roasted carrot, chickpea + harissa dip // via @thefirstmesspin it!View full post »

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha18/12/2014 - 5:34 am

    I have loved so much the flavor bible and I bought the vegetarian one ten days ago – as ebook, to have it always with me :) It is really the bible for a cook! :DReplyCancel

  • Gina18/12/2014 - 7:31 am

    Don‘t think I have ever left a comment here before, but today I just decided to let you know that a lot of the time to me coming to your blog is like coming into a cozy living room with an open fireplace after a long walk through a snowy forest. Reading your words feels often like warming your ice cold/wet feet by the fire and getting handed a cup of hot chocolate and having a really nice conversation. Thanks for that!

    Wishing you all the best for your upcoming ventures & so excited for what you are going to create within the new year! <3ReplyCancel

  • FoodCrafters18/12/2014 - 7:50 am

    Very interesting post AND recipe. I’m often scared to make carrot/pumpkin/sweet potato pastes like this one – feels like they’re just too sweet to go well in a “hummus” configuration. Or maybe it’s just that I just love hummus with loads of lemon and garlic a little too much…

    Will need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen18/12/2014 - 9:58 am

    I can’t get over how gorgeous this dip is! We used to make something very similar at the restaurant and we used it as a veggie sandwich spread. But minus the harissa, which is a shame because HARISSA! So good. Can’t wait to try this. Looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan18/12/2014 - 10:16 am

    I adore the Flavor Bible! I met the authors when they were here in Milwaukee for a signing and talk about the sweetest people EVER. Karen shook my hand and said ‘You are a baker, aren’t you? I can tell by the muscles in your hands’. Adore your words lady, they always bring me comfort and make me think : )ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth18/12/2014 - 10:26 am

    Just ordered my copy of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible! I love what you created here. Just the kind of inspiration I’m looking for. Such a gorgeous dish!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Pickles & Honey18/12/2014 - 10:37 am

    “If it doesn’t add, it subtracts.” <–I love the simplicity of that statement. That's been my giant learning experience these last few months. I'll have to check out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I just finished Essentialism along those same lines–highly, highly recommend it.

    Gorgeous writing and photos, as always.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley18/12/2014 - 11:12 am

    Do you know how much I love you + your words? I’m not sure there is anyone else who I’ve related too so much with work/home/life ever before. So I can only say I am SO so so happy you have this space here on the interwebs and that I found it. I can’t wait to see how 2015 unfolds for you. I have a feeling it’s going to be better than great. xoReplyCancel

  • michelle18/12/2014 - 12:02 pm

    GORGEOUS! So going to make this, soon. Your lentil sriracha dip was a big hit at a pot luck last year. Also, J and I are HOOKED on Mary’s Crackers. All about that Costco box.ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food18/12/2014 - 1:22 pm

    I have been a fan of The Flavor Bible for quite some time. Need to get my hands on The Vegetarian Flavor Bible because I have no doubt I’d use that thing at least once a week.

    Beautiful flavors here. It’s always so nice to see a vegetarian dip that doesn’t load in the cheese and cream.ReplyCancel

  • Emily18/12/2014 - 3:19 pm

    This is so completely stunning and gorgeous! The bright colors, the freshness, the combination of flavors… love everything!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar18/12/2014 - 3:48 pm

    This is such a comforting looking meal! So much colour! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen18/12/2014 - 3:56 pm

    This dip sounds so good, and I love its vibrant color! So beautiful! And those endive boats are a brilliant idea. More vegetables!ReplyCancel

  • S Lauren | Modern Granola18/12/2014 - 4:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks so incredible! I am always on the lookout for fun ways to eat veggies, especially around the holidays, and this is perfect! I cannot wait to try this.ReplyCancel

  • Francesca18/12/2014 - 4:37 pm

    Might have to try this one- it looks so colourful.ReplyCancel

  • in love with those garnishes!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn18/12/2014 - 7:25 pm

    This dip looks amazing! Cant wait to give it a try.


  • Nicola18/12/2014 - 7:42 pm

    I totally relate to your comment about houses vs homes. None of us live in a magazine. Each home is individual, and that individuality takes time to develop. We’ve been in our new/old house 10 months and there are still plenty of blank white walls. Enjoy the nesting, its more than half the fun.ReplyCancel

  • dorota @ plants on the plate19/12/2014 - 5:58 am

    what wise words. thanks. i’m at this point of life where all still seems an open possibility and i can’t focus on anything, jumping from one thing to another… i know it’s time to assess what i’m really good at and what i enjoy as opposed to just adding new skills which are now so many it’s impossible to “level up” – less would indeed be more. for now. i must keep that in mind!

    i made a mash of roasted carrots with tahini and dukkah the other day and it was so good, so i roasted another bag of carrots – i think i’ll make this instead, seems like a fuller flavor with the heat and lemon.

    thanks! happy holidays and all the best, d.ReplyCancel

  • lynsey // lynseylovesfood19/12/2014 - 8:58 am

    the brightest of dips for the darkest of days. perfect! can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that book! xoReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little19/12/2014 - 11:16 am

    I love the look of this dip Laura – so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly19/12/2014 - 2:12 pm

    So excited about this! I’ve been making food & wine’s carrot Harissa dip in the winter for awhile now. but I’ve got to switch to your delicious dip instead! I bet roasting the carrots brings in an awesome taste, verses boiling them. The flavor bible is one of my favorites but you tell me that there is a veg version? Music to my ears! Love your blog!ReplyCancel

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  • Agnieszka20/12/2014 - 9:38 am

    This recipe looks delicious. I love all the bright colors! I can’t wait to make this for my family.ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild}20/12/2014 - 10:20 pm

    Crazy beautiful colors and words in this post. I love everything about it. All the best to you in 2015!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah @ Soymilk + Honey21/12/2014 - 12:13 pm

    There’s Harissa in it? I’m in! This looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Mahee Ferlini24/12/2014 - 9:00 pm

    Gorgeous dish!ReplyCancel

  • amy26/12/2014 - 4:55 pm

    This looks so stunning! The color, the garnish, everything! It also sounds really good!
    Thanks for sharing Laura.ReplyCancel

  • Traci28/12/2014 - 3:18 am

    It is hard to find balance, isn’t it? Sounds like you are on the right track with the greens, and eats like this. So vibrant. I plan on coming back to this recipe, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Deryn @ Running on Real Food28/12/2014 - 4:48 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful and that dip looks so lovely! I think “If it doesn’t add, it subtracts.” is a good mantra to keep in mind this coming year. We are all being pulled in so many directions, sometimes you just have to say no and do what’s best for you at that time! Thanks for the recipe and always gorgeous photos, improving my photography is on my to-do for 2015 so I’m always stopping by to be inspired by your shots. Have a great new years!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen30/12/2014 - 10:44 am

    A post that put into words so many important things I’ve been wondering myself this past year and a truly stunning, festive looking dip. Wishing you an exciting 2015 filled with love, new projects (both personal and professional), and happy moments!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Phoebe30/12/2014 - 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts Laura, I love your writings so much! 2015 can and will be a warmer, compassionate year, I feel more people are becoming aware if self love and forgiveness. I am trying to curate it, I’ve decided to embrace my full name – Hannah Phoebe – and my full self, flaws and all. Like homes, the best people grow slow.
    Hope my ramble makes sense, now is this raw tahini or did you go traditional for hummus (I’m a big fan of a cheap Yemeni brand atm for really authentic stuff!)
    hp xxReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright04/01/2015 - 4:27 pm

      Hi Hannah! I used roasted sesame tahini for this one, but I do really love the raw stuff when I can get a hold of it. Peace and blessings to you in the new year!

