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10 Homemade Cauliflower Dishes That Look Like Fine Dining

10 Homemade Cauliflower Dishes That Look Like Fine Dining

No longer just a Sunday dinner staple, and taking the fine dining scene by storm, the humble cauliflower is one of the cruciferous vegetables you’ll want to eat on a regular basis if you want to receive fantastic health benefits. Not only a trendy carb alternative, cauliflower contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. Its benefits include fighting cancer, boosting heart and brain health and detoxifying the body. Read more on the 8 health benefits of cauliflower.

Taking twists on classics, and introducing new ways to prepare this superfood vegetable, here are ten top-notch cauliflower dishes that look like fine dining. Meat-free Monday never looked so delicious.

1. Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon & Herb Sauce

Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Herb Sauce

    For when you need to get a healthy and satisfying meal on the table fast, these cauliflower steaks are a must for meat-free Monday. With a coating of oil and smoked paprika, sear thick slices on a griddle or in a frying pan for 3- 4 minutes on each side and voila! The lemon and herb sauce is quick and easy to make, and delicious teamed with wild rice. View recipe

    2. Cauliflower Fritters

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    Cauliflower Fritters

      For an indulgent snack or starter, cut cauliflower florets into bitesize pieces and coat in a light batter flavoured with coriander seeds. Fried until crispy, these golden nuggets of cauliflower goodness are delicious with the dipping sauce of parsley, garlic, lemon and capers. View recipe

      3. Cauliflower Cheese Soup

      Cauliflower Cheese Soup

        This new take on the comforting classic is so easy to make, and requires little washing up as it’s made in one pan. With a delicious topping of cheddar cheese, this smooth and creamy soup looks top-notch sipped from dainty dishes. This tasty dish can be made a few days ahead of your dinner engagement, and even frozen in batches. View recipe

        4. Autumn Cauliflower Piccalilli with Pear

        Autumn Cauliflower Piccallili

          Made and eaten immediately, this fruity pickle will have a punchy tang, perfect with strong cheeses. Leave this pickle until winter and the flavours will mellow, ideal served with thick sliced ham. Make a big batch of this low-cal pickle and decanted into individual miniature mason jars, with leave your guests feeling very special indeed. View recipe

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          5. Whole Roast Cauliflower with Cumin, Sumac & Lemon

          Whole roast cauliflower

            This has got to be one of the easiest (and cheapest) edible centrepieces! It’s just a regular garden cauliflower, but it’s really exciting seeing it come out of the oven whole. Roasted whole with sumac and cumin, this spicy dish can be cut into wedges at the table and served with a vegetarian or meat main. View recipe

            6. Vegetable Fritto Misto with Lemon Mayonnaise

            Vegetable fritto misto with lemon mayonnaise

              Perfect served with drinks, this light dish not only tastes amazing, but it looks great! Transform humble green beans, chickpeas and cauliflower into crispy delights that come alive when dipped into a tangy lemon mayonnaise. You might even get your 5 a day with this dish! View recipe

              7. Glam Cauliflower Cheese

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              Glam Cauliflower Cheese

                Every cauliflower lover loves cauliflower cheese, and now there’s no reason why the dish can’t be on your fine dining menu. The bubbly, cheesy crust on this whole roasted cauliflower looks great served as a table centrepiece served in wedges cut and served at the table. View recipe

                8. Steaks with Mushroom Sauce & Cauliflower Puree

                Steaks with mushroom sauce and cauliflower puree

                  Protein and low carb lovers will enjoy this delicious dish. For best results, pipe the cauliflower puree onto the plate for an extra special touch. The mushroom sauce is a welcome texture and a tasty accompanyment that adds an earthy flavour to the meal. View recipe

                  9. Cauliflower Crackers

                  Cauliflower Crackers

                    Believe it or not, these suprisingly crunchy, crispy crackers are made from cauliflower. Cut into edgy shards and served with humous, pâté, beetroot dip or even with soup, these cheesy, no wheat, no gluten, no grain crackers are most delicious accompanied by a welcome cocktail or a cold glass of fizz. View recipe

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                    10. Roasted Cauliflower with Camembert Fondue

                    Roasted Cauliflower with camembert fondue

                      For baked camembert lovers, there’s nothing greater than dipping crudites into the molten cheese lava. For an edgy twist on the classic dish, try dipping al-dente roasted cauliflower and voila – you have a posh cauliflower cheese! View recipe

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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