If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to cook almost as much as I love to quilt. You also know that I use spirals a lot in my quilts. Well, I’ve started using spirals in my cooking now, too — I bought a spiralizer.

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It started with buying zucchini noodles at the grocery store. They’re a great substitute for pasta when you want to cut carbs, but while whole zucchini cost $.79 a pound, a pound of zucchini noodles cost nearly $4! At that price, I figured I would recoup the cost of buying my own spiralizer pretty quickly, and I did — in about two meals. This spiralizer cost $6.99 on Amazon.

To make noodles you just stick a vegetable in the spiralizer and twist. Easy and fast. Here’s the picture on the box to show you how it works. (There are lots of videos on YouTube too so I’m not going to make my own. I was already eating by the time I remembered I needed a photo for this post and I was out of vegies.)

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So it being summer and all, I decided to try a cucumber in it this morning, which worked great — cucumber noodle salad. I squeezed a bit of lime juice on the noodles, sprinkled a dash of crushed chili pepper and topped with crushed peanuts. (Put them between two little plates and press down. Faster and cleaner than chopping.) It tasted deliciously close to pad Thai — one of my absolute favorite dishes on the planet except for the fact that it’s loaded with carbs.  Except now it’s not.

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You could add a few chilled shrimp and call it dinner. Experiment with toppings — throw in some bean sprouts or sprinkle chopped cilantro on top. Maybe some sundried tomatoes? Coconut milk? Get creative and enjoy!

 

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