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15 Cauliflower Recipes To Keep You Healthy

15 Cauliflower Recipes To Keep You Healthy

Brassica oleracea has a long history. The oldest record dates back to the 6th century. From Syria to France, it has been grown for more than a thousand years. If you are wondering, the other name for Brassica oleracea is cauliflower.

Cauliflower is stashed with nutrients. It is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in dietary fiber, folate, water, and vitamin C. This particular vegetable is highly recommended by WHFoods. Vegetarians and vegans tend to choose cauliflower as a reasonable substitute for carbohydrates instead of potatoes and rice. And you will be amazed to know just how many ways you can cook cauliflower! Here are 15 recipes you will love.

1. “Loaded” Cauliflower

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    This is a quick meal that doesn’t take much effort or time. It’s a very simple recipe with “loaded” nutritional values and balanced ingredients. This is the perfect food for a tired you.

    2. Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

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      This cauliflower crust pizza is low in carbs, low in calories, and gluten free. And the best part? You can add any toppings, knowing that you are eating a healthy pizza. The process is not as troublesome as you may think. And the taste? Why don’t you make it and find out for yourself?

      3. Cheeseburger Cauliflower

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        This is another trouble-free recipe that you can cook in less time. Here it is done with hamburger, but if you are very health-conscious and want to avoid red meat, you can try with shredded chicken pieces or ground chicken.

        4. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

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          There’s no hassle of going to the stove and deep frying because this recipe is all about the oven bake. It takes little time and is very simple and so delicious. You may just want to eat this every day!

          5. Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

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            If you don’t want pizza but do want something else made out of pizza crust which is made from cauliflower crumbs, then you can easily bake these super cheesy breadsticks!

            6. Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

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              This super-duper cheesy casserole is actually low in carbs and gluten free! This kid-friendly, easy dish can be eaten as a side dish, or better, as a whole meal!

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              7. Vietnamese Cauli-Fried Rice

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                All you health-conscious people out there, this is the perfect meal for you, since this is grain free fried rice. For vegetarians and vegans, just add as many vegetables as you want and omit the eggs, and for the non-vegetarians, you can add sausage and shrimp. The process is not hard at all, and the overall result is delicious fried rice!

                8. Cauliflower Rice Lettuce Cups with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

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                  Here’s a very healthy snack packed with nutriments that will boost your mood and your tastebuds simultaneously. The recipe is not hard to make, and you can even serve this as an appetizer at your next party!

                  9. Cauliflower Nachos with Harissa Cheddar Cheese

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                    This is a very smart finger food that can go with any occasion, be it girlfriends’ day out, boys’ sports night, or a teen’s get-together with friends. It’s simple to make, so if demand goes sky-high, you can easily make some more!

                    10. Cauliflower Tortillas

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                      So, you are in the mood for Mexican food. Here is your solution! You may find the whole idea of making tortillas with cauliflower silly; if so, then you are in for a surprise! Since these are easy to make and very healthy, you might just forget about the typical corn or flour tortillas entirely!

                      11. Cauliflower Protein Bread

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                        If you have the time to bake a cauliflower pizza, then you can effortlessly bake this cauliflower bread.

                        12. Jalapeno and Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins

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                          Another low carb and gluten-free meal, this recipe is sure to tantalize your tastebuds! Cheesy, filling, and delicious, this can top your weekend family breakfast!

                          13. Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie

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                            As easy as a pie, this shepherd’s pie is a big hearty meal for the whole family. Both kids and adults will surely fall in love with this recipe. With the preparation and cooking, the overall time will be one hour. It’s perfect for after a hectic day or for a perfect summer dinner!

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                            14. Paleo Cauliflower Hummus

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                              This is a great substitution for chickpeas. Just use cauliflower and you won’t even know the difference! It tastes the same as chickpeas, and the good part is that you are free to play around with the ingredients: simply add your own favorite flavors! Flavorsome and easy to make, this can be a big preferred food for you and your friends!

                              15. Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese

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                                *Drool* sorry, can’t help it, but the picture is seriously making me want to go to the kitchen and make this now! And the best part is that it doesn’t even take more than 30 minutes! I bet you’ll soon become a cauliflower addict after eating this. Good luck on resisting such a scrumptious food!

                                Honestly, after completing this article, I think I will start a cauliflower diet, or at least add cauliflower to my recipes everyday! The health benefits, the versatility, and the flavors just make it an idyllic substitute for carbs. So, the next time you are grocery shopping, do not forget to buy stacks of cauliflower!

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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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