They are two of the hottest trends among foodies and the diet conscious – shopping in a food processor or spiralizing vegetables to create low calorie replacements for carbohydrates. Among the most popular are vegetable substitutes for pasta, mash, rice, couscous, pizza bases and bread.
The trend has been growing worldwide especially over the last year but now for the first time a range of ready prepared vegetable substitutes for popular carbs is to go on sale across the UK, launched by Tesco.
Included in the new Tesco private brand prepared vegetable range are:
- Cauliflower Couscous
- Carrot Spaghetti
- Courgette Ribbons
Tesco prepared vegetable buyer Emma Bonny said: “Creating vegetable substitutes for carbs such as potatoes, rice and pasta is really growing in popularity right now and not just for the diet conscious.
“Look on foodie websites and you’ll find wonderful recipes from adventurous home chefs who have spiralised and mashed their non carb vegetables or created cauliflower breadsticks and other bread alternatives.
“It’s easy if you’ve got a decent food processor and spiraliser but not everybody has so we think these new ready prepared fresh vegetable packs will provide shoppers with a simple option for lowering their carb intake.”
While the carrot spaghetti and courgette ribbons are obviously a substitute for pasta the cauliflower couscous, which can bet eaten hot or cold, can be used as an alternative to rice and even mashed potato.
The three packs will each cost £1 and will be available to buy in 235 Tesco stores across Britain. They are currently in a 3 for 2 meal deal offer.