Spiralized veggies are the perfect dish for those looking to make a healthy change in their diet. Not only are they incredibly low in carbohydrates, they are also incredibly versatile, allowing you to create an array of delicious and nutritious dishes. With a few simple ingredients, you can easily create a meal that is both tasty and healthy.
To get started, pick your favorite vegetables and spiralize them using a vegetable spiralizer tool. This will create thin, noodle-like strips of veggies that are perfect for sautéing, stir-frying, or even adding to soups and salads. For a simple side dish, you can quickly sauté a mix of spiralized veggies with some olive oil, garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. You can also add some cooked protein like chicken, shrimp, or tofu to make a heartier meal.
Most often, zucchini, carrots, and potatoes turn into spirals. These vegetables should remain in your vegetable cutter repertoire, but they are far from the only foods that can be spiralized. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that just as easily turn into long curls, and work well in some pretty incredible recipes. Here are 19 foods you can make spirals with and creative ways to use them.
1. Sweet pepper.
When you think of making sweet peppers, slicing and dicing come to mind, but peppers are one of nature’s gifts that can be turned into spirals. The use of a rainbow of colorful swirled peppers adds a unique touch to the salad presentation.
Zucchini is the go-to vegetable for spiraling, and for good reason – it’s easy to roll with a neutral flavor that adapts well to many traditional dishes. Spiral zucchini makes a great pasta substitute, and oven-roasted zucchini strips work well as a salad topper.
Beets are packed with nutrients, and their firm texture and earthy flavor pair well with a variety of dishes. Even the usual combination of raw beets with other winter vegetables looks beautiful and romantic when they are cut into curled long ribbons. Just drizzle oil on top.
Celery, also known as celeriac root, is a versatile vegetable that can replace potatoes in many meals to help reduce carbs. Celery is full of B vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients, and its crunchy texture is great for salads and sauces, especially when spiralized.
Starchy fruits, including apples, are a unique addition to the spiral line. Toast long apple strips with cinnamon and sugar for a quick sweet treat or topping off oatmeal (or ice cream). Spiraling is also a simple yet beautiful way to prepare apples for pie.
Potatoes are one of the favorites of curly slicing. Besides the fact that the spiral consistency is more pleasant, you end up eating less. Half a potato in a spiral looks much larger than half a diced potato. It’s spiral magic! Curly potatoes can be added to soups, frittatas, and salads, or made into potato pancakes. And feel free to incorporate sweet potatoes (sliced in spirals, of course) into your diet.
Crispy cucumbers are made into beautiful ribbons and prepared into stylish salads or uniquely shaped pickles. Marinate them in ginger, rice vinegar, and Korean chili powder for Spiral Kimchi Cucumber.
Any root vegetable, including parsnips, is a breeze for the spiral gadget. Thin ribbons are the best option for creating vegetable noodles that are strikingly similar to pasta. Just toss it into the pot for al dente for the perfect veggie pasta. Or pair it with a spiral potato for a new take on potato pancakes.
Turnips are actually one of the easiest foods you can coil; just peel off the rough outer layer. Turnip spirals are delicious raw and fried. Try mixing long turnip strips with kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, beets, and yogurt sauce.
A spiralizer is a great alternative to a grater or knife, and let’s be honest, vegetables look a lot more interesting. Take the largest carrot you can find and cut it into thin or medium spirals. Make muffins, pies, and salads, or simply pair them with alfredo sauce for a vitamin-rich, low-carb meal.
You can also use spiralized veggies to make a delicious cold salad. Simply toss them with a light dressing of your choice and let the flavors marinate for a few minutes before serving. For an even lighter meal, top them with some fresh herbs and feta cheese.
Spiralized veggies can also be used as a delicious topping for pizzas and flatbreads. Simply add some mozzarella cheese and your favorite pizza toppings and bake in the oven.
No matter how you choose to use them spiralized veggies are sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Not only are they low in carbohydrates, they are also incredibly easy to make, allowing you to get a delicious, healthy meal on the table in no time. So grab your spiralizer and get ready to enjoy some delicious and healthy meals with spiralized veggies!