Cinnamon-Rosemary Carrot and Parsnip Noodles with Roasted Hazelnuts and Ricotta

Carrot and Parsnip Noodles with Roasted Hazelnuts and Ricotta

I’m not sure if this should be a side dish or an entree. I haven’t figured that out yet. What I do know, is that this is one of those recipes where I started off with reservations, hesitant about the final product. I wasn’t sure if the parsnips would cook well when spiralized, I didn’t know if the carrots‘ bitterness would cook off, and I went back-and-forth between serving it with crushed or whole hazelnuts. Oh yea, and I wrote the recipe for “cinnamon and thyme,” but bought rosemary instead, as I was rushing through the grocery store. Claaaaaaassic.

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Herbed Ricotta Butternut Squash Noodles with Walnuts, Chickpeas and Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower

Herbed Ricotta Chickpea Butternut Squash Noodles with Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower

Butternut squash noodles, meet my blog. Blog, meet butternut squash noodles. While I’m not saying this is an abbreviation that needs to stick, but for the sake of my tired fingers and time, let’s refer to them as butternut sqoodles. I know, not that catchy. Trust me, I spent a solid 4-7 minutes on this.

Other contenders included:

– Buttsqoodles (sounds like a type of fart)
– Buttnut sqoodles (sounds perverted)
– Buttersqoodles (too heavy) 
– Buttah’ sqoodles (a bit slangy)
– Sqoodles (not exact enough)
-Buash noodles (confusing)

So you see… butternut sqoodles are our best bet. Now that we’ve set the standards, let’s talk spiralizing our favorite fall and winter veggie: butternut squash

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Spiralized Garnishes & a Jalapeno-Cilantro Green Juice

Jalapeno and Cilantro Green Juice with Spiralized Carrot Garnish

Throwing a party this fall and want to be creative and healthy? For a quick fix, use your spiralizer to make garnishes for the drinks you’re serving!

In true Inspiralized fashion, I offer you a healthy and creative green juice to serve to your guests…. just pour into a champagne flute, wine glass or hipster mason jar and let everyone be impressed. The carrot against the bright green shouts “I’m healthy!” and offers an after-sip crunch… think of it like a healthy tortilla strip for this Mexican-inspired green juice.

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Maple-Honey Roasted Carrot Noodle Ricotta Crostini with Coconut Flakes

Maple Honey Roasted Carrot Noodle Ricotta Crostini with Coconut Flakes

In Park City, Utah this past weekend, I hiked and biked by day and celebrated the nuptials of two very special friends by night…. while dreaming of roasting noodles. I know, I’m weird. Now that there’s only a few weeks before fall is upon us, I can debut some roasted spiralized vegetables.

Roasting veggies brings out flavors that can’t be tasted if sauteed, grilled, boiled or prepared any other way. Besides sword fighting, my favorite way to use carrots is to roast them and bring out their sweetness. Even baking whole carrots in the oven with salt, pepper and olive oil makes for a warm and inviting appetizer or side dish.

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