Why You Need a Spiralizer!

by Miriam Hahn

Eating plant-based means eating lots of plants in all different ways. Once you get the basics down, it’s time to experiment with some new creative things you can do with healthy food!

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my spiralizer! It is easy to use, easy to clean and doesn’t take up much space. My favorite things to spiralize are zucchini and sweet potato, but the options are endless. Both are great for salads or warm dishes. Here are a few tips when making zucchini noodles:

  1. If you don’t want long continuous strands of noodles, make a 1” slit into the whole length of the zucchini before spiralizing. This will provide short curls that are easier to eat!
  2. After spiralizing, put the noodles in a colander with a few shakes of pink salt so any excess water can drain. 
  3. Next step, lay them in between 2 clean dishcloths to dry them further. 
  4. Keep in mind that the noodles shrink way down once you cook them so pile high! You can figure about 2 small zucchini per person
  5. Sauté them with a tiny bit of avocado oil for a FEW minutes to soften them up. But don’t overcook or they will get soggy!
  6. After cooking, put them back in the colander to drain again before adding sauce! 

I prefer a table top spiralizer (over the handheld type) like this one here.

Try this easy sauce to add to zucchini noodles! The fresh herbs make this sauce taste so fresh and beaming with nutrients!

Green Goddess Sauce

1 avocado
1/2 cup each: parsley, basil, cilantro
1 Tbsp lime juice
Juice of one lemon
2 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2-1 tsp pink salt

Blend everything in a food processor until smooth and add to zucchini noodles! This amount of sauce is good for 4-5 zucchini!

For other spiralizer ideas scroll my Instagram here

Miriam Hahn is the owner of YouCare-SelfCare a private wellness practice, specializing in plant-based lifestyle and disease prevention. She is a certified wellness coach and a graduate of the Cornell University Plant-Based Nutrition Program.

Her services include online wellness and cooking courses, virtual boot camp programs and plant-based cooking classes/ group wellness classes held in Phoenix.


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