With one life-changing kitchen gadget, you can enjoy all the flavor, taste, and texture of your favorite pasta dishes for a fraction of the carbs and calories.

By Locke Hughes
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Megan Gilmore

Let's be honest, you've probably craved pasta at some point in the past week-or day. And while we'll indulge in Mom's spaghetti and meatballs or our favorite dish at our go-to Italian restaurant every so often, downing a plate of noodles on the reg isn't exactly diet-friendly or health-conscious.

Enter the spiralizer, our new best friend in the kitchen. It creates pasta-like strands out of vegetables like zucchini, sweet potato, and carrots. (One we like: the Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer.) And if you haven't jumped on the spiralized-veggie band wagon yet, we suggest you do so immediately. Here, a few stand-out recipes from around the web to help you get started.

Instead of baking your sweet potatoes, make them into this comfort-food dish (above) that's low in calories but full of flavor. The slightly sweet, creamy sauce bursts with smokiness from the roasted red pepper.

A baked pasta dish that won't weigh you down? This recipe proves it's possible, pairing fresh zucchini noodles and fluffy, protein-packed quinoa with creamy cheddar and grated parmesan for an easy dinner or lunch that the whole family will love.

Slightly bold and surprisingly tender, squash makes for a sweet and healthy pasta swap. And if you don't have a spiralizer, you can use a food processor to grate squash or just grate it by hand-it will look more like coleslaw, but will taste just a delicious.

The rich flavors of fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts add depth to raw zucchini noodles, while avocado and kale give the dish (below) nutritional benefits-and serious staying power.

Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and low-carb, these zucchini noodles (or "zoodles") are topped with tender, spicy shrimp for a tasty, light meal that you and your entire family will enjoy.

This autumnal dish is brimming with bright colors from the orange veggies, greens, and red grape tomatoes. With health-boosting B vitamins, plus plenty of vitamins A, C, and fiber, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more nutritious-or delicious-meal.

This recipe couldn't be simpler. All you have you do is toss your zucchini and sweet potato stands with olive oil and your favorite herbs, stick them in the oven, and 20 minutes later you've got a delicious vegan meal or healthy side dish (below).

This hearty and delicious recipe is full of rich Italian flavors that will fool you into think you're devouring a big bowl of spaghetti Bolognese-when in reality, you're filling up on a protein-packed dish that's vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

When you're craving greens for dinner, but need something more substantial than salad, this recipe will hit the spot. The combo of the kale and sweet potato is perfect for fall, while the crispy chickpeas add a little crunch-and spice-to top it off.

Simple, refreshing, and nutritious, this vegan dish (below) comes together in a flash. It's the perfect weekday lunch when you're craving something light but still satisfying.

These sweet "patoodles" soak up all the flavor of the savory tomato sauce that they simmer in, providing the perfect base for chicken and artichokes. Satisfying, yet super easy, this recipe makes an excellent introduction to spiralized recipes.

Proof that veggies shouldn't be limited to dinner! In this recipe, sweet potato noodles come together with just two other ingredients (eggs and pumpkin spice) to make a hearty fall breakfast.

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