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Easy Dinner

Thursday, August 08, 2019

No, I don't normally blog about food... but a dear friend and fellow Sparkler wrote about her lovely spaghetti dinner, then added an apologetic comment about all the carbs. Not that I think a good spaghetti dinner is not worth the carbs, but I do have a way of getting that spaghetti fix without them... by substituting spiralized zucchini.

The trick is not to get a fancy spiralizer that you just know is going to be so complicated and time-consuming that you don't even take it out of the box. (I have one that supposedly attaches to my seldom-used Kitchenaid mixer -- I wouldn't know because it's still in its original wrapping in the box.)

The one I use -- a LOT -- is so easy, and has a little button to push to activate it, so there's no arm-grinding exercise. And it's cheap. There may be others similarly made, but mine is the Wolfgang Puck Spiralizer. The link below is to Amazon, but I saw online that it is even cheaper at Walmart.

When I gave my friend this link, she thought it looked like a possibility, but wondered why the reviews were so negative. I took a look at them and realized it was because of the learning curve, the same mistakes I had made when I first began using it: 1) Mushing... caused by trying to push a whole zucchini through it by sheer force. What I do now is cut a zucchini in half, cut each end to make a flat surface, place one end on the little gripper thingy, then gently guide the zucchini to stay in the opening, resting on the blade inside--no pushing, the blade is sharp and needs no help. 2) Some people complained about the 1-inch piece of zucchini that didn't get spiraled at the end. I just remove it, slice it and add to the pile in the pan.

Put some oil in your pan and a little butter for flavor, or add whatever sauce you like. Tonight I added just onions and chopped garlic, then decided to put a dollop or two of sour cream, then my shrimp. Don't overcook. The zucchini is thin and cooks fast. Add a salad and some wine--Ta da, dinner!


Bon appetit!

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    Outstanding blog. I think we have a spiralizer, but I have never seen it in use. I shall investigate. emoticon
    134 days ago
    Sounds great! Thanks for all of the explanation. I may try it
    236 days ago
    Ha!! I still have my spiralizer in the original box and wrapping...I'll have to take it out and use it! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon
    236 days ago
    GREATTTTT meal...and you like I...MUST have our vino! Which is healthy...so why not? I'm glad you shared this Jonnie...it is a great way to get our spaghetti fix with very low carbs...and your recipe looks so delish! I can have shrimp and shellfish again. Don used to like both when we were younger but in the last several years went on a personal crusade against them...that was fine...BUT...he'd make such a fuss over the smell..the this..the that...that I just gave up eating shellfish period. He managed to ruin the experience with the silly drama he spread just sitting at the same table! emoticon

    Now I can have WHATEVER I want...WHENEVER I want and I likely! Last night I had mussels..yum, yum, yummy! emoticon
    236 days ago
    I found an ancient, totally manual spiralizer in my mother's kitchen utensils. Still in the box. Has to be 50 years old. Maybe it was the late wife's purchase. I'll have to try it out. emoticon
    236 days ago
    Great advice! emoticon
    236 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    ok. i am going to get one....
    236 days ago
    236 days ago
    Nice! I'll have to try this!
    236 days ago
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