Turmeric Rice Bowls with Golden Cauliflower, Potatoes and Black Beans + Some Thoughts

This is a long winded post where I spill the beans. Ready?

If I told you that exercise caused endorphins and endorphins make you happy you’d probably knod or roll your eyes at me for the obvious-ness of my statement.  Truth be told, I had nearly forgotten about the positive vibe tidal wave that came after a good sweat sesh. You see, the past few months have been strange. Not in the sense that odd things are happening, its just that my life has never looked the way its looked recently.

When I decided to put the cafe up for sale my dad and I both thought that it would take a year to find the right buyer. I assumed I’d have time to figure out what my next move was, what I’d want to create and how I’d go about creating it. Much to my surprise we had 4 interested parties in a week and a serious one who put in an offer within two. Before I knew it I had signed a contract to sell a cafe I had put my heart and soul into to build. A cafe I quit  a great job for. A cafe I moved states for.

The process that was supposed to take a year was done in a handful of whirlwind weeks. The whole thing gave me whiplash it happened so fast.

There were of course opportunities to back out of the deal along the way but I am a BIG believer in divine timing: that life unfolds exactly as it should, in the time it should. No faster and no slower.

This belief is what helped me keep my cool through the process. It is what had me saying to myself and others that if I wasn’t supposed to be selling right now there wouldn’t be a buyer right now. Period. I truly believed that. I still do.

But that brings us to where we are now. Since the tail of January I’ve had nothing and everything to do. No responsibilities and all the responsibilities. What do you do when you can do nothing and anything? This position is so strange.

And honestly I was starting to let it get to me.

What am I doing?  What do I want to do? How will I make money?  If I’ve learned anything its that starting a buisness and being an entreprenuer takes vision and patience. And hard work.

The lack of clarity I’ve felt the last few months was unfamiliar and I was starting to get depressed. I have always defined myself by my career and job title which might be a typical Type-A tendancy but I digress. I don’t technically have either of those right now. What the HELL  am I now? Who the hell am I now?

I was feeling lost and answer-less.

Then I went on a run (first one in weeks) and something began to shift. I began to feel less heavy in my heart and way less cluttered in my brain. That night I felt excited. Then I went on another run although this time I ran faster. Pushed myself harder. And then WOOSH! That tidal wave I mentioned earlier.

Possitive vibes started rolling in.

I realized that I have been going about this time in my life all wrong. All Negative. Why is the brains auto pilot mode negative? Such bullshit. I realized while in this positive bliss state that there is a lesson in the space, in the transition. A lesson in patience perhaps or in being still. Two things I am not particularly good at.  Maybe there’s a lesson in opening up to what the universe has for me and letting it guide me in the direction I am headed. How fortunate a position to be in. With all of that I come to gratitude and grace.

Which brings us to this bowl.

I’ve never before had the patience or the time to make beans from scratch. Who does really? (its 2017!). Lots of people I’m sure but this girl? This girl has NO patience. And up until recently she had no time (at least that’s how I saw it). The whole soaking over night then soft boiling, then simmering for hours. No way… All that for beans? I’ll just buy a can.

But now, with this “everything to do/nothing to do” space I’m in, sure why not?

So I gave it a try. I made black beans from scratch and you know what? I freaking loved it.

With each step I was able to see the change in the beans as they got closer to edible little morsels. I was able to control the flavors too which ultimately made them pair well with this Indian spiced bowl of veggies and things. And the taste, holy shit… its soo much better than canned.

The whole from scratch thing…, sure it took hours and often times we barely have time to grab a can opener but you know what? It was well worth the wait and well worth the process.

I trust that in time I will say the same thing about this period in my life. I know that this time has purpose and as long as I continue to make conscious efforts and action corrolated with what I want things will develope and grow into something clear and vivid. I need to stay patient and refine my vision, adjust the seasoning as I go. The end result will taste that much sweeter.

Just like the beans.

If you’ve read this far, thank you. That sure means a lot.

With all the good vibes, babe. Make this bowl!

 

The Ingredients might seem lengthy but its a lot of the same things used for each part!

Turmeric Rice Bowls with Mint Pesto, Golden Cauliflower, Potatoes and Black Beans

April 5, 2017
Serves 2-4
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
45m

Ingredients

  • FOR TURMERIC RICE
  • 2-3 Cups
    cooked rice
  • 1/2 Cup
    onion, diced
  • 2-3
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon
    turmeric powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons
    coconut oil
  • FOR THE CAULIFLOWER
  • 1/2
    head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 Cup
    onion, diced
  • 3
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 Tablespoon
    curry powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoon
    coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons
    white wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • FOR THE POTATOES
  • 5
    fingerling potatoes, sliced
  • 1-2 Tablespoon
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoon
    turmeric powder
  • pink salt and pepper, to taste
  • KALE SALAD
  • 3 Cups
    kale, de-stemmed, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1
    medium lemon, juiced and zested
  • FOR THE BOWLS
  • 4 Tablespoons
    mint pesto, recipe below
  • 1
    can of black beans or make from scratch, Recipe below
  • 2 Scoops
    sauerkraut, I used Wild Brine brand
  • 1/2
    avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. FOR THE RICE

    Cook rice according to package. I used white basmati rice.