  • Kasey31/12/2014 - 6:32 pm

    Laura, your posts continue to inspire me. I love the honesty here, and I can relate to so much of it. I can’t wait to hear about your new adventures, and I hope you remain kind to yourself — I want to do more of that, too. Happy New Year! xoReplyCancel

  • Patricia04/01/2015 - 3:13 pm

    This looks gorgeous! Great taste combination and thanks for the introduction to the Flavor Bible. Sounds like a fun read!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate05/01/2015 - 6:11 pm

    Those photos are so gorgeous. The light, the color combination, all so stunning. Happy New Year, I can’t wait to make this!ReplyCancel

  • The Gilded Sprout05/01/2015 - 6:37 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I am a fan of hummus but always on the lookout for new ways of spicing it up both figuratively and literally in this case. Beautiful post!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria06/01/2015 - 12:00 pm

    That looks so amazing !! One of my goals this year is to do more cooking so this is something that I really want to try and have a go at making ! It look delicious !

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  • Sarah @ Soymilk + Honey09/01/2015 - 8:28 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’m a huge carrot fan, so this is a must-try. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

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  • skinnyrunning18/06/2015 - 3:56 pm

    This looks so good and perfect for a post-run or pre-run snack. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

ginger sweet potato dal // via @thefirstmesspin it!View full post »

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha11/12/2014 - 5:09 am

    This plate is sunshine in a winter and grey day! Sweet potatoes are not so common here in Italy, but luckily they are almost alway present in my organic food store…and I love them so much!ReplyCancel

  • Liz S.11/12/2014 - 5:44 am

    During this busy time, I practice self-care by granting myself daily “me time” (exercise, meditation, and reading a good book).ReplyCancel

  • lynsey // lynseylovesfood11/12/2014 - 7:42 am

    There is so much goodness in this post that gives the means to practice self care – warming comfort to, easy go-to meals to take the stress off, cookies, and of course wine. with the snow this morning this is all i want to eat! xoReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine11/12/2014 - 7:53 am

    What an incredible combination of flavors! I always think dal looks so good- but I am allergic to lentils! Anything you can think of that would make a substitution?
    Laura: Hey Michelle, Can you eat dried split peas? That would be the easiest one-for-one substitution. Otherwise, some par-cooked little cannelini beans might be do-able. You would have to adjust and play around with the water amount though.

  • Carol11/12/2014 - 8:45 am

    This looks perfect for dinner any night! One question…the “carrot” bit of the recipe is missing? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/12/2014 - 8:49 am

      Hey Carol! That was a teeny mistake. I originally planned to do this as a sweet potato AND carrot dal, but changed my mind last second. All fixed now. Good eye on that :)

  • JESSIEMARCEL11/12/2014 - 9:06 am

    Wow… i often make dal w/ red lentils, so comforting and warming and filling. But I’ve never thought of adding sweet potatoes to the mix!!!! Think i got dinner covered! My self-care these days is subbing herbal teas istead of my morning coffe durring the week(coffee makes me go nutts in so many ways its not even funny! But sooo good!!!) and treating myself to one single delish flavored (hommemade coconut milk creamers!) on sunday mornings!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming11/12/2014 - 9:46 am

    a nice calming morning coffee or a refreshing run!ReplyCancel

  • Meg11/12/2014 - 9:52 am

    I’m a pediatric nurse, so self-care is hugely important, and sandwiched in between 12 hour shifts and all the other things I have on my to-do list. It usually involves a long run or yoga, but equally as often, a glass of wine and a netflix marathon. Plus I never say no to a little chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • Nik@ABrownTable11/12/2014 - 10:09 am

    Isn’t dal the best and red lentils are delicious! I love the flavors you used in this recipe, it reminded me of all the good things that make it so comforting. By the way, where did you get that little bowl, it is beautiful?
    Laura: Hey Nik, thanks so much! The bowl is from a Canadian book/gift store chain called Indigo. Although I’m not sure if they sell that particular one anymore. Link’s here anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole11/12/2014 - 10:30 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! My husband grew up in Ontario’s wine country also and my in-laws still live there. I would love to win this prize and spend a night at the Oban Inn!

    This time of year, it’s essential for me to practise self-care by sticking to my exercise routine – that means making it to the gym as much as possible, even if it means stopping there on my way to a family get-together. It makes a world of difference both physically and emotionally.

    Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • liz11/12/2014 - 10:54 am

    I do tai chi and draw. I also bake bread.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley11/12/2014 - 11:26 am

    My simple, go-to meals never look quite this pretty. Definitely need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Fontes11/12/2014 - 11:27 am

    Looks delicious! This time of year, I’m taking care by slowing down and cooking something everyday (the soba noodle soup was great). I used to waitress in NOTL, so this giveaway sounds fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda D11/12/2014 - 11:36 am

    Thanks for this yummy recipe!

    How do I practice self-care? By sitting on my cushion as often as I can to meditate, whether for 3 or 30 minutes, no matter. I also just signed up for a 3-day silent treat over NY’s. A gift to myself where I create space to reflect on the past year and let it go, and ground myself for the year ahead. Yum. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Gaudet11/12/2014 - 11:47 am

    What kind of rice was prepared in this recipe?
    Laura: Hi Patricia, I used black japonica rice from Lundberg, which can be found here. I bought a big bag at my local Costco.ReplyCancel

  • Erin11/12/2014 - 12:06 pm

    Making time for daily exercise and making lots of the recipes from your blog helps keep me trued this time of year! And the occasional jacuzzi tub beer doesn’t hurt either. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan11/12/2014 - 12:19 pm

    Diggin this so hard! Girl, your photos are always on point annnd I need some of those reusable bags, stat. Self care usually comes in the form of pizza, cat cuddles and lots of tv.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime R11/12/2014 - 12:37 pm

    I practice self-care by getting a CSA box most weeks which encourages me to eat whole, healthy foods and experiment with new recipes without even having to head to the grocery store…plus it feels good to buy local and eat seasonal foods!ReplyCancel

  • Alex11/12/2014 - 1:29 pm

    Taking time to cook, go for extra long walks and getting some solid cardio!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna Green11/12/2014 - 1:39 pm

    My favorite self care routine is to attend my Pilates class regularly! I always feel centred and energized after a work out. I adore the Oban Inn!ReplyCancel

  • Saniel11/12/2014 - 1:46 pm

    Food looks very yummy and easy to assemble.
    I practice self care by standing on my porch and taking deep breaths Inhale-taking in all the world is offering me and Exhale out all negative thoughts I put on myself. Curling up with a good book and calming tea helps too. Thanks great giveaway getaway.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee11/12/2014 - 2:11 pm

    The store was out of leeks. Do you think Bok choi would be a fine substitute?
    Laura: Hi Marlee, I just use leeks because I like the mild, sweet onion-ish flavour they provide. I would go for thin slices of a sweeter onion, such as vidalia, and just sauté them a bit longer in the coconut oil. Just until they’re a bit soft. Shallots would work too! Or even some chopped up green onions/chives sprinkled on top of the dal at the end would be fine.

