The other day while getting some essentials at Walmart (always SO fun, eh?) I stumbled across this (strategically placed) impulse item. The Veggetti!
The Veggetti turns vegetables into linguini and spaghetti sized pieces. I will admit, I am a sucker for an “As Seen On TV” buy as much as the next …well, sucker. However, unlike my Pajama Jeans or Shake Weight this little guy is actually pretty awesome.
On my first attempt, I made what I called, “pesto squashta” – which was summer squash steamed and then baked with reduced-fat pesto sauce. It was pretty good, but my only complaint was that it did get cold rather quickly.
I didn’t want to toss my Veggetti into my “pile of misfit As Seen On TV items” heap, so I decided to use my veggettables (really, Erin? ) in a stir fry rather than steaming or baking them. I used zucchini and summer squash as my key ingredients and sauteed them in a tiny bit (less than 1 tbsp) of olive oil, garlic, and grape tomatoes. I also added a little salt and black pepper and garnished it with a dollop of goat cheese. It was REALLY delicious! While I don’t think the Veggetti is the perfect substitute for pasta-holics, it is a really inexpensive and easy tool to create some healthy meals with. My next experiment will be to grill the vegetables and use them on a nice salad. Wow, hungry already! So, in conclusion, while the Veggetti is no Kitchenaid appliance, for $15.00 you certainly can make some good stuff.