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11 Healthy Roasting Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

11 Healthy Roasting Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

While fall is the perfect time for tasty comfort foods, you won’t feel too “comfortable” after you realize you’ve consumed 1,000 calories or more with most of those unhealthy disasters. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the foods you love by taking advantage of these delicious and healthy roasting recipes.

French Roast Chicken with Whole Garlic via Taste of Home

There are few dishes more satisfying than a delicious roasted chicken. Toss in some fresh herbs and garlic and a bit of heart-healthy olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and you have yourself an amazingly tasty and healthy dinner.

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    Easy Roasted Carrots Recipe via The Healthy Eating Guide

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      Doesn’t get much easier (and healthier) than this: just five all-natural ingredients and 20 minutes of cooking time and you have a deliciously simple side dish.

      Here’s a delectable combination of sweet and savory that’s perfect for the fall season. It starts with roasted butternut squash and apples and is complemented by a rich chicken broth with just a hint of butter and some sautéed onions.

      Oven Roasted Cauliflower via Skinny Taste

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        One of the best ways to add a ton of flavor to roasting recipes is to toss in a bit of authentic parmigiano-reggiano cheese. A little bit goes a long way and it turns into a yummy, salty, cheesy crust that pairs perfectly with roasted veggies like cauliflower.

        Healthier Roasted Pork Loin via All Recipes

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          Pork is generally not known for being “healthy”, but pork loin is a leaner cut and when you roast it you save a lot of calories and fat because you don’t need nearly as much butter and/or oil. This recipe is bursting with flavor thanks to the plethora of fresh herbs and fennel. Top with the pan juices, which form an earthy, savory, white-wine-based sauce.

          Roasted Veggie Frittata Recipe via Fitness Magazine

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            Frittatas are a notoriously unhealthy dish. But that’s not the case with this healthy, roasted veggie frittata recipe. It’s loaded with healthy veggies including peppers, onions and zucchini. Plus, the eggs in this one provide plenty of nutritional bang for your buck.

            Basic Roast Beef & Vegetables via Taste of Home

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              Roast beef is a relatively lean cut of meat, and slow roasting it produces a tender, delicious flavor. This recipe uses more olive oil than butter, so you get the benefits of olive oil’s heart-healthy properties. And, you can serve it with steamed spinach or greens beans for a nutritional boost.

              Roasted Broccoli With Tahini Garlic Sauce via New York Times

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                Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Broccoli may be bland on its own, but when you pair it with this amazing tahini sauce, beautiful things happen. This dish is loaded with other healthy ingredients like lemon juice, olive oil and fresh garlic too.

                Healthy Roasted Potato Chips via The Healthy Eating Guide

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                  Of course, eating potato chips on a regular basis isn’t the best way to maintain optimal health. But this healthy roasted potato chip recipe has all-natural ingredients including potatoes, fresh herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s what we call a winning chip!

                  Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe via Summer Tomato

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                    How’s this for a simple and healthy roasting recipe: delicata squash, olive oil, and salt. That’s it! Cooking often comes down to keeping it simple and letting the ingredients shine, and that’s exactly what this healthy recipe does. Enjoy it with the roasted chicken or pork recipe above.

                    Roasted Cabbage Slices via Wellness Mama

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                      If you’ve never tasted roasted cabbage, you’re in for a treat. You’ll get some pieces that are crunchy and some that are soft and roasted to perfection. It’s the perfect combination! This recipe uses healthy coconut oil and fresh herbs, which are complementary toppings for tasty roasted cabbage.

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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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