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Spiralizer in the House!

I love pasta. Macaroni and Cheese and I go way back. Don’t even get me started on my love affair with Fettucini Alfredo. I don’t think I could ever fully give up pasta (and the delightful, cheesy sauces I like to pair with them.) However, in an effort to cut back on white flour carbs in some of my meals, this bad boy has now found a home on my kitchen counter. Let’s hear it for Christmas gift spending money! Woot!

Paderno 3 Blade Spiralizer

Paderno 3 Blade Spiralizer

After reading several favorable reviews, and seeing the positive comments on the brand by Ali at Inspiralized, I decided to purchase the Paderno 3 Blade Spiralizer. This model includes a skinny spiral, thick spiral and flat spiral blade attachment. I’ve only had it a few days, but so far I’m very pleased.

I have started as I suspect most spiralizing newbies do, using zucchini:

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After spiralizing the zucchini, I patted them dry with a paper towel and then tossed them gently in a skillet with some olive oil before adding some leftover pizza sauce from the pizza I was making for the kiddies.

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These were SO good. In fact, they caught the eye of a certain someone sitting next to me. Who ended up “helping” me with my lunch. So if your children aren’t keen on veggies, perhaps a spiralizer is the answer!

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The next day, giddy to demonstrate the new gadget to the hubberman who had just returned from a business trip, I made some wraps.

Wraps with spiralized zucchini

These wraps included hummus, spiralized zucchini, sliced avocado, shredded carrots, and crumbled feta cheese. on a low carb, whole wheat wrap. They were “inspiralized” by a recipe by Ali over at Inspiralized.

We’re off to a fun start with this little gadget. I think my next project will be spiralized pickled onions.

Interested in spiralizing yourself? Below is the Paderno I purchased on Amazon if you are so inclined.

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
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Test Kitchen! White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes

Test Kitchen, you say? Clover and Thyme’s Test Kitchen is where I try a recipe provided on a product’s packaging that I have never tried before and give a report on how our family liked it!

raspberrycheesecake

Variations on this recipe are everywhere. Philly Cream Cheese sometimes uses it in their magazine ads, Fisher Nuts uses it on their packaging – I think I’ve even seen it on white chocolate chip bags. But I’ve never tried it. Continue reading

Breakfast…In a Cup!

Sorry, we watched Wall-E again the other night and I couldn’t resist the little “in a cup” reference. :-)

Earlier this week, The Ranting Chef posted a recipe for Breakfast Biscuit Cups that I just had to try. They turned out great! For my version of the recipe, I used a buttermilk biscuit recipe from the Better Homes Cookbook, egg, Jack cheese, and bacon. Hop on over to the Ranting Chef for the recipe!

By the way, I’ll be posting a Thanksgiving themed recipe every day next week…join me! The recipes start on Monday!