The benefits of a spiralizer: 'With courgetti you genuinely don't miss the pasta at all'
Denise Keane, a nutritional therapist with a clinic in Naas who writes a popular blog, irishpaleogirl.ie, follows the Paleo lifestyle and has been spiralizing for two years now.
"I wanted a spiralizer for about two years when I got one in 2013," she says. "Back then it was very hard to get spiralizers in Ireland so I bought mine, a Paderno model, on Amazon for about €40. It's a bit of an investment, but it's worth it."
The biggest attraction for Keane was the ability to make courgetti to replace spaghetti. "For me it was all about courgetti, that's really why I started," she says. "It wasn't that I massively missed the spaghetti but it was nice to have something on the plate that looked and felt like that element.
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"With courgetti, you genuinely don't miss the pasta at all. You're getting extra fibre, extra vitamins, extra minerals. You still feel like you're getting a substantial meal."
Since then, Keane uses her spiralizer about twice a week to make courgetti and salads and to get more vegetables into her 12-year-old son. "It's a nice way to jazz up veggies to get kids more interested in eating them," she says. "They like to help make things and it's fun to cut the vegetables into shapes and then eat them."
Keane regularly makes a side salad of spiralized courgettes and raw carrots, mixed with poppy seeds and a salad dressing of lemon juice and olice oil. She also makes an egg bake incorporating spiralized sweet potato and other veg, which can be cut into slices and eaten on the go.
"I'm all about going back to basics with nutrition, realising that you don't need to follow calorie counting or low-fat diets," she says. "It's about teaching yourself to eat healthy food and unprocessed food, away from sugar and too much grains. A spiralizer helps with that."