Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Art Of Spiralizing


You know that moment, the moment when you’re sitting with your friends and the new ‘got-to-have’ gadget is brought up in conversation and you have no idea what on earth they’re going on about?! Well that was exactly how I felt when spiralizers were brought up. I smiled and nodded in all the right places but the minute I got home I was on the internet Googling it…

So what is a spiralizer…?

The definition of a spiralizer is… “a kitchen device used to cut vegetables into long ribbons or strips resembling noodles or spaghetti”.


Well what does that mean to me?  A normal person trying to cost-effectively feed my family with healthy nutritious meals on a budget.


Well here are Ace’s top five reasons why a spiralizer is a must have in every household…

1. Kids have a tendency to be dismissive of vegetables and everything green, so why not sneak up on them and surprise them, in ways they aren't anticipating. Providing them with one of their five-a-day couldn’t be easier!

2. Children love to spiralize! They love watching a vegetable turn magically into spaghetti (as long as a responsible adult is supervising them of course). Spiralizing with your children will ensure that they’ll learn healthy eating habits whilst also having fun.

3. Spiralizing is most definitely family-friendly. Instead of wasting precious time waiting for water to boil, just spiralize a few vegetables and you have instant, ready-to-cook pasta! This way you can spend more time with your family and loved ones and less time in the kitchen. It’s a win-win situation!

4. It helps promote weight loss and overall body maintenance. Spiralized vegetables are naturally low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and sugar. By spiralizing you’re naturally eating more vegetables – without even noticing!

5. You can eat your favourite pasta dishes guilt free! Spiralized vegetables have a similar texture and consistency to regular pasta and noodles. Your taste buds however think you’re eating the carb-laden standard, while your waistline knows you’re eating healthy vegetables!

 Yummy Meal

Improve yours and your families eating habits while saving time by purchasing the Salter Electric Spiralizer from Ace, which is now only £24.99 (a health-busting saving of £65.00 if you buy now).


Salter Electric Spiralizer

I can most definitely say that I was once a sceptic, but now I’m a spiralizer convert and just to prove it here is a quick and easy recipe that the Ace team love…


Courgetti Spaghetti Bolognese

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 people (ingredient quantities can be increased accordingly)

Ingredients:

• 2 large courgettes
• 1/2 lb turkey mince
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 medium red onion
• 1 celery stick
• 1 carrot
• 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (or more if you like it spicy!)
• 1 clove of garlic
• 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
• 3 tsp tomato puree
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 cube of chicken stock
• A pinch of basil and/or oregano fresh or dried to taste
• Grated cheese

Method:

• Using your Salter Electric Spiralizer, spiralize your courgettes according to the manufacturers instructions.
• Add the carrots and celery to a food processor until chopped finely.
• Heat the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Once the oil heats, add in the crushed garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the chilli flakes, cook for a further 30 seconds and then add in the onions.
• Cook the onions for 1-2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in the carrot/celery mixture and cook for 1 minute.
• In a separate pan cook the turkey mince until the meat is no longer pink.
• Combine the vegetables with the turkey mince and add a pinch of oregano.
• Then add the chicken stock and simmer until reduced (water evaporates).
• Add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and season generously with salt and pepper.
• Bring to the boil and then lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
• 5 minutes before the sauce is reduced, add in the basil.
• After 15 minutes add in the pre-prepared courgetti spaghetti and mix thoroughly to combine.
• Plate onto dishes and garnish with grated cheese.


Bon App├ętit and remember that ‘Healthy families are happy families!’


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sugar Free Easter Fun


With the Easter holidays just around the corner don't be stuck for ideas to keep the kids out of mischief and off the sugar! Check out our top ten list of fun sugar-free activities:

10. DIY Backyard Ker-Plunk


DIY Backyard Ker-Plunk




9. The Cutest Handprint Chick Puppets


The Cutest Handprint Chick Puppets




8. Paper Plate Bunny Rabbit Craft


Paper Plate Bunny Rabbit Craft




7. Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder


Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder




5. Erupting Eggs


Erupting Eggs



5. Making A Mini Wildlife Stack


Making A Mini Wildlife Stack




4. Textured Yarn Easter Suncatcher


Textured Yarn Easter Suncatcher




3. Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss


Easter Bunny Bean Bag Toss




2. Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt


Fun Energy Burning Easter Egg Hunt




Then of course at number one we have the favorite Easter pass time of all...


1. The Easter Bonnet!!!


The Easter Bonnet


Have a fabulous Easter everyone!



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mother's Day 2017

With Mother's Day just around the corner you are probably thinking about what you could do to make Mum feel extra special this year?? Well look no further as we have it covered :)

Mother's Day


Whether you are thinking Fragrance, Flowers, Jewellery or really pushing the boat out and going for one of our fabulous Experience Days; ace is your one stop shop for everything you need!

FlowersSentimental Gifts9ct Gold Mum Chain

Or why not add that personal touch to your gift and chose something from our Personalised Gifts range.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Summer is finally here!! Well maybe not outside but it is here at Ace... Today we have launched our Living 2017 catalogue which is packed with all you need for your home, garden and wardrobe this summer!! Why wait until the sun is out to get summer ready??

Living 2017


Plus, with up to 70% off and hundreds of items reduced you can make your money go further...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Last Order Dates For Christmas

Imagine... You've found the perfect gift, you are so excited... You place your order... They are just going to LOVE what you have chosen for them, you go to track your item... It says "Your item will be delivered in January" Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!

That time of year is fast approaching again dear shoppers when things need to be ordered so you receive them in time for Christmas!

Avoid this Christmas nightmare by ordering by 8pm on the 17th December for all Personalised items and 8pm on 20th December for all Non-Personalised items.

We would hate for you to be disappointed so Puddles the penguin is here with a festive reminder of the dates :)

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!