Sounds strange, tastes delicious.
If you’re trying to eat more vegetables, there are two gadgets that will make your goal infinitely easier: a Vitamix and a Spiralizer. I’ve talked about my love/obsession with my Vitamix before, so now it’s time to give the spiralizer the spotlight.
The spiralizer was a gift from my client, Mary Jo (thank you and love you MJ!) and I must say, it’s one of my favorite things to use.
When I first got it, I was hoping to make crispy sweet potato fries by baking the long curly strings it produced…but nope, instead when I baked them, they came out like spaghetti, which turned out even better!
How to Make it a Meal
Spiralized sweet potato is officially now my favorite way to eat the vegetable. I make these spiralized sweet potato noodles at least once a week. I’ll usually pair them with this kale and avocado salad or a Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burger (aka the best veggie burger, ever!). At a dinner party Sunday night, I used them as a side to 5 spice salmon.
Did you know? Sweet potatoes are not at all related to “regular” potatoes. They are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, in particular Vitamins A, C and B6. Even though they’re “sweet” they are still a healthy choice. Just look at all the nutrients in just 1 cup of sweet potato… 769% of Vitamin A ?!?!
Your skin is going to be glowing and your vision laser sharp if you start adding these bad boys into the mix. (BTW, my glasses prescription did indeed reverse this year…since 2013, it went down in strength for both eyes, which I quite honestly thought was impossible…perhaps it’s my sweet potato habit?!)
Now, here is what a spiralizer looks like and how it works:
You essentially just put the sweet potato, or any vegetable, onto the spiky part, and then hand crank it through the blade to create beautiful strands of vegetable goodness. TIP: Find the fattest vegetables you can find… the wider the sweet potato, the easier it is to crank it through, and the better the noodles.
One thick sweet potato made that whole bowl of noodles! You can see in the background, it leaves you with a long cylindrical piece and essentially a chip.. I always cook those too, no need to throw them out!
Here is what they look like baked with all the delicious and aromatic spices.
Ta da! Sweet potato spaghetti. Best thing since sliced gluten-free bread.
- One large sweet potato*
- 1-2 tbs. olive oil or avocado oil
- 3/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Salt and black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spiralize the sweet potato into a large bowl.
- Dress with oil and spices, and toss well until thoroughly coated, then spread out as flat as possible on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Remove from oven.
- *Choose the widest/thickest sweet potato possible, to get the best spaghetti strands.
- If using an organic sweet potato, leave the skin on. If non-organic, peel it.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.