Presentation is half the battle when you’re trying to get your family to eat more vegetables. The prettier a plate is, the more you want to eat the food, and a hand-held, multi-blade peeler can help turn the ugliest vegetables into beautiful ribbons, matchsticks and serrated slices that will look like you’ve taken hours to prepare.
Use the standard peeling blade to create long, thin ribbons of zucchini or yellow squash. Toss those pretty squash ribbons into stir fry or pasta or use them to wrap around other kid-friendly foods (hot dogs, fish sticks). Lay squash ribbons flat, lightly brush with melted butter and sprinkle on your favorite seasoning or herb (garlic salt and smoked paprika are my favorites), then loosely roll into a curly-Q and pop into a pre-heated 350 degree oven until crisp (about 5 minutes).
Create some versatile vegetable matchsticks with the julienne slicer blade. Cucumber matchsticks create an unexpected and pleasing flavor when placed in a taco or tossed into a stir fry recipe. Make a twist on slaw using cucumber matchsticks and mayonnaise or white wine vinegar, use to top hamburgers or hot dogs for an added crunch of flavor.
A small bowl of carrot and cucumber matchsticks with some dipping sauce often will get kids to eat their veggies.
Create ribbons of flavor from cantaloupe or honeydew melons (watermelons won’t cut into ribbons, but papayas will). Splash melon ribbons with lime juice, sprinkle with chili powder, roll up and skewer with a toothpick to create appetizers. Spread softened pineapple cream cheese over ham slices, roll up tightly, then wrap a melon ribbon around the filled ham slices and serve as hors d’oeuvres (slice into small segments if desired) and serve at your next get-together.
Multi-blade peelers have a serrated blade which make quick work of peeling tomatoes. The thick skins are quickly removed when you start at the top of the tomato and pull the serrated blade downward. Place skins in a freezer bag and freeze for future use in sauces or salsa (cook them down to extract the tomato juice, discard the tough peel).