Being my helpful self in EDTC 300… most of the time.

It’s finally time… for my networked learning post from EDTC 300…

This semester, I really focussed on building up my Professional Learning Network (PLN), and that started with my classmates in EDTC 300!

I connected with everyone on Twitter,

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Replied to and retweeted my classmate’s Tweets:

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Tweeted out resources, articles, and other things using the EDTC300 Hashtag for my classmates to check out:

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I also took part in #EDCHATS on Twitter! I used Tweet Deck to help me along the way and connected with SO many educators from outside of the class. 

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Find more on Twitter @missjuliapapic and look for #EDTC300

I read blogs from my classmates and commented my thoughts and offered advice: 

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PSA: Make sure when you are commenting throughout the semester you create a folder for the screenshots of your comments to go into so they do not get lost like mine… I commented on so many posts and thought I was being so on my game by screenshotting AND NOW I CANNOT FIND THEM…

Through comments, I connected with so many people from the class and was able to follow along from beginning to end with their learning projects and journey through EDTC 300.

I watched Sarah Reimer become a Mennonite Cooking Master. I even did my due diligence and tried out several of her delicious baked goods throughout the semester… such a hardship I was faced with!
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I followed Madisson Shearer’s journey to becoming a knitting queen. I felt her pride and happiness when she discovered the zippy loom and created her very first scarf! You go, girl!

I watched Melissa Kazymyra kick butt with her HIIT program. Those workouts are no joke, I tried a couple of them and it was NOT easy. Melissa is my idol because she SLAYS those workouts.

At one point or another in the semester, I headed onto the EDTC300 website and checked out all of my classmates learning projects to find inspiration on anything from French and sign language to cooking. Of course, I had to check on my fellow keto-dieter Jessi to see how she was doing!

One of my favorite things this semester was finding places for Laura Bieber and I to connect our blogs. On top of completing some of our required blog posts together, we also saw so many awesome ways to integrate our learning projects! Laura could use her Instant Pot madness to help me create low carb meals for my ketogenic diet- we were a match made in heaven throughout our learning project journey! My life will never be the same after having Instant Pot hardboiled eggs… perfection.

I feel like although a majority of this class was online, I gained so many new connections in the resource world, and being online means that they don’t have to end just because the semester has.

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I want to thank everyone for all of the resources shared and the support you all offered me this semester- you are all rock stars! I only hope that I helped you all as much as you helped me.

I hope everyone keeps blogging, Tweeting, and building their PLN’s even though the semester is over.

Have a great summer everyone!

-Julia 🙂

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PSA: An Hour of Code Does NOT Only Take an Hour

I hung out with my girl Moana and tried out An Hour of Code.

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And she built me up when I CRUSHED IT:

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When it first started I thought “this is easy peasy lemon squeezy”.

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But as I was getting higher up in levels,

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This coding thing ain’t no joke! This is such a good problem-solving activity for students. I love that it is a way to combine problem-solving with technology!

Although I gave up before receiving my certificate, I gave myself a certificate in my heart because I tried really hard!!

I will definitely use coding with my tiny humans in my future classroom.

SUPER DUPER COOL STUFF!

-Julia 🙂

The Scoop on the Ketogenic Diet

This semester for my learning project, I focussed on the Ketogenic diet.

Heres what I’ve been up to throughout the semester:

Week One: Becoming  A Ketogenic Genius 

This post I introduced my learning project and the plan I had in mind for it. I talked about the online guides I would be referencing throughout.

Week Two: Disclaimer: I Bought A LOT of Avocados to Make this Post 

This was honestly one of my favorite posts- probably because it meant I had to make some delicious food. In this post, I made chia seed pudding and avocado brownies. I had a fair amount of recipe flops throughout the semester so my successful recipes in this post reminded me that I am NOT a failure!! The avocado brownies were probably the best thing I have ever baked in my entire life. If I were you I would definitely check out this post and try them out!

Week Three: Keto Grilled Cheese? Yes Please.

If you ever wondered if you could make low carb bread in the microwave in a mug- the answer is YES! Made out of almond and coconut flour, this bread gave me just what I needed when I was having carb withdrawals.

