Garlic Asiago Baked Spiralized Fries

Garlic Asiago Baked Spiralized Fries

Garlic Asiago Baked Spiralized Fries

Sure, you could make fries with a mandolin, a knife or a julienne peeler.

But using a spiralizer is so much more fun!

If you didn’t know already, your spiralizer can be used to make fries (shoestring or thick curly) just about out of everything (light veggies like kohlrabi and starchier veggies like potatoes.)

These fries, though, are really special.

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Easy Post-Workout Salmon Dinner + Local Barre Giveaway

Salmon, Spinach and Sweet Potato Rice Foil Packets - Inspiralized.com

We’ve all been there: you come home later after work, drag yourself to the gym or out for a run. Then, you get back (even later now) and open your fridge: womp, womp. Whether your fridge just has celery sticks and mustard in it or it’s packed with plenty of food, your energy levels are zero and the last thing you want to do is slave over a meal.

As much as you want to just sit on the couch with cheese and crackers or make a  peanut butter and jelly and call it a night, it’s so important to properly recover after your workout and nourish your body properly.

I’ve got just the meal for that.

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Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles with Pancetta and Baby Spinach

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Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a mother, I hope you’re spending it relaxing and not lifting a finger. If you’re not a mother, I hope you’re making some mother out there feel special and loved.

Moms are the best, they really are. Of course, my mom is the world’s greatest mom. Don’t try to fight me on it, it’s true!

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Sweet Potato Rice Mexican Breakfast Skillet

Sweet Potato Rice Mexican Breakfast Skillet

Sweet Potato Rice Mexican Breakfast Skillet

Instead of listing out all of the ingredients in this breakfast skillet, I just decided to sum it up with the word “Mexican.” Why is it Mexican? Really just because it has some lovely Mexican staples – corn, avocado, chili powder, green peppers, cilantro and black beans.

Otherwise, it would have had to be named “Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet with Corn, Avocado, Black Beans and Fried Egg” which is way way too long.

Alas, it’s perfect timing for Cinco de Mayo, which is next Monday.

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Pesto Broccoli Sweet Potato Rice Casserole - Two Ways!

Pesto Broccoli Sweet Potato Rice Casserole – Two Ways!

Pesto Broccoli Sweet Potato Rice Casserole - Two Ways!

Everyone has a preference when it comes to food. Whether that preference is based on a chosen special diet, an allergy or purely your mood at that moment, it’s still a preference.

When I first started Inspiralized and my sister would make my recipes, she’d always send a picture of her dish next to her boyfriend’s (who she lives with). He wouldn’t eat the zucchini noodles, but she would. She wanted the lower calories, carbs and the ability to eat a big portion without negating that day’s workout.

I love that most about my recipes – they are so easy and quick that you can make two different versions at the same time!

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Savoy Cabbage "Breakfast Burrito" with Sweet Potato Noodles

Savoy Cabbage “Breakfast Burrito” with Sweet Potato Noodles

Savoy Cabbage "Breakfast Burrito" with Sweet Potato Noodles

A big fan of lettuce wraps, I decided to give cabbage a try. I figured that since cabbage leaves are bigger than bibb lettuce or romaine, they’d hold up better and be able to fit more food per “leaf” or “wrap.” 

Boy, was I right. Savoy cabbage is the new lettuce wrap! 

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Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice

Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

There are definitely things that I wish I knew going into blogging. I wish I knew more about social media, SEO and the value of certain plugins.

I also wish I had known to plan ahead for occasion-themed recipes, like with National Nutrition Month (which ends tomorrow), National Pasta Day and Mardi Gras.

I had this jambalaya recipe all built up in my head for Mardi Gras and just didn’t plan my post calendar properly. Therefore, you’re getting a jambalaya in late March, 3 weeks late.

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Shaved Asparagus and Sausage Sweet Potato Noodle Pasta

Shaved Asparagus and Sausage Sweet Potato Noodle Pasta

Every month, I get bored with my food styling props and I tell Lu. Luckily, there’s a Pier 1 Imports and Target right near my main grocery store, so usually I can fit in a quick stop.

But every couple of months, Lu knows he’s in for a real treat: a day of prop shopping.

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Thai Pork & Peanut Coconut Red Curry with Sweet Potato Rice

Thai Pork & Peanut Coconut Red Curry with Sweet Potato Rice

Thai Pork & Peanut Coconut Red Curry with Sweet Potato Rice

It’s rice fever over here in the Inspiralized kitchen. I got it bad.

You’ll tell me if I’m ever overdoing the rice or the noodles, right? I try to find a balance, but, man, this rice is just too good to keep under wraps.

