By Lindsay Chandler, PCOS Food Advocate
I love kitchen gadgets. Anything that makes cooking fun, fast and healthy I love to have in my cupboards. So when I brought home my brand new spiralizer I knew I hit the kitchen gadget jackpot!
Initially I was looking to make noodles from zucchinis to replace the gluten-filled pasta that once sat on my pantry shelves. But what I didn’t know was that I would end up using my spiralizer for more than just zucchini!
As a pasta replacement, zucchini and yellow squash noodles are my go to favorites. You just need to trim the ends, place it into the two ends of the spiralizer and give it a few turns. It’s so simple! Zucchini noodles cook up quickly as well, just sauté them in a skillet along with a few tablespoons of homemade pasta sauce or olive oil. It only takes a few minutes to cook until they are just tender. Add in a few ounces of your favorite protein and you can have super quick, super simple PCOS friendly meal.
What I didn’t expect when I purchased my spiralizer was that I would use it for so much more than just zucchini.
Here are some of my favorite fruits veggies to spiralize:
- Sweet potatoes
- Bell peppers
Spiralizing veggies beyond just zucchini can add in lots of flavors and textures to your favorite dishes. Add spiralized bell pepper into your stir fry, combine sweet potato noodles with ground sausage and chopped kale for a really filling meal, or add pear ribbons to a crisp salad. Most spiralizers come with 3 blades – a ribbon blade, a small noodle blade and a large noodle blade. I love to change them up depending on the type of fruit or veggie I am using.
Using a spiralizer is really fun way to add in some of your favorite veggies in a new and different way. Creating healthy meals with a spiralizer is really simple and is great alternative to the not so PCOS friendly pasta they you may be missing.
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