Let’s talk about healthy eating.
One of my 2016 Resolutions was to eat healthier. I’m one of those and I’m not ashamed of it. (Okay, maybe a little ashamed). And I’m also the kind of person who likes to take the easy way out. So you can bet the first thing I do is search for some healthy eating hacks that don’t break the bank.
To do so, I vowed to do more at-home cooking and experiment with healthier recipes. Which brought back an old best friend into my life:
And no, that is not the name of some new sexually transmitted disease. It is the name of my favorite kitchen apparatus. And what will be your favorite very, very soon.
This hand-held little wonder will turn vegetables into pasta for just $10 dollars, and five minutes of cranking. And I know that sounded dirty, but that’s not how I meant it so I’m going to pretend I don’t see it even though I called it out. Moving on.
My easiest and go-to meal is sweet potato spaghetti and meatballs. After work, I can toss some delicious Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs and Trader Joe’s pasta sauce (not sponsored, but totally open to the idea, Joe!) into the microwave to heat up. While doing so, I grab a sweet potato and start twisting it through the Vaggetti, creating sweet vegetable noodles. If I have them on hand, I’ll crank a carrot or two through there as well.
It takes about 5-7 minutes on medium heat over a skillet with some garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil to soften the noodles, and voila, you’ve got yourself a guilt-free but totally satisfying dinner. Toss some parmesan on there too, who cares. You’re eating NOODLES made of VEGETABLES. A little cheese is just your reward for filling up on the good stuff, man. Enjoy that beta-carotene with a size of delicious cheese.
And this is all done in with very little preparation in about 15 minutes– which includes eating time as well. That is, if you’re me and inhale your food before it’s even cool enough to touch.
The possibilities are endless. Prefer something other than a sweet bowl of noodles? Make some zucchini noodles instead and get your greens. Though I haven’t tried it yet, I’ve also seen other suggested noodles include parsnips, squash, eggplant, and turnips. And spaghetti squash is another personal favorite of mine, so I really don’t think you can go wrong with some Squoodles. Plus, you get to say Squoodles!
Once you have a spiralized slicer, just do a quick Pinterest search and marvel at the dinner ideas. It’s almost absurdly easy to get your vegetables when you have one of these bad boys. Invest in one and you won’t regret it. Plus, you’ll get to add “oodles” pretty much anything, which is always fun.
To get you started, here are some awesome recipes to test out:
- Carrot Noodles with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce
- Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan
- Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
- Sweet Potato Noodles with Sage Brown Butter Sauce
- Zucchini Noodle Alfredo
BRB while I wipe the drool off my computer keyboard.
Do you have a favorite kitchen appliance that encourages you to eat better, or another healthy eating hack that you swear by? Tell me what it is. I love gadgets!