How To Spiralize Vegetables (Without A Spiralizer!) + 2 Veggie “Pasta” Dishes

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I’m sure many of you are familiar with spiralizer machines – famous for turning vegetables like zucchini into spiraled, curly, pasta-like strands. I first had zucchini “pasta” a few years ago at a raw food restaurant and I couldn’t get over how similar it was to regular pasta noodles. A spiralizer machine has always been in the back of my mind since then!

I found myself at Kitchen Stuff Plus last week and asked a sales person if they sold spiralizer machines.

“No, I’m sorry we don’t, but we do sell julienne peelers.”

Julienne peeler?? My ears perked up.

How did I not know about this amazing invention? I immediately bought both brands of julienne peelers they carried – you know, just in case one was a dud. And one of them WAS a dud, but the other – Zyliss brand – worked fantastically. I was literally yelling, “Yay it worked!!!” to Sketchie who was trying his best to ignore me in his Sketchie Shell (formerly known as the “cat tent”).

Meet my new Zyliss Julienne Peeler:

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As soon as I got home I made a huge bowl of pasta-like veggies using a green zucchini, yellow zucchini, and a large carrot.

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To make it, grab zucchini or carrots and peel away like you would a normal peeler. There is no need to cook the vegetables beforehand, but feel free to heat the veggie “noodles” up in a skillet very briefly just before serving. Sometimes I eat it cold and other times warm, it just depends on my mood.

I was quite impressed with how thin it cut the strands! It gets trickier to peel as you get close to the bottom, so I usually chop up the remaining piece and either throw it in or save it for a stir fry later on.

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I’m sure using julienne peelers for this purpose is old news to many of you, but it’s new, exciting news to me. Don’t you love when you find out a cool trick?

Naturally, I’ve been julienning/spiralizing my little heart out. So far I’ve tried zucchini and carrots, but I’m wondering if it works on other veggies or fruit. I’m sure beets would work, although it would be messy. I’m pretty sure it will work on potatoes too. Butternut squash? Let me know below if you have any ideas and I will be sure to try it out.

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The first thing I made was a mix of green & yellow zucchini, and carrot “pasta” topped with my 15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta sauce. It was lovely!

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Avocado pasta sauce tip – if you are looking to cut down the oil, sometimes I sub half the oil (1 tbsp) for 1 tbsp water and it’s never missed.

For some protein, I added tofu on the side. Easy, fun to eat, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Another fun meal I made is this yellow zucchini pasta dish with White Linen Collection Marinara Sauce, hummus, a crumbled veggie burger, basil, and Herbamare.

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Promptly INHALED!

If you are interested in a cheap way to “julienne/spiralize” zucchini, carrots, etc – I highly recommend trying out a julienne peeler. It only takes a few minutes, the clean up is minimal, and if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself upping your veggie intake substantially.

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Michelle@Peachy Palate August 27, 2012

Oh my god I have to find one of these!!! Amazing!!!

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Jennifer April 24, 2013

I’m going to try to julienne cucumber to make a cucumber salad

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Nila. March 22, 2014

That is what I was thinking would be a good use. Cucumber “noodles with yogurt, garlic etc Kind of like a taziki salad.

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Nicci April 4, 2014

Oh my gosh! YUM!

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Jennifer April 24, 2013

I’m going to try to julienne cucumber to make a cucumber salad

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Stace April 15, 2014

I just ordered two off of Amazon for less than $8.00 each and free shipping!

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April August 27, 2012

I was craving zucchini noodles with marinara sauce yesterday but didn’t want to buy an expensive mandoline so this is super awesome! This is so going on the grocery list for next week, woohoo!

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Kimberly August 27, 2012

I love this post! I was literally just contemplating purchasing a $35 spiralizer this morning, but then read this and ordered that exact peeler from Amazon! Thanks for saving me valuable kitchen space! I love your blog.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

I hope you enjoy it Kimberly!

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Janae @ Bring-Joy August 27, 2012

Yes, I was in the same position Kimberly. Do I want to shell out $40 for another appliance that’s going to take up yet more space in an already crowded kitchen? Love that the julienne peeler is a little guy that’ll do the job & won’t crowd my kitch.

Thanks for sharing Angela!

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Jennifer August 27, 2012

Me too! I had one saved in my Amazon wish list and was just thinking of taking the plunge. This will be much easier (and smaller as the other ladies noted). Thanks Angela!!

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Somer August 28, 2012

Ha! Looks like Angela caused a frenzy ;) It’s now sold out on Amazon and many other places too! Just found mine on ebay!

