It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Creamy Parmesan Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower

Creamy parmesan Instant Pot mashed cauliflower is a healthier, low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Prep it ahead in the Instant Pot for an easy holiday side dish!

Well today, we’re talking cauliflower. Mashed cauliflower. Which doesn’t sound appetizing in the least, but trust me, it is. Especially when parmesan cheese, garlic and fresh thyme are involved. It gets so creamy, you’re going to forget you’re eating cauliflower!

My favorite part about this Instant Pot mashed cauliflower is that you can put the whole head of cauliflower right in the Instant Pot! No need to break it down into florets. Just remove the stem and leaves and put the whole head right in!

Get PERFECT Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower with these tips:

  • Make sure to let the cauliflower cool 5-10 minutes (with the Instant Pot lid removed) before mashing. This helps extra moisture drip down (and helps it get extra creamy!), and makes it easier to handle
  • If you are looking to prep a bigger batch, you could cook this in two batches, or you will need to chop your cauliflower into florets. This tutorial tells you how to cook it in florets.
  • I used my trusty 6 quart Instant Pot; this recipe has not been tested in an 8 quart Instant Pot
Creamy Parmesan Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
Creamy Instant Pot mashed cauliflower is a healthier, low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Prep it in the Instant Pot for an easy holiday side dish!

  • 1 head cauliflower leaves removed and stem cut out
  • 1 cup stock
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
Mash with
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt plain
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place the stock, garlic cloves and sprigs of thyme in the bottom of a 6 quart Instant Pot. Place the trivet on top and the cauliflower on the trivet.
  2. Cook for 15 minutes on the steam setting. Do a quick pressure release (release the pressure immediately when the IP beeps). Allow the cauliflower to rest with the lid open for 10 or so minutes, until it cools slightly and it safer to handle (and allows extra moisture to drip off).
  3. Carefully transfer the cauliflower to a new pot with as little liquid as possible from the Instant Pot. 
  4. Mash with the yogurt, cheese, salt and pepper. 
  5. This recipe is easy to re-heat in a pot or the microwave, and keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days
Recipe Notes
  1. Since cauliflower sizes vary, you may need to adjust the seasoning to taste.
  2. For a larger batch, you may wish to use the slow cooker version of this recipe, or work in two batches to cook the cauliflower.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Parmesan Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 batch)
Calories 109Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 778mg32%
Potassium 497mg14%
Total Carbohydrates 10g3%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A5.9%
Vitamin C88%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Adapted :Creamy Parmesan Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower @ sweetpeasandsaffron


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2 Responses to "Creamy Parmesan Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower"

  1. I also love cauliflower and can’t wait to try this.

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