I got me a “Cortador Electrico En Espiral.” Yep, I’ve been shoppin’ fancy again. At the Aldi. I had to. Remember my post, Looking Forward, where I set out my goals for 2021. One of my goals was to get a spiralizer and make zoodles (noodles from zucchini.)
Now, there is a spiralizer attachment that can be purchased for my KitchenAid mixer. However, this was double the price ($60) as compared to my Aldi version at $30. I have heard the KitchenAid spiralizer is very sharp and requires careful handling. I am sure it is a quality product. However, given the price difference, the less threatening look of the Aldi’s spiralizer, and the fact that it was right in front of me in the store, I decided to leave it in the cart. Plus, there is a large food chute. That’s gotta be good.
First, I read the “User Manual” which features directions in English and in Espanol. I went to the English section, and there I found a wordless diagram showing how to assemble the spiralizer. This was very helpful. I skimmed through the booklet looking for other useful information. I found the following tips:
- Do not use the spiralizer with a … separate remote control system.
- Do not use the spiralizer … in the rain.
- Do not place the spiralizer where there is a risk of ….it falling into a tub…
- Never….carry the spiralizer by its own power cord.
- Never place the motor unit in the dishwasher. (Darn!)
- The sprializer is for HOUSEHOLD USE only.
That was pretty much the extent of the “User Manual.” There was not one recipe or even one helpful tip. So, I watched a few Youtube videos about making zoodles. And from there, I decided to wing it and make my own creation. I had some precooked Italian meatballs, about 2/3 jar of pasta sauce, and some Parmesan cheese. Using my noodle (ha ha), I had bought four zucchini at the same time I purchased the spiralizer. I was ready to go!
I cut off both ends of the zucchini. Then I pushed them down the tube. I had to press really hard with the “Food Pusher” to get the zucchini to travel down the tube. I also decimated one end of the zucchini trying to get it to agree with my plans. Between cutting off both ends and what happened with the pushing, I probably wasted one whole zucchini. The next morning, I woke up thinking maybe I shouldn’t have cut off the end of the zucchini that gets pushed. That’s the kind of “Morning Afters” I have.
Once I had the zoodles from two zucchini, I put them in a large fry pan with some olive oil. I sprinkled them with garlic powder and Italian seasonings. I sauteed the zoodles near high heat for about ten minutes, maybe less. After sauteing, the zoodles were less voluminous, so I repeated the process with the other two zucchini.
The idea is to eat less carbs, but I like bread too much to eliminate it completely. So, with that justification I can say, Dan was in charge of the garlic toast portion of our meal. He kept asking me when it would all be ready to which I kept replying that this was a learning experience.
At one point, I couldn’t find the “Gear” portion of the spiralizer. I looked all over the counter and stove area. I just had it! Where could it be? Soon enough, I found it – already in the spiralizer. With all this learning, Dan is getting hungry!
Once the zoodles were cooked, I combined the zoodles, the pasta sauce, and 16 of the precooked Italian meatballs. I sprinkled the Parmesan cheese on top, and put the casserole dish in the oven while the garlic toast baked. The idea was to heat everything a bit more. I would suggest about 10 minutes in the oven but being careful so as to not burn the Parmesan on top.
My “Meatball Zoodles” casserole was delicious! As Bill of “OntheRoadofRetirement” would say, Dan and I were members of the Clean Plate Club! One thing I would do differently is to try to treat the end of the zucchini, the part that gets pushed down the tube, a bit more humanely. Plus, I really don’t want to waste so much zucchini. Lastly, I think I could have gotten by with using less pasta sauce. Any spiralizing tips or recipes are more than welcome in the comments below.
I do have several more fabulous and exciting recipes in my mind to try with the spiralizer. You’ll just have to keep reading my blog to find out what they are! I also wonder if I can make the zoodles ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator for some amount of time before using. Perhaps I should purchase a hand held spiralizer to use in our travel trailer. Zoodles might be the perfect thing to make using our Micro Lite’s outdoor grill. Is it time to go camping yet?