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Published September 10th 2016
Do you want to try a spiraliser?
Pete Evans cookbook Spiralise! contains sixty delicious meals to make utilising ingredients which have been through a spiralizer.
The book covers the basics of how to use a spiralizer and has a handy list of all the different fruit and vegetables you can use. This surprising list includes apple, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, cucumber, daikon, green papaya, kohlrabi, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, squash, swede, sweet potato, taro, turnip and zucchini.
We tried the chicken and cashew stir fry recipe with carrots and spiralised into thin noodles. It was packed with flavour and I didn't miss the carbohydrate heavy noodles. I also tried Pete's recipe for coconut chia bowl with spiralised apples, topped with fresh berries. I haven't included a photograph of this one because it looked like mush after being refrigerated overnight, but it tasted great.
The recipes are divided into breakfast, soups, vegetables, seafood, chicken and meat dishes. Every recipe has a full page photograph and a page devoted to the instructions.
Be tempted by recipes for paleo big breakfast with sweet potato rosti, Vietnamese Pho (carrot noodles), caponata with zucchini noodles, Singapore noodles (zucchini) and lamb ragu with parsnip pappardelle.
Fortunately, spiralisers have come down in price since we got ours as a special order from overseas. Ours is easy to clean and use, but it's best to purchase produce which will fit rather than having to cut them down to size. You can find spiralisers in most kitchen shops these days and some have a winding handle which look easier to use.
Once you have experimented with your spiralizer you can convert your regular recipes without much effort.
Spiraliser! By Pete Evans is a great introduction to the world of using a spiralizer to add more vegetables into your diet. It's perfect if you are following a special diet like paleo, gluten free or low carb.
Spiralize! is available in paperback from your favourite bookseller.
ISBN: 9781743548110 Published by Plum
About the Author
Pete Evans is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, television presenter, health coach, adventure seeker and father. He's one of Australia's leading authorities on healthy cooking and is dedicated to improving people's lives through education about nutritional food and wellness. Pete is host of his own television program, The Paleo Way, and co-host of Channel 7's hugely successful show My Kitchen Rules.
by firstname.lastname@example.org (score: 2|555) 677 days ago
I bought the veggie spiralizer in the photo which is the green one and tried it using carrots and they came out looking grated....a fail. I tried it on zucchini as its softer and it was a hit and miss but more a miss. A fail the other down side to that green one is the hand turning force you gave to do. Terrible and not easy. A fail. I returned it.
I checked out many and then I saw Aldi was selling a CROFTON Spiralizer very similar to the one in the photo which Pete Evans is using. It was a great price too. It's suction leg base is essential. Mine has different easy to install blades which do different things. You turn the handle and I give it 10/10 compared to the others that nearly Crack your wrists.
You don't want a spiralizer and don't want to eat pasta, rice, fettuccine, lasagne, noodles but are dying to eat it but can't because of the carbs impacting or youre a diabetic and you by pass the pasta/rice then I have discovered a product that has 10 carbs or 8 carbs per serve and if you cook it for yourself but serve the other psstas/rice to your guests you won't feel left out. I've recommended this Austin product which is diabetic friendly and very healthy to so many people including those who are trying to lose weight and it's called Slendier. The maker found people eating it in Japan and asked about it and they said it's made from Japanese Yam. Add it in a stir fry to allow it to absorb the spices etc. It's delicious and very filling and healthy. It's sold as a wet pack in a box in the healthfood section at Coles or Woolworths/Safeway but veggie spiraling is very healthy and I'm rapt in my Crofton Spiralizer from Aldi about a month ago.