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A Spiral Slicer Turns

Posted on July 12 2011 | (3) Comments
Category:Raw Ingredients and Equipment

A Spiral Slicer Turns

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!  
 


Previous Comments

On July 13, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

I trust you so I was very surprised to read the negative comments on Amazon about your favorite gadget.  So many people are unhappy with it.  You must know something that they don’t.  What’s your secret to success?  (by the way, this recipe sounds DELISH!)

On July 14, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Diana,
I have this exact gadget and I love it!! I’ve heard from a few people that the quality of the gadget varies—like you might buy one in particular that doesn’t work as well. So that might be the reason for the reviews. But mine works great. Also, there aren’t a lot of different brands out there for this particular tool, and this one has been my favorite.
Jenny

On May 23, 2013 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hey Diane, my hubby just bought me this thing a couple of weeks ago, and I’m sooooo addicted to it.  I couldn’t get butternut squash to do anything, and yellow summer squash, at least the breed I tried, had seeds too large to function in the angel hair blade, cos the seeds clogged up the blades.  But ZUCCHINI…. OH, MY.. OH MY, OH MY, OH MY.  I have eaten pasta marinara, pasta pesto, Asian pasta, Singapore noodles… oh man this thing has changed my life.  I’m thinking about making some spring rolls using the zucchini noodles as a filling base.  I like them both way, with lettuce leaves as a wrap, or using the rice paper as a wrap.  Both are great.  I have celiac, and my sister, who also has celiac, just ordered her Joyce Chen machine today after trying some of my pasta marinara.  Now, I read online not to buy the other machine that comes from France, the one with a pour spout on the bottom container.  People tell me that one has plastic blades and it’s poorly made.  Buy the Joyce Chen one.  It has metal blades and they ARE SHARP.  It’s fun to make the pasta using this machine, too.  I have Jenny to thank for this!!  Jenny, you’re the reason I got so hooked on this gadget.  I missed pasta, and with celiac, I have no choice.  I didn’t care for GF angel hair because it falls apart even though I cook it firm.


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