  • Christina11/12/2014 - 2:23 pm

    There are so many ways I practice self-care as we near the holidays; hot tea, freshly baked snacks, and relaxing on the sofa. I think the most important one for me (which is harder to actually do) is getting in that cardio as well!ReplyCancel

  • CdnSyl11/12/2014 - 2:28 pm

    Eeek! I was just recipe dreaming about sweet potatoes and lentils but hadn’t yet figured out how to go about it. So excited to give this a try! I’m Niagara-bound for the holidays so I’ll put in my two cents on self-care: cooking, playing piano, curling up with a good book, and getting as much as exercise outside as possible!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen (@905Foodie)11/12/2014 - 3:01 pm

    Thank you for that recipe. I am starting to experiment with legumes. It looks really good!

    Self care can be tough. I took an unusual twist on it this year. I am completing tasks super early. All my shopping and wrapping is already completed. I still need to clean and decorate – and that will be done tomorrow.

    That means I get to relax in the lead up to Christmas – it’s a pretty amazing gift to me! LOL

    I will be enjoying glasses of wine on the sofa with a kitty on my lap. I will borrow my BFFs dog and take her for walks. My hubby and I will go for a drive out to our favourite cidery for drink, dinner and convo and we simply won’t be stressed! Who knew this could be possible?ReplyCancel

  • SUMMER PLEWES11/12/2014 - 3:31 pm

    I am actually not taking very good care of myself right now. I am mentally exhausted. I try to take baths though and read and I just recently bought a relaxation meditation for mindfullness cd that I need to be listening to.ReplyCancel

  • Ania11/12/2014 - 3:38 pm

    I get together with friends and family as much as possible, because being together is what really makes this season festive!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca@Figs and Pigs11/12/2014 - 3:46 pm

    What amazing colours just beautiful.I need to use more fresh tumeric.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle11/12/2014 - 4:04 pm

    Sweet potato dals have always been one of my favourite base recipes; thanks for a gorgeous variation.

    Self-care for me is returning home to St. Catharines, waking up before the rest of my family, brewing a pot of coffee and heading out for a run in the Escarpment. And then warming up with a cup of said coffee and chatting with my mom on the couch upon return :)ReplyCancel

  • Riley11/12/2014 - 4:07 pm

    That recipe looks deeelicious! During this time of year I try to maintain my physical and mental health by getting good rest, fitting snuggle time in with my man and guinea piggies, and by going to the gym regularly. Bean and veggie soup is also a great pick-me-up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie11/12/2014 - 4:21 pm

    This post is gorgeous — and I especially loved all your links at the end, you’ve been busy girl! That interview was fun to read through, I love your philosophy and outlook and overall personality, and wish I could go grab a cup of coffee with you! Have a great weekend – xoReplyCancel

  • Margaret Brady11/12/2014 - 4:24 pm

    I would love to winReplyCancel

  • Brooklynn11/12/2014 - 4:34 pm

    I love to bake for self-care. Following the structure of a recipe when everything else around me is hectic helps to calm me down.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann11/12/2014 - 4:35 pm

    I am so looking forward to making this dal! But first, time on the floor with my 7 collies, that’s right, just 7 and then, why of course, a bubble bath, then more time on the floor with our collies. Bliss, sweet bliss!ReplyCancel

  • Matt11/12/2014 - 4:37 pm

    I practice self-care through my woodworking. I love getting lost in the details.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany11/12/2014 - 5:23 pm

    This past year I’ve been struggling with eczema and trying a bunch of methods to soothe my skin, one of them being eating better. I find it very rewarding to spend time alone in the kitchen or at my computer, search for and discovering new recipes or new takes on old recipes. I’ve really cleaned up some of my favourite foods and I love discovering new ways of making a food I’ve always eaten even better for me!
    For me this kitchen-therapy has been a two fold for self-care, feeding my body and my soul=)ReplyCancel

  • Eileen11/12/2014 - 6:33 pm

    This dal looks so blissfully orange and warming! You have to love it. Also, as the proud owner of something like six leeks, I am looking forward to the coconut leeks especially! I’m not Canadian, so best of luck to the winner!ReplyCancel

  • Susi Brust11/12/2014 - 6:46 pm

    I will definitely try this dal recipe very soon. During stressful times, I try to get outdoors for a run or at least a brisk walk. Healthy eating helps as well. Susi.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly11/12/2014 - 7:07 pm

    I like to sit back with a glass of red wine for a little self care and relaxation.ReplyCancel

  • Marlee11/12/2014 - 7:55 pm

    Made this tonight and I licked the bowl clean. Don’t be afraid to try this- it’s officially a weeknight regular on my meal planner. This dish is good for the soul. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Brown11/12/2014 - 9:01 pm

    At this busy time of year, I make sure to go to a weekly yoga class, as well as putting aside a little time every night to read the novel on my bedside table!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cormier11/12/2014 - 9:01 pm

    For self care I’ve been starting my mornings with a smoothie made from kale, frozen berries, almond milk and a bit of protein powder. I’ve been trying to walk more and have been keeping track of my steps and sleeping patterns with my Jawbone Up.ReplyCancel

  • Leahanne Alexander11/12/2014 - 9:06 pm

    I schedule time for Christmas movies on the couch with the hubby. Gets us in the spirit, while keeping us from being Grinches. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Elena11/12/2014 - 9:44 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight :) Exactly what I wanted! Bonus – picked up some naan from the indian restaurant to make it even more comforting for this freezing cold night! Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda11/12/2014 - 11:24 pm

    Self care I go to hot yoga or take a relaxing epson salt bath with candles & soft music.ReplyCancel

  • Jess R.12/12/2014 - 3:00 am

    The best self-care for me has to involve laughing – I sometimes need call my sister for some giggle/self-care therapy. Thank you for creating this wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

  • Teffy @ Teffy's Perks12/12/2014 - 7:28 am

    Oh wow this looks so delicious! Just showed this to my partner and we are both drooling! This has to happen in my kitchen soon!!

