A few months ago, I had noted a device called Veggetti from JML which is essentially a spiralizer which is able to slice certain vegetables into long thin strips to look almost like spaghetti. It is said to work well with cucumbers, courgette and carrots, and replaces the pasta in the spaghetti with vegetables – healthier and lower-caloried option. I mentioned this to my wife who immediately dismissed it. But as it happens, a few weeks later due to her becoming more health-conscious and for reasons mentioned before in a previous post, she decided that this was now a good idea. And of course the next time I came across this, I bought one for her.
Cost of this was £11.99.
Function: To slice vegetables into thin long strips to replace the pasta in spaghetti
Reasons to use: Reduce carbohydrate intake, increase vegetable intake. For healthier eating as part of weight control programme.
It comes with simple instructions, which I did not read. It is clear that looking at the device that the first cut is done by the flat blade inside the green receptacle to form a thin wide strip. The second blade which is in the white body then slices this into thinner longer strips.
Flat blade does initial slicing.
The toothed blade (fine and coarse) will do the slicing into the long thin strips.
The holder grips onto the vegetable and allows for the turning that results in the slicing of the vegetable.
As you can see, the cucumber does get sliced into very long thin curly strips similar to pasta.
The below is what is left and can’t be sliced further when using the holder. This obviously does not need to go to waste and can still be eaten. In fact my youngest daughter could not resist tucking into this and it was gone in no time at all.
The same can be done with carrots, which gives a crunchy texture and sweeter taste when mixed with other vegetables. A good combination really with cucumber or courgette.
Again there is a remnant after the slicing process. As my youngest daughter has not acquired a taste for carrots, she ignored this completely.
Now we do love it when my wife cooks spaghetti, so naturally we would tuck into it fairly quickly. So despite me having my camera at the dinner table and talking about the Veggetti while my wife ate her carrot/cucumber spaghetti, I actually forgot to take a picture of her plate. My excuse was that her spaghetti was too delicious to wait. But my wife really enjoyed it, and had a second serving too – and without any guilt of having too much calories. Doesn’t get better than that.
So as usual, my wife is a step behind and her thinking has come round to embrace a new idea. And she has shared this with her friends, who are now considering getting this as well.