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15 May Thinking Twice About Kitchen Gadgets

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 When my family and I would enjoy a meal at a particular restaurant, I would always order the same salad.  Served in a huge bowl, thinly sliced matchsticks of zucchini, beets, carrots were piled high on top of crunchy romaine lettuce and garnished with tomato wedges.  It was so delicious.

I tried so many times to recreate the salad at home but I just couldn’t come close enough.  The salad that I made tasted great, but it wasn’t the salad.  After many attempts, I finally realized the secret was in the way that the vegetables were cut.  Sounds crazy, right?

The veggies on my favorite salad were julienned.  This just means they were cut like matchsticks or shoe strings.  To save time, and my fingers, I purchased a julienne peeler.  It’s one of the neatest kitchen gadgets you can find!  You use it the exact same way you would use a regular vegetable peeler.  Just run it along the produce item of your choice to produce perfectly sliced pieces!

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I’ve always found kitchen gadgets to be interesting but kind of unnecessary because they tend to collect in random drawers after a while.  Just like the saying “there’s an app for that,” for any smartphone, “there’s a gadget for that” in the kitchen.  If it will help in some part of the cooking process or cut down on my prep time, then I’m all for it.  A successful gadget should not only be helpful, but it should make you think of food in a new and exciting way.

Recently, I discovered a gadget that made me rethink a few of my meals—a spiral slicer.  This clever little tool turns vegetables into long strands resembling spaghetti noodles.  Use them in place of regular pasta to create a completely new meal.  You will be pleasantly surprised with the variety of new dishes you can create!  Experiment with any firm produce such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kohlrabi, beets, zucchini, carrots, and even apples!  Once you have the noodles, it’s up to you to leave them raw or lightly steam them.  The spiral slicer definitely takes pasta to a whole new level. 

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Sometimes eating the same things over and over again can become a little boring.  Instead of changing what you’re eating, try changing how you prepare it!  Every once in a while, it’s fun to mix it up and trying out some kitchen gadgets is a great way to start.

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Katherine Straub

Katherine is studying dietetics at Ashland University. She received her certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She is a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist. In addition, she is also a Registered 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. Personally, Katherine has lost over 100 pounds by becoming plant-strong! In the future, Katherine hopes to help others incorporate a plant-strong lifestyle as preventative medicine.

  • Sara
    Posted at 14:13h, 15 May

    I love the idea of the julienne peeler (or the blade on a mandoline slicer), but the blades seem to bend out of shape very quickly and it’s just not that easy…I’m back to perfecting my knife skills.

  • Bruce Wang
    Posted at 21:17h, 16 June

    sara you should choose some better tools, i think , it will save much time for you

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