    {Teffy’s Perks} XReplyCancel

  • I’m not eligible for the giveaway, but I’ll chime in anyway. I can identify with eating healthy most of the time (like, really healthy in comparison to most people I know), but feeling like it’s not focused or conscious enough (maybe because I broke down and ordered a pizza this week?). Looking forward to more posts on that, as I turn the big 3-0 this year as well!ReplyCancel

  • Dillon Tisdel12/12/2014 - 10:09 am

    This is my kind of meal. It looks absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Stephen12/12/2014 - 11:32 am

    I like to go for a run at night when all is quiet and peaceful for self careReplyCancel

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  • Sheila Lavell12/12/2014 - 1:07 pm

    My self care routine now includes your Green Drink. I find if I know i have a busy, stressful calendar I have the ingredients in the house to do a wonderful favour for myself. It energizes me and reminds me that I need to take care of myself. As a proud Niagara native too I love your wine country give away and enjoy seeing all your well deserved success.ReplyCancel

  • Suzan12/12/2014 - 1:31 pm

    On days when I would like to relax, I practice self-care by creating my own home spa at the end of the day (facials, manicures, meditative music, etc.).ReplyCancel

  • jennifer12/12/2014 - 8:47 pm

    The sauteed leeks are brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Siren12/12/2014 - 9:14 pm

    Why must you tempt me with the chance of winning fancy lady time? If only Boston were in Canada. My favorite thing to relax with this season is making paper. I collect flowers and leaves over the fall to make them into greeting cards. I love the feeling turning what would be trash into something beautiful.
    The dal looks amazing though. I love the contrast between the dark purple rice and the sunshiny lentils. I’m so making that tonight for dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Cristina12/12/2014 - 10:20 pm

    Beautiful recipe.
    When in feeling super indulgent I take a bath with a bath bomb from Lush.ReplyCancel

  • Craig Green12/12/2014 - 10:34 pm

    Self care over the holidays involves running outdoors- fresh air and some daylight always raises spirits! Love the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie13/12/2014 - 9:21 am

    Christmas self care – watching a classic movie (or two or three)….ReplyCancel

  • Yemie13/12/2014 - 10:10 am

    I practice self care, with my yoga practice. Pranayama, Aasana, and then Meditation. This balance my body and mind and soul.ReplyCancel

  • Laura13/12/2014 - 11:00 am

    I get some fresh air….snow shoeing, hiking, etc. :)ReplyCancel

  • mar13/12/2014 - 12:23 pm

    I will make myself a cup of organic hot chocolate and spices :) i’ll try this recipe sounds deliciousReplyCancel

  • jodye @ whole pure recipes13/12/2014 - 8:26 pm

    It’s a good thing I have plans to go to an Indian restaurant tonight, because I am seriously craving these flavors! The photos are beautiful but, I’m sure, don’t even do justice to how wonderful this dish must be!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa Coyne14/12/2014 - 1:16 am

    I head over my local self-care studio for a sauna. Love the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen14/12/2014 - 7:36 am

    This is such an unbelievably beautiful dish, Laura! Comfort in a bowl without being loaded with fat and sugar. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Justyna14/12/2014 - 10:55 am

    Beautiful recipe, a must-try for me. Practicing self-care involves taking the time each morning to prepare a tasty breakfast and enjoy it while counting my blessings and being eternally grateful for what I have.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin14/12/2014 - 11:16 am

    Love Ontario wine country!
    My self care this time of year includes saying no, getting enough sleep, going to yoga and eating the extra cookie.ReplyCancel

  • Kris14/12/2014 - 11:52 am

    Exercise is my go-to self care strategy. It has the amazing benefit of making you feel good in the moment and keeping the stress lower over the long-term. Add to that the occasional glass of wine, lots of veggies every day, lemon water in the mornings, big belly laughs, and 8 hours of sleep on the regular, and it’s a dream life.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Christine14/12/2014 - 6:25 pm

    I practice self-care a few different ways. I eat well – smoothies almost every morning. I like to mix it up using various fruits and vegetables. And I like to add turmeric to my smoothies like you do! :) I also do yoga – I find it both relaxing and rewarding. And my favourite – massages! I love pampering myself at the spa with a swedish or hot stone massage!ReplyCancel

  • TOva14/12/2014 - 9:24 pm

    Reflective…and significantly important…thank you for sharing. I too, am working to improve my self care and I find that keeping it at the forefront, on a daily basis has been instrumental in helping me to staying on track. Although it may sound boring, I choose to take a bath/have a quick shower every evening. While bathing, I always reflect on my day, and remind myself of my goals, focusing on my intentions and behaviours on the past day, and the next. I think about and visualize my next day, and set little goals that help me achieve self care. Some days it’s intentionally planning my menu, or focusing on ensuring I make an exercise class. Having a daily shower/moment of reflection helps me stay focused and intentional.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry15/12/2014 - 12:15 am

    Laura – what a lovely post (well, as always from you!), and an amazing giveaway too: I can’t resist entering with a comment – my husband and I spent a couple of nights at the Oban Inn last fall for our wedding anniversary and it was so delightful! You’re right about the potential craziness of this time of year, and also about the means for making it all go a bit better: for me it’s taking time to spend with important people – always the right thing to do, but it can still slip by the wayside when the mentality of that “busy” thing takes over. My husband and I hopped the train to visit my family for a couple of days last week, and last night he and I sat down to a film together (first time in a while!) … these small things (or not so small sometimes) can really give us back our perspective, can’t they? Thanks for the wonderful spirit your blog always conveys.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne15/12/2014 - 11:05 pm

    this was amazing. i just made it. it is exactly my style of meal. you’re great and i will be back again and again for more of your words and combos. thank you for dinner. :)ReplyCancel

  • Austin Bay17/12/2014 - 6:53 pm

    Love this recipe! I need another week night meal to add to my list + the idea of sweet potatoes + coconut oil sounds delicious to me. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Mahee Ferlini17/12/2014 - 9:08 pm

    This looks colorful and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kim17/12/2014 - 9:24 pm

    Made this a few nights ago – simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • […] This sweet potato dahl with coconut leeks looks warming! […]ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn (Cinnamon Street)18/12/2014 - 7:26 pm

    These photos are amazing! Recipe looks right up my ally. YUM.

  • Kimberley19/12/2014 - 2:19 am

    I am always so smitten with your clever combos. This is my kinda comfort right here.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @ Veg Fiend21/12/2014 - 4:06 pm

    So elegant and simple. Jaw-dropping photography. I am utterly inspired by your blogging!ReplyCancel

  • Ava28/12/2014 - 7:26 pm

    This recipe is so perfect for a cold Chicago night. I have to thank you for opening up this former “obligate carnivore” to a world of inspiring and simple vegan dishes. I used the green lentils I had on hand, and tossed the leeks with a little quinoa flour and deglazed the pan with a bit of coconut milk to enhance the coconut flavor. It’s perfectly warming and delicious, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany31/12/2014 - 10:29 am

    FYI: you can make this with or without the garam masala. We made it once while looking at the recipe on our tablet (and so it’s not listed on the ingredients list there). And when we made it again I had printed it, and it’s in those instructions.
    Both ways were very tasty!ReplyCancel

  • […] This ginger and sweet potato dal.  Those photos…how can you not want to make this? […]ReplyCancel

  • Izzy11/01/2015 - 4:13 pm

    Do you have to soak the lentils beforehand??ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/01/2015 - 11:19 pm

      Hi Izzy, If you’re using red lentils you don’t need to soak them. A little rinse never hurt, but they cook up so fast that a soak isn’t necessary–definitely one of the reasons I like them so much :)

  • jim11/01/2015 - 4:17 pm

    Great recipe again. Just wondering if it’s OK to freeze and how long it would keep?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright11/01/2015 - 11:19 pm

      Hi Jim, you could definitely freeze this. When I freeze soup/stew of any kind, I always aim to eat it within 2-ish months.

