Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Dark Chocolate Coconut Crumble Crunch Muffins
Plus some pomegranates too (if I knew how to do that winking emoji I so would, but I am lame and don’t).
So I gotta say, this is kind of the best healthy comfort food I have had in a while. I could totally eat this all week; carbs, coconut, curry, avocado, maple roasted fall veggies, pecans.
Plus some cheese.
Gotta throw in a little cheese. I mean, it is Monday, cheese makes a Monday more palatable.
Speaking of Monday and the weekend, how was yours? Hopefully it was good and relaxing.
Mine was definitely not relaxing, but then over here that pretty much never happens. Really, I think it is impossible.
But actually I did do some thinking over the weekend. Just thinking about this blog, you guys, and how I love every single second of what I do every day.
Ok, well not every second. I totally dread the hour to an hour and half I spend at the end of the day scrubbing down the kitchen. Yeah, that is definitely my very least favorite part of my day. I gotta do it though, if I don’t I honestly cannot concentrate knowing the kitchen is dirty. Totally OCD about it.
This may be a little boring, or maybe even a little too heavy for some of you, but I just feel like writing today. If you only want to read about the food, I totally understand. But you should skip down to the last paragraph!
Anyway, I was thinking about how I have certain people in my life that are clearly very disapproving and unsupportive of what I am doing.
And by doing, I mean recipe developing, making messes, cooking, baking, styling, photographing (and sometimes screaming) writing, pinning, and just plain working my happy little butt off day in and day out.
What I am about to write may be ballsy to post for all to read, but honestly I am not worried at all. Those said unsupportive people do not read what I write on here every. single. day. They do not look at the photos I work so hard to make better and better on a daily basis. When we do actually talk, which over the years has become more and more rare, I am never asked about the site or my side free-lance projects I am working on. It is all just ignored.
Completely. Superficial conversation.
I know this is heavy for a Monday and typically I really like to keep things fun and stress free around here, but lately I feel like it might be good for you guys to really get to know me.
To be able to relate.
And for some reason I feel like pretty much everyone can relate to this type of experience in one way or another.
Best friends, boyfriends, husbands, parents, grandparents? At some point in everyone’s life I think they are going to go against the opinions of their loved ones, or their friends, or even their bosses and do what they think they need to do.
And that is what I did.
I went the untraditional route.
The route that had me finish college at eighteen, and did not present me with the typical college experience, another major source for disapproval. Yet it was also the route that led to food blogging and a life so busy, so grateful and so happy.
I have decided that I am tired of feeling bad I let them down? The people in my every day life: mom, dad, brothers, sister, friends, cousins, they all could not be happier for me. And really, that is all I care about. I have finally decided to let it go.
I am doing what I want, and even though it takes all my courage to say this, I am actually somewhat successful at it too. It still amazes me. Like I really cannot believe it.
For some reason today, I feel extra grateful.
And I just thought I would share a little detail of my life. Even if it is not some amazing story, and even if it is not beautifully written (my writing is definitely my weakest area of blogging) – it is still something I felt I should share.
The point is don’t let people hold you back. You have to do what is right for you, not any one else. And at this point in my life this is right for me. I am without a doubt the happiest I have ever been in my life. Sure I may be the busiest I have ever been, the tiredest I have ever been and at times stressed, but it is all in a good way. It works for me!
And I am done with the heavy stuff.
Let’s talk easy, HEALTHY, fall COMFORT food.
Basically, it is the fall version of this bowl.
And I may just like it better. It seriously has all of my very favorite things. Butternut squash, acorn squash, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, pecans, coconut rice and avocado flavored with curry.
With a little sprinkle of goat and blue cheese.
So much flavor in one bowl.
And it is so easy to throw together. The ingredient list is long, but once you get the veggies in the oven, start the rice and mash-up the avocado you have a good thirty to thirty-five minutes to just chill. Clean the kitchen, take a shower, read a book, talk to your mom (!), make some dessert, drink a beer or whatever!
Oh and the smells? The smells are amazing. The smells alone makes this dish worth making.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
So pretty too? Just could not stop taking photo, after photo. Sorry, but not really!
When I find a recipe with your name on it, I know I will love it. You inspire me, inform me and your recipes have been the centre of many comforting family meals. I got rid of the negative people a while back too. I have never regretted it. Keep being you and keep being happy.
