A 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.
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.
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.
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.