  • Jenny Griffith13/01/2015 - 6:58 pm


    You choose the most beautiful ingredients. Please keep making wonderful recipes. You inspire me.

    -Jenny from Wild Vedic LivingReplyCancel

  • Hung Up On | bean + nash14/01/2015 - 8:29 pm

    […] Ginger sweet potato dal with coconut leeks. Now, please. […]ReplyCancel

  • Julia19/01/2015 - 1:57 pm

    this is such an awesome cheap, easy & nutritious weeknight meal! making it for the 2nd time tonight. rock on Laura!ReplyCancel

  • M25/01/2015 - 6:01 pm

    I’ve made this twice now and it’s phenomenal. So easy to put together and honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Missweb18/04/2015 - 3:04 pm

    can’t stop making this… so good… so, so good. added a can of full fat coconut milk. again, still really good.ReplyCancel

  • Renee21/04/2015 - 8:53 pm

    Been wanting to make this for a while now, and just finished my second bowlful. It is. so. good. Followed pretty much verbatim except for my choice in rice; used basmati. Fantastically easy and cheap, it will definitely be in frequent rotation. My almost 4 year old wolfed it down like nobody’s business. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • […] Laura’s ginger sweet potato and lentil dal with coconut […]ReplyCancel

  • […] and empowering them to clean up their mess. I found these washable “paper” bags on Laura’s blog, and I can’t wait to order […]ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle28/07/2015 - 9:15 pm

    What is served in the bowl alongside of the dal and rice? It looks like cherries, cranberries, walnuts? Whatever it is, it looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Laura05/08/2015 - 11:56 am

      Hey Gabrielle,
      I think you might be referring to the actual rice! I use the black rice from lundberg and when it’s cooked up, it looks all glossy and dark like dried fruit almost!

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha04/12/2014 - 4:30 am

    I love soba so much, especially in broth! It is time I buy a packet of soba, oh yesReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar04/12/2014 - 4:50 am

    This looks like such a comforting meal! I just love this.ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan04/12/2014 - 7:17 am

    I love your eyes of making broth! The times I have made it with scraps it ends up tasting like dirt, gross. As always, your words and photos are hella awesome : )ReplyCancel

  • Tori@Gringalicious.com04/12/2014 - 7:51 am

    Gorgeous photography and the soup looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • yum! looks incredible! I just started making my own veggie broths and there are so many different takes on it! I’ll have to try yoursReplyCancel

  • Aleksandra04/12/2014 - 9:08 am

    I love your in-depth approach to making broth. I think its these steps that we often forget in cooking and which can make or break the end result.I will definately be trying this very soon. I reflected recently on making Polenta and how simmering it slowly and stirring it for a long time made it all the more delicious. In the end you can feel all the love that went into it. You described it so well. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Grace04/12/2014 - 9:20 am

    This broth is liquid gold! I would love a mug full, straight-up to sip on!ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae04/12/2014 - 9:31 am

    GRRRRRL. <3 This is fucking awesome. I've only recently started making my own broth (shaaaaame on me) (but it's not from frozen scraps so THERE) and it blows the 365 stock outta the water. NO GOING BACK. We have all the ingredients for this in our kitchen, so I'm going all in for dinner tonight. But with rice noodles because soba would require a trip to the store and I'm so damn lazy these days it's pathetic.ReplyCancel

  • Maryna04/12/2014 - 10:45 am

    It looks so damn good!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen04/12/2014 - 10:51 am

    This looks so warm and comforting. I’m ready to dive right in! And agree…homemade stock is a must. I just save little scraps of vegetables in freezer bags and then when I have enough stock-piled, I go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Ileana04/12/2014 - 11:07 am

    You make vegetables look so gorgeous. :)ReplyCancel

  • Vijay from NoshOn.It04/12/2014 - 11:32 am

    Love these tips for a good veg stock. Mine always come up super bland and boring!ReplyCancel

  • Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers04/12/2014 - 11:49 am

    This looks so yummy! Perfect for cold winter days. And I’m in love with your cutting board…so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kris04/12/2014 - 11:52 am

    I love your stock game!ReplyCancel

  • Julie04/12/2014 - 1:57 pm

    This looks amazing!

    Have you ever added prunes to your stock? I’ve started to based on a “Plenty” recipe and there is no going back! It adds such a beautiful color and sweetness to the stock. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • michelle04/12/2014 - 3:02 pm

    So beautiful! You never know where inspiration will strike! I love soba but with soba I gotta have wakame and edamame…ReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)04/12/2014 - 3:39 pm

    well this is perfect in every way. i love making stock at home. your recipe sounds just so delicious. and is there anything better than a steaming noodle bowl like this on a cold night? i.e. i’m gonna be making this soon. thanks for the recipe (and oh man, could those photos be any prettier?!).ReplyCancel

  • cynthia04/12/2014 - 4:16 pm

    So dreamy. This sounds like the perfect winter meal, Laura. And I second others — your stock game is on point!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth04/12/2014 - 9:41 pm

    I love me a little kitchen dogma, and your stock principles are right on. I do almost the same thing for my veg stock, but had never thought to add the onion skin. As it happens, I’m broth-ing the frozen remains of our Thanksgiving bird (totally not the same thing, but still), and your advice came at the right time –– onion skins added.ReplyCancel

  • Riley04/12/2014 - 10:17 pm

    This recipe has my mouth drooling and I just ate dinner, so that’s saying something. I can’t wait to try this broth too! It’s also nice to see another vegan out there appreciating the glory of Ina Garten. Seriously, classiest woman ever. :)ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild}04/12/2014 - 11:12 pm

    If I want a stand out vegetable broth, I make a version like this. Otherwise, I use vegetable scraps (totally freeze them in a ziploc)and seaweed to make a mineral broth, which I sip in the morning. Those scraps are full of minerals! This soup looks lovely. I am always impressed at your ability to construct a dish really well with lot’s of different elements. And you take insanely good photos, too!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey04/12/2014 - 11:29 pm

    Good stock is heaven in all it’s slurpy goodness!! Thanks for sharing yours. xoReplyCancel

  • Ana @ The Awesome Green05/12/2014 - 6:16 am

    I have a similar way of preparing the veggie stock, but I always add celeriac, parsnip and root parsley to enhance the flavors. Your way of preparing the vegetable stock reminds me of the Italian soffritto which gives that fabulous taste to minestrone soups. I bet yours tastes fantastic too!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn05/12/2014 - 7:58 am

    You’re so right – stock is such a fundamental ingredient that it makes absolutely no sense to use the crappy odds and ends from the bottom of the fridge. Onion skin = perfect.ReplyCancel

  • […] I die. 4. Christmas in a cookie. 5. This is a galette I’d like to eat at a wedding! 6. This noodle bowl looks absolutely dreamy. (It’s gluten free and vegan to […]ReplyCancel

  • Mary05/12/2014 - 9:38 am

    Such beautiful photos and such a delicious recipe – a perfect soup to cheer up this dreary cold weather – thanks!

