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:

spiralized zucchini

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
(this is an affiliate link)

Review: Three Sisters Graham Crackerz

I’ve decided to add a review category to my blog, called “Worth the Thyme.” Sorry, I couldn’t resist the play on words. For my first review, I’d like to share my thoughts on a breakfast cereal I recently discovered. But first, a little back story.

Back in the summer of 1992, I served on Summer Staff at a Young Life camp for teens in New York called Lake Champion. For the month of July, I served the campers in the camp snack bar, making super thick milk shakes and sundaes. In addition to building friendships, I built up some fantastic bicep muscles doing all that ice cream scooping! Anyway, one of the highlights of our busy days on staff was mealtime in the dining hall. This dining hall is where I discovered my favorite breakfast cereal, Golden Grahams. Just the taste of them brings me back to that month in July. (As a side note, they made a mean breakfast pizza there, too, but that’s a recipe for another day.)

Nowadays, as a whole foods seeking mom of two, Golden Grahams has sort of fallen out of favor in my household, what with the artificial flavors and BHT contained within. And I don’t know about you, but usually, when I try to duplicate the taste of a old favorite processed food with something a little more healthy, the healthy counterpart will taste good, maybe even great, but not the same.

Now, I know there is a whole host of opinions on “healthy” processed foods. One opinion eschews all processed food, whether it has “organic” on the label or not. Others would still be OK with giving the kids an occasional sandwich cookie, for example, as long as it was Newman-O’s instead of Oreos. I respect all the opinions on this spectrum. As for me, I’m OK with healthy convenience food. We buy organic, pre-packaged cookies, fruit snacks, and mac and cheese among other things. Shoot, I’m willing to admit we sometimes still buy the full on bad-for-you versions in a pinch. The ideal, of course, is convenient and healthy, which brings me, finally, to my review.

Three Sisters Graham Crackerz Cereal tastes better than Golden Grahams. It doesn’t just come close, but actually exceeds the mainstream brand in both flavor and texture. It’s not too sweet, with a perfect graham cracker flavor. So far, I have only had them in a bowl with milk the usual way, but I can’t wait to try other recipes with this like snack mixes and desserts.

Edited to add: Here’s the nutrition label – 

So that was a whole lot of rambling for just a short review, but I hope you will give this cereal a try. It’s scrumptious!

Note: I purchased Three Sisters Graham Crackerz Cereal at Whole Foods, where it is available exclusively. 

Have a great weekend!