When I was pregnant with Luca I felt constantly hungry and found myself reaching for starchy carbohydrates to fill me up and calm the acid reflux that fired as soon as I ate anything vaguely wholesome. 7 months on from birthing my 9lb something boy I’m breastfeeding, sleep deprived and carrying him back and forth on the school run so I haven’t been too careful about what I’m eating and make poor food choices when I’m tired (which is most of the time!) My baby weight is creeping up rather than down so I’ve resolved to rely less on sugary foods to get me through the day and get back to a healthier way of eating.
I’ve been trying to use vegetables more to replace lazy bread and pasta options. I was using a vegetable peeler to make courgetti but finding the result rather mushy. A cheeky plea to my friends at OXO Good Grips to try their 3 blade spiralizer has since resulted in this divine dish; made in minutes from just a few simple ingredients (a friend’s home grown squash, spinach, sunblush tomatoes and parmesan cheese). What’s more E was able to help make the ‘squoodles‘ and I found they were better for being made ahead and left to dry out a bit (which was just as well after spiralizing every vegetable in the house created enough noodles for 3 meals).
The OXO Good Grips spiralizer comes with 3 different blades for two sizes of noodles and one for slicing. It’s really simple to set up and has a suction pad underneath to help secure it to the table. I felt happy to let E use it alongside me as the vegetables felt securely attached and it’s operated by turning a handle so small fingers and sharp blades are kept well apart. We did find that half way through it tipped and lost suction and moved but this may have been due to our technique with E’s body weight coming at it from a different angle than a standing adult would.
We worked our way through courgettes, squash, cucumber and carrots and there’s a video here for other vegetables to try it out with (onions, apples even cauliflower to make a low carb alternative to rice).
We also tried the OXO Good Grips hand held spiralizer which is brilliantly simple to use and clean and takes up hardly any room in the drawer. It’s much more affordable at £15 but a bit more work than the £40 three blade spiralizer.
Although the pictures suggest it can be used for harder vegetables like carrots and beetroot I didn’t find it as good. I think spiralizers are the sort of products where the cautious among us would opt for the cheaper hand held version and not be disappointed by it’s effectiveness but also not realise the endless possibilities and ease that comes with buying the table top spiralizer. I vowed to only keep one so will be passing on the hand held one to a friend.
Tonight’s spiralized butternut squash for squoodle bolognese..
Disclosure: I was sent the spiralizers to try. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
We visited Llanelli Wildfowl and Wetland Centre while holidaying in Wales this summer. E loved feeding the birds and reading the information about them so much we decided to become members. Afterall we’re lucky enough to live 25 minutes drive from Slimbridge which was the first centre for conservation set up by Peter Scott, son of the Antarctic explorer Captain Scott, in 1946 (you can read more about that here)
Euan’s first visit to Slimbridge was on a warm autumn weekend. We spent the whole day immersed in feeding birds, searching for giant Lego animals, talking to Otters and playing in Welly Boot Land in the late afternoon sun.
For the rest of the week at school pick up E asked “can we go to the bird park again“. When we visited after school that Friday it was virtually deserted which made the job of finding the lego animals we’d missed first time round a lot easier.
Slimbridge is already a great day out but if they can fundraise £1.6 million they can release a Heritage Lottery Fund award of £4.4 million to further develop the site. We shall watch with excitement to see what that means for our little explorers…
..make lemonade. And it couldn’t be simpler when you have an OXO Good Grips citrus squeezer in your drawer. Chief Taster E happily squashed and squeezed our lemons before mixing in some sugar and sparkling water.
”mmm delicious Mummy. Can I make apple juice now?”.
So we did.
Cold pressed apple juice and plenty of arm exercise to boot!
In the days before children I would have happily made all sorts of things to try out my new lemon squeezer. For today making lemonade will suffice but other favourite recipes where it would certainly come in handy are: lemon cream surprise, gluten free lemon drizzle cake , lemon curd sponge cake, Quinoa tabouleh and Elderflower cordial.
Disclaimer: With thanks to Oxo Good Grips who sent us this lemon squeezer to try.
I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.