  • Kathryne05/12/2014 - 1:16 pm

    Dang girl. Fantastic post! I’ve actually NEVER made my own vegetable broth, in part because I’m lazy but also because I doubted that simmered bits of bad vegetables would produce anything tasty. Thanks for confirming my suspicion! This soup looks marvelous.ReplyCancel

  • Wow! This looks SOO good! I love that it was inspired by a packet of ramen :) Cannot wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • […] veg stock recipe/method is top notch. Plus did you see that soup?! It’s on […]ReplyCancel

  • Jessie05/12/2014 - 6:05 pm

    Tucking this recipe away for a cold snowy day when I’m feeling extra patient ;) your broth method is legit!ReplyCancel

  • […] garlic pepper soba bowl. […]ReplyCancel

  • Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy06/12/2014 - 9:06 pm

    oh my gosh this looks SO GOOD!!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah @ eating with alice07/12/2014 - 3:29 am

    I’m feeling a little bit under the weather tonight and this looks like exactly what I need!ReplyCancel

  • […] Garlic pepper soba. Yessss! […]ReplyCancel

  • Aysegul - Ice07/12/2014 - 10:07 pm

    Great information about making vegetable stock. You are so right about it. Since I started making my stock, I now know that nothing compares to the depth of flavor that it adds to the dish.
    I can only imagine how tasty this soba and tofu dish must be with your homemade stock.ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food07/12/2014 - 11:20 pm

    I need a whole pot of this stock in my life. Full of soba goodness, of course.

    Hope you’re doing well! Have a great week!!!ReplyCancel

  • Re08/12/2014 - 6:24 pm

    Your photography is so beautiful! Do you use Photoshop to edit?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright09/12/2014 - 8:25 am

      Hi Re, Thank you so much. I use a combination of Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to edit the photos. I have several versions of VSCO film installed onto Lightroom, so I play around with that as well.

  • […] Mon amour pour la cuisine asiatique ne tarit pas. Surtout quand je vois cette recette. […]ReplyCancel

  • Ella09/12/2014 - 6:21 pm

    Every time you post a new recipe I am so grateful for you! Thank you for taking the time to stun us with your beautiful pictures and yummmyy recipes! You make my day each time I see somethin new.ReplyCancel

  • Anita10/12/2014 - 12:04 am

    Wow this recipe has changed my veg stock game for good I think! Was perfect and restorative on a snowy night.ReplyCancel

  • erin {yummy supper}10/12/2014 - 4:28 pm

    Laura, I am so feeling this. Everything about this recipe speaks to me. Yum!

  • Weekend Links and Inspiration13/12/2014 - 7:45 pm

    […] ~  From now on, I am making my vegetable stock with Laura’s method. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen14/12/2014 - 7:48 am

    Love this post; your description of the process of making your vegetable broth and, obviously, this soba noodle soup recipe. Feeling so inspired now. Thanks for sharing. xxReplyCancel

  • Oh Ina–everything is so easy for her! I imagine it would be when you have a staff of 13, haha. Thanks for sharing your stock method, especially the freezer vegetables everyone swears by. I have to say, I’ve had success using close to your vegetable mix, but frozen, BUT I also always include fresh garlic, onions, and parsnips.ReplyCancel

  • […] pepper soba with roasted tofu = […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Healthy+spicy+asian= my sweet spot […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Soba w/ chili roasted tofu […]ReplyCancel

  • Lyn29/12/2014 - 5:39 pm

    This is a great site. Totally agree with your post on making stock. And thank you for the note on the parsley stems. Can kale stems be added to the veg mixture for stock?ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright04/01/2015 - 4:28 pm

      Hi Lyn, I generally avoid adding anything from the brassica family, even the watery kale stems, to stock because I find they impart a bitter flavour. I always juice or blend my kale stems into my daily smoothie if I need to use them up :)

  • […] Mushroom & Kale Grilled Cheese | Parsnip Fries Roasted Vegetable & Quinoa Bowls Garlic Pepper Soba with Chili-roasted Tofu + Kale | Steamed Potstickers BLTs | Rutabaga & Potato Salad Collard Greens in Asafetida *** | Basmati […]ReplyCancel

  • […] a little sick.  I decided to make my own vegetable broth for the first time using the recipe from The First Mess, and it’s so much more flavourful than store-bought vegetable broth! Plus I love that you can […]ReplyCancel

  • […] My new vegetable stock recipe from the first mess […]ReplyCancel

  • […] palatable, but this time, for once, I took the time to cook it low and slow in some simple, rich vegetable stock, renouncing all former assumptions upon the first […]ReplyCancel

  • […] french or black lentils 2 tsp olive oil 1 small cooking onion, small dice salt + pepper 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cup raw millet, ground into flour/meal handful of flat leaf parsley, rough chopped couple stalks […]ReplyCancel

  • […] another exacting recipe for a warming vegetable stock (and a simple, cozy noodle dish) from The First Mess. She poops on my vegetable scrap idea, but her points are good and the broth looks rich and […]ReplyCancel

  • dedietrich19/03/2015 - 10:54 am

    Looks delicious. I’ll try this some day :)ReplyCancel

  • […] another exacting recipe for a warming vegetable stock (and a simple, cozy noodle dish) from The First Mess. She poops on my vegetable scrap idea, but her points are good and the broth looks rich and […]ReplyCancel

  • […] and flavorsome little soup to keep you warm on a rainy day. I found this recipe on The First Mess but I simplified it a little. I didn’t make the vegetable broth because I still had some in […]ReplyCancel

  • […] White Bean Chili // What’s Cooking Good Looking Cheese and Onion Hand Pies // My Name is Yeh Vegetable Stock // The First […]ReplyCancel

  • […] all the difference. My basic recipe (from the way, way back) is here. I’m also a devotee of Laura’s recipe, as well as her general vegetable broth wisdom. Potato, Leek, and Fennel Soup   Save Print […]ReplyCancel

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha27/11/2014 - 4:29 am

    Flaxseed oil for President!! :DReplyCancel

  • Karuna27/11/2014 - 6:35 am

    Wooooh do you have a book coming out soon that you not allowed to announce just yet??? Can’t wait for it already!!

