I know the spiralizer trend has been hitting the food world hard for a while now, but apparently I decided to be late to the party because this is the first time I’ve actually attempted any sort of veggie-turned-noodle dish myself. WHY I waited so long, I can’t really explain… any way to make noodles healthy (even if they aren’t really legit noodles in a traditional sense) sounds like an A++ idea to me. And when sweet potatoes are playing the role of said faux noodles? HECK YES, I’m in.
I completely owe my finally-jumping-on-the-spiralizer-train to OXO’s Hand-Held Spiralizer, which is this little gadget you see right here ↓
It’s small and simple, but it gets the job done, and in a matter of minutes you can go from having a handful of sweet potatoes to a bowlful of bright orange, good-for-you noodles to cook up with all kinds of yummy stuff for a super-simple one-dish meal. And in this case, we’re talking extra-super-simple — add a good heap of spicy arugula, a couple tablespoons of pesto, garlic, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got dinner done in a pinch. And if you throw a fried egg on top? Obviously even better. One-dish meal DONE.
A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal!
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided (I used a garlic EVOO)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and spiralized*
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- 2 cups arugula, lightly packed
- 3 tablespoons basil pesto
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes, until turning golden.
- Add sweet potatoes and 3-4 tablespoons water (enough to moisten the potatoes for cooking). Cook for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until tender but still slightly crisp. Toss in arugula and pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep on heat just until arugula wilts.
- Serve hot, topped with a fried egg if desired**.
*You may need to use more sweet potatoes depending on the size and how much of the potato you're actually able to spiralize, since a very large potato may be too large for the spiralizer at its widest point.
**Adding a fried egg will make the dish non-vegan.
Disclosure: I recieved an OXO Hand-Held Spiralizer to use in this recipe. All opinions are (as always!) 100% my own.