A Spiral Slicer Turns
Posted on July 12 2011 | (3) Comments
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I like gadgets and at the top of my ‘favorites list’ is my handy-dandy spiral slicer. And right now, with the heat of summer at its peak, my spiral slicer is the tool I grab when I want to make a refreshing, nutritious medley of raw vegetables with my Asian-inspired raw food Mock Peanut Sauce.
It’s one of many easy raw food recipes that make summer ‘cooking’ a pleasure.
A Spiral Slicer Is A Raw Foodie’s Best Friend
The spiral slicer is a low-tech gadget that has survived in a high-tech world for one simple reason: it’s a miracle worker. With just a few moving parts (and no electricity required), it lets me quickly and easily transform veggies (and fruit, too) into lovely strands.
My ‘spiralizer’ (sometimes called a garnishing machine) makes it easy to work with even the hardest vegetables. With just a turn of the wheel, I can spiralize tough raw veggies such as daikon, celery root, and even chunks of butternut squash.
The effort is minimal and the results are fantastic. My spiral slicer produces mounds of thinly sliced vegetables that are naturally soft and pliable, just like angel hair pasta. And since they aren’t cooked, these veggies retain all their flavor and nutrition.
Spiral slicing also creates a lot of surface area and that gives your favorite salad dressing more chance to seep into the vegetables. A terrific dressing that needs no refrigeration (and is great for a summertime picnic) is my Mock Peanut Sauce.
It’s hard to resist a plate of greens piled high with spiralized zucchini, carrots, and beets, and dressed in a flavorful Asian-inspired dressing made with tamari, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, natural sweetener, and raw almond butter.
That’s why my Mock Peanut Sauce recipe is a wonderful way to introduce yourself (and others) to easy raw food cuisine.
Click here for the recipe.
I like to use raw almond butter rather than traditional peanut butter because the peanuts in peanut butter are generally roasted. The cooking process depletes the nuts of their natural nutritional content. Sometimes I make my own raw almond butter, and sometimes I use a prepared raw almond butter.
If you have a favorite gadget you think others should know about, I hope you’ll leave a comment below. And if you’re interested in purchasing a spiral slicer for yourself, here’s my favorite spiralizer.
After a delicious plate of nutrition-packed veggies, it’s only natural to want to indulge a little bit with a meal-ending sweet. So in my next post, the ‘favorite thing’ we’ll be talking about is something we all love: dessert!