Thank you Miriam! You are too kind! I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes I create! xTieghan
Our daughter made us the Roasted Harvest Veggie Bowl with curried avocado and coconut rice! It was beyond
wonderful and my new favorite healthy dish. I made it for my husband, mother & I last night, extremely yummy! I am wondering how many calories per serving this dish is this recipe? At the bottom of the page it says 0 calories, which cannot possibly be true! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and for letting me know the calories per serving! I am looking forward to trying out more of your great recipes!
I am so glad you enjoyed this Barbara! I actually do not calculate the calories for my recipes, instead I just try to use wholesome ingredients. I find that online food calculators work well though! Let me know if you have any other questions! Thank you!
I love making bowl recipes. I made this tonight for dinner. It may seriously be the best bowl ever. This is over-the-top delicious. Thank you so much!!!
Thank you! I am so happy you loved this!
I’m planning on cooking roasted veggies as part of a side dish for my family thanksgiving. Do you think the flavors of just the veggie part be a good compliment with the rest of thanksgivingish food?
So sorry for the delay! I am sure those flavors where delicious with the turkey! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
I’ll echo the previous commenter and say this is an old post I recently found looking for interesting ways to roast vegetables (now that summer is winding down and roasting season is winding up), and I’m happy you opened up. Wanting to please everyone is a virtuous trait, but sacrificing pleasing yourself is not a virtue. People can give you advice about the way they think you should live your life (what you should do for a living, what you should look like, what you should eat, etc), but they’re not the ones who have to bear the consequences of their advice – you are. Only you bear the consequences. So your life’s direction is your decision.
Three years later I hope your continued success has silenced them, and/or merited you a few grudging apologies. 🙂
Thank you so much for this Christine. I completely agree with this, a person needs to choose on their own, so thank you. This is so sweet! (:
I just stumbled upon your post, and I am so happy I did! I see you wrote this a long time ago, and possibly a lot has changed in your life since. I just wanted to let you know you truly inspired me, because I totally understand what it’s like to have people not believe in your dream. Thank you for your beautiful words! I wish you all the best, you are a kind soul which is very rare to find now a days! Have a beautiful day!
Wow this is so awesome(:
Means so much that I inspired you!☺️
Thank you so much for the kind words, this seriously brightened my day☺️
I made this recipe a few months ago and forgot to comment. It was absolutely delicious. My whole family loved it and asked that I make more of your recipes ASAP. hah. Excited to try more this coming week. I’m spreading the word to check out your recipes. All delicious so far. Thank you!
Well thank you for commenting now!! Thank you so much Shannon!
Absolutely delicious! Even my 12 yo daughter loved it. Healthy and so flavorful and really easy to make. Thank you Tieghan! You’ve created another masterpiece. When is your cook book coming out?
So happy you love this! Thanks!!!
The book will be out fall of 2017! 🙂
Wow…just…wow… I am at work and all I want to do is go home and make this NOW! We are constantly looking for vegetarian meals we can make gluten free as well, and this one fits the bill. It looks simply delicious! Thanks and glad I stumbled on your blog via someone else’s Pin on Pinterest!!
I just cooked this for dinner tonight and my husband and I loved it!! Great flavors!!! Unfortunately, we missed the season for butternut and acorn squashes (we currently live in the south of France and you have to catch things in season). Also, brussels sprouts are so hard to find. But, I substituted in kale (which I’m excited that it just started appearing regularly 3 months ago!!!) and it was delicious.
I am sad that though we bought a pomegranate, I forgot to use it!!! Fortunately, we have leftovers. I’ll get another opportunity to forget again.
Oh no! The pomegranate is my favorite, next time I guess!! Thanks for all the kind words, so happy you loved this!!
My meat loving husband declared this his favorite “bowl meal”
Winning again! Thanks 🙂 Am making the buffalo falafel on saturday. Will let you know! 🙂
HAHa!! That is SO awesome! Thanks! 🙂
Made this recipe for friends tonight and was blown over by the amazing deliciousness! The flavor profile on this made me so happy 🙂 Thanks for sharing a really creative and unusual vegetarian dish that completely exceeded any expectations I had (and I did have quite a few because of those incredible pics you posted!)
Thank you! So happy you loved it! 🙂
I don’t know you but this recipe looks creative and amazing. Sounds like it is time for new friends! Don’t let anyone get you down. They are probably wildly jealous that you are so passionate about something and get to do what you love. Take a creative writing class if you want to get better and find your voice. Oh and btw, I found this recipe because the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, pinned it. So yeah, I’d say you’re pretty successful.
Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Rachel!!
Keep doing what you do! You are extremely creative. I love your blog and only wish I had found it sooner.
Thank you so much, Meryl!! Let me know if you give any recipes a try. Hope you love them!