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Beyond the Peel

(Read caption) Avoiding wheat, looking to trim down, or just trying to get more veggies in your diet? Veggie 'noodles' are a great addition to a simplified meal.

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Even though it’s snowing in Canada as I write this, I still feel like spring is in the air. Probably because the sun is finally starting to rise before I do and set at a reasonable hour (not 5 p.m.). At least for me, with spring comes the unquenchable need for veggies. More Veggies! I can’t get enough. So I decided to ditch the grains and fill up on vegetable “noodles.”

Yup, veggie “noodles.” Whether you’re trying to lean down, avoid wheat for digestive issues, or simply get more veggies into your diet, veggie “noodles” are a great addition to a simplified meal.

Sure you can buy a spiralizer to make noodle shapes out of raw vegetables, but if you’ve never tried it before, you may not want to invest in a fancy gadget. After all, we don’t need to create kitchen gadget cemeteries in our kitchens. A carrot peeler is a great way of testing out the concept like we did here for Carrot Parpadelle. A mandoline  (this is the one we use) works great, too, if you have one. Or in this case, my sister picked up an inexpensive julienne peeler.

I have to say I love it. It’s a carrot peeler that easily makes julienne style cuts. Using this style of peeler makes fantastic zucchini spaghetti in seconds. I also like how cost effective they are ($5-$7) and store easily (since they are small) and clean up in a snap. If you end up loving the idea and find yourself making vegetable “noodles” on a regular basis, you can move on to fancier equipment, like the spiralizer mentioned above (which works amazingly well, by the way). I wouldn’t recommend the peeler if you were trying to feed a crowd, but for small jobs or a meal for 2, they are perfect. For bigger crowds, the spiralizer or mandoline is a better choice.

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