Week Four: Gram, gram, gram.

For this post, I was trying to weigh and track everything I ate.
I’ll be honest- this did not last for as long as it should of. I was definitely a lazy keto-er and weighing everything before I ate it added way too much time before the food was in my stomach. Weighing my food for this time showed me how effective it is to weigh food though- ugh, why am I a quitter??

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Week Five: Why is there a while head of lettuce on my plate?

This post was all about my keto-vacay! I went to the mountains and tried to eat keto the whole time. I highlighted my experience with a fancy caesar salad which still confuses me to this day.

Week Six: Keto Tortilla’s- Low Carb and Low in Flavour.

RECIPE FLOP. I was so excited to try out these low carb tortillas for tacos… probably could have wrapped my tacos in cardboard and it would have had the same effect.
I challenge all of you to try them out and figure out what I did wrong!

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Week Seven: Zoodles ARE the new Noodles.

My forever loves- zoodles. SO GOOOOOOD. Keto friendly and delicious- yes, please!
I found the perfect way to cook them! Check out my post to find out the secret.

Week Eight: Insta- Famous Jealousy.

In this post I highlighted all of my favorite Instagram accounts for Keto- inspo!
I aspire to be all of them- definitely jealous!! So much motivation!

Week Nine: I’ll be Up in the Gym Just Working on my Fitness 

I ventured down to the local Planet Fitness and got a membership. Before I got my membership, I did research on which gym would be best for me and why! I have tried out quite a few gyms and none of them made me feel comfortable- until Planet Fitness! Check out my post to find out more about the memberships and the gym!

Week Ten: I’m an Instant Pot Believer because of Bieber!

I GOT AN INSTANT POT!!!! I obviously had to make a Pinterest page with all the recipes I can’t wait to try. I also made chicken and it was juicy, flavourful, and delicious. Check out the post to see what I think of my new Instant Pot and find the link to my Pinterest!

The Final Verdict: 

I loved my time doing the ketogenic diet. It is an amazing diet that has been proven to work. There are thousands of AMAZING transformations that can’t help but make you want to try the diet. I did the keto-diet for a majority of the learning project.  I loved it for most of the time before I hated it. Okay- maybe hate is a strong word but I love fruit and fresh food. For those of you that don’t know, most fruits other than berries are very high in carbs. The hardest part about sticking to the ketogenic diet was not being able to have apples, bananas, watermelon AND ANY OTHER FRUIT OTHER THAN BERRIES.
No word of a lie, I cried when I ate a banana after being on the keto diet for a few months… Literally cried of joy.

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If you are someone that does not like fruit, the keto diet would be PERFECT for you. If you don’t like fruit and like to eat meat and cheese (Like a nuts amount of meat and cheese) the keto- diet would be PERFECT for you!

Although I did not stick to the ketogenic diet for ALL of the learning project, I learned more than I could have ever asked for.
10 Things I Learned from my Learning Project

  1. I love fruit and fresh food way more than I ever thought.
  2. Smoothies in the morning are my kryptonite- also not very possible on keto.
  3.  The keto diet involves a lot of cheese and meat.
  4. Salads are a staple item in keto- diets!
  5. Recipes for things that are “low carb” that are not usually “low carb” are not as good as they sound about 85% of the time.
  6. Exercise is a crucial part of success with ANY diet or lifestyle.
  7. Research is important before beginning a new way of eating. Starting a diet without research is asking for difficulties.
  8. Pinterest is your BFF when looking for recipes so you don’t get bored. Just make sure to read the comments first to make sure those that have tried the recipes like it!
  9. Find Instagram accounts of people who are on the same journey as you to hold you up from afar and keep you motivated throughout your journey! Personally, people who are successful and honest with what they are doing keeps me motivated to stick to what I am doing!
  10. It is OKAY to take a break from something if it is not working for you! When I started to miss fruit, I struggled for weeks before I admitted to myself that I wanted to be done with keto. It wasn’t for the junk food, it was for the fruit and clean foods that I SO missed when I was on the ketogenic diet. There are THOUSANDS of diets and lifestyles out there- each one promising a different thing with a different plan! 
  11. An extra one because I could not post this and not say it- pick a way of eating a living that will serve as a lifestyle change and not just a “diet”. Before starting a new plan, think to yourself, “could I eat this way for the rest of my life?” That is something I wish I would have thought about before beginning the ketogenic diet because what I did not know when beginning is that after stopping the diet and returning back to a healthy way of eating, most people gain the weight they lost on the ketogenic diet back.

