Rose's Shop Watch January 2017
Spiralizer and Courgette Spaghetti
AMAZON and M&S
Lurch Spiralizer (Attila Hildman edition)
Swap for pasta if you are watching your weight this month
Courgette “spaghetti” has become widely available recently. The “spaghetti” are, in fact, long ribbons of fresh courgette, which resemble the pasta, and come in the chilled cabinet in vacuum packed bags or cartons. Swapping the pasta for the courgette spaghetti mean that you can reduce your calorie intake from 350 calories for an average serving down to just 31. And it is one of your 5 a day allowance and a great way to get kids to eat vegetables.
Now my husband loves pasta and actually hates courgettes unless they come as chips. So when I suggested trying courgette spaghetti instead of the real thing – the reaction was not good. But I placed the M&S bag into the microwave for just under three minutes then transferred it into a sauté pan of warm tomato sauce. A quick toss and a sprinkling of Parmesan and it was ready to try. Actually very nice. The courgette ribbons remain al dente and complement the sauce. Not the real thing perhaps but a perfectly good alternative if you are looking to cut down on calories.
You can serve it with Delia’s tomato sauce; or stir in some pesto; or make a really low calorie sauce using just a teaspoon of oil to cook a chopped garlic and some chilli, and then add a tin of chopped tomatoes and let this simmer for a while. Add basil at the end – no need for Parmesan.
I have noticed different cooking methods for the “spaghetti”. I have seen recipes for using it raw (not for me); for stir-frying it (why add the calories?); and my preferred method: the microwave. I did try and boil it as you would spaghetti, but found it became a bit soggy, although steaming it produces a good result.
Now if you get hooked on this, you can upgrade to buying a spiralizer and make your spaghetti fresh each time. There are a confusing number of these on the market: manual ones; horizontal ones; vertical ones and electric ones. I opted for a horizontal model, which was recommended in a BBC Good Food review – Lurch Spiralizer (Attila Hildman edition). I found it incredibly easy to use once I worked out the instructions (which are not good – I found a white long piece which looks like part of the handle in the box and I still don’t know what it does!). It comes with the spaghetti cutter in place (there are another 2 cutters in the little side drawers). You make a straight cut in your courgette, push it onto the grey spiked circle and just turn and out come the lovely long curls of “spaghetti”.
A great way to cut down the calories
M&S: £1.75 80g pack
(Attila Hildman edition)
Marks & Spencer Customer Services:
Tel.: 0333 014 8333
Check stock is available before visiting your local store, to avoid a wasted journey