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What Is Spiralizing?
Spiralizing is a way to turn fruits and vegetables into noodles. It’s so simple, but a complete game-changer. Because spiralized noodles are made from vegetables and fruits, they are naturally gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian and many are low carb. In short, spiralzing is a cleaner, more wholesome, natural way to eat – and spiralized noodles make excellent substitutions in Trim Healthy Mama, Paleo, Whole30, Keto recipes and more!
Plus, you won’t break the bank making and eating spiralized vegetables.
1. Trim vegetable so it will fit on prongs. Secure vegetable between prongs and blade surface.
2. Spiralize by turning crank.
3. Pull noodles straight and cut into correct lengths as directed by recipe.
What vegetables can you use with a Spiralizer?
There are plenty of vegetables and fruits that can be spiralized. Zucchini is the most common vegetable used in recipes. It’s soft and easy to spiralize and with its neutral color and taste, it’s easy to substitute it for pasta in many recipes. But there are plenty of other options too!
Here are just some of my favorite vegetables and fruits you can spiralize, but feel free to try others and use your imagination!
- Zucchini (Courgettes)
- White Potato
- Sweet Potato
- Butternut Squash
Whatever veggie you pick, use the tastiest and freshest ingredients you can find!
Here are the top tips to make sure you don’t spiralize the wrong veggie:
- Make sure the vegetable or fruit has firm and solid flesh. If it’s too juicy, it won’t work!
- You need vegetables at least 2 inches long, or you won’t be able to turn veggies into noodles.
- You need the vegetable to be at least 1.5-2 inches wide, or the spiralizer blades won’t cut through it. If you are spiralizing carrots or other “narrow” vegetables, make sure you pick the widest you can find.
You can make spiralizing veggies part of your meal prep routine as it can be a bit time-consuming to clean your kitchen tool after using it.
Store your spiralized vegetables in a paper towel-lined airtight container or plastic bag in the fridge for 2-5 days — the exact amount of time depends on the type of vegetable that you used. In general, the lower the water content, the longer you can store it!
Adding a paper towel helps absorb any excess moisture and keeps your noodles in better shape!
There are many different spiralizers on the market. This 5-Blade Spiralizer is one of the top sellers on Amazon, with over 17,000 reviews and 4.5 stars.
Or, you can opt for a smaller option like the SimpleTaste Spiralizer. It’s not as sturdy as the other options, but a good alternative if you don’t have much storage space.
Another way to go, if you just want to test a recipe out, and you aren’t sure about the investment, is to use a julienne peeler. It takes a bit longer to cut vegetables with it, but you can achieve a similar result, and see if you like it.
You can have a look at all my favorite spiralizers here to find the best one for you!
10. Spiralize Broccoli Stalks
Why Spiralize Broccoli Stalks?
As Trim Healthy Mamas, we know that Broccoli is a powerhouse and works in almost any S, E, or FP setting. The key to spiralizing these is to leave the heads alone (chop those up and thrown them in my Broccoli Cheese Soup!) and only spiralize the stalks. The fiber found in them aids in digestive health and tastes pretty darn good!
Try Spiralized Broccoli Stalks This Way:
- After sauteeing the noodles (steaming them works well too!) toss with pesto and chicken.
- Or, top with your favorite white sauce and protein of choice
- These also work well with a nice marinara and meatballs.
Related: Knock-Your-Socks-Off Homemade Alfredo Sauce (THM:S)
4. Sweet Potatoes
How about Spiralized Sweet Potato Fries, people? Just wash your sweet potato thoroughly, cut the tips off, and start spiralizing! You can peel the skin, if you prefer. I suggest using the “fettuccine” blade to make Sweet Potato Fries.
Recipes with Spiralized Sweet Potatoes: Spiralized Sweet Potato Fries, Spiralized Sweet Potato Pizza Skillet, Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic & Kale, Healthy Spiralized Sweet Potato Stir Fry, and Simple Roasted Sweet Potato Noodles.
How to Spiralize without a Spiralizer
If you don't have a spiralizer, there are a couple of ways to get noodle-like strips with items you might already have in your kitchen.
- Vegetable peelers can achieve the flat noodles. Run the vegetable peeler down the length of vegetable, creating long strips.
- Julienne peelers look like vegetable peelers with teeth, allowing you to create thinner, spaghetti-like noodles.