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Foods That Twirl, Tumble & Twist Like Gymnasts (Well, Not Quite)

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Today at 3 P.M., the most decorated gymnast in history will compete in the all-around women's gymnastic finals at the 2016 Olympics. Nineteen-year-old Simone Biles has a signature move named after her ("The Biles"), intimidates her male peers at work-outs, and is considered a shoo-in for the gold.

"Think of top gymnasts less as young girls doing beautiful things and more as uber-athletes doing very dangerous things," writes Reeves Wiedeman in the New Yorker. For those of us who can barely stand on one foot, cheering them on is also an opportunity to marvel at their dedication and athleticism.

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The following foods can't handspring or vault or fly through the air like gymnasts, but they will twirl and twist, curl and flip, tumble and jump. They won't win any golds on the podium—but on our plates? Sure, why not!

Twirl!

Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles

Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles by Genius Recipes

Spicy Eggplant Pasta

Spicy Eggplant Pasta by Gena Hamshaw

Braised Onion Sauce
Braised Onion Sauce
How to Make Fresh Pasta Dough Like a Chef
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How to Make Fresh Pasta Dough Like a Chef
Tahini Noodles
Tahini Noodles

Twist!

Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread
Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread
Rhubarb Swirl Bread
Rhubarb Swirl Bread
Pizza Swirl Bread
Pizza Swirl Bread
Berry Butter Cake
Berry Butter Cake
Chocolate Swirl Brioche
Chocolate Swirl Brioche

Jump!

Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Shrimp and Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Chicken and Tofu Stir Fry with Celery and Cashews
Chicken and Tofu Stir Fry with Celery and Cashews

Roll!

How to Make a French Omelette
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How to Make a French Omelette
Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes by mrslarkin

Multi-Layered Scallion Pancakes

Multi-Layered Scallion Pancakes by Mandy @ Lady and pups

Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)
Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)
Chocolate Roll Snack Cakes
Chocolate Roll Snack Cakes
Brown Butter Butternut Rolls
Brown Butter Butternut Rolls
Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups
Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Curl!

Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley

Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley by Nicole Franzen

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad by Ali Slagle

Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad
Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad
Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame Dressing
Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame Dressing

Twist!

Cinnamon-Sugar Cardamom Rolls
Cinnamon-Sugar Cardamom Rolls
Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies)
Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies)
Laminated Cinnamon Sugar Twists
Laminated Cinnamon Sugar Twists

Flip!

The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers
The Food Lab's Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers
Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries
Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries
Coconut Blueberry Pancakes
Coconut Blueberry Pancakes
The Kitchn's Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes
The Kitchn's Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes

Obviously we aren't suggesting that noodles are as impressive as gymnasts. We're just all caught up in watching Team USA flip, vault, and tumble—and thought it would be fun to watch our dinners (and snacks) do the same. (As for Simone, we know what she'll be eating after she competes: pepperoni pizza.)