Last week I was looking for ideas for new recipes and I ran across something called a “spiralizer“. It seemed kind of interesting, but I wasn’t sure if it would be worth having or not. Since my kitchen is very small and I don’t have much storage space, it’s important that I don’t get appliances and gadgets that I won’t use often enough to make them worthwhile.
In an effort to determine whether or not I wanted to get one more toy for cooking, I started browsing on-line for recipes for the spiralizer and was surprised at how many there were (just type in “spiralizer recipes”). After a lot of thought, I decided that for less than $30 I would just go ahead and purchase my new gadget with the thought that if I didn’t like it, I would just send it back to Amazon. We purchase a lot through Amazon (actually we use smile.amazon so a percentage of our purchase goes to the charity of our choosing) because it’s easier for us then making a trip “into town”. Amazon had several different brands and they were all based on the same concept, so I chose one and anxiously awaited its arrival.
According to the description and the reviews, the spiralizer can be used for all kinds of vegetables and fruits. Curly fries? No problem. Apples? Yep! Garnishes for your meals? Absolutely! Just about anything that you can think of would work with this handy little gadget. It sounded like a good product, but as my mom used to say, “the proof is in the pudding”.
Yesterday I decided to give the spiralizer a try. Many of the recipes I had seen on the internet included zucchini and a fair number of them had bacon. Well, I had both of those items, plus I decided to add some carrots and onions as well as some garlic, crushed red pepper, and fresh ground black pepper. As it turned out, the final product is quite tasty and it’s very healthy. I had this as a main dish, but you could just as easily use it as a side dish.
I’ll definitely be keeping my spiralizer and am looking forward to making many more healthy and interesting meals with it.
Spiralized Zuchinni & Bacon
3 strips bacon, cut into small pieces
2 medium zucchini (yellow or green)
2 medium carrots
1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic (I keep a jar of it in my fridge)
1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper (less if you want it less “hot”)
Fresh ground black pepper
Cook bacon until crisp. While bacon is cooking, use medium noodle blade of your spiralizer and process the unpeeled zucchini (cut once along one long side to make “noodles” as per instructions included with your spiralizer). Grate the carrots and dice the onion. When bacon is done cooking, remove it and place it on a paper towel to drain. Remove all bacon grease from pan except for (approx.) 3-4 tablespoons. With same pan that you used to cook bacon, over medium-high heat add carrots, onion, garlic, and zucchini to pan. Mix well by gently lifting to blend ingredients. Grind a little pepper over top and sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Lift gently again to mix. Cook for about 4-6 minutes or until zucchini is done, but not soggy. Top with a little more black pepper and bacon pieces.