Are you in on the spiralizer craze? With enough machines and gadgets in my kitchen, this is one craze I was going to let pass me by. Who needs to clog up even more valuable counter space with another big gadget?
But after a spontaneous substitution of Zoodles (spiralized zucchini noodles) in place of pasta at a local restaurant, I'm unquestionably hooked. Losing the pasta carbs and adding even more vegetables to my veggie dish was good enough, but the glorious texture of the par-cooked zucchini noodles pushed me over the edge. I totally get the craze and I simply MUST have a spiralizer!
As timing often works when it needs to, days later OXO sent an offer to to try their new Hand-Held Spiralizer . Hmmm... hand-held?? Not cluttered counter space? And does the same job as one of those bulky spiralizer machines bringing glorious spiralized zucchini (and beets... would those be Boodles? and carrots... Coodles?) with the twist of a hand? If I didn't know better, I'd say OXO had read my mind.
Seriously only a few inches tall and with an equally small circumference (but perfectly sized for even large zucchini!), the OXO Hand-Held Spiralizer fits in my gadget drawer yet spiralizes like a workhorse. Add to it the fact that the spiralizer is BPA-free AND dishwasher safe, and I think I just may have a new favorite gadget.
But would my family like spiralized foods as much as I do? In a word... yes. Well, except for the "Boodles" (beet noodles). Apparently I am the only one with a taste for beets no matter the shape (I promise that recipe including beets, balsamic, goat cheese and sugared walnuts is coming for beet lovers like me!), so today we bring you a new family favorite... Zoodles with Avocado Basil Pesto and ripe summer tomatoes, a bowl of fabulousness bringing together many of our all time favorite ingredients (avocado anyone?? ;).
I'll admit it took a bit of convincing, but when a carb-loving kid hesitantly takes a bite of a dish filled with only vegetables, turns your directions and utters, "Glorious... simply glorious.", a mom can't help but smile.
Thanks also to OXO for making me smile and reading my mind to making my spiralizing dreams come true with the twist of a hand (and not clutter on my counter). I see twirly carrots, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, beets etc,. etc., etc., in my future!