The spiralized vegetable craze has been around for at least a couple of years now, so this isn't really new; however, Green Giant's spiral veggies products are new, so I thought I'd try these out to see if the convenience is worth the extra price. I paid $3.50 for a bag of 12 ounces. The Green Giant veggie spirals also come in beet, carrot and butternut squash flavors. I chose the zucchini to try since zucchini seems to be the most popular vegetable used for spiralizing as a pasta alternative.
I didn't include an image of the ingredients because the only ingredient is zucchini. That's great. No added salt, sugar, sauces or anything. Perfect. As you can see, there are four servings in this container.
Out of the package and into the pan. It was completely frozen.
Starting to get pretty watery.
Obviously, I didn't follow the serving suggestion of adding some olive oil to finish. I added some tomato sauce and some vegetarian beef for a "bolognese" sauce. I did; however, add a pretty decent amount of salt and pepper and a small handful of cheddar cheese shreds. As you can see, the volume decreased as the noodles cooked. I also didn't drain the water. I just mixed it in with the sauce. This really was only enough for one hearty serving if this is all you're eating (which it was). If you are serving this as a side dish, then four servings seems more reasonable. 60 calories of zucchini versus 200 calories of pasta is a no brainer for me. Don't get me wrong - I love pasta. I'm Italian, so my love of pasta runs deep. I rarely eat it anymore because it's just empty carbs for me and I just can't afford that. So, this dish was probably about 150 calories total and I got a great serving of veggies in as well.
There is no disguising that this is zucchini. You just can't hide the taste and believe me, I have tried in order to convince a picky eater that this was a legitimate pasta substitute.
Is it worth the extra money? It depends. If you grow your own zucchini or get it from a generous neighbor and already own a spiralizer, then it really isn't. I don't own a good spiralizer, so this is almost worth it for me. After you spiralize your own zucchini, you have to squeeze the water out of it. It can be time consuming, especially if you peel it first. The zucchini tasted very fresh, which is great if you love it like I do. I recommend this and look forward to trying the other varieties.