Especially today’s recipe.

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Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Chicken Fajitas

Like pasta, who doesn’t love fajitas? I’ll tell you who: one of my good friends, Emily. She hates bell peppers. Well, she hates peppers of any kind. While I’m weary of anyone who hates peppers (because they’re the best), she’s awesome, so I’ll let it slide.

Growing up, I looked forward to fajita and taco nights. My mom always made it fun for us, lining up all the fixins and letting us “build” our own. Maybe that’s why I love Chipotle so much?

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Part 1, Takeout Fakeout: Vegetarian Sweet Potato “Fried Rice”

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice

Have you ever heard of that expression, “Takeout Fakeout?” When I first started reading food blogs (ya know, at about 3 months old), I remember seeing a blogger recreate a classic takeout food for the home cook.

My interest was peaked (who doesn’t love takeout?), but I was disappointed when I saw the ingredient list: butter, rice, and sugar! And yes, it looked phenomenal – but sure didn’t make you feel phenomenal.

Today, I’ve got a real fakeout for you: riceless fried rice that’s good for you and tastes JUST like the real thing. Now that’s an Inspiralized fakeout.

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Vegetarian Sweet Potato Rice & Bean Chili

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Rice & Bean Chili

Chop, chop. Mince, mince. Dice, dice.

Boooooring.

Today, we’re giving vegetarian chili a facelift by ditching the knife (or the Ninja chopper, if you happen to own it) and using the spiralizer to use Inspiralized rice instead of cubed sweet potatoes to add vegetarian heartiness to this otherwise predictable chili.

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Inspiralized Pizza Skillet

Cajun Broccoli Potato Noodle Pizza: Two Ways

Inspiralized Pizza Skillet

I know, I know – it’s Sunday and we’re trying to plan for a healthy week ahead and I’m presenting you with a pizza. But you know what? This pizza is made with just 5 ingredients plus 3 seasonings. It’s a “whole foods” kind of pizza.

Plus, this pizza is gluten-free. By using potato noodles as a crust, we’re avoiding the processing that goes into making most pizza doughs. Also, using potato noodles provides more nutrients and creates a fluffy, interesting crust.

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Creamy Vegetable Thai Red Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles

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Full disclosure: I had to go out of my comfort zone for this recipe. Luckily, it was totally worth it- I slurped up two bowls of this immediately after finishing snapping some glamour shots.

It’s easier for me to develop recipes based off of Italian classics or American favorites, because that’s my jam. My palate is familiar with those smells, tastes and sights. It’s tougher for me to do recipes like curries, because I have little experience with those types of dishes.

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Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideo” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Remember a couple weeks back when I talked about what to do with those pesky half moons you get most times when spiralizing? Well, I have an even better idea: turn them into fideo! 

Fideos, in Spanish, means noodle. The most common type of fideos used in pasta recipes is short. Imagine if you took a spaghetti noodle and broke it into thirds. That’s pretty much fideos. Or, vermicelli.

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Healthy Zucchini Pasta Carbonara

Spiralized Pasta Carbonara, Two Ways

Healthy Spiralized Carbonara

Now that we got the spiralized mac and cheese down, it’s time for another classic: Spaghetti Carbonara. And since for the mac and cheese, I gave y’all two options (a butternut squash and a sweet potato), I decided to give you two carbonaras: one zucchini, one sweet potato.

And again, I cannot believe it took me this long to recreate a carbonara: it’s so dang good. That’s a shout out to my friend Shannon, who loves to use the word “dang” when she’s excited about something.

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Sweet Potato Noodle Shrimp Puttanesca

Sweet Potato Noodle Shrimp Puttanesca

Sweet Potato Noodle Shrimp Puttanesca

You know, it’s tough naming these recipes. Sometimes, I just don’t know where to enter in the spiralized vegetable. Like here, should it be “Shrimp Puttanesca with Sweet Potato Noodles” or should it be “Shrimp Sweet Potato Noodle Puttanesca” or even, “Shrimp Puttanesca Sweet Potato Pasta” and just omit the “noodle” part completely?

After a few minutes of thinking, I just stuck it in front. Heck, at least it’ll help when people Google “sweet potato noodles,” hopefully I’ll pop right up! 

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Garlic Sweet Potato Rice

Inspiralized Rice: The Perfect Side Dish

Garlic Sweet Potato Rice

As I admitted on Sunday, I’m pretty pumped about my new rice discovery. I love how the spiralizer can completely revolutionize your vegetable eating.

No longer should we think “I’m going to make {insert protein here} with a side of {insert vegetable here} and a little bit of {insert carb here}.” 

