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Shaved Carrot and Parsley Salad {paleo + vegan}

Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
 
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.

And adult meals can be hard sometimes.

Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.

But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!

So simple, but so powerful.

It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.

In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?

Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
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charred purple sprouting broccoli with caper basil tahini sauce {paleo + vegan)

I can never stay away from roasted vegetables for very long. And this time, I found some very pretty spring purple sprouting broccoli to roast and drizzle with a caper basil tahini sauce! And after a week in Mexico eating (and let’s be honest, drinking) ALL THE THINGS I’m pretty pumped to be sharing this healthy deliciousness with you.

Charred purple sprouting broccoli with caper basil tahini sauce is a simple spring vegetable recipe with purple sprouting broccoli and an easy to make tahini sauce that's elevated with garlic, lemon, capers and basil, topped with some toasted sunflower seeds for crunch.

Purple sprouting broccoli just happened to be that one piece of sweet spring produce that I discovered on my latest trip to the grocery store, but if you’re local market shelves aren’t stocking this pretty veg don’t fret! You can easily substitute broccolini or regular broccoli. But if you DO see it at the store I bet you’ll wanna grab some, too.

I mean LOOK at that gorgeous color.

Charred purple sprouting broccoli with caper basil tahini sauce is a simple spring vegetable recipe with purple sprouting broccoli and an easy to make tahini sauce that's elevated with garlic, lemon, capers and basil, topped with some toasted sunflower seeds for crunch.

I love broccoli, but when broccoli is purple it’s a whole other level of love.

Like can’t keep my hands off it love.

Charred purple sprouting broccoli with caper basil tahini sauce is a simple spring vegetable recipe with purple sprouting broccoli and an easy to make tahini sauce that's elevated with garlic, lemon, capers and basil, topped with some toasted sunflower seeds for crunch.And on top of being beautiful, it has a really spectacular flavor as well. It’s quite sweet and incredibly tender, with all the charming complexity of broccoli that we love. And actually a closer relative to romanesco than broccoli, oddly enough. but comes into season a bit earlier than either.

Which makes it the PERFECT candidate for a vitamin packed spring roasting indulgence.

Charred to perfection and drizzled with CAPER BASIL TAHINI SAUCE and we’re talking some seriously amazing stuff, you guys.

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royal pho broth with cabbage ribbons and vietnamese spiced pork meatballs {paleo}

This bowl = my heaven. Royal pho broth with cabbage ribbons and vietnamese spiced pork meatballs, you have my heart.

Royal pho broth with cabbage ribbons and vietnamese spiced pork meatballs - Incredibly easy and comforting pho soup that also happens to be grain free // paleo! Brimming with fragrant aromatics, tender ribbons of cabbage instead of noodles, and delightfully delicious pork meatballs. Royal pho broth with cabbage ribbons and vietnamese spiced pork meatballs - Incredibly easy and comforting pho soup that also happens to be grain free // paleo! Brimming with fragrant aromatics, tender ribbons of cabbage instead of noodles, and delightfully delicious pork meatballs.

Since giving up most grains I haven’t been dining out for as many meals as I used to, and definitely I have not been indulging in big bowls of steaming pho with long slurp worthy rice noodles and more aromatics than my head knew what to do with.

Considering that pho is one of my ultimate comfort foods (helllllo one too many glasses of wine! How does pho always know how to fix that?!), I’ve been coping okay, but when it started snowing this week AGAIN in Seattle, I knew I had to do something about my life without pho.

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