I have to admit it, I’ve never been a huge fan of spaghetti. When I was younger, it always gave me a terrible stomachache and I dreaded having it served for dinner. Good thing I grew up in a German meat-and-potatoes kind of family then, huh? I wouldn’t have done so well if I were Italian…
Despite my lack of spaghetti enthusiasm, there is definitely something to be said about the amazing variety of delicious sauces that can be created to actually make pasta taste pretty dang awesome. A nice tomato marinara, a nutty pesto, or even just a simple garlic and olive oil glaze is something definitely worth including in your recipe bank. Not to mention pasta is pretty easy to cook and is generally a crowd-pleaser.
So now that you’ve started eating Paleo, pasta is more or less off the table right?
Not so fast! Just because you’ve given up grains doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the family favorite pasta dinner. Enter the World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer.
I found this gem as a Groupon for 50% off, and I decided I had to try it. If it worked, then I could be enjoying delicious veggie pasta, both spaghetti and fettuccine style, as well as thinly sliced sweet potato chips. If it didn’t work, well, I guess I could just cut my losses.
I received the slicer in the mail and couldn’t wait to try it. I eagerly purchased an armful of zucchini from the Farmer’s Market, and busted out the slicer when I got home. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I tend to overestimate how useful kitchen tools will be until I start using them and decide they’re not worth the effort.
I was extremely pleased (and surprised) to discover that the Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer was definitely worth the investment. This veggie slicer is not only easy to use, but works great and is a breeze to clean. I made a huge mound of skinny strands of zucchini noodles, and decided not to cook them since they were so tender and had a little bit of a nice crunch. I heated up some organic tomato sauce, picked some fresh basil from the garden, and suddenly had a gorgeous little meal in front of me.
Later in the week, I also experimented mixing the zuke noodles with about a third rice noodles plus homemade meat sauce in order to make a more macronutrient-complete meal. One small problem I had with this recipe – I couldn’t stop eating it! It was so delicious that I literally had to ziplock all the leftovers immediately so I could stop eating. But even though I pigged out a little (ok a lot), it was nice to know that the majority of the food baby I was carrying was actually zucchini and not pure simple carbohydrate. Veggie slicer FTW!
So if you miss pasta, or simply want to spice up your Ancestralized cooking regimen, I really encourage you to check out the Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. It’s 100% worth the money and I believe you’ll be very happy with the new variety of vegetable dishes in your diet.
If When I try more recipes out with this baby, I’ll post them online and show you all!