Clean Eating Spiralizer Recipes Featuring Whole Foods
Carbohydrates are a tricky food group—you know you need them for a balanced diet and they help fuel your workouts, but there are so many "bad" carbs out there. (Find out how bad and good carbs affect your brain.) Spiralizing can be a great way to swap in clean carbs, like veggies, where you would usually use processed carbs, like pastas. Inspiralize Everything ($13; amazon.com), the latest cookbook from Inspiralized.com founder Ali Maffucci, features some creative recipes that will make eating cleaner carbs easy. See picks from her new book and some favorites from the site below!
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage and Toasted Pine Nuts
Thin slices of butternut squash replace sheets of pillows of pasta that are traditionally used to make ravioli. A fall classic, this dish is light but still just as filling and flavorful. (You'll find even more spiralizer recipes to crush those pasta cravings, here.)
Ginger-Crab Fried Daikon Rice
Skip takeout and get your carb fix from daikon radish—really! After you spiralize it, toss in it the food processor to "rice" the vegetable. The consistency is so similar, we swear you won't miss the white stuff.
Rutabaga Baked Ziti with Mushrooms and Kale
This comfort food fave gives you all the flavor of a heavy pasta dish but slashes the calories, fat, and carbohydrates. Plus it tastes just as good the next day as leftovers. Surprised you can sprialize rutabaga? Then you'll want to check out these 12 other genius ways to use the kitchen tool.
Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Sweet Potato Pasta
This dish may taste like those yummy artichoke dips you see at parties, but the creamy cheesiness actually comes from cauliflower and nutritional yeast. On top of a sweet potato pasta, it's packed with healthy carbohydrates to refuel you. (This delish veggie can be hard to prepare, so we're showing you how to clean, trim, and cook artichokes.)
Turnip Risotto with Crispy Pancetta and Chives
Traditional risottos take a long time and a lot of attention to make, plus they're heavy on the carbs. This version turns turnips—yes, turnips—into a rice substitute that tastes shockingly similar to the arborio version used in the classic recipe! Just like white rice, the turnip fluffs up and absorbs the liquid when you cook it.
Plantain Noodles with Avocado, Corn, and Chipotle Greek Yogurt
If you've ever ordered up a side of fried plantains at a Mexican restaurant, you know they're delicious—but they can also be dripping with grease. This Mexican meal is made healthier with good-for-you fats from avocado and clean carbs from corn and sweet plantain.
Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini
Noodle bowls have been getting a lot of love lately, but instead of ordering takeout Thai broth-drenched noodles, make a more waist-friendly version at home. This recipe uses zucchini noodles to lighten it up, but the shrimp will keep you full!