I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets: I’ve written about my sauerkraut maker (which has ultimately ended up molding more often than fermenting) and DH2U‘s grandma’s food mill (a classic!). I thought I was over it … until I saw an awesome price on something I’d been considering buying anyways – turning zucchini into “noodles”.
I tried using a veggie peeler, but the results weren’t the right texture or thickness. While I do have my mandolin, in order to get long strands I’d have to go without the safety – bad choice for anyone with a family tendency to cut ourselves in the kitchen.
So my fabulous $9 Zoodle Chef – Premium Vegetable Spiralizer (Wow! What a name!) arrived early last week.
It seemed simple enough: Trim the end of the vegetable, stick it into the gadget, and twist.
It works remarkably well. The twisting is pretty easy, and it produces a lot of zoodles. What I found to particularly awesome is that it makes ridiculously long strands.
My arm was done with the twisting motion after two zucchinis. That was fine since I already had five cups of finished product.
The directions were to microwave the “noodles,” which is what I did. Then I sautéed them, added in some homemade marinara, and I threw in some homemade meatballs as well. It was so yummy!
With my renewed commitment to counting calories, it is wonderful to find a filling alternative that is also remarkably low in calories. I don’t eat pasta because it is 220 calories per cup, but I had two cups of zucchini noodles for only 40 calories. Win!
My first attempt with my new gadget was a huge success. I’m excited to try this with butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
What is your favorite kitchen gadget? or Have you ever been pleasantly surprised that an “As Seen on TV” (or a knockoff) product actually worked?