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Inspiralized? Spiralizing? EXPLAIN!

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I’m happy to share with everyone the next big thing: Inspiralizing! Spiralizing is the art of taking vegetables and turning them into noodles. Inspiralized is what you and the dish become afterwards – a healthier and inspired version!

Inspiralized the spiralizer

You’ve probably seen spiralizing at a restaurant, where garnishes of carrot and daikon radish are often presented in heaps of spirals. Well, a common practice in the raw vegan world is spiralizing, using a tool called a spiralizer. The spiralizer allows you to transform a healthy, low-calorie, low-carb vegetable into a giant bowl of pasta! Top with the right sauce, cheese, or protein and you’ve got a delicious meal – in minutes.

With this blog, I hope to inspire everyone to end the guilt and torment when eating a heaping bowl of pasta. You CAN have a creamy tomato sauce or that alfredo, because you’re not consuming a giant bowl of carbs – you’re consuming a bowl of vegetables! By replacing pasta noodles with vegetables, you don’t miss the real thing: I promise. The spiralizer completely revolutionizes the way we think about the classic Italian favorite. Once again, family and friends can gather around the table for spaghetti and meatballs.

Spiralized vegetable pasta or “Inspiralized” pasta is paleo friendly, vegan and vegetarian friendly, low carb friendly, gluten friendly and health friendly. Spiralized pasta is not only nutritious and filling, it’s easy to make. Inspiralizing is for all ages, diet lifestyles and skill levels. The actual act of spiralizing takes less than one minute. No more waiting for the water to boil, no more mushy noodles. More importantly, all of the recipes on this blog are written by me: a girl in her mid-twenties with no formal culinary training, just an appetite for good food and a mind for healthy living.

Actually, read this post and find out how I discovered the spiralizer!

For those calorie and carbohydrate counters out there, you better be sitting down. To truly explain the health benefits of zucchini pasta versus regular pasta, I offer this statistical comparison. Keep in mind that the typical restaurant bowl of pasta can be as much as 2-3 servings.

Calories

Carbohydrates

Total Fat

1 Serving Zucchini Pasta (1 medium zucchini)

31

7 g

0 g

1 Serving of Spaghetti  (1 cup)

221

43.2 g

1.3 g

Difference

190

36.2 g

1.3 g

Based off the above evidence, you would have to eat 6 bowls of zucchini pasta to match the calorie and carbohydrate content of regular pasta. By choosing zucchini pasta over regular pasta, you are saving yourself 190 calories, 36.2 carbohydrates and 1.3 grams of fat. Simply substitute spiralized pasta for regular pasta and you’ll never miss the real stuff, especially with these health benefits.

More about me, Alissandra:

Inspiralized with spiralizer

First off, everyone calls me Ali (but Alissandra is my real name) True to my Italian American background, I love everything food – cooking, eating, reading food blogs, dining out, sharing my food pictures and entertaining friends. I’m definitely that obnoxious person at the table next to you Instagramming their meal before digging in. To me, nothing is better than having an unforgettable meal at a newly discovered restaurant…. especially when you live near one of the greatest culinary cities in the world: NEW YORK CITY.

When I’m not in the kitchen cooking for Inspiralized, you can find me traveling, reading cooking magazines, dreaming at a coffee shop, walking around NYC with my DSLR, exercising so that I can guiltlessly eat chocolate later, and spending time with my family in New Jersey.

I know next to nothing about fashion or beauty. Honestly, the room starts spinning when I’m in a Sephora. HOWEVER,  my adrenaline pumps at Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table and I get giddy in the cookbook aisles of bookstores.

Inspiralized with spiralizer

Oh, and I’m a pretty terrible baker! I prefer pasta tongs over electric mixers and I’ve been known to lose my measuring spoons.

What are my hopes and dreams? Well shucks! To become a culinary star, of course! I want to bring spiralizing to the masses and show everyone that eating healthy is fun and doesn’t have to be boring or predictable. One day, I’d love to become involved with promoting nutritional education in schools through cooking and teaching.

In January 2013, I moved in with my boyfriend, Lu, and love to write about our adventures and the food I cook for us. Many of my recipes are designed for one or two to encourage couples to cook healthy meals together! Men do like vegetables…. especially when you trick them into eating them!

Zucchini noodles and the spiralizer

Oh, I almost forgot the most important part: On June 25, 2013, I quit my job in corporate America. That evening, I bought the Inspiralized.com domain and on June 26, 2013, I walked into a local Starbucks and started blogging! I’m taking a stab at pursuing my dreams. Thanks for taking part in my journey….

I would love to hear from you. I’m always available at inspiralized(at)gmail(dot)com. 

As my mamma always tells me, treat others as you would like to be treated.

Can’t wait to hear from you! 