Thanks Angela for the amazing tip for all of us who didn’t want to shell out the big bucks or space to the spiralizer! Those pastas look amazing!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 27, 2012

Apparently I need one of those. I bought a spiralizer on Amazon and cannot for the life of me figure out how to make it work. And the instructions are in Japanese. #epicfail

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

hah…I can imagine. Maybe there is a You Tube video on your particular brand?

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Carol August 27, 2012

There is! Search for the Benriner vegetable slicer on YouTube and you will see a demo -)

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Alissa N August 27, 2012

You are a genius. I need one of these peelers!!

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char eats greens August 27, 2012

I think I need to get that ASAP. And thanks for posting about because now maybe I’M the very last one to know about this peeler. I was actually in Collingwood yesterday and ate at the raw, vegan place there. Of course, I ordered the vegetable salad which comes with zucchini and carrots spiralized, and it reinforced that I need a spiralizer. Well Angela, you’ve solved that problem (and funny how both occurred so close to each other!). I think it would totally increase my veggie intake too. The hubby might get sick of zucchini though ;)

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Erika August 27, 2012

I just saw one of these the other day but it didn’t occur to me that I could use it to make veggie pasta of all kinds!! It definitely seems like an awesome and delicious way to eat more veggies!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 27, 2012

Ok, can I just say how much I love that photo of the mid-peel stage on the yellow zucchini?! LOL, it’s lovely!! I’m glad you found a solution to prevent you from buying yet another kitchen gadget!! :) I love those sort of kitchen epiphanies… and I think I need a cat or dog to share those eureka moments when they happen. Or, I suppose I could just email you! :)

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Andrea @ Vegvacious August 27, 2012

I love this cheap alternative to a spiralizer! I have a ton of zucchinis coming out of the garden and I would love to try this with some of them. There’s a kitchen store right around the corner from my office — I think I’m going to head on over there on my lunchbreak!

PS – isn’t that pasta sauce to die for?? I LOVE it and buy a jar every time I’m at Costco because I literally inhale it the moment it enters my kitchen!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

Yes it is…I always have a couple jars in my cupboard at all times!

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courtney August 27, 2012

i LOVE my julienne peeler! its amazing. i’ve done it with sweet potato and that is a job and a half, i found it difficult but worth it…i just won’t use sweet potato EVERY time haha…maybe potatoes would be a little easier? who knows. i also do cucumber and carrot and make fresh spring rolls SO YUMMY!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

Yea I could see how firm veggies like SP and reg. potatoes could require some elbow grease. I will have to try it soon…

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luv what you do August 27, 2012

I want a mandoline so bad, but you have me sold on the Julianne peeler. I was at Sur La Table yesterday and may have to run back again today. Thanks for the mouth watering dinner suggestions AND the product review!!!

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Misty August 27, 2012

WHAT! I did not know this existed!!! So exciting! Hello more salads and summer rolls!!

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Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) August 27, 2012

Looks delicious! I recently bought a spiralizer from Cruda Cafe and I’m obsessed. When I’m looking for a quick lunch I just spiralize a zucchini and whip up some pesto, et voila a quick raw meal! I actually posted a recipe for Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta today, you should check it out.

So far I have tried zucchini and carrots but I’m looking froward to trying cucumber (in disks), jicama and beets. You could also make asparagus noodles with a regular peeler of a julienne peeler.

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Kare @ Kitchen Treaty August 27, 2012

Off to the kitchen store! I need this! Both of those dishes look amazing. Perfect for all the wonderful produce that’s out there right now. Yum.

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 27, 2012

what a great little tool! I’ll have to get one! :)

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Kelly August 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing this, I just ordered one and can’t wait to make veggie pasta :)

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Lana August 27, 2012

I need one of these! My tiny kitchen is too full of machines and what-nots too so a julienne peeler looks ideal, I hope they do them in pink…. :) Really want to make the creamy avocado pasta sauce to go with some julienned zucchini’s (courgettes in the UK!)

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Jill in Chicago August 27, 2012

So once you julienned your veggies into ‘noodles’, do you boil or saute them? Or just eat them raw?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

You can eat the zucchini and carrots raw or give them a gentle saute. It’s up to you. Of course some veggies need to be cooked like potatoes and if butternut squash works also, I will saute it until just tender.

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Jill in Chicago August 27, 2012

Thanks!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 27, 2012

Ahhh that is way cool! I’m putting it on my wish list now!

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Adrienne J August 27, 2012

Such a great idea Angela!! I was in dire need of a new way to prepare my typical veggies. I’ll be looking for that peeler when I go to the grocery store this morning!

