When I first saw the Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer, I hoped to use it to entice the family, especially the grandchildren to eat more fruits and vegetables. When I got the slicer and started to use it, I was surprised at how much fun it was to “spiralize”. I started looking for more and more ways to use it just because it was fun.
The Paderno Spiral Slicer has three blades to choose from. Using the shredder blade on the spiral slicer, you can make zucchini noodles and slice onions with no more tears! Yes, no more tears – keep reading. With the chipper blade you can make your own curly fries. Now you may be thinking that curly fries are not healthy, but they can be. I especially like sweet potato curly fries cooked in the oven with just a little olive oil and salt, but you can get creative and try all kinds of seasonings. The flat blade is great for slicing apples and potatoes as well. With three blade choices you have lots of options.
My special method for dicing onions with no tears!
You may even find yourself slicing vegetables, without any particular plan for using them, just because it’s fun! As a matter of fact, that is exactly what happened to me one day when I was slicing onions using the shredder blade. I created a bowl of lovely little onion rings, I had no plans to use them. Well, I didn’t want to waste them, so I put them in a sandwich bag and threw them in the freezer. Later that evening I decided to make spaghetti sauce and I remembered the onions in the freezer. That is when I made the greatest discovery about little frozen onion rings. I decided I didn’t need to thaw the onions since they would get cooked in the sauce anyway. So I started mashing on the frozen bag of onions to separate them and they just broke into little pieces. In a matter of seconds, I had a little bag of diced onions. Think of it – not one tear was shed making those diced onions. I used the Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make the little onion rings, froze them for a few hours and then mashed them with my hands into diced onions. Fabulous!!
It’s OK if you don’t get quite as excited as I did, but I hate chopping onions by hand because I always cry and I hate dragging out the big food processor to do the job because I don’t like washing it when I am done. I found the Paderno Spiral Slicer is easy to clean. I take the blade out and rinse it under running water. If anything sticks to the sharp edges of the blade I use a toothbrush to remove it. Rinse off the base and the vegetable holder and you’re done. Just rinse it as soon as you finish (don’t even wait 15 minutes) and cleanup is a breeze.
I leave my Paderno Spiral Slicer sitting on the counter and I find myself reaching for it nearly everyday to slice onions, apples, potatoes, zucchini or cabbage. It is just so quick and easy and I don’t worry about cutting myself.
Here are a couple of quick and easy recipes for you to try.
With a Spiral Vegetable Slicer, zucchini slaw is so easy. Use zucchini that is firm and straight. Cut off the ends. I like to leave the peel to add color. Put the shredder blade (1/8 inch) in the slicer. Make a slice down the long side of the zucchini deep enough to go almost to the middle. That will make the spirals shorter and better for slaw. Be sure to watch my video to see how to easily adjust the length of the spirals. Now you can add any another vegetables that you like such as carrots, onions, red cabbage or bell peppers. For the salad in the picture I spiralized zucchini, red cabbage and apple. Then I added dried cranberries and walnuts and topped it with a poppy seed dressing. It was fast, easy and delicious.
Do you love apple pie, but don’t need the calories? Try this recipe. Take an apple, leave the peel on, and slice it using the flat blade of the spiral slicer. Melt one teaspoon of butter or coconut oil in a frying pan. Add the spiralized apple to the pan. Sauté for a few minutes on medium heat and then add about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar or use an unrefined sweetener like Turbinado sugar, Sucanat or honey. If you use sweet apples like Fuji, you can use less sugar. Generously sprinkle cinnamon on the apples. Continue to cook until the apples are soft. It won’t take long because the apples are thinly sliced. Then crumble a little graham cracker or granola on top and add a touch of whipped cream. It may not be 100% healthy, but it’s delicious and healthier than apple pie. Enjoy!
In my next post, I will add a video to show you exactly how to use the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer. It really is easy but the instructions that come in the box are not the greatest. I want to share with you what I have learned by experimenting and having fun!