Nothing says convenience like instant noodles. Microwaving a cup of noodles gives you the feel and satisfaction of takeout without the cost. But what if we told you that you could make your own instant noodle soup at home? This homemade version made with spiralized veggies will make you rethink the next time you reach for a sodium-packed, microwaveable cup from the back of your pantry.
These take-along jars don’t have “noodles” at all. Rather spiralized zucchini and carrots pose as ramen or rice noodles. Once the zucchini and carrots are spiralized using the 4-in-1 Electric Spiralizer, layer the spirals, shredded chicken, bok choy and green onion in mason jars.
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix chicken broth, honey, salt, pepper, ground ginger, and crushed red pepper. Microwave the mixture on high for about two minutes, until it comes to a boil. Pour the broth over the ingredients in the mason jar and serve immediately. It’s just that easy.
What’s great about these instant “noodle” cups is that you can easily prep them as a grab-and-go lunch for the week. If you want to prepare these cups ahead of time, skip the boiling of the broth and pour the cold liquid into mason jars. When you’re heading to work or when the kids head to school, the mason jars will be ready and waiting in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat, pour the mixture into a bowl and microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Not only are these instant noodle cups a great back-to-school or desk lunch idea, they are easily customizable. If you wanted to make a vegetarian version, nix the shredded chicken and use vegetable broth instead. Want it a little spicer? Up the ground ginger and red pepper flakes and add sriracha on top.
Whether you are eating these instant noodle cups day-of or a few days later, you won’t miss the 99 cent version you’re used to.
Using a spiralizer, make spirals of zucchini and carrots.
Layer zucchini and carrot spirals, chicken, bok choy and green onions among four (12-ounce) mason jars.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, salt, black pepper, ground ginger and crushed red pepper. Microwave on HIGH until mixture comes to a boil, about 2 minutes. Divide chicken broth mixture evenly among jars.
Incorporating beets is a great way to add a pop of color (and not to mention nutrients) to any dish. Spiralize them into ribbons and they are that much more beautiful. If you’re used to roasting or juicing beets, this salad is a great way to mix things up. Skip the sheet pan tonight and start spiralizing.
Using the 3-in-1 Electric Spiralizer, spiralize 6 beets into ribbons using the ribbon disc. Then boil the beets in a large saucepan and cook them for about 1 or 2 minutes, until they are tender. Remove the beets from the saucepan and chill them in an ice bath, then drain and dry the beets with paper towels.
Arrange fresh greens (you could use spinach, arugula or your favorite lettuce), beet ribbons, and orange segments on a salad plate and top with crumbled goat cheese and toasted walnuts for an added crunch.
Top your colorful salad with a citrusy vinaigrette. Blend orange juice, vegetable oil, rice vinegar, honey, thyme, salt and pepper in no time in your personal blender. Dress your salad and you’re ready to eat.
There are few better combinations than beets and goat cheese, but if you’re not a fan of goat cheese, top this salad with crumbled feta instead. The soft, salty cheese complements the earthiness of the beets while the citrus slices and zesty dressing add sweetness. This salad would make a nice side to your favorite protein or can be served by itself as a hearty lunch.
Using a spiralizer, make ribbons of beets. Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full of water and 2 teaspoons salt. Over high heat, boil water. Add beet ribbons and cook until tender, 1 to 3 minutes. Chill in an ice bath. Drain and dry ribbons with paper towels.
To make dressing, in a single-serve blender, add orange juice, oil, vinegar, honey, thyme leaves, garlic, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Blend until slightly thickened.
On a salad plate, arrange fresh greens, beet ribbons and orange segments. Top with goat cheese and toasted walnuts.
Summer is almost here and everyone is ready to put fresh fruits and vegetables on the table. You may have seen recipes for zoodles (zucchini noodles), but we love the idea of spiralizing a couple of vegetables to make vegetable noodles. For our Spiralizer Garden Pasta we added yellow squash to leave you with a colourful, tasty dish both kids and adults can enjoy.
This meal is not only appealing to the eye (it’s almost too pretty to eat), it’s rich in flavour while still being figure-friendly. Whether you are trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables or having guests over for dinner and drinks on the patio, this Spiralizer Garden Pasta fits the bill.
Tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil is one of those perfect combinations for any time of year. Usually, I lightly dress my caprese with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and call it a day. The Test Kitchen wanted to put a (literal) twist on this classic dish using the 3-in-1 Electric Spiralizer.
Using your spiralizer, spiralize 2 seedless cucumbers using the ribbon disc. Arrange the cucumber ribbons, red and yellow cherry tomatoes (or any garden-fresh, seasonal tomatoes you have on hand), and mozzarella balls on salad plates or in a serving dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then prepare your vinaigrette.
We used our single-serve blender to make our dressing – remember, blenders aren’t only meant for smoothies. In the blender, combine olive oil, white vinegar, garlic, sugar, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth then drizzle over your colourful caprese. We added yet another pop of colour and summer flavor by sprinkling fresh basil to finish the dish.
The red and yellow tomatoes pop next to the soft green cucumber ribbons. The addition of mozzarella cheese takes care of the salt and creaminess you crave and the basil ties it all together into a perfect summer side dish. Serve as a side at a backyard barbecue or alongside grilled fish for a light, seasonal dinner on the patio.
Breakfast casseroles are a great way to feed a crowd, whether it’s your large family or house guests over the weekend. Eggs, potatoes, bacon, cheese, tomatoes and more cheese – what’s not to like? If you need to feed a crowd, put this Spiralized Potato Breakfast Casserole on the table and watch it disappear.
Using your 3-in-1 Electric Spiralizer, spiralize about 2 pounds of baking potatoes. The spirals give this standard casserole a revamped appearance and texture. Microwave the potato spirals in a baking dish before adding the other ingredients. This helps the potatoes get a head start on cooking (they finish while the casserole bakes).
For your egg mixture, using a hand mixer, beat eggs, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper on medium speed. Then add grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese (or a combination of your favourite cheeses), green onion and bacon to the egg mixture and stir. We used pre-cooked bacon as a time-saver but if you have the time in the morning, a little bacon grease wouldn’t hurt this recipe. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.
Uncover the casserole and add remaining cheese and dot the top with grape tomatoes. Put it back in the oven to finish cooking for about 15 minutes and you’re ready to serve.
This casserole is a meal in itself, but you could serve it alongside fruit salad or extra pieces of bacon for an extra hearty breakfast. It serves twelve so make sure diners bring their appetites or save leftovers for breakfast throughout the week.
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13x9-inch microwave-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Using a spiralizer, make spirals of potatoes. Place potato spirals in water to keep from discolouring while spiralizing. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Add potato spirals to baking dish and cover.
Microwave potatoes on HIGH until fork tender, about 3 minutes.
In a large bowl on medium speed, beat eggs, milk, sour cream, salt and coarse black pepper.
Add 1 cup cheddar cheese, bacon, grape tomatoes and green onion to egg mixture. Stir until blended.
Pour egg mixture over potatoes. Cover baking dish with aluminium foil.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Uncover and top with remaining cheese.
Bake until mixture is firm and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes longer.