Giving it a whirl: Try these 3 ‘spiralized’ recipes – Ottawa

All in a Day listeners asked for recipes that used a spiralizer to prepare the ingredients, so we challenged three chefs to create dishes that twirled at least two different foods.

Salads, apple fritters and potatoes were some of the results of this week’s spiral challenge.

The three challengers are: Omer Abdullah of Chickpeas, West de Castro of Clover and Paul Brennan of Steak and Sushi.

1. Paul Brennan’s spiralizer pad thai and beet salad


  • 1 large carrot.
  • 1 zucchini, green or yellow or combination for great colour.
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter.
  • 1 red pepper.
  • 1 sweet potato.
  • 1 tsp sesame oil.
  • 1 tbsp. canola or vegetable oil.
  • 1 sweet potato.
  • 1 quarter onion, sliced.
  • soy sauce to taste.
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1.5 tsp chopped ginger.
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter.
  • 1 can coconut milk.
  • 3 jumbo prawns.


  1. Start by peeling carrot and removing the bottom from the red pepper if using a spiralizer with a base.
  2. Run all vegetables through the spiralizer. Set aside.
  3. Combine half the can of coconut milk with peanut butter and soy sauce and set aside.
  4. Heat canola oil in frying pan on medium-high heat. Lightly sauté sliced onion, garlic and ginger.
  5. Add prawns and cook until slightly coloured. De-glaze pan with remaining coconut milk, simmering for four to six minutes. Cover and set aside.
  6. Using same pan, sauté garlic and ginger with the sesame oil and canola oil.
  7. Add vegetables, starting with the carrots, giving a stir in between each vegetable and ensuring pan stays hot. Continue with red pepper, sweet potato, and finally the zucchini when vegetables start to wilt.
  8. After one to two minutes add peanut-seasoned coconut milk, toss vegetables in sauce and when heated through you are ready to plate.
  9. Yields two portions. This is a great addition to a bed of rice, vermicelli noodle, or pasta if you crave some carbs. Garnish with roasted peanut, sesame seeds and a little green onion.

Chef’s note: If your spiralizer allows, try removing the shoestring attachment for a ribbon-like appearance.

Beet Salad


  • 1 red or yellow beet large.
  • 1 cucumber.
  • 1 carrot.
  • 1 sweet potato.
  • 1 zucchini.
  • Cherry tomatoes.
  • 1 apple.
  • Choice of dressing, such as lemon shallot or citrus.
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar.
  • 2 cups water.
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin.
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander.
  • 1/4 cup sugar.


  1. Combine red wine vinegar, water, cumin, coriander and sugar to make…

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