In our ongoing quest to improve How to Eat, Dara and I have to decided to double test our recipes whenever possible. Meaning, when one of us feels like we’ve got a real winner on our hands, the other will either ‘yay’ it or ‘nay’ it after a test batch.
Look, we know we’ve promised time and time again we won’t use specialized cooking equipment for our recipes. But guys, spiralizing is so fun. It’s also taking over Pinterest, so it’s obviously very important market research for us to be spiralizing the hell out of stuff.
But is it a worthy trend?
I’ll be real with you.
For testing purposes I borrowed Dara’s, and I’ll probably try to get a few more spiralizing seshes in before I return it, but in the end I think I’ll live without one.
That being said it’s easy, it’s fun and if I had unlimited space to keep kitchen appliances (which I don’t) I might change my mind. I do think it’s a great kitchen tool for getting kids involved in the kitchen though (I would say ages 3 years and up with supervision). Once set up, the spiralizing itself is quick and safe.
We know kids who help prep and cook what they’re served are way more likely to eat it, and in this case your kids don’t need mad knife skills to pull off some pretty impressive prep work. At about $40 for an entry level number, the kid factor may be worth it on it’s own.
We realize most of you won’t have a spiralizer at home, but don’t let this stop you from cooking this dynamite recipe. We’ve given you some tips about how you can make this spiralizer-free in our recipe notes below. Whether cubed or noodle’d (new word!) the sweet potatoes taste delicious, promise. If you do decide on spiralizing, the cook time for this recipe is perfection. The sweet potatoes cook through just enough, but still have a nice satisfying bite to them.
Mix it up!
As always, substitute to your heart’s desire with the other additions, too. We love the colourful mix of veg here, but broccoli, carrots, eggplant, green beans, edamame etc. etc. would all work. Sub chicken or shrimp for tofu, too.
What I’m saying is, you can put this sauce on anything and hit a home run.
Like, outta the park.
Tell us, do you spiralize? What do we need to make next?