One of the newest food trends is the use of a spiralzer kitchen gadget to create thin to thick noodle style ribbons made of fruits or vegetables to use in salads or as a replacement for traditional pasta. Spiralizing is a way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into recipes with the goal of consuming less carbs and eating healthier. Ali Malfucci’s book contains a wide index of recipes categorized by over 20 fruits or vegetables. Some of the more familiar produce such as zucchini, apples, beets, cucumber, sweet potato, butternut squash are highlighted but also some of the less often used vegetables are also featured such as celeriac and kohlrabi. For those meat lovers out there, not to worry, there are plenty of recipes which contain pork, beef, lamb, fish, and poultry but include vegetables or fruit either served on the side or incorporated into the dish. There are also plenty of gluten free and vegan recipes, so really there are recipes to please almost anyone’s palate. On the top right page of each recipe there is a box which highlights whether or not the recipe is suitable for Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, etc.
Some of the recipes which are intriguing to me include: Butternut Squash noodles with Almond Ricotta and Coconut Bacon, pg. 73. I am particularly interested in preparing almond ricotta which I have tasted before and enjoyed, it’s surprisingly satisfying. Winter Lasagna with Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Sausage, pg. 78, also looks like a winning dish as the butternut squashed/sliced with a spiralizer is a substitute for traditional lasagna noodles. I love all of the ingredients in the recipe so I am anxious to try it out. Buffalo Wings with Celeriac Slaw, pg. 112, also looks and sounds very appetizing. Other recipes include inspiration from cuisines around the world including Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, and Greek. If you are looking for a fresh new way to cook, this book may just “inspiralize” you! I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for my honest review.
Note: This is a traditional style paperback cookbook with the integration of spiralized fruits and vegetables into the recipes which means in addition to a spiralizer you will still need basic kitchen ware gadgets such as a knife, food processor, and pots and pans to prepare some of the recipes in this book.