I don’t like pasta. It’s hard for my husband, an Italian from New York, to understand, but pasta falls to the bottom of my carb-fix list below bread, potatoes and rice.
However, when our daughter reached toddler age and was looking for pasta as a staple, we started searching out alternatives. Our first spaghetti alternative has always been spaghetti squash. It’s easy to roast in the oven and scoop out spaghetti-shaped sweet pulp. Add your favorite pasta sauce and some veggies, and ouila, you’ve got the makings of an alternative Italian meal.
The other day, a woman mentioned this cool gadget that turns any vegetable into the long, spiral juliennes that can be used as spaghetti. I’m not one for gadgets, but this was too cool to pass up.
We ended up purchasing the Vegetti for $10 on Amazon, and made our first zucchini “spaghetti” tonight. The Vegetti acts like a giant pencil sharpener. You insert one end of the zucchini into the gadget and turn clockwise while perfect spiral strains come out the bottom. Genius!
I blanched the spirals for three minutes in boiling water then added some crushed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and vegan cheese shreds. Perfect and light with a side salad for a super nutritious dinner.
Next up to try are carrots, cucumbers, and cabbage. I would really like a way to tackle a healthier version of Pad Thai. More to come.
What alternatives do you use for pasta? What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?
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