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Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Homes are places of refuge, solitude, and comfort. Ideally, your home should be where you feel more comfortable than any other place. However, this comfort depends largely on the tools and appliances found in the home. If the home is equipped with the right tools to fit your behavior and living pattern, it makes living far less stressful. There are some appliances and facilities that transcend all living patterns which every home should have. These appliances are sure to take some of the stress off your shoulders and can even take care of specific tasks on their own. Want a modern home? Let’s look at some of these facilities.

1. Home Gym

This facility is for those who have very demanding jobs and still insist on keeping themselves in optimal body shape. The trip to the gym is exhausting and inconvenient. To save some time, you could have a gym built inside your home. This means you don’t have the usual twice-a-week drive to the local gym. It also increases productivity and you get more time to exercise right there in the comfort of your own home. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

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2. Range Hoods

A range hood is a useful cooking tool. Basically, it removes smoke and other cooking smells before they spread all through your home. They are typically installed above the stove, and they use external ventilation to direct smoke and odor outdoors.

3. Stack Lightning

When the smart-home innovations began, one problem they went after was the control of lighting around the home. However, Stack is completely redefining this process with an awesome line of electric bulbs that automatically adjust to you. Stack bulbs are equipped with built-in motion detectors, meaning they are aware of your presence or absence) in a room. You won’t ever have to flip a switch in your home. The light intensity of these bulbs will also shift throughout the day, starting with a crisp white setting that will prove useful in waking you up, and they gradually move to a warmer tone in the evening, offering a complete feeling of relaxation. These lights will also adjust to the natural light intensity of the room, and offer excellent power saving features so you won’t have to replace them frequently. Efficient and pocket-friendly.

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4. Broadband Internet

Broadband is an extremely fast and wonderful way of surfing the internet, depending on your current location. Broadband is a must-have for a modern home and is available in different forms. There are many broadband service providers in the market today. One popular option is comparetv.com.au. They offer reliable broadband internet and their plans are also very pocket-friendly.

5. SkyBell Video Doorbell

Answering your door has never been more convenient. With SkyBell, you see the faces of your guests before they come into your home. It also offers full high-definition display, night vision, motion detectors, and full audio support, making it possible to communicate with whoever is at your door. Skybell includes a quiet mode (basically disabling the doorbell) and a live feed, so you can monitor what is going on in front of your home.

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6. Google Home

Make running your home as easy as it can get with the Google Home, a Wi-Fi activated smart home hub. This awesome device connects to other appliances in your home. In a nutshell, the Google Home is a tiny speaker tower that is activated by voice command (and touch control) and can perform tasks such as setting alarms, surfing the web, playing music and checking the weather.

7. August Smart Lock

This device, like other related smart security measures, helps you remotely control your door. It has an added advantage over other security devices as it goes over your deadbolt instead of replacing it completely. Also, with a compatible August Connect Accessory, you can instruct the smart lock to let certain people into the house, whether you’re physically present or not.

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8. Sonos Play:1

The Sonos Play:1 is an all-out music player. It’s a full-blown Wi-Fi sound system that has the ability to stream music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other streaming services. Although you’ll need the Sonos app for this sound system to work optimally, it is still a wonderful choice if you’re looking to set up an awesome sound system for your home.

9. Nest Smart Thermostat

This smart home blockbuster controls the entire temperature of your home irrespective of whether you’re home or not. By studying your schedule and preferences, it maintains a specific temperature while you’re not at home. It learns fast (usually within one week) and after the learning process has been finished, it sets out automatically controlling the temperature of different rooms in your home as suits your preferences.

10. LG HomeChat

The LG HomeChat also controls other devices in your home. The only difference between this and other smart home appliances is the fact that while the others control devices autonomously, the HomeChat sends you notifications in chat-forms on your mobile phone and makes changes and modifications to connected devices upon your approval.

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Last Updated on May 25, 2019

20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

Breakfast

1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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    This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

    2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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      If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

      3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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        This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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        4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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          It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

          5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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            A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

            Lunch

            6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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              Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

              7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                 8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                  Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                   9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                    A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                     10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                      Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                      Dinner

                      11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                        This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                        12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                          As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                          13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                            Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                             14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                              If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                              15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                Dessert

                                16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                  If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                  17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                    With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                     18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                      This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                       19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                        Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                         20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                          By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

                                          Featured photo credit: Spaghetti Squash with Fire Roasted Tomato, Olive and Baby Spinach Sauce via commons.wikimedia.org

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