I encourage all U of R education students to check out EDTC 300 if given the opportunity. The learning project was an awesome way to get online, and filled my mind with so many great ideas for my future classroom!

If you have any questions or comments about my learning project, comment below or tweet me @juliapapic on Twitter!

-Julia 🙂

We’re All in this Together!

Melissa Kazymyra, Laura Bieber, and I teamed up to create our summary of learning for EDTC 300.

In our video, you will find what we have learned from EDTC 300, some of our favorite resources and tools, and some Twitter accounts we have come across throughout the semester!

DISCLAIMER: WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL SINGERS WHICH WE MAKE OBVIOUS IN OUR VIDEO. E for effort am I right?

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I had so much fun this semester and LOVE how many resources and tools I got that I plan on carrying into my teaching career. This project was a great way to wrap up this class, and I had so much fun with Laura and Melissa creating it!

The main point of our video is the song that we changed the lyrics to. If you want to talk a closer look at them, here they are:

Song Lyrics

Now, this is a story all about how

Ed-tech flipped my life upside down

And I’d like to take a minute

Just sit right there

I’ll tell you how I became an expert of ed-tech this year.

At the University of Regina, raised and trained,

In the classroom was where I spent most of my days

Stressed out, maxed out, but still so cool

When we realized that ed-tech took place outside of the school.

Students, teachers, together everyone

Parents, families, come on let’s get online.

Together, responsible digital citizens!

Together, together, come on let’s do this right

Here and now it’s time to fight off trolls

We finally figured it out (yeah yeah).

That all the trolls have no limitations

That’s what they’re all about (yeah yeah).

Everyone is responsible for their actions.

We should build each other up (when we are online).

We’re all in a way

Connected to each other.

Together’s where we belong

We’re all techy teachers

We all know

That we have

All the apps  

And resources.

We’re all techy teachers

And it shows

When we teach

Human beings

With technology.

Together, together, together everyone

Together, together, come on, let’s have some fun

Together, we’re there for each other every time

Together, together, come on, let’s do this right.

We’re all here

Tweeting out with hashtags

We’re learning twitter chats (YEAH YEAH!)

The chat is on, TweetDeck makes it easy.

Come on tweet it out!

Feedly helped to find ed-tech articles.

We hashtaged and tweeted them out.

We’re all techy teachers

We all know

That we have

All the apps  

And resources.

We’re all techy teachers

And it shows

When we teach

Human beings

With technology.

We’re all techy teachers

When we teach

We can show

That pencils

Aren’t the only way.

We’re all techy teachers

Once we learn

Of the apps

that redefine

Technology.

Teachers sing along

Yeah, you got it goin’ on

Educators in the house

Everybody say it now

Teachers everywhere

Wave your hands up in the air

That’s the way we do it

Let’s get to it

Time to show the world

We’re all techy teachers

We all know

That we have

All the apps  

And resources.

We’re all techy teachers

And it shows

When we teach

Human beings

With technology.

We’re all techy teachers

When we teach

We can show

That pencils

Aren’t the only way.

We’re all techy teachers

Once we learn

Of the apps

That redefine

Technology.

Teachers everywhere

Wave your hands up in the air

That’s the way we do it

Let’s get to it

Come on everyone!

Music credit 

I’m an Instant Pot Believer because of Bieber!

Let’s just say that I am a convert!!
I am so sorry to Laura Bieber and her mom that I ever doubted them and their love of the Instant Pot.
Laura’s family got me an Instant Pot for an early graduation present, and I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED!

