I was at Bed Bath and Beyond the other day and ended up buying a strategically placed, as-seen-on-tv item: the Veggetti. I've seen this for a while now and wondered if I'd actually use it for vegetables other than zucchini. I felt that my julienne peeler and mandolin slicer take care of all of my potato and carrot slicing needs, so did I really need another slicer? The answer was yes. Yes, I did. I love zucchini and have made a conscious effort to eat less pasta this year. I know you can use the Veggetti for other vegetables, but in the moment, it seemed worth it enough even if I only use it for zucchini.
The first couple of times, I just sliced zucchinis into zoodles and paired with a creamy avocado sauce (avocado, garlic, parsley) with baby heirloom tomatoes loosely based on a recipe I found on Pinterest. There are plenty of other recipes on Pinterest, of course, for spiral cut vegetables. I was expecting to put some elbow grease into the slicing, but it was really easy to use. I have had a couple of accidents slicing my fingers on my ancient mandolin slicer, so I'm happy to report no fingers were harmed during the use of this product. It's safe, easy and helps make fun, healthy meals.
My most recent zoodle dish has been beef stir fry, here is one zucchini all sliced up:
I boiled bean sprouts first and then added the zoodles, which only take about 5 minutes to cook. If you leave them boiling too long, the zucchini gets too mushy to be noodley. Then I threw the bean sprouts and zoodles in a strainer until I was ready to add it to the wok.
In a wok, I fully cooked beef, then added green bell peppers, onions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame seed oil and spices. Once everything was cooked, I added the bean sprouts and zoodles and stired a bit more to incorporate all of the flavors. Lastly, I added some toasted sesame seeds and devoured it all. Just kidding, I shared and even had leftovers. It was really delicious and the ingredients were pretty healthy, so I will be making this again soon.
If I hadn't made this impulse buy at the store ($14.99), I would have ended up buying it on Amazon (only $12!). I am still on the lookout for more fun recipes to use the Veggetti with and maybe I'll even try slicing other vegetables one day!