Comments

  1. This is fantastic!! Your dishes look wonderful and you are a truly gifted writer. Really excited that you are pursuing what you love and are clearly passionate about!! Olivia

  2. Anonymous :

    Your recipes look fantastic! You just inspired me to purchase one of these and explore different cooking! My husband is a health nut- can’t wait to give these a whirl ;)

  3. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I appreciate the kind note. Send me a picture of any dishes you make, I’ll be featuring reader submissions! Thanks again.

  4. Char :

    Thanks for the inspiring story! Currently eating your Greek inspired turkey meatballs. THEY ARE AMAZING! Topped off with the zucchini pasta :) thank you!

  5. Anonymous :

    I’m Asian, and I CANNOT live without noodles! Thank you for providing a guilt-free way to enjoy them. Can’t wait to try your recipes!

    • Thank you so much – I’m so glad you like the concept! I’ll definitely be sure to post more Asian noodle dishes on the blog. Do you have any requests? :)

      • Tasha Lee :

        One of the comfort foods I miss since going Primal is tuna noodle casserole. Im already fan of your blog lol, but a spiralized version of tuna noodle casserole would take my fandom to a whole other level

  6. Michelle :

    Love mine! I bought in November, and lost 7 pounds that month!! Just in time for Thanksgiving! This machine is a new way to live, and I LOVE IT. BTW, congrats on getting away from the blood suckers in corporate America. I left a big radio conglomerate after 15 years, and life has been 1000% better, in every way!! Mentally, spiritually and financially!!!

  7. One of my clients had mentioned your blog to me before, but I finally linked up to it yesterday after seeing your blog on the Huff Post article that featured both our recipes. Love all of your recipe and can’t wait to try some new tricks with my spiralizer!! Goodness I love this kitchen gadget :)

  8. Can you tell me if the zucchini squash is soft or crunchy when you eat it like pasta? I attempted to serve the spiralized squash to my kids but it didn’t pass as spaghetti because it was crunchy. Should I sautéed it longer?

    • Yes. My wife just served some delicious zucchini pasta which she had sauteed in some olive oil in which she had previously softened a little finely chopped onion, a minced clove of garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. She cooked the noodles for about 7 or 8 minutes – until it was al dente.

      She was very pleased because she is growing several zucchini plants in her garden and, unlike previous years, they haven’t all died, but are producing prolifically. She used a “Veggetti” for the first time. It is an “as seen on tv” device I picked-up at Wal-Mart for $15.00. It’s sturdy, simple to use, and makes thin or thicker “noodles.” Previously, she had used a Julienne vegetable peeler I bought on HSN which seemed to take forever and almost sent two family members to the ER with deep finger cuts!

      • Daphne Haskin :

        Thanks Robert….really appreciate the response and information. I will try again.

    • Yes, the longer you sautee it, the more it softens! Just keep trying until you reach the right consistency.

  9. Nikki :

    I bought my spiral user a couple of months ago and I love it! Your blog has been a lifesaver for me! I can’t wait to try all of your recipes!

  10. having trouble which to buy on amazon: the paderno or the spiralizer brand. are they the same?? thanks.

  11. Anonymous :

    A lady at my work just shared your link on a corporate training that I was on. OMG- I am excited and can’t wait to get Inspiralized! I am pretty much a plant-based eater but can’t wait to “trick” the kids into becoming one as well! Excited~

  12. Beth Ann :

    I’m totally inspired! I bought a spiralizer and then found your blog (sorry it wasn’t the other way around) when I was trying to figure out just what I can do with it. I spend all my free time (and most of my time when I should be doing other things) thinking about food and trying to come up with creative ways to stuff my boyfriend and I full of vegetably goodness. We don’t have any dietary restrictions, we just try to eat more veggies. When that happens, other foods naturally fall off the plate. One of our favorite games is “guess how many veggies I snuck into this.” I’m super stoked to get started with your recipes!

    • I’m so glad you took the leap and bought a spiralizer – best purchase of 2014!! What recipe will you make first??

      • Beth Ann :

        I’m planning on doing the Asiago Kohlrabi Noodle Fritatta with Bacon, Corn & Basil for brunch on Sunday, but I already used up the kohlrabi I got in this week’s CSA (I can restock at the Saturday Farmer’s Market). I don’t want to wait until then to start, so I’m hunting for something I already have all the ingredients on hand to make. Maybe the Mint Pesto Zucchini Pasta with Goat Cheese or the Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad. My spiralizer should arrive this afternoon. I can’t wait!

      • You can use zucchini or potatoes, instead of kohlrabi in the recipe!

  13. joan Zahka :

    Ali – Friends invited us to their vacation cottage for the weekend and instead of the usual hostess gift, we bought them a Spiralizer. They joined our CSA veggie farm share based on our recommendation this summer, so we are certain that spiralizing is the next thing for them to discover!
    Congratulations on your engagement!

  14. Amy Thomson :

    Loving everything you create all the way from Australia!!!

  15. Claire :

    Looking forward to your recipes for “2″!! I am a single gal & don’t want to eat the same dish all week!! Love my Spiralizer

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