Our zucchini patch is doing what zucchini patches do… we have lots of zucchini. And our summer squash patch is producing even more. I’ve been offering squash to friends lately, and coming up with all sorts of ways to use squash in our meals. We also have lots of wonderful cucumbers this year, which I’m very excited about. Last year, I accidentally planted pickling cucumbers, so this year I remembered to get seeds for slicers, and they’re awesome!
In my quest for ways to use squash and zucchini, I remembered that I’ve been wanting a spiralizer for a few years now, but I kept putting it off. So last month, I finally ordered one, and I’m so glad I did! It might not get used as much as my VitaMix, but it sure is fun to use. It makes noodles out of whatever veggie I put in it, and I can also make little swirly chips out of things like cukes and zucchini, or curly fries from potatoes and sweet potatoes (just toss them in the oven for a while for awesome baked curly fries).
Here’s a cucumber being made into little chips:
And a zucchini turning into long spaghetti style noodles:
Yesterday I used the spiralizer to make our lunch: zucchini, carrots and cucumbers, and then I chopped a red bell pepper and added it to the mix. From there, I made an Asian sauce that was inspired by this recipe but modified to include ingredients I had on hand.
Our son loves watching noodles come out of the spiralizer, and while we were eating our spiralized lunch yesterday, my husband commented that I had a winner with that little gadget. Now I just wonder why I waited so long to get one.