The spiralizer is a family-friendly kitchen gadget that turns making weeknight meals a family affair. It is safe for children to use a spiralizer, with supervision. When the kids help make dinner or a healthy after-school snack, they are more likely to eat what they have created. For families with picky eaters, using the spiralizer may make those struggles a little easier to deal with because the food will look fun to eat.
Homemade Potato Chips
Use the spiralizer to make plates of homemade chips for the dinner table, game night or for a weekend snack. Make sure that you scrub the potatoes first, it is best to peel them but it is not necessary if you prefer the crispy skin. Use a deep fryer or deep pot with hot oil to cook the chips. First, you will fry one single potato with the oil at 325 degrees for 3 minutes. This is the blanching phase.
Next, heat the oil to 350 degrees, and drop the chips until they float or turn golden brown. Season them as you wish and enjoy.
Consider making some homemade dips to go with the chips too. Salsa is quick and easy, as is a fresh sour cream and chive dip. This makes snack time more fun for the whole family.
Zucchini and Squash Noodles
Lighten up pasta night by using zucchini and squash for the noodles. This is also a faster option as the “noodles” only need to be blanched for a few minutes. Use both zucchini and summer squash (yellow squash), for color and textural variety. Toss the blanched noodles into whatever sauce you select and serve. Topping the pasta plate with freshly shaved parmesan cheese and fresh parsley makes it look more traditional.
It is a little difficult to use the spiralizer on an apple, but it can be done. Core the apple first as it does help cut through the flesh with less breaks. Once you have the desired amount of apples for the amount of people you have to feed, which is typically 1 apple per person, season them with cinnamon sugar and put them into a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. This replaces store bought apple chips.
You can also use spiralized apples to make individual tarts with a little bit of butter and a pinch of flour added to a tart shell.
Pears do work well in a spiralizer. This is a fried dessert option that tastes great and keeps the family guessing. It is best served with either vanilla bean or salted caramel ice creams. Peel and core your pears, but do not cut them in half. Place the pear on the spiralizer and go slow. Keep as much of the strands intact as possible and toss them into flour that is seasoned with cinnamon, black pepper and a pinch of salt. Fry them for 3 minutes and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle a very small amount of cinnamon sugar over the top and put the strands on top of ice cream for dessert.
The spiralizer is fun and helps picky eaters to get more nutrition. The veggie noodles are the perfect method for tricking the family into thinking they’re having a heavy pasta meal, when in fact, it is healthy and light while being full of flavor.
What is your favorite thing to make with your spiralizer?