Hi guys! I'm sorry for the brief unplanned blog hiatus, but I'm back today with a fun post and a giveaway to make up for it! I'm teaming up with my mom to give one lucky reader a really awesome vegetable spiralizer from The Pampered Chef and the cleaning brush!
Before we get to the fun part where you can enter to win, I just want to give you guys some info on this product. I was talking about wanting to eat healthier and cleaner with my mom over the Spring and she offered to get me a veggie spiralizer for my kitchen. I'd seen some different spiralizers on Amazon but nothing that looked too special. I agreed and when the product arrived I was shocked by how nice and sturdy it looked, seriously I was expecting a dinky little tool.
I should have known better, my mom has been selling Pampered Chef as a side business for awhile now and seriously all of the tools I've been lucky enough to receive from her are always top quality. She was nice enough to offer to giveaway a spiralizer on my blog as we both agreed this is a tool my readers would also enjoy having (and hearing about)!
But before I get to the giveaway I want to share with you some pictures of something you can create when you put this baby into use. Last Friday my friend Lori was kind enough to test out this tool with me. We decided we wanted dessert so we made an apple crisp! Although, this spiralizer comes with several blades, so you can create veggie ribbons (like we did), veggie noodles, and shredded vegetables. I already know my next recipe is going to be zucchini noodles with pesto and chicken (it is bathing suit season after all).
It was so easy to use, it cut through the apple so easily I was shocked. I can't wait to use it more and try out different recipes, if you'd like more healthy veggie recipes on the blog let me know (especially since the recipe I'm featuring today isn't exactly the healthiest thing you can make with a veggie spiralizer, but just think of all the options you have!)
Now, the part of the post you've been waiting for, here is how you can enter to win your own spiralizer (thanks to my generous mother, so make sure you thank her in your comments)
Please note this giveaway is only open to readers in the United States.
And here is the apple crisp recipe, (I got the original recipe here, but I have altered it slightly, see below for the version I used):
for the filling
6 granny smith apples, peeled with ends cut flat
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Crumble mixture evenly over the apples and pears. (Tip: Double the recipe for extra crumble.) Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the crumble topping it golden brown. Serve warm. If desired, top with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, or whipped cream.
Preheat oven to 350° F and butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Prepare the fruit base: In a large mixing bowl, combine apple, pears and lemon juice; toss to coat. In a medium bowl mix granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Sprinkle sugar mixture over apples and pears tossing to coat. Pour apple pear mixture into prepared pan, spread into an even layer. Next, prepare the topping: In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Mix butter and vanilla together and pour over oat mixture; stir to combine.