    Will have to wait till you get more specific about that:)ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright27/11/2014 - 7:54 am

      Hi Karuna, Those vague comments were actually about a recipe I had to make for a certain popular food site ;)

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites27/11/2014 - 9:50 am

    A beautiful sentiment for the holiday rush. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves to play with pine boughs and branches with berries for outdoor holiday decor. Natural is best!ReplyCancel

  • Tieghan27/11/2014 - 10:13 am

    I am so with you on holiday decor and cheer. This is probably the busiest I have ever been, but I too have pines, lights and all the good stuff up this season! It’s my favorite!!

    Loving this nourishing plate, it’s the perfect thing to keep me going! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christina T27/11/2014 - 12:02 pm

    This looks great! Do you think it would pack up well? I’m thinking about making it for a potluck.ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright27/11/2014 - 12:38 pm

      Hi Christina, I think it would pack up just fine–you could even dress it ahead of time. I would just add the chopped dill and marcona almonds to the salad when you arrive at your destination.

  • Christine27/11/2014 - 1:08 pm

    Laura, I am so with you on the intentional slowing down during this season and keeping an eye towards wellness and wellbeing instead of allowing oneself to be swept up in the crazyness. I love your holiday decor photos – I cannot wait to do my house (inside and out!). Horseradish always feels like a holiday condiment (to me, I guess? haha) so it feels particularly fitting in this salad as we approach December! this may be a funny question, but I really like your linens here – where are they from?ReplyCancel

  • Lane | Green Spirit Adventures27/11/2014 - 1:27 pm

    I love everything about this post. :) I totally agree with the whole slowing down for the holidays bit – and the decorating!!
    I’ve been craving broccoli for a couple of days now, so I think this recipe will absolutely hit the spot!ReplyCancel

  • hannah27/11/2014 - 2:07 pm

    This looks lovely and I’m totally feeling the same about trying to ease into 2015 in a really calm and positive place emotionally.. start as you mean to go on.
    Serves 6? Did you have it as a side dish?

    • Laura Wright27/11/2014 - 5:09 pm

      Hey Hannah, I suppose it could be more of a serves 4-6 kind of thing, depending on what else is on the table etc.

  • Nicola27/11/2014 - 4:50 pm

    Love the thoughts! Horseradish & Caraway, two things I’ve been wanting to try lately, there not so common in Aus. Am definitely going to have to go hunting now. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn28/11/2014 - 6:40 am

    In my book, there is nothing so good at relieving stress than twinkly Christmas lights, preferably with a glass/mug of something hot and/or boozy. Love the punch of flavours in this salad too. I feel better just looking at your vibrant pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @ Veg Fiend28/11/2014 - 8:58 am

    I am totally with you on being uneasy about the over-consumerism of this time. I do not have a TV at my house, and now that I am with my family for the holiday, and surrounded by the non-stop holiday commercials, I truly notice the pressure that large retail corporations put on consumers to buy, buy, buy at this time over year over spending time with their loved ones. When I am at my own house, I do come across the occasional holiday ad online or in the newspapers, but it is nothing like the ubiquity of tv ads. Glad to see you are feeling calm and well during this season :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah28/11/2014 - 6:13 pm

    Thank you for this lovely post. This time of year it’s all too easy to get bogged down– both on a personal and big picture level– and lightness is definitely needed. This salad looks delicious. My stuffy head and weary body has been craving fresh, tangy, spicy grub like this… can’t wait to try!ReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little29/11/2014 - 4:42 am

    This looks amazing Laura and love what you’ve written!!ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild}29/11/2014 - 12:23 pm

    I have a hard time slowing down during the holidays. I am always trying to make all of the food and make all of the gifts, furiously knitting away and baking for at least month. This year I decided to just do some basic homemade gifts, and then buy the rest from local artisans. That way, I can take a break and breathe, and I am also supporting the local economy.
    This salad looks lovely. I looks like the kind of clean eating I crave before the excess of the Christmas holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Bec30/11/2014 - 7:21 am

    such stunning photos.. I am not drooling and salad dreaming! I hope you had a great TG xReplyCancel

  • jaime30/11/2014 - 5:26 pm

    for real, your flavor combinations are incredible. i love caraway and always welcome a fresh way to incorporate it.

    re: busy-ness, have you read this?:

  • Grace @ The Big Reveal01/12/2014 - 12:26 pm

    This looks so delicious! And, as usual, your photography blows me away! Love, love, love. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food01/12/2014 - 10:14 pm

    I’ve tried to balance out all the heavy, unhealthy dishes with flavorful and satisfying salads. This one is blowing my mind. Love all the textures and the use of horseradish (why don’t more people include it in recipes?)ReplyCancel

  • […] Il n’y a pas que les soupes dans la vie en hiver, et cette salade de saison a l’air dél… […]ReplyCancel

  • la domestique02/12/2014 - 6:12 am

    Oh boy I feel you. Been struggling with the same stuff and it’s nice to hear I’m not the only one. Love the sound of a healthy holiday and YES to horseradish dressing!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne02/12/2014 - 12:39 pm

    Just made this. Ate the entire blow. This is probably one of the best things I have ever eaten! fresh horseradish on this is genius!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Schimmel03/12/2014 - 6:38 pm

    Wow. Your photography is amazing. I love reading food blogs and this has got to be the best photography I’ve seen in one.ReplyCancel

  • Sherrie04/12/2014 - 1:46 pm

    Beautiful words, from one world concerner to another, I couldn’t agree more. So moving is happening!! And we’ll be packing straight through the holidays and I said I wouldn’t bring out the decorations this year, that might make things a little crazy. BUT you’ve inspired me to get my twinkling lights on, they always have a warm and comforting way to soothe my soul.

    so much love girl,
    xo sherrieReplyCancel

  • […] Laura has some beautiful words {+ a healthy bowl of goodness} on embracing the holiday season, you should read it. […]ReplyCancel

  • DebbieG04/12/2014 - 9:31 pm

    I made this salad tonight. My only change was to lightly roast the cauliflower and broccoli. It was gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • […] 4. Full disclosure: I’m afraid of horseradish.  The story involves being fed a spoonful of horseradish as a child and me subsequently DYING.  Okay, feeling like I was dying.  But this recipe looks like a safe new beginning for horseradish broccoli quinoa salad. […]ReplyCancel

  • Sarah03/01/2015 - 8:16 pm

    2 stalks = 2 crowns?ReplyCancel

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  • valentina - sweet kabocha20/11/2014 - 4:40 am

    The colors of this plate are awesome. It seems perfect : the softness in rice and squash, the crunchy side of raw brussels sprouts, the creaminess of the cashew butter and the sourness of pomegranates.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie20/11/2014 - 4:46 am

    This dish looks so delicious! The colours look so pretty together. You’ve got talent :)ReplyCancel

  • silja20/11/2014 - 5:05 am

    sounds & looks delicious! however, after reading this mouthwatering description of that kale salad I’m very curious where to find the recipe for that one :)ReplyCancel

  • Tori@Gringalicious.com20/11/2014 - 7:27 am

    So delicious looking and so fresh and healthy too! As always, you are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • The VegHog20/11/2014 - 7:45 am

    What a colourful dish and wonderful photos! I’m so happy it’s squash season right now.