Now, we think, “I’m going to make {insert spiralized veggie here} with a side of {insert protein here}.” The vegetables are stealing the show!

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Tomato Sweet Potato Noodles with Chicken & Artichokes

Tomato Sweet Potato Noodles with Chicken & Artichokes

Tomato Sweet Potato Noodles with Chicken & Artichokes

After posting up that Bacon Shrimp Scampi recipe and polling my readers, it’s evident now that y’all prefer simpler recipes. That’s great, because with the spiralizer, even the simplest of recipes have such great flavor. 

Today’s recipe calls for sweet potato noodles simmered in a tomato sauce. And wow, simmering sweet potato noodles (as opposed to pan-frying or boiling) in a savory sauce is my new jam. 

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Spiralized Mac and Cheese Two Ways: Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato

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Like with my zucchini spaghetti and meatballs, I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t Inspiralized mac and cheese yet. Doh! 

After multiple e-mails suggesting I recreate this classic kid-friendly pasta, I’ve finally done it – two ways! 

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How to Make the Inspiralized Bun

How to Make: The Inspiralized Bun (plus a mini pizza!)

How to Make the Inspiralized Bun

I’m thrilled to announce that I finally have a video that shows how to make the Inspiralized Bun

My cookbook also has guided step-by-step picture tutorials and the official recipe. 

Remember, you can find all of these recipes on my video pages by clicking here.

Without further ado, here it is – with a trick on how to make a mini pizza with the bun. It’s gluten-free and vegetarian.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen my newest videos, you can catch them here:

How to Spiralize: Beets

How to Spiralize: Butternut Squash

Inspiralized Naked Sloppy Joe Buns with Sir Kensington’s Spiced Ketchup

Inspiralized Naked Sloppy Joe Buns with Sir Kensington’s Spiced Ketchup

Inspiralized Naked Sloppy Joe Buns with Sir Kensington’s Spiced Ketchup

I’m really not sure why I’ve named these “naked” sloppy joes, because that would insinuate that there’s no bun at all. Technically, these are “open faced” sloppy joe’s, but in light of this meal being messy and fun, I figured I’d change things up a bit and call ‘em naked…. I thought about naming them “topless,” but that might cause some odd visitors to my blog after some naughty Google searches.

I’ve never made a sloppy joe before, but when Sir Kensington’s sent me a box of their ketchups and mayonnaises, I immediately thought of the 1995 Marykate and Ashley Olsen movie It Takes Two and the scene where one of the twins bites into her first sloppy joe and then ravenously devours it, screaming “this is really good!” I also think of the scene in Billy Madison, where the mess hall lady scoops out the sloppy joes and cackles  out, “I know how yous kids like ‘em sloppy.” Ahhh…. classic.

Gosh, I love the Olsen twins. And Adam Sandler.

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Mini Sweet Potato "Casseroles" with Vegan Marshmallows

Mini Sweet Potato “Casseroles” with Vegan Marshmallows (featuring the Inspiralized bun!)

Mini Sweet Potato "Casseroles" with Vegan Marshmallows

It’s no secret: casseroles are messy. Don’t even get me started on cheesy baked ones – their gooey deliciousness always manages to drip somewhere and cause a sticky disaster. This Thanksgiving, limit your clean up with this Inspiralized twist on a classic side dish: Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows.

That’s right. Inspiralized is getting you ready for a healthy and creative Thanksgiving! Today through Friday, I’ll be featuring a new Turkey Day side dish recipe…. all made with the spiralizer, of course! If you’re cooking and running the whole shabang, wow your guests with an Inspiralized dish. If you’re a guest, don’t bore the host with a bottle of wine – bring these buns along with a bag of marshmallows and watch everyone’s jaws drop as you pull these out of the oven in two minutes!

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Inspiralized Breakfast Bun with Justin's Almond Butter, Banana & Honey

Inspiralized Breakfast Cinnamon Bun with Justin’s Almond Butter, Banana & Honey + A Giveaway!

Inspiralized Breakfast Bun with Justin's Almond Butter, Banana & Honey

My dad and I love nut butters. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve sat on the couch after dinner, watched a movie and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We both like them the same way: globs and globs of peanut butter and a little smear of jelly. 

My passion for nut butters strengthened when I became vegan in 2008, since peanut and almond butters are a heart-healthy protein source. Actually, after the summer I became vegan, I drove down to college for my senior year and had packed an almond butter and banana sandwich for the car ride (it can take up to 9 hours to get to Wake Forest from NJ!) The little sammy kept me fueled for the trip! 

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