I try to limit the number of gadgets I have in our kitchen. Ever since Rob and I moved in together, and brought two whole apartments worth of furniture, silverware and bedding with us, I think I've done a good job of editing our kitchen tools.
That being said, I did a bad thing.
I bought a spiralizer. A totally unnecessary tool that does a very limited task and takes up quite a bit of space.
But I couldn't help myself! I was Inspiralized!
Now, I specifically bought this thing to make zoodles, or as normal people call them, zucchini noodles. I started making them about two years ago when one of my close friends started a gluten-free diet. At the time, we got together once a week for a Girls' Night and made dinner. A quick search online for "gluten-free" meals shows results for lots of zucchini recipes, and specifically zoodles. I went out and bought a julienne slicer and we made zoodles of noodles! But using the julienne slicer is cumbersome and I found myself not excited to use it, even though I love the final product.
Recently, I discovered the food blog, Inspiralized, a website entirely dedicated to meals made with the spiralizer.
And I looked at every post.
And then I ordered a spiralizer. And boy, am I determined to get my money's worth out of it.
Here it is. The Spiralizer. It's a little large, but I do like the way the blades are stored underneath - makes it easy to keep together.
Also the spiky wheel made me nervous in the pictures - I thought I would break those things off left and right, but they are actually pretty sturdy and don't have any trouble piercing anything I've stuck it in.
Didn't want to make anything too complicated. I grilled up some chicken breasts, sprinkled with salt/pepper/garlic powder.
When it's time to spiralize, cut the ends off of the zucchini and then cut it in half. THEN DO IT. ZOODLES.
I should have cut the zoodles as they came out, just to make them more manageable, but long zoodles are fun zoodles!
This is what is left. ZUCCHINI SKELETONS! These make me very uncomfortable.
Ahhhh zoodles. Butter, salt, pepper and minced garlic, sauteed in a pan for 8-10 minutes. Easy. Delicious.
Now add that chicken!
Once the zoodles were cooked, they definitely lost a lot of volume. For three people, I should have spiralized three zucchini (this is only 2).
I have a butternut squash and sweet potato in my fridge with a spiral future. And I will spiralize everything I can get away with until Rob tells me to make him some real damn noodles.