How To Make Zucchini Noodles With A Spirooli (aka Spiralizer)
What IS a Spirooli???
Have you heard of the Spirooli? What about a Spiralizer?
What about a machine that makes noodles out of zucchini? Did you ever hear of a new kitchen gadget that does such a thing?
Well that’s what the Spirooli (aka Spiralizer) is. It is THE veggie noodle maker – a machine that makes noodles out of not only zucchini, but other veggies as well.
It can also be used to make spirals out of some vegetables and when those vegetables are potatoes, well, they can easily become curly fries with just a little cooking. Clever huh?
If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
Why is it called a Spirooli?
Sorry. I have no idea!
I don’t know why it’s called a Spirooli (Spiralizer makes a bit more sense…).
I’ve no idea who named it that, or why and it doesn’t really matter, but I do know that this cool new kitchen gadget turns zucchini and cucumber into noodles that you can use to make awesome dishes that even people who hate raw veggies will eat (if you’re thinking kiddies at this point then you’re on the right track! 🙂 )
In fact I’ve had a whole barbecue full of junk food fanatics (that I was convinced wouldn’t even touch this raw zucchini ‘thing’) fighting over my zucchini noodle salad, not realising that the noodles were raw zucchini until after they’d licked the bowl clean and I told them what it was!
I’m not exaggerating on little bit. It was kinda funny…. 🙂
I love my Spirooli!
I’ve had my Spirooli for quite some time now. In fact it’s traveled half way around Australia, and was a major item in the tiny kitchen in our camper van. It was super handy for quick meals like this one:
- Pan fry some steak (lamb steak was great for this!)
- Boil a couple of eggs
- Make some zucchini noodles
- Finely chop a bit of onion, red pepper, tomato and anything else that takes your fancy
- Add some salt and pepper, a splash of vinegar and olive oil
- Chop up the eggs
- Throw it all together & pile up on plates
- Slice the steak
- Place the steak slices on top and serve.
Yum! Healthy fast food. 🙂
As testimony to the hard, traveling life of my spirooli, being very well loved and used, it’s now stained a kind of yellow colour, instead of being pristine white, from sitting on a shelf in the back window of our van in the hot Australian sun during our travels, but that doesn’t affect the way it works!
So what can you do with a Spirooli?
If you take a look at the video above, you’ll see that there are three blades that come with the spirooli which allow you to easily create all sorts of noodles and spirals from lots of different vegetables, which you can then either cook, or use to create salads and raw dishes.
You can use your veggie noodles, in particular zucchini noodles, anywhere that you’d use pasta or other grain based noodles, and they do the job really well without the grains OR the extra carbs.
And that makes them perfect for low carb and Paleo type diets!
The main thing that I personally use mine for are those zucchini noodles and also cucumber noodles. For some reason the creation of that noodle shape just changes the whole taste and texture, and makes the zucchini and cucumber just so much more appealing!
I always use my cucumber noodles raw, but the zucchini noodles I sometimes cook and use as I would a pasta, otherwise I create raw dishes with them using some kind of dressing and adding other ingredients depending on what I have in the pantry, garden and the fridge.
How to make zucchini noodles with a Spirooli: Video
As you can see in the video above on how to make zucchini noodles with a spirooli, it’s so easy, an eight year old can do it! So now that we know how easy it is to make these noodles, how about some….
Zucchini noodle salad ideas
We already had the basics of a great zucchini noodle meal up above, but here’s just a few more ideas to dress up your zucchini noodles:
- Add some finely chopped red onion or spring onion
- How about some crumbled feta cheese or some grated cheddar?
- A little chopped bacon perhaps?
- Some really yummy sliced olives
- Julienne some carrot and add it
- Throw in a few halved cherry or grape tomatoes
- and what else have you got in your fridge or in the garden?
- Some chopped fresh mint? or basil? Yummo!
Now put it all together with a yummy dressing.
Need a dressing idea?
How about a little coconut oil or olive oil mixed with some apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar or freshly squeezed lime juice? Mix your oil and vinegar mixture together with some Nutritional Yeast (also known as Savoury Yeast – it has a yummy cheesy taste) and a pinch of cayenne pepper and voila!
Make sure you season your noodle mixture with a good quality salt (not the processed white junk that you buy in the supermarket!), some freshly ground pepper, and then add your dressing and toss well.
Don’t over think it. Zucchini noodle dishes are easy!
Seriously. Don’t over think it or make it too hard. Simple works brilliantly with zucchini noodles or cucumber noodles.
For an example of a cooked dish, you can use the zucchini noodles with a tomato based pasta sauce and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese, or alternatively, Savoury Yeast (aka the Nutritional yeast above) if you don’t eat dairy. You can lightly cook the noodles in some salted water for a few minutes if you like but don’t over cook or they’ll go slushy!
There are! They’re not quite the same…. but still do a great job.
Before I bought my Spirooli, I used to use a Julienne Peeler kind of like this one:
It did a really good job and I still use it for carrot because I find that a lot of carrots are too small for the Spirooli, so I still use both.
So whether you’re looking to add more raw food to to your diet, less carbs, less grains, or just wanting to get more veggies into your body, or you kids bodies, you’ll find the Spirooli really comes in handy (especially for tricking the kids… 🙂 ).
Where to buy Spirooli slicer online?
They have a whole bunch of them over at Amazon for all sorts of prices.
✅ This specific one is the #1 best seller and has over 8000 reviews – so you might want to check it out (it’s just like mine…).
Otherwise you might find one at your local kitchen shop or health shop.
To sum it all up the Spirooli’s pretty cool and so are zucchini and cucumber noodles. 🙂
P.S. If you do buy a Spirooli or already own one let me know what you think and also feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments below or on my Facebook page. I’ll be adding more recipes for these yummy, healthy noodles soon so watch out for those (join my mailing list at the top of the page so that you don’t miss out!).