Now that the Fall season is officially here, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the vegetables in season right now and enjoy some spiralized vegetables with your meals. Have you heard of spiralizing your vegetables? Whether you use a hand-held tool or an award-winning, multi-functional kitchen tool, the ability to turn zucchini and root vegetables into a fun, light, delicious side dish, salad or meal is a healthy, nutritious option for you and your family. And, the options are endless with the vegetable combinations and how you want to serve the swirled veggies.
Here’s a great LINK to a reference guide for common vegetables and fruit that are delicious options for spiralizing. And, here’s a good guide for beginners to help you introduce this new way of cooking to your family. Doing so is a fantastic way to enjoy the plentiful produce of autumn and to add in flavor, nutrition, fiber, et cetera… Even the finicky eaters who don’t usually choose vegetables will likely enjoy zucchini noodles with pasta sauce in lieu of the pasta. Therefore, another benefit is the ability to cut calories and help with your weight loss goals while making this switch.
Why the rage? As mentioned above, switching (or adding) the spiralized vegetables and/or fruits to your meals can help you increase the amount of servings per day of these beneficial foods. In addition, the tool helps to prepare fun and creative meals for you and your family – the kids will love it! It also helps when you’re looking to make low carb or gluten free options for family members or guests (or yourself); the tool aids in making meals fast and could even help save some money as well.
Here are three links to recipe pages that may help you to get started…
So, take advantage of the abundant produce being harvested this season, and give the spiralizer a try! Ones to look for at the markets – or to grow in your own back yard – are zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, beets, kohlrabi, butternut squash, red cabbage and broccoli stalks.