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Natalie August 27, 2012

Thank you! This is a game changer!

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 27, 2012

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to try spiralizing veggies for years but could never bring myself to buy a spiralizer!

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Ellie @ healthy belly ellie August 27, 2012

I got a Julienne peeler a couple of months ago – and I’m absolutely in love! Such a great tool! Before that, I used to just try and cut the veggies in long- “pasta like” strands. Ha, needless to say, it wasn’t a quick task. The julienne peeler “cuts” the time by 75%. WOO!

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Christa @ Edible Balance August 27, 2012

What a fabulous tool! I LOVE my spiralizer, but would have maybe thought twice on it had I known about this julienne peeler :) Thanks for the delicous ideas, I needed some inspiration for lunches this week!

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Cheryl August 27, 2012

You are just full of the BEST ideas…..you have found your calling with recie creation, food styling and food coaching……running out to get one…..didn’t want to buy an expensive mandoline, so this post was appreciated. Bravo!

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ilona August 27, 2012

Like some of the other commenters here, I was on the brink of ordering a spiralizer but was also thinking about where to store it in my tiny kitchen that is already *so* full of clutter. :)
Thanks to this post I just ordered the same julienne peeler for only a few euro’s in a Dutch webshop that’ll deliver the peeler to me tomorrow morning already. Yay!
So thanks a bunch! :)
-Love from the Netherlands-

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

Wow that is speedy! I hope you like it :)

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Rachel August 27, 2012

I have one of those! I make zucchini noodles :)

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Gloria August 27, 2012

What a great idea! Thank you :)

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beatriz August 27, 2012

I need to know what costco pasta sauce you are referring too? unless I make my own I find most sauces taste very gross out of a jar

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012

It’s the White Linen Collection Marinara. I did a couple mentions of it in previous posts: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/03/02/7-foods-im-loving-right-now/ I agree – most jar sauces arent great but I cant get enough of this marinara.

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Beatriz August 27, 2012

Thank I will be sure to try it!

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Alison (Fueling for Fitness) August 27, 2012

I have a spiralizer and although I LOVE it, it is a pain to clean, and takes up space! I’m trying my best to downsize over the next few months to just keeping the essentials…. and I’m tempted to just get one of these and sell my spiralizer! I’m sure it would actually result in me eating *more* veggie noodles thanks to an easy clean up. Thanks for this post!

PS. I made your no-bake chocolate torte yesterday for a surprise farewell party and it was *SUCH A HIT*. You’ve become my resource for when I want to make desserts guaranteed to impress. :)

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset August 27, 2012

Oh my goodness! This is GENIUS!!! I must try this asap! I’ve wanted to try spiralled pasta, but have never gotten around to actually buying one. This is awesome.

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl August 27, 2012

This is new to me, too and I love it. Thanks so much for sharing. I will be purchasing one of these very soon. Looks super simple and what a great way to increase the veggies in your diet.

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Livvy August 27, 2012

GREAT POST!!! I am a Gadget Girl. Love gadgets of all kinds. I did not know about this one, but now I will be getting one STAT! How fun. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try it out.

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Danielle August 27, 2012

BEST. ADVICE. EVER. I have been trying to figure out a way to make zucchini pasta at home for a while now without getting the big machine. Thanks!!!

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Tracey August 19, 2013

I just use my large cheese grater, no need for an extra kitchen gadget…. makes great big fettucine-like zuchini noodles.

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Lauren August 27, 2012

I’m sure this is a dumb question, but do you blanch the ‘noodles’? Or just eat them raw? Cool trick though! A healthy way to get your pasta fix without all the carbs. :-)

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Nobody August 27, 2012

oh wow… i MUST have one of those!!!

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Alyssa August 27, 2012

I love making raw noodle dishes! This looks yummy :)
I use daikon for noodles because it absorbs the sauce a but more and I like the texture I guess.
Here’s one of my favorite noddle recipes – I use daikon instead, and sesame seeds rather than hemp.
http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/oodles-of-raw-noodles-spinach-basil-pesto.html

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ellen August 27, 2012

Awesome find! I just added one to my cart at amazon.com for the next time I order with them. I can’t wait to make some new packable lunches!!

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Jessica August 27, 2012

I bought one of these a few weeks ago at the Acme and I love it. I do yellow squash roasted with parmesan cheese!

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Lisa August 27, 2012

This is perfect!! I just went to a raw food demo at Rawstock on the wknd and the chef used a spirulizer…now i don’t need to get one!! You are the BEST angela!!!

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