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I have tried quite a few of Laura and her mom’s Instant Pot creations- anywhere from hardboiled eggs, cheesecake, chicken, soup, and spinach dip to quiche! Chicken breast is one of my favorite foods because it can be added to SO many meals and I love salad’s with chicken breast on it!
It was suiting that the very first thing I wanted to try to make was chicken.
In the bottom of the Instant Pot, I put 2 cups of chicken broth with 3 chicken breast. I decided to season them with lemon pepper and garlic salt because YUM!

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I put on the lid and turned it on high pressure for 15 minutes.
While the Instant Pot is coming to pressure, it says “On”. This confused me at first and I thought I broke something but I remembered Laura telling me earlier that this happened! Crisis AVERTED!

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Once it came to pressure, the timer came on and the Instant Pot worked it’s magic!

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After it was done, I let it sit for 5 minutes to let the pressure release on its own.
After 5 minutes I did a “quick release” of the rest of the pressure.

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When I lifted off the lid- PURE GOLD.
The chicken was tender and delicious- no dry chicken here!
My first Instant Pot creation was a success- itt was also boyfriend approved!

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I created a Pinterest page for all of the Instant Pot recipes I find that I want to (eventually) make! Check it out here!

My main goal in the next little while is to join Facebook groups and get more comfortable with my Instant Pot! There is a lot of crazy lingo that comes along with an Instant Pot so I plan on doing some research so I know what they are talking about in all the recipes I plan on making!

SO MANY INSTANT POT POSSIBILITIES!

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-Julia 🙂

Trying Out Screencastify

Confession: When this blog post was introduced, I knew right away that I wanted to look into Screencastify because I have a few final projects coming up that I knew would benefit from my knowledge of it!

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As for downloading, it was super easy to get! I Googled it on chrome, pressed the “add extension” button, selected by Gmail account and I was ready to go!

I decided to make a Screencastify of my blog, showing some of my posts and some of the features of Screencastify!

My favourite features:

  • Focus mouse- darkens the rest of the screen and focusses on the area that your mouse is on. Could be used in videos when giving directions and instructions, showing how to access something, etc!
  • The pen with different colors- circle, draw, outline things in the video. So many uses!!
  • Microphone- talk and explain while sharing your screen.
  • Webcam- Embed your webcam and beautiful face in the presentation while you are giving directions or instructing through Screencastify.

Please enjoy this super cool (and not at all boring) video of my super cool blog posts.

I can think of SO many ways you could use this in all different grades! Younger kids: showing them how to access things on the iPad or computers while getting them to follow along (SeeSaw, Mathletics, etc).

The nice thing about Screencastify is that you can show students step by step instructions while being able to walk around the classroom and help at the same time- almost like being in 2 places at once!

If you haven’t already, hit the follow button on the bottom right-hand corner of my page so you don’t miss any of my witty (at least I think they are) blog posts!

Also, follow me on Twitter! @JuliaPapic

Cyberbullying: Something we cannot afford to ignore

Cy-ber-bul-ly-ing: The use of information and communication technology to cause harm to another person.

In Monica Lewinsky’s Ted Talk about her experience in 1998 with the President of the United States, she says:
“It was easy to forget that, that woman was dimensional, had a soul, and was once unbroken”.

She was a victim of cyberbullying and online harassment and she was not aware of it because it was before a time that cyberbullying and online harassment were prevalent. The people who spread her story and shared her personal information without even knowing her did not treat her as a human, but rather an inanimate object that was there for their entertainment. Cyberbullies and internet trolls seem to be unaware of the damage they are causing to living, breathing, human souls- this seemed to be the case in Amanda Todd’s situation with the humiliation and horror that an anonymous troll caused her.
Listening to Monica Lewinsky’s story I immediately made connections to what happened to Amanda Todd. They both were victims of online harassment that made life unbearable. Things that they thought were private were made public without compassion or consent.

As Monica pointed out in her speech, “every day online, people, especially young people who are not developmentally equipt to handle this, are so abused and humiliated that they can’t imagine living to the next day- and some tragically don’t- and there is nothing virtual about that.” A lot of people online do not understand that their harassment online translates to real life. It does not just go away when the computer is shut off and their phones are put away. Online harassment and cyberbullying have the power to publicly humiliate someone and it can all be done anonymously which puts the power in the hands of the person at the other end of the computer. Cyberbullies and internet trolls have the power of being anonymous and thinking that they are invincible or untouchable, “keyboard warriors”.

