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Ninja Review: Butternut Squash and Spinach Casserole

I told you Saturday I would have a spiralizer/ casserole review and here it is!

I’m glad to announce that I finally figured out my spiralizer! I’m embarrassed to say, I was looking at the wrong book. Oops! Instead of using the general how to book, I used the one dedicated to the spiralizer, the pictures matched right up, with every piece where it needed to be. Above, is everything I used minus the Ninja spiralize it cook book: the blue ribbon blade, spralizer attachment, squash, and of course, the glorious IQ base.

I just want to take a moment to say how important it is to keep a clean work area. Although this is a plant based dish, and risk of contamination is null, a clear mind is a happy mind. When I’m done cooking and I see a mess, I enter an undesired head space. Keeping an organized work area keeps me focused and calm.

Back to the Ninja

With the right amount of pressure and allgimeant to the chute, creating the beauty you see below is easy.

Achieving these ribbons took a few tries, but the casserole came out just fine. I thought I was going to fear making them but the pusher kept me and the outer shell safe.

They were fun to look at and satisfying to make. I can not wait to use it again. I’ve wanted to try zucchini spaghetti before going vegan and I think it’s finally time.

The recipe it’s self wasn’t difficult; heat up onions and garlic, boil noodles and spinach, add rest of dry and wet ingredients.

I just want to take a moment and say how much I love spinach. Even back when I was a little piggy, I found a love for it. Fast forward almost a decade, I was making spaghetti. I had tons of greens, I did not want to waste, so I threw them in. It was a gorgeous spaghetti and now feel like something is missing when I don’t have it. I love the color pop it gives food and the nutrients it adds. I sit around thinking what can I add spinach too? The Italians were onto something here people!

Here you have it! Visually, I left it in the oven too long but It tasted well done. Overall, I thought it was missing a little kick; it had a taste that reminds me of omelette or quiche. The ribbons stayed in tack, but of course it is a casserole, and not spaghetti. A little less fun, if you ask me, but the au gratin feel was a nice touch.

This would be a great side dish or breakfast definitely not the main dish. As a main dish, I felt like something was missing, but I be making this again. I just need to find the right combo. Like I said above it was main dish for me.

I ate this for 2 days, with other sides of course, and my stomach had little bloat. I was very pleased.

As a whole, I’d give the spiralizer and recipe a 7.

What should pair this with? Help.



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