Spiralizing – Courgetti what’s it all about?
If you love spaghetti or pasta, why not try Spiralizing. This new craze is a delicious way of getting your 5 a day. If you are looking to cut back on your carbs, increase your fruit and veg consumption this inexpensive gadget could transform the way you cook your veg.
The spiralizer turns veg & fruit in to low-calorie low-carb ‘pasta’’ noodle’ and ‘rice’, quickly and easily. The ability to slice and shred vegetables into ribbons has always been available with a julienne but this cooking method is one that really only chefs made good use of. But, now with the arrival of the spiralizer the technique has been made fuss-free. With its popularity and use by celebrity chefs like Deliciously Ella, Hemsley and Hemsley and with dedicated Spiralizing cook books hitting the shelves this new craze is creeping into the mainstream with inexpensive spiralizers hitting the shelves of cook shops and even supermarkets.
Most work in a similar way. You either attach the raw veg to the teeth and turn the handle and out of the other end comes an abundance of noodles- thickness dependant on the size of blade used. Or, you can now get some that look like a huge double ended pencil sharpener each end has a different size blade for different thickness of noodles- use just like a sharpener.
What veg do I use?
Firm root veg works best like carrots, beetroot but cucumber, squash and courgettes work very well. If you fancy something sweet fruits such as apples and firm pears look great in a fruit salad topped with yogurt and granola. Coleslaw benefits with the addition of spiralized apple to add a different texture and sweetness, be sure to toss lemon juice in to prevent it browning
To cook or not to cook?
If you want to introduce more raw food into your diet this is an easy and fun way to do it. A great way to get the kids to eat more veg and they love turning the handle and making the vegetti. Most vegetables will hold their shape if gently stir-fried, boiled or steamed. Because the noodles are fine and need little cooking as you want them to still have some form, putting them in a bowl and covering with boiling water and leaving for a few minutes usually does the trick.
Carrots are great gently stir-fried with a little coconut oil and garlic, toss in some pumpkin seeds for a healthy side dish. Alternatively change to, or add courgetti to the dish add to it some steamed broccoli and cauliflower and stir though some pesto for a more substantial meal.
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