Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vegan on the Road

I am in Buffalo this weekend to help support the American economy by shopping with my sisters.  We are staying in a suite-style hotel, so that means we have a nearly full-size kitchen complete with a stove and fridge and a dishwasher.  This little kitchen even comes equipped with utensils, plates, cups and glasses and pots and pans.

One of the things we were looking for on this trip was a vegetable spiralizer.  We have seen so many amazing vegan recipes that call for spiralized veggies like zucchini or other squash and veggies.  We saw some at the vegetarian food fest in Toronto last week, but because we were on foot, and we had already bought so much stuff, we knew we would not be able to carry everything we bought plus the spiralizer.

We were not able to find a spiralizer at the stores we visited in Buffalo, but we did find a little gizmo called a Vegelizer at Macy's, which turns veggies into spaghetti-like strands.   We decided to purchase some zucchinis and sauce and make dinner.

Here is my sister using the Vegelizer to turn zucchini into strands.

  Here is a plate of the strands getting ready for a quick plunge into boiling water.

Here is the zucchini pasta ready to go!  I should point out that if the sauce looks a little watery, it's because of all of the utensils that the hotel provided in our kitchen, a colander was not among them, so we were unable to properly drain the zucchini strands after their brief stint in boiling water.

It was tasty, but the final verdict on the Vegelizer is that because it does not have a hand crank, it takes a lot of strength to turn the zucchini in the gizmo.   We think it would be really hard to turn a carrot using the Vegelizer, but we will continue to use the ones we bought (we don't live together so we each bought one) with zucchini.


  1. I saw the Vegelizer at Wegmans when we were in New York state recently and was pretty curious about it, I think we might get one next visit - because from your review it seems to do all we'd need, and it was a pretty decent price too.

    If you end up wanting a stronger spiralizer, I know you can get them in store from Live Market in Liberty Village (and I believe order online from Upaya Naturals)

  2. Thanks for the info MeShell! I appreciate it. I'd really like a spiralizer with a crank handle.

  3. Wow, what a handy gadget! I need this so bad.

  4. Thanks Rosie. One of the things I didn't mention was that we realized that we should have cut the strands at some point - we ended up with a huge pile of long strands. it would have made sense to cut them to normal spaghetti lengths.


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