    Heat a large frying pan of medium high heat. Add coconut oil. Once warm add in the onion and sautee for 3-5 minutes. Once translucent add in the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Lower heat to medium low and add in the turmeric powder and mix around. If it is dry in the pan then add a little more coconut oil before adding in the rice. Once added stir to coat and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

  2. FOR THE CAULIFLOWER:
    Pre heat oven to 425f. Roast cauliflower with a little oil and salt for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. **(You can add the potatoes to this tray too, steps below)

    Using the same frying pan as the rice, heat more coconut oil over medium high heat. Add in the onion and cook until translucent. 3-5 minutes. Then Add in the garlic, cook for 30 seconds stirring constantly. Add in the curry powder and more coconut oil if pan is dry. Then add in the cauliflower and stir to coat. Mix well until cauliflower is golden yellow in color. Add in vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. FOR THE KALE:
    Add washed and trimmed kale leaves to a bowl. Massage with the oil and salt between your fingers. Squeeze on lemon juice and mix well. Divide amongst serving bowls.

  4. FOR THE POTATOES:
    Add sliced potatoes, oil, turmeric and salt and pepper to pan. Toss to evenly coat.

    Roast with the cauliflower at 425f removing after 15 minutes or until fork tender.

  5. FOR THE BOWL:
    Divide rice, cauliflower, potatoes, kale, mint pesto, black beans, avocado and sauerkruat amongst bowls. Dig in and enjoy!

 

BLACK BEAN RECIPE:

Following the package instructions prepare the beans as necessary. Then Add in 3-4 garlic cloves whole, about 1/2 onion chopped, and 2-3 TBSP vegetbale broth base preferrably from Better Than Bouillon

I put 1 heaping cup to 1 1/2 cup beans in each bowl when serving.

MINT PESTO RECIPE:

Follow this recipe but use mint instead of kale and removing the cilantro!

 

 

  • Georgia Cifelli

    Nice story about where you are in life. Growth means struggle and negative feelings keep us from attracting good.

    “May you always be humble and kind!” (Tim McGraw song 2016)

    Love you Mom!

  • I always find the points of transition in life to be the most telling 🙂 stay positive and let your passion guide you, and you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be! Also, you’ve inspired me to want to make beans from scratch – I’ve never done it before either!

    • Rachel, Thank you for the encouragement, few things are as much a blessing as the ability to be passion driven. It means so much that you stopped by to read and say hi. In regards to the beans from scratch- as someone who was so adverse to it for so long I couldnt reccomend it enough. xo

  • Wow, you married this bowl of black beans and cauliflower and rice to your current life status so well. I have been in your position – not in selling a cafe – but in feeling like “WTF is my life about? WTF am I going to do?” but if you keep the eye on what you really want for your life, you will get it.

    • Haha GiGi, thank you. Someone how the correlation came so naturally! Thanks for the encouragment, its nice to know that its a very human experience to question what your up to in life lol WTF. Thanks for stopping by and sharing, xo

  • Marie | Yay! For Food

    I really like your perceptive in life. Transition periods are always the most difficult and I am happy to read that you are in a good place right now. Regarding your recipe, this looks absolutely delicious; I love rice bowls and the veggies and spices that you chose to use! Sending good vibes your way, Cara!

    • Marie! Thank you, the transitions phrases are uncomfortable no doubt, thank you for the support. I am absolutely feeling more positive. I appreciate you stopping by and sending me some good vibes, back atchu girl, xo

  • Mikaela Stone

    “Divine Timing.” I love it! Your post could not have been better-timed. I feel my life doing a slow-tilt shift over the next few months and have been trying to gain some perspective on it. Your reminder of how cathartic and helpful a good long run might be was needed!

    Love the flavors you’ve put together for the roasted cauliflower! My favorite veg and definitely haven’t tried it with curry!

    • Mikaela, I am so happy to hear that it resonated with you, sychronicity is a beautiful thing. I hope you find balance and stride in the shift you are in. It’s funny about the long run thing, because I practice yoga & spin… but something about running is what really clears my head the best.

      About the Cauli- I am right there with you girl. its the best! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing some love, xo

  • Nicole

    I too am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason – sometimes it’s just a bit tough to truly trust that. I also believe in the power of exercise endorphins! After a workout, I always feel like I can approach anything tough going on with a much more positive attitude and calmer demeanor. I can’t imagine never working out & getting that clarity and happy feeling! On another note, these bowls look so nourishing, healthy and yummy. I, too don’t often take the time to make beans from scratch, but they sure are yummy when I do!

