great Marlie! How long will you be juice fasting?!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Hey Heather,

Well, I think I am going to finish my mini-fast/feast after 3 days (today/last night). I just needed a bit of a break after all of the raw desserts over the holidays;-) I'd like to try a proper juice fast/feast at some point soon!

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