It’s been roughly 2-3 weeks since I’ve been pretty effing serious about avoiding gluten. I mentioned earlier that a friend told me it helped with her eczema, and I was willing to try it out to see if cutting out gluten would help me out too….
Tis the season for roasting all the things, especially vegetables. As the vegetables change out in my farmer’s market, I could’t be happier to see some of my favorite comforting vegetables return. Their return brings an instant coziness to my small table.
With the slow winding down to the end of the year, more potlucks and occasions have been coming up, and bringing that instant comfort to others has been my go-to. It’s a win on many levels for me- I get to make something without driving myself crazy (cause school is still very much happening), I get to share that with others, and I can now guarantee some delicious and nourishing vegetables will be on the menu.
The combination I chose for these Roasted Fall Vegetables, leeks, beets and sweet potatoes, so far has been a hard one to beat. You’ve got just enough sweetness, and with the za’atar and garlic, a good balance of savory.
To make things more interesting and to add some healthy fats and probiotics, I paired this with a yogurt dressing, which brings an already awesome dish to the next level. The vegetables already taste great on their own, but if you want to kick up, add in the yogurt dressing.
As more gatherings and potlucks pop up, consider bringing something simple to the party. Dishes don’t have to be complicated to taste good, and you can never have too many vegetables at the table.
It’s time to give ourselves more permission to do simple things. Easy things. …
A lot has been happening in the last few weeks. Fall officially began, a heatwave rolled up in Southern California and won’t let go, and I started a nutrition program to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with the Nutritional Therapy Association. It’s been 6+ years since I’ve been in college or any kind of rigorous academic program.
While challenges in life generally stress me the hell out, I’m endlessly fascinated with food challenges. Caroline Rector, the minimalist fashion blogger at Unfancy, often talks about how she’s shifted to looking at mistakes with a “Oh, how fascinating!” lens rather than that weary face emoji and the stress that little face conveys. I’ve tried to keep this idea in mind and apply it in my life towards challenges/when life throws me any sized curveball….
Sometimes, I can speak better through food. I’ve been doing it for years, but only recently have I really realized that it’s another language I’m pretty fluent in. All of the words and emotions I want to tell someone can so easily be channelled into a dish, a treat, a food gift. The happiness I’ve received from serving a meal, surprising someone with a treat or gifting anything from cookies to pickles to lasagna runs so deep. For me, good, nourishing food can do more than a card or regular birthday gift….