I found this visual about cyberbullying in Canada, and I thought it was a powerful way to represent not only the victims of cyberbullying but also the people that do the bullying. Retrieved from here.

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As an educator, I want no one’s parents, families, friends, and other loved ones to have to hear the words “suicide”, “online harassment”, or “cyberbullying” again. By being an advocate for teaching students to be responsible digital citizens and compassionate online users, we can create a ripple that turns into a wave.

My heart goes out to anyone who has been a victim of online harassment. or has lost someone due to online harassment. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out to Kids Help Phone online or call them at 1-800-668-6868.

You are never alone, there is always someone there- do not be afraid to reach out.

–  Julia ❤

I’ll Be Up in the Gym Just Working on my Fitness

This week I was super lazy in the kitchen! My fridge contents currently: Diet pepsi, cheese, mayo, and 1 million other sauces and condiments (I have an obsession with sauces).

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There was nothing post worthy food wise, but I do have some exciting news to share on another subject!

I recently gained the confidence to go and sign up for a gym membership! I have always been an active person but the last year or so I fell off the fitness wagon, which was really hard for me to admit to myself honestly! I knew I needed to add some exercise into my routine but I wasn’t sure where to turn.

In the past, I have had a membership at California Fitness (now closed), GoodLife Fitness, and I also went to the U of R fitness center! Although I loved working out, I never felt like I belonged in those gyms so I needed to make sure that this time when I went back to the gym I was confident about my decision and knew it was the right gym for me- especially when I was just getting back into the groove.

Before this learning project, I probably would have just gone out and got a membership at the place nearest my house- but not this time!

I turned to the internet to look at prices, reviews, etc.

I Googled “Gyms in Regina” and got a plethora of options, to say the least…

Since Planet Fitness was the first one that popped up, I decided to look further into it first and it ended up being the only one I looked at because I was sold!

Here is what I discovered about planet fitness:

Their memberships:

Their location and hours:

Reviews:

After doing my research on Planet Fitness, I decided that the price, perks, hours, and reviews couldn’t be beat so I decided to head down to the Regina location and sign up for a membership! I decided to go with the $21.99/ Month membership because of all the awesome perks that come with it such as the massage chairs, hydro bed massages, and red light therapy!

I was really excited when the staff member told me that if I said I was referred by a friend we both got a free month, and being a poor student, the rule is to never say no to free things!!!

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My first workout at Planet Fitness I did the 30 Minute workout and thought it was SO cool! There is a stoplight that tells you when to start and when to stop and rotate through the stations at 1 minute intervals. 1 minute doing step ups (cardio) and 1 minute doing the different weight machines (strength training). I really like it because you can get a full body workout in 30 minutes. It is awesome for people that are in a rush and need to get a quick workout in!

The gym has so many cardio machines which is great so you don’t find yourself unable to do the workout that you were planning!

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There is also a decent sized weight training area with free weights and assisted racks, as well as another HUGE area with strength machines.

Planet Fitness has a general belief throughout all their centers and that is “Judgement Free Zone”. They have that posted around the gym along with other motivational signs such as “No Critics”. These signs and beliefs have the power to help people feel comfortable, and it definitely helped me to settle into the gym.

I have been doing the 30 Minute Workout’s this week, and will be starting a personalized gym program next week targeting different areas of my body each workout.

I am so looking forward to seeing myself progress and getting back into shape.

I am heading to get groceries so my fridge has more than cheese and sauces.

Meal prepping will be the topic of next weeks blog post! 1 week of low carb breakfasts and lunches in 1 prep session! If you have any suggestions for recipes I should make, tweet me @juliapapic !

See y’all next week!

Insta- Famous Jealousy

This week, I wanted to talk about some Instagram accounts that I LOVE!

When I started on my ketogenic journey, one of the first things I did was find some Instagram pages to follow for some support, motivation, recipes, tips, and grocery ideas!

