The Spiral Slicer

A beet on the Spiral CutterA new “toy” in the kitchen.  For those of us who avoid wheat for a variety of reasons, the Paderno Spiral Slicer makes pasta shapes out of vegetables, nothing added.  I use beets, zucchini, yellow summer squash, onions, carrots, any solid vegetable.  The toothed rotating piece holds the vegetable, and pushes it through whichever blade I’ve chosen.  I can slice, make spaghetti spirals, or larger spirals.  I’ve tried it with sweet potatoes, which were delicious tossed with black beans and chorizo sausage.

Spiral Slicer with 3 blades

 

I used a potato to illustrate: upper left shows thin slices of potato.  Middle left is the spaghetti slice.  And lower right is the thicker pasta noodle slice.

 

Zucchini, Beets, and CarrotThese slices can be boiled gently for about 2 minutes and tossed with a sauce, or added directly to a skillet to sauté to tenderness, adding a sauce when the vegetables are crisp-tender.

Is this a gimmick?  I don’t think so.  I try to avoid wheat as much as possible, and yet I miss pasta dishes.  They are so quick and easy, as well as delicious.  Well, the spiral sliced vegetables cook faster, and are much more nutritious than a noodle made with flour, any flour.

Spiral Cut Beet with Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce On the left is my dinner from last night: chunks of chicken, spiral cut beets, zucchini, and carrots, tossed with halved cherry tomatoes and thinly sliced fresh sage leaves, and a quickly made blue cheese sauce, right in the pan as the vegetables continued to cook.  Delicious!  Yep, the sauce turned pink from the beets, so pretty! And such a dinner stays with me longer than a pasta dish, no cravings 2 hours later for “a little something” before bed.

I bought the Paderno Spiral Slicer on Amazon for around $32.  It’s sturdily made, and I just love it.  We’ll definitely be using this tool in upcoming classes.