When you are Italian like I am, pasta is a way of life. So when I embarked on Whole 30 - a 30 day eating challenge that involves no pasta (among other things), I got about 2 weeks in before I was dying for something saucy to twirl around my fork. Because wheat products were off limits, I decided to jump on the zoodle (zoodle = zucchini noodle) bandwagon. After a lot of research, I ordered this spiralizer from Amazon and fell in love with it.

"Not only did it turn my humble zucchini into a delightful base for shrimp scampi, it made all of my other hard veggies more fun, too!"

Not only did it turn my humble zucchini into a delightful base for shrimp scampi, it made all of my other hard veggies more fun, too! Spiralized cucumber for fancy infused water. Carrot spirals in my salad. Shoestring sweet potatoes. I was in fancy veggie heaven! Parents might be surprised how much your veggie-averse kids become interested in carrot spirals.

The operation of the the spiralizer is simple enough: slide in the blade you want, load your vegetable and crank it through. The spiralizer comes with three different blade styles - flat curls, fat noodles and skinny noodles. The skinny noodle blade is my favorite for pasta substitutes. The flat curls are my favorite for pasta garnishes or for infused water recipes. Having used a julienne peeler in the past, I was so impressed with how quickly I could spiralize a whole zucchini - less than 60 seconds vs. 15 minutes with the peeler! Also, because of the way it is designed, it will more efficiently spiralize large items - something the spiralizers that look like giant pencil sharpeners cannot do.

I should point out that this spiralizer is really designed for using firm veggies (and fruits like apples) - so don’t plan to spiralize a tomato unless you want a big mess to clean up! Assuming you didn’t try to spiralize something mushy, clean up is really easy - just rinse everything right away to prevent food from sticking to the blades. It shouldn’t take any more than a minute!