I have a secret obsession (don’t judge me) : one of my favorite things to do is watch YouTube videos of Keto Costco Hauls when I am making grocery lists for myself. I like to find new and exciting foods and snacks! My favorite keto Instagrammer @ketoincanada posts Costco grocery hauls often! You can check out one of her keto grocery hauls here!

Here are some of my favorite accounts:

First and foremost, my fav, @ketoincanada! She is CANADIAN, which is super awesome because she has access to the same grocery stores as I do, which makes it easy to recreate any of the recipes she makes or find the items that she buys and reviews on her page! She posts a lot of recipes, product reviews, and workouts. She also has a cute dog and cat which put her at the top of my list, because who doesn’t love animals?

@keto.shrinkingjenna_ posts super hilarious and honest stories about her journey, and is really relatable! She posts a lot of workout posts, supplement reviews, and food posts. She also fights diet coke haters and that puts her close to my heart. Diet coke is life, to be honest.

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@my_keto_diary is all food and food-related products! I have got some recipe inspiration from this account on multiple occasions!

@ketofridge is a little bit different because it is a company and not a personal account.  But, I included it because one day when I am not a poor student I am looking forward to ordering food from them because everything looks DELICIOUS. It would be great for people who don’t like cooking or are too busy to cook and want to make sure that their meals are keto-friendly!

One thing I wanted to point out is that these accounts are great for everyone to follow for some fitness/healthy eating inspiration! Yes, they are all keto, but they are also all seriously committed and honest about their journeys! It is real people sharing their real-life experiences. I don’t know about anything else,  but seeing other people succeed and stick to their journey’s to be healthier really helps me and inspires me to stay on the wagon and keep working towards my goals!

I would encourage everyone to find some accounts to follow that match your journeys, whatever they are! Building a support circle for any aspect of your life can be made easy online and can be super beneficial! Technology and social media give us the opportunity to connect with people that never would have been possible before.

Check out the accounts and toss them a follow! They are super entertaining and funny- I spend more time than I would like to admit looking through all of their posts and Instagram stories!

 

Zoodles ARE the New Noodles

When trolling the internet, specifically Pinterest, for Ketogenic recipes (follow my Pinterest here, cough cough). I constantly see recipes for ZOOOODLES!

Full disclosure, I bought a spiralizer a few months ago and have been searching for bomb recipes to be able to use it, but have been experimenting with different ways to cook zoodles, and different recipes to try with them. For those of you that don’t know, zoodles are just spiralized zucchini’s that are often compared to noodles- but carb free!

So, I have tried zoodles a few different ways including boiled, sauteed, and made in Laura Bieber’s INSTANT POT!
When I boiled them they were too mushy, when I sauteed them they were too crunchy- so this week I asked myself, why not do both?

First things first, I bought my spiralizer from Winners! It was around $20 and is an investment I’ll never regret. I make my own Zoodles with my spiralizer but you can also buy them already spiralized at Costco and Sobeys! They are a little bit more pricey when you buy them pre-spiralized, but they allow you to skip a step of making them. If you’re more interested in convenience than price, they are definitely something to check out!

I spiralized three zucchinis, and I had A LOT of leftovers. One little zucchini goes a long way- but, they do shrink a lot when you cook them!

The spiralizing- cut off both ends of the zucchini and pop it into the spiralizer!

This is what 3 zucchini’s spiralized looks like.

Next, cooking!

First, I put 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt in the bottom of a large frying pan. I boiled the water, added the zuchinni noodles, and cooked for 2 MINUTES! This is important! DO NOT over boil them or they will be mush!

Next, I dumped out the water, added about a teaspoon of oil, garlic (fresh or powder), seasoning salt, pepper, and onion powder. and sauteed for 2 MINUTES! (ALSO important unless you want burnt zoodles).

I added some ground beef and voila! The finished product! They weren’t mushy or crunchy, and tasted great! Zucchini’s are awesome to spiralize and make into noodles because they take on whatever flavor you want them to!

 

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That’s all for next week, folks!

Julia