Contributed by: Belinda Oakes
I love to cook, but finding time to spend in the kitchen is hard these days! With a full-time job, a four-year old energetic boy and a husband who, well, doesn’t spend much time in the kitchen, I find that I need to do a lot, in a little time. This is why I like The 30 Clean’s concept of the 4 Ps. Plan, purchase, prepare and put away. I can normally get all of my main cooking done in a few hours on Sunday morning with some additional hours spent in the kitchen on Wednesday evening.
Lately, my son Bodie wants to spend more time with me in the kitchen. He is only four and since he is already showing interest in food and cooking, I don’t want to discourage it. I wanted to find a way to get him more involved so that he will hopefully WANT to enjoy all of the wonderful clean eats I spend so much time preparing. Since I love all things noodled and I love all gadgets that cut down my prep time, I have been having him spiralize!
Which brings me to the subject of my blog post, the Inspiralizer.
I have had several “noodler” gadgets (as I like to call them) and I find most of them super annoying. My wrist gets tired, they’re not easy to clean, and to me, they are definitely not kid friendly (those little blades are sharp, I’ve lost a few knuckles over the past year or so).
I purchased the Inspiralizer after coming across an Instagram post in which the item was featured. I thought it looked easy enough for a kid to manage, small enough to fit in my tiny kitchen, and something that may peak Bodie’s interest in cooking/noodling!!
I was right. As I was washing it for my debut run, Bodie came into the kitchen and asked to help. Since I hadn’t yet prepared anything to noodle yet, I told him we’d cook together then next night.
Noodling took a bit longer with my little assistant, but we had noodled about 5 potatoes in less time than it would normally take me to peel half of them.
The Insprializer has four different noodle settings, so of course, we tried them all. It was so fun watching Bodie as he saw the different shapes of noodles he was making.
I had him help me sauté and add ingredients to this very simple to make dish (but oh- so- tasty). He had a great time and I loved how easy this was for him to use. Clean up was a breeze as well.
Next up, zucchini noodles to replace his infatuation with the spaghetti noodle.
Sorry old noodlers, I’ll be donating you to another home in the near future.