Are you a lover of all things pasta but are trying to cut back on the carbohydrate overload? Vegetable pasta may not sound very interesting, but you’d be surprised what a little change in shape and the addition of a delicious pasta sauce can do to an otherwise neutral-tasting vegetable. The spiralizer is an incredibly useful addition to your kitchen appliance cabinet, as it lets you enjoy pasta in the most nutritious, figure-friendly and delicious way possible. Step away from the boiling water and discover just what a zucchini and some strategic cutting can add to your dietary arsenal. Enjoy!
A spiralizer is a device that quickly and effectively transforms vegetables, such as zucchini, beets and carrots into curly, pasta-like strands. Spiralizers are very useful in a plant-based kitchen, because aside from their aesthetic benefits, spiralizers take normally rough, chewy vegetables and ultimately makes them easier to chew and a pleasure to munch on raw. Spiralizers are the tools behind the creation of raw “pastas” that adequately mimic the real deal.
The method is simple. Depending on the thickness and shape of the raw pasta you’d like – there are generally three sets of blades, one with 1/8-inch spacing, one with ¼-inch space, and another straight blade for making ribbon cuts. You fasten the vegetable (or fruit) between two prongs and turn the wheel. As you turn, the two ends of the prongs cut the vegetable and move closer together until the blade end reaches the base of the vegetables. Another, more thrifty, albeit second-rate, alternative to a spiralizer is a julienne peeler, which is a handheld device that cuts fruits and vegetables into thin, straight slices, much to the same affect as a spiralizer. Both options are affordable and beyond useful!
Try you hand at this raw spiralized pasta with tahini tomato dressing recipe and then try different vegetable and sauce pairings until you find your favorites! Bon Appetit!
Raw Spiralized Pasta with Tahini Tomato Dressing
- 1 large zucchini
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (nama shoyu)
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Avocado, herbs, red pepper flakes, and/or cherry tomatoes for garnish (optional)