In the recent years, I have seen many recipes and products come up on my social media news feed about “zoodles,” which is zucchini (or similarly shaped vegetables) cut into spaghetti-like strands through a spiral slicing device. I did a bit of research and decided to get the Kitchen Supreme “Spiral Slicer Spiralizer Complete Bundle – Vegetable Cutter – Zucchini Pasta Noodle Spaghetti Maker”. I chose a small, manual device because I did not want this appliance to take up much space and I did not want to spend a lot of money.
After my new gadget came in, I was very curious to see if the contraption actually worked. I took the spiral slicer out of the box and it looked like 2 cones attached at the tips. Each cone has very sharp Japanese stainless steel razor blades inside of them, so I caution you to keep your fingers away from the mouths of both cones. The blades make strands that are 2 different widths for thicker (3.5 x 5 mm) or thinner (2 x 3 mm) noodles. So far, I find the thicker-width blade does a better job in making stronger vegetable noodles with less chance of breakage.
The process of making noodles is very similar to sharpening a pencil with an old school pencil sharpener. After cutting off the tip of the zucchini, I placed the end into the cone, applied pressure, and started to twist it away from my body (toward the blades) in one continuous motion. As my zucchini got shorter in my hand, I observed that the strands were coming out of the blades in one long piece. It took less than 2 minutes to make spiral noodles out of an entire zucchini. As the zucchini ribbons came out of the side of the device, the seeds dropped down the hole in the middle of the opposite cone.
Another feature I like a lot about this product, is the studded lid I can put on top of the vegetable as the end gets closer to the blade. This does a great job in protecting my fingers from injury. I finished slicing the zucchini once the strands stopped coming out of the blades with the cap in place. After I removed the remaining piece of zucchini, it was in the shape of a sharpened pencil stump, which was a perfect pre-dinner snack dipped into low-fat salad dressing.
This device also worked remarkably well for cucumbers. I tried carrots but the ones I had were not thick enough to reach the blades on the size of the device. One thing I really liked about this product is the brush it came with to clean the blades. This product is also dishwasher safe, but I have only hand washed it so far.
If you google “zoodles”, you will find many ideas for recipes. The rest of this blog will outline some simple recipes I tried since receiving my spiral slicer.
Sautéed Zoodles with Garlic
- 2 zucchini prepared into noodles
- 1 carrot shredded or Julienne sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh basil (optional)
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
- Add zucchini noodles and cook for about 5 minutes or until they reach your desired consistency.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle with fresh basil (optional)
Grandma Leah’s Cucumber Zoodle Salad (fat-free)
- 2 French cucumbers prepared into noodles (do not drain )
- 1/4 cup of thinly shaved onions
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of white (or cider) vinegar
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- Salt and pepper
- In bowl, combine water, vinegar, salt, and pepper
- Add cucumber noodles and onions and combine
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Marinate cucumbers for at least 1 hour prior to serving
Zoodle Green Salad
- Raw zucchini noodles and raw cucumber noodles, combined with excess water gently squeezed out
- Your favorite salad veggies (tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, avocado, and onions)
- Salad dressing
- Place drained raw zucchini noodles and raw cucumber noodles into a salad bowl.
- Top with your favorite salad veggies.
- Top with salad dressing.
All of the recipes above took less than 10 minutes to prepare. The act of spinning the vegetables through the device is a great upper body workout. In addition, my 9-year-old son, a self-proclaimed zucchini hater, absolutely loved the raw zucchini noodle salad. My husband and I gave all 3 recipes a thumbs up. I am personally proud I figured out the exact measurements for the ingredients in my grandmother’s cucumber salad. The fact is, my grandmother never measured anything and nobody in my family was able to replicate this recipe accurately. I hope my family likes it.
In the future, I plan to try Italian or Asian-inspired “zoodle” recipes. By replacing 1 cup of spaghetti noodles (220 calories) with 2 cups of zucchini-noodles (120 calories), you will have twice as much food with about half the calories. If anyone in the “runit” community can share other vegetables that work well with this device or your favorite healthy zoodle recipes, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.
Disclaimer: Kitchen Supreme did not ask me to write a review on their product, nor have I been compensated in any way. I just wanted to share a creative way to eat vegetables!