    • Hi Nicole, thanks for stopping but and letting me know that you can relate to what I’ve been experiencing! Its shocks me eveytime- the power of a really great work out, hah. And hell yeah to the beans from scratch thing- game changer, xo

  • glad that you found the positive side, and hopefully now you have more time for r&r and to do the things that you want to do without the cafe! this bowl sounds delicious, and i can imagine how tasty some quick pickles instead of (or even better, in addition to!) the sauerkraut would be (:

    • Hey Heather- your so right about the quick pickle ideal, that would add such a lovely brightness to the other ingredients. Also thank you for the kind words of encouragement, I appreciate it so much! sending good vibes your way, 🙂

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    Exercise definitely helps release stress. I feel every period in your life serves a purpose and teaches you something. This is your journey, enjoy the moment and own it. Everything will fall into place. 🙂
    Bowl looks great.

    • So true, exercise is a great stress remedy. Thank you for the words of encouragement and taking the time to stop by. I appreciate it so much! xo

  • Follow My Gut

    Cara,

    I was gonna respond to a different post, but it was impossible not to. I’m literally in this exact position. The type of person who works all the time and has no real idea of what to do when not working. I didn’t sell a cafe but when I got laid off, just like you I got depressed. I’m still there now so I really appreciate reading this. The way you found a way out of your situation of nothing yet everything is really inspiring. It’s hard, but you getting through it especially with exercising is so inspiring. And the fact that you were able to be patient and cook along the way, you go girl! Can’t wait to see how great you are after this transition <3

    • Aw girl hearing that you are going through something similar is comforting, knowing im not alone and I am glad that in some way we are supporting eachother through the process (with the internet no less). However, I am so sorry to hear that you got laid off, that can’t be easy. Us worker bees are best when working. I truly believe that there is a brighter light at the end of the tunnel for you although it might be hard to see right now. Thank you for sharing your situation and for your supportive words about mine. I can’t suggest the exercise enough, i find that its a great anti-anxiety & anti-stress medicine and helps unleash creativity. Sending you lots of love and good vibes!

  • I never make my beans from scratch either but you’ve just inspired me to. These bowls look incredible!

    • Thank you Sarah! Its worth the effort and ends up being more affordable too! xo

  • I’m addicted to exercising. Whenever I’m super stressed I sweat it out and I instantly feel better. Wow I can’t believe your cafe sold so quickly. That exciting and terrifying at the same time. I love cooking beans in a slow cooker, but I’m a strange bird. I also devour beans out of a can, I know that sounds gross but me and chick peas have a serious love affair. I can’t wait to hear what you are going to do next. Whatever you decided I know you will put your entire heart into it. I’m so excited for you! Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

    • Mary, you are speaking my turth right now. Sweating out the stress is the best! I often tell my dad that yoga is my anxiety medication. ALSO- No shame in eating straight from the can, I think we’ve all done that before lol. Chickpeas are easily my favorite bean too! Thank you for the well wishes, postive words and stopping by, it means so much! xo

  • Laura Dembowski

    I hope you figure things out – I’m sure you will in time! Life can be super crazy, but yes, I am always up for a great workout. It helps soooo much. And I’m glad you gave beans from scratch a try. I don’t eat anything out of a can.

    • Hi laura! im impressed that you dont eat anything out of the can- that is truly awesome! I want to keep making more beans from scratch. I think next up is garbanzo beans. And thank you so so much for the words of encouragement. Ive kept up the workouts everyother day and its amazing how positive i feel! xoxo have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • I’m so glad you took the time to visit my blog which, therefore, brought me here to read this lovely post. Indeed many times things happen in such weird ways and timming, but I’ve come to realize, as you did too, that things happen for a reason and that life has its own right timming! Being more aware and thankful for what we already have is so much better and fulfilling that keep focusing on the “lack” in our lives – meditation sure has helped with this mindset! (I’ve been using Insight Timer free app which has the most lovely guided meditations and talks about this). I hope you keep finding that happiness within you 🙂

    • Oh! And about the beans: one great way to make them from scratch and saving time, bean shape and give more flavour is to cook them in the oven! I use this method –» [http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-beans-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-102908]

      • AND thank you for the baked beans recipe. I would have never thought to put them in the oven but that article has some really good points in it. Also loved that she put a bayleaf in her beans. I need to try that for sure.

    • Marta! this was such a thoughtful comment and i appreciate your response so much! You make so many good points. Thank you for the app reccomendation, I will have to check it out. I keep wanting to get back into meditation 🙂

  • Chiara Stove

    This looks so good! I’m trying to use turmeric more in my daily dishes. It has so much health benefits!