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  • Meredith20/11/2014 - 10:23 am

    More gorgeous pics! Anything with turmeric is gold in my book! I was kinda hoping to see you incorporate those osage oranges/monkey balls I spotted in a couple of those photos. I’ve seen them around my area (northern VA), and know the seeds are edible but wouldn’t have the first clue what to do with them. What are your plans for them? Just decorative? They are pretty cool looking.ReplyCancel

    • Laura Wright20/11/2014 - 10:31 am

      Hey Meredith, my plans are purely decorative–that is, until now. I had no idea you could eat the seeds! I’m going to cut one today and take a look ;)

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan20/11/2014 - 10:50 am

    Agreed, sometimes it’s hard not to give into that sugar/boozy temptation. I just don’t want to come out on the other side of January and be all ‘what the eff happened?!’ReplyCancel

  • Ashley20/11/2014 - 10:58 am

    I am SO pumped to try this slaw!!!! Also, love your honesty in this post. I’ve had similar things happen with needing a potluck dish for the husband’s work functions. :)ReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon20/11/2014 - 11:00 am

    Totally relate.ReplyCancel

  • All the colours – the flavours … sounds incredible!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley20/11/2014 - 11:49 am

    I’m loving this recipe, as it sounds like my piecemeal fridge right now – leftover rice, some roasted squash, and some Brussels awaiting whatever fate comes their way. Sounds like lunch! And I love the story about your husband being the calming, centering, patient one. My husband is the same way and he, like yours, reminds me that I’m freaking out about nothing important and should just calm down. Thank goodness for them!ReplyCancel

  • kristie {birch and wild}20/11/2014 - 11:50 am

    This is one of the most creative and colorful bowls I have seen lately. I love the brussels slaw with pomegranate seeds. Beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures20/11/2014 - 1:17 pm

    I can relate to this post more than I’d ever like to admit! I’ve been in the same boat of overbooking myself for freelance gigs lately and totally taking out my stress / frustration on my boyfriend (“Make your own dinner – I’ve been cooking all day”) and its totally wearing on me. I did finally turn in the biggest project of them all on Monday and it felt. SO. GOOD. Just keep your eye on the prize and make sure to relish on that relief moment when it’s all done and amazing and everything you wanted it to be. Cheers!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy20/11/2014 - 2:15 pm

    I would really appreciate the recipe for the kale slaw too…thinking it may b e great for Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • sara forte20/11/2014 - 2:19 pm

    this looks insane. “being a dick”…I know that all too well. Sounds like you have a lot of work on your plate, which always seems like such a blessing disguised as a burden. Hope this season also offers you rest and thanksgiving, sweet lady.ReplyCancel

  • S Lauren | Modern Granola20/11/2014 - 4:03 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica DeMarra20/11/2014 - 4:24 pm

    I adore this post. Sometimes we do get so wrapped up in what we are doing, in our own little world, we forget what it is like to let things slide and be a little more patient. I know I do. I was so focused on photographing a recipe that I barely noticed my boyfriend tell me he was leaving the house and I almost forgot to kiss him goodbye! Needless to say, I was feeling like you, a dick.
    This recipe is so colourful and vibrant, just what I need with the sun going down painfully early and the streets looking grey and bleak.ReplyCancel

  • Tessa | Salted Plains20/11/2014 - 4:53 pm

    These flavor combinations sound wonderfully warming and comforting. Beautiful. I’m with you on the peace and optimal health for the holidays…feels like that’s how it should be, right?ReplyCancel

  • Meredith20/11/2014 - 5:48 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Let me know how it goes with the osage orange! :) I haven’t done any dissecting on one yet myself.ReplyCancel

  • Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers20/11/2014 - 9:44 pm

    Loved the post and the slaw is being made this weekend! Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina @Hortus21/11/2014 - 8:31 am

    Reading this post was sooo much fun! Even though i am super sorry about your finger…
    I’m in a period in which i am submerging everything with turmeric, so that slaw looks super awesome! This whole dish does.
    I am also super intrigues by that wacky looking citrus. Never ever seen one in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey21/11/2014 - 9:39 am

    this time of year everything is moving at a pace that i’m kind of never ok with, add work on top of it all, and it’s a touch craze-inducing. so being a dick to my man is something that happens all too often when i’m in that head space. this dish mighty mighty beautiful, and full of all the good stuff! those clementines! we haven’t gotten them here yet, but looking forward to when we do! all the best to you, miss! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kathryn21/11/2014 - 1:36 pm

    Trying to chill the eff out this holiday season? I’m so in. Life seems to have been so crazy recently and I’ve had too many of those crazy moments and spending time/energy arguing and battling against things which don’t deserve it. And yes to all the flavours you’ve got here. Super love that clementine. Stay warm friend!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits21/11/2014 - 4:49 pm

    Gorgeous salad! Love all the different colors and textures going on in it!ReplyCancel

  • Valeria - Life Love Food21/11/2014 - 6:28 pm

    I, like you, am not usually the best version of myself when slightly under pressure, let alone when very under pressure like I am now. My man is a saint and always know how to calm me down, and also how to tollerate my mood swings…I feel very fortunate for it. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, and hope work and projects and creativty will always be plentiful for you, talented lovely lady. Yet hopefully some inner peace and ease and calmer days will come sometime soon, too. Beautiful, vibrant dish, perfect to brighten these gloomy days.ReplyCancel

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  • Sonia22/11/2014 - 8:27 am

    Can you post the recipe for the kale slaw? That sounds delicious! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca23/11/2014 - 1:16 am

    Seriously love the vibrant colors of this dish!! Sometimes, it’s so nice to have someone that is the perfect balance to the crazy in our personalities–my husband is just the same. :)ReplyCancel

  • Millie l Add A Little23/11/2014 - 4:24 am

    This looks so comforting but healthy and so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen23/11/2014 - 11:15 am

    What a colorful, utterly lovely dish, Laura! Sending you good vibes all the way from Finland (sans snow so I’m kinda jealous that you get to enjoy some white beauty) to Canada. xxReplyCancel

  • Austin Bay24/11/2014 - 8:28 pm

    I love the story arc of this post & I couldn’t relate more…my boyfriend always reminds me to breath easy, especially during this time. Hope the holidays are great :) beautiful recipe!ReplyCancel

  • hannah25/11/2014 - 8:52 am

    This looks AMAZING Laura – your recipes are ALWAYS a winner :)
    The squash reminds me of one of my favourite ever salads (which i make with coconut nectar instead of honey – it’s divine with the coconut oil I’ll be trying your maple spin :)ReplyCancel

  • Pig and Potato26/11/2014 - 7:16 pm

    The colors in these photographs are delightful! The recipe looks wonderful. I’ll also be enjoying a veggie Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for sharing. Best to you and yours.


  • leslie heuer30/11/2014 - 1:17 pm

    We potlucked (a word?) thanksgiving dinner this year, my folks weren’t in the mood to cook so everyone brought along sides. I made just the squash component of this recipe and it was a big hit!! loved it!!ReplyCancel

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