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s s s spiralizer – a review

28 Jul

Remember this?

Be still my beating heart.

The first spiralized meal I ever had.  Beautiful, spiral zucchini with homemade vegan pasta sauce poured over top.

As I mentioned before, I’ve wanted a spiralizer for as long as I can remember!  While most of us (including myself) love a good, steamy bowl of pasta, I love the idea of getting to enjoy “pasta” with the husband without feeling like I’m overdoing it on carbs/calories.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be partaking in the great Italian staple from time to time, but for a person who is trying to lose those last 10 lbs that are clinging for survival on her body, zucchini pasta is where it’s at!  And the best part?  It tastes healthy, fresh and delicious! I honestly loved it as much as the real thing.

There are many spiralizer recipes, using a variety of different fruits and veggies, that are out there. And they aren’t just for people trying to keep their calorie counts down.

You will love a spiralizer if you…

  • love veggies and want to incorporate more of them into your diet
  • don’t love veggies and want to incorporate more of them into your diet;)
  • are interested in trying more raw foods
  • enjoy making beautiful presentations with your food
  • love food
  • want a quick, easy way to make a more exciting salad

There is a plethora of foods that you can spiralize: potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, onions, beets, squash, apples, pears, cucumbers…just to name a few!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by CSN stores and offered an opportunity to review one of their products.  I made a deal with them that I’d review their spiralizer if they’d be willing to give one away to one of my amazing readers.  And they agreed!

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be posting recipes and ideas for using the spiralizer.  Then, to kick off the beginning of fall (my favorite season by the way:), one of you will have the chance to win your very own!

First, let me tell you about this little gem.

The Paderno World Cuisine Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer (whew!  that’s a mouthful!)..

“…cuts vegetables and fruits into curly, ribbon-like slices.  By placing the vegetable or fruit on the prongs of the wheel and turning the wheel while pushing the base toward the vertical julienne blade, continuous spiral strands and curled julienne strips are created.”

Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of this gadget when I first laid eyes on it.  Based on it’s inexpensive price and the fact that it’s made of plastic, I figured it might not work great/ hold up very well.

I was pleasantly surprised the day I received it in the mail and tore it open.  I immediately scavenged in the fridge for anything that could be sliced/spiralized and came up with a zucchini and a potato.  Without even reading the instructions (I don’t recommend this:) I went to work. Within minutes I had this:

And then this

Take my advice – do not go out and pay an exuberant amount of money for a spiralizer.  This baby worked like a charm and costs only $35!  It was easy to put together, easy to use and easy to clean up!  And it comes with three different blades for a variety of different spiral creations: thin spaghetti like spirals, medium spaghetti like spirals and a straight blade for ribbon spirals.

ribbon blade, thin spiral blade, thicker spiral blade

In summary, the following is a list of pros and cons of the Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Spiralizer

Pros

  • no assembly required – just slide one piece onto the other, and you’re ready to go!
  • inexpensive
  • easy to maneuver
  • makes beautiful cuts
  • extremely easy to clean + dishwasher safe
  • makes a variety of different spirals

Cons

  • It is plastic, so it might not hold up as long as a more expensive version
  • Because it isn’t stainless steel, it doesn’t look as nice to sit out on the countertop

With the world of raw food becoming more and more widespread, having your very own spiralizer is the perfect way to get excited about making healthy meals and to enjoy some of your favorite fruits and vegetables in new ways!

Now get excited for the chance to win one of your own (if you can hold off from buying one for a little while;) and stay tuned for more details and recipes to come!!

**I received this spiralizer free of charge in exchange for sharing with you this honest, unbiased review.  I have not received any other compensation for this review, and I would not hesitate to give a negative review if this product garnered such.

the mailman = my best friend

22 Jul

The mail man is my new best friend!!

Yesterday when I got home from tutoring, a much anticipated package had been dropped off.

Jon and I have had our DSLR camera for about 4 months now, and I still don’t really know how to use it.  I mean, I shoot using the manual setting, but oftentimes it’s just a shot in the dark (on more than one level:) on whether or not it comes out a good photo.  I’ve been wanting to take a photography class since we got our camera, and now that I’m working part time helping Jonathan with Outbox, I have an even greater urgency to improve my photog skills:)

Enter Nicole Hill Gerulat. Nicole is the writer and photographer of A Little Sussy, and she offers online photography courses.  I signed up to take a month long course throughout August to learn everything from lighting to staging to the inner workings of my camera and beyond!  I am beyond stoked about it…and I’m counting the days ’till August! Nicole writes the reference book herself, and I jumped for joy when it came in the mail.  The front cover makes you want to just devour it!

Also causing me to literally jump for joy was the sweet mail man’s delivery when I got home from Turbokick today…

Okay, okay.  So he didn’t deliver this exactly.  But I went from picking the box up off the front porch to spiralizing a potato in about 12 seconds flat.  No time for photos, people…I had to get this baby going!!

I spiralized my little heart out.

First I made some curly fries for the husband.

I mixed up one tablespoon of olive oil + 1/2 tbsp of seasoned salt + a heavy sprinkle of ground red pepper.  After placing the fries in a gallon sized plastic bag, I poured in the oil and shook it like a mad woman.  Last, I dumped them out onto a greased cookie sheet, spread them out evenly and baked them for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees, flipping them ever 10 minutes or so.

I think I could go into business making curly fries for my husband.  He LOVED them!

S is for spiralizer!

Next I made some zucchini noodles.

I was planning on eating them raw, but as I was putting the potatoes in the oven, I got the bright idea to soften them up a bit by adding a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper and baking them for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

Then I topped them with some leftover Easy Vegan Crock-pot Pasta Sauce.

Eeek (said in high pitched squeaky voice:)!!

with a side of plain soy yogurt and fresh blackberries

Best. lunch. eva.

CSN stores sent me this spiralizer, and I’ll be doing a full review soon!  I promise…you’ll be wanting one by the time I get done with you:)  And you wanna hear the best news?  I’m going to be giving one away!

I’m off to get some work done….see you guys later on!

Have you ever taken photography classes?  Is that something you’d be interested in?
Have you ever used a spiralizer or eaten anything created by using one?  What did you think?