Low Carb Replacement for Pasta

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I hope you have had a great week this week. I’ve tried a few new recipes involving zucchini and I’ve also tried cauliflower pizza crust. Everything I’ve tried this week has been a hit for me and my household. That’s a good week! Y’all know that I’m a lover of all things cauliflower, but I’m often asked what I think about zucchini noodles or other vegetables as a pasta replacement. My answer is always, “I love them!”

Many people equate switching to a low carb diet with having to give up many of the foods that they love. That is hardly the case. Often it just means having to be more creative when you cook.

In fact, did you know that there are many different low carb swaps for carb-filled recipes that allow you to enjoy pancakes, pizza, crunchy snacks, French fry alternatives and even pasta?

For many, one of the hardest parts of eating low carb is the need to give up pasta that is loaded with starch carbs, but pasta alternatives are made easy with the invention of the spiral cutter!

While you can’t eat pasta made from flour when living a low carb lifestyle, when you use these vegetable cutting tools, you can still enjoy your pasta dishes in a very low carb, healthy version.

Many people who have tried using spiral vegetable cutting tools now swear by them, myself included. They have become as important as a knife or bowl when preparing a healthy meal.

The remarkable and unique tastes of dishes that use spiral cut vegetables combined with the nutritional diet benefits they have, has people rushing to learn this healthy form of cooking.

What is a Spiral Vegetable Cutter?

These devices come in a wide variety of models and price ranges. They can be found in different forms, from a hand held spiral vegetable cutter to a machine that you feed the vegetables into that does the work for you. I have a basic one, like this one, but I’m thinking of getting the KitchenAid attachment. That would be a definite upgrade for me, Lol.

The name is somewhat misleading because these devices are excellent at making spiral cut fruits too, although I’ve never tried with fruit.

Here are some general guidelines when selecting vegetables to use in them:

  1. Use vegetables that are very solid. Two of the best choices are zucchini and cucumbers.
  2. Try to avoid using highly irregular shaped vegetables. The straighter the sides the better your spiral cut vegetables will turn out.
  3. Hollow core vegetables cannot be used.
  4. A good general guideline is the length of the fruits and vegetables to be cut should be longer than 2 inches and the diameter larger than 1 1/2 inch.

Here are some examples of vegetables that typically work well in a spiral vegetable cutter:

  • Zucchini
  • Beets
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Summer Squash

Spiral Cut Pasta – Low Carb Style!

Why are spiral cut veggies a good choice?

  • It fits the mold when designing a diet that is low in carbs that eliminates high starch foods like pasta.
  • Spiral cut vegetables add some excellent taste and texture to any recipe.
  • Many savory pasta dishes already feature different vegetables in their recipes to enhance the flavor, so spiral cut vegetables only compliment this further.
  • It is much easier to maintain a low carb diet when you can mimic and enjoy your carb-filled favorites.

So what is the vegetable of choice for making vegetable noodles?

Currently one of the most popular vegetable to make spiral cut noodles out of is zucchini. This is my favorite pasta replacement vegetable.

Once the zucchini has been cut, simply steam the spirals or pour hot water over them to soften them just a bit before adding sauce and other ingredients. I also like to cook them in a little bit of olive oil to soften them up.

Recipe Ideas

You can make various types of low carb spiral veggie dishes that mimic your favorite pasta recipes.

  1. Spiral zucchini with marinara
  2. Spiral zucchini with spinach and cream sauce
  3. Spiral zucchini with Alfredo sauce with or without chicken and shrimp
  4. Spiral zucchini with butter, fresh garlic and parmesan
  5. Spiral zucchini with clams
  6. Spiral zucchini with sausage and marinara
  7. Virtually any other Italian sauce or ingredients you can imagine

The above can be used as main dishes or even as side dishes to go with your steak, chicken or fish.

If you are eating low carb, or even just want to get more vegetables into your diet, pick up a spiral vegetable cutter and try it. The cheapest is the hand held. Or you can get fancier and try the hand crank kind. If you have a KitchenAid and want to spend the money, try the spiralizer attachment.

You will be amazed how these great low carb swaps will taste. Will a spiral cutter, a low carb diet no longer means that you have to cut our your favorite pasta from your menus.

What is your favorite way to enjoy spiral veggies? I would love to hear it.

Talk to you soon,

Tammy 🙂

 

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