Go-Go Gadget: Julienne Peeler

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The Julienne peeler is a specialty gadget that will help you zest, spiral, peel and create. From veggies to fruits for salads, toppings, cocktails and more, this versatile go-to tool is a must-have. They’re quite affordable, like this OXO Good Grips peeler or the UberChef Stainless Steel Peeler, both under $10.

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Lemon Twist for Cocktail: Slice one long strip off of a lemon peel going around the lemon. You’ll probably make a few at once. Wrap the peel around itself in a tight curly-q. It will hold its shape and then you can drop into the drink or rest it on the edge. Click here to get recipes for Skinny-Mom approved summer cocktails.

Asian Veggie Side: With or without the peels, you can slice up perfectly thin carrots and zucchini. Just take the peeler to the veggie and pull it down long-ways along the veggie. You’ll get nice skinny slices you can steam and season. Throw them into a lo mein or try them next to a grilled chicken breast. You can't go wrong with this simple peeling method from The Raw Project. Want more ideas? Try this Skinny Asian Slaw.

Spaghetti Squash: If you’ve been wanting to try this spaghetti squash dish people rant and rave about, all you need is this little gadget to get you there. It’s so easy. Just pull the peeler down the squash over and over until all you have are noodle-looking pieces. Southern Food suggests cooking or steaming them in a large skillet with a yummy sauce or seasoning until they’re soft. That’s it.


>> Read more: 9 Healthy and Hearty Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Cheesy Zucchini Marinara: Take the zucchini and do exactly what you would do with the spaghetti squash. As you peel it down, pile up the long pieces so you can cook them all at once. You can blanch, roast or sauté them. Once they’re softened, add them into the marinara and cheese sauce simmering in a large skillet. Let the flavors come together, then serve. Thanks to Busy In Brooklyn for this one!