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Plus some pomegranates too (if I knew how to do that winking emoji I so would, but I am lame and don’t).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.Β 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.

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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!

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And I am done with the heavy stuff.

Let’s talk easy, HEALTHY, fall COMFORT food.

Heck YES!

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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.

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Roasted Harvest Veggie, and Curried Avocado + Coconut Rice Bowls

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 592 kcal

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Roasted Harvest Veggies

  • 1/2 cups a butternut squash peeled, cubed and seeds removed (about 1 to 1 1/2 )
  • 1/2 in an acorn squash sliced 1/2-inch thick rounds and seeds removed
  • 1 small sweet potato chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups raw brussels sprouts stems cut off then cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese or blue cheese crumbled
  • arils from one pomegranate or may sub dried cranberries here is how to [deseed the pomegranate |]

Coconut Rice

  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Curried Avocado

  • 2 avocados peel, pitted and lightly mashed
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon thai red curry paste optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon curry powder I used spicy curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, the chili powder, cayenne, maple syrup and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Spread the veggies out in a single layer on one or two baking sheets. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the veggies and toss well to coat. Roast until vegetables are tender and starting to brown, 35 to 45 minutes, stirring the veggies halfway through. During the last 15 minutes add the pecans and toss to coat.
  • While the veggies roast start the rice. Add the coconut milk and coconut water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the rice, salt, unsweetened coconut and coconut oil. Stir to combine and then place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely and let the rice sit on the stove, covered for another 20 minutes (don't take any peeks inside!). After 20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Note that rice can cook differently for everyone, this is just what works for me.
  • Make the curried avocado. In a bowl lightly mash the avocado. Stir in the cilantro, jalapeΓ±o, lime juice, curry powder, honey, ginger, cayenne and a pinch of salt and pepper. Lightly mash once more.
  • To assemble your bowls, add rice to each bowl top with roasted veggies and dollop with a good amount of avocado. Top with goat cheese or blue cheese, the roasted pecans and pomegranate arils. Serve!

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So pretty too? Just could not stop taking photo, after photo. Sorry, but not really!

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  1. 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.

  2. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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!

  3. 5 stars
    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!!!

  4. 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?

    1. 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! πŸ™‚

  5. 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. πŸ™‚

    1. 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! (:

  6. 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!

    Xoxo, Alethea

    1. HI!!
      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☺️

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

    1. Oh no! The pomegranate is my favorite, next time I guess!! Thanks for all the kind words, so happy you loved this!!

  11. My meat loving husband declared this his favorite “bowl meal”

    Winning again! Thanks πŸ™‚ Am making the buffalo falafel on saturday. Will let you know! πŸ™‚

  12. Made this recipe for friends tonight and was blown over by the amazing deliciousness! The flavor profile on this made me so happy πŸ™‚ 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!)

  13. 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.

  14. Hi Tieghan!
    I made this tonight :)! It was really good. Its a ton of ingredients and I made a few swaps but it wasn’t actually a lot of work. I really recommend people give this a go. The curried avocado is gonna be added to so much stuff now…

  15. Have you looked at your site on an iPad? Six ad pop-ups so far asking me to install some cursed game. I bet when the page reloads after I post this comment I will see them six times again. Exciting!

  16. i came across your blog from iowa girl eats. this dish looks absolutely delicious! my dh and i are currently going gluten, dairy, and soy free and this looks to fit the bill. just one question, though, what do you think if i omit the cheese? will it change the dish completely? or do you think it will be okay? also, as a first time reader, i appreciate your honesty. it’s refreshing to read (as weird as that may sound). thanks in advance.

    1. HI!! You can totally leave the cheese out! The dish will still be awesome! Thanks so much and I am excited to have you have a new reader! πŸ™‚

  17. This was so good! I was skeptical at first but the pictures looked so wonderful I had to try. I left out the cheese mostly because I didn’t have any in the fridge, but it was still delicious.

  18. The directions call for ginger but it doesn’t say how much. Can you please post how much?


    I’m excited to make this.

      1. Tieghan – THANK YOU!!! I made this tonight and it was a WILD HIT! I was drawn to it because it is so visually lovely but then I worried a tiny bit about all the different flavors. Well, there was zero need to worry, everything complimented each other perfectly and it was super delicious.

        Awesome you!!! Thanks!

    1. And adding in another comment – you are so brave to be following what you want to do. Keep that with you and you will always be happy and successful!! πŸ™‚

  19. I just wanted to comment to say that I found this post incredibly inspirational, so thank you for that. I am so happy to have found your website, I can’t wait to try many of your incredible mouth watering recipes! Keep up the amazing work!

  20. I stumbled on your recipe via Pinterest. I made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious! Great job! The only thing I had trouble with was the rice. My rice took longer to make. I had to cook it more after I waited the 20 minutes. Otherwise, a very tastey dish! Thank you!

    1. Hey Renee! Rice can be really tricky and cooks differently for everyone, this is just the way that I have found works for me. Sometimes you have to play around with the cooking times to see what works for you.
      Thanks so much for making these bowls. I am so happy you loved them! πŸ™‚

  21. I am very glad that you haven’t let anyone stop you from doing this!! You are a FANTASTIC cook/baker!! I look forward to seeing what you’ve created, all the time!! Speaking of that, what a downright tasty looking meal you’ve created here. You can cook for me any day girl, any day!! πŸ™‚

  22. You are so right, Teighan! You simply cannot please everyone, all of the time. But if you are happy, and those closest to you are happy, and proud of you, then that is really what matters. Not everyone understands the world of blogging for what it really is. I face that a lot. They don’t know how much work it can be and they don’t see it as a “real job.” That’s not your problem though. You get it, and girl, you are KILLING it, like every day. Keep it up πŸ˜‰

      1. You outta be smiling! You’re on top of the bloggy world.

        I think a lot of times when people hear “blog,” they’re thinking “diary.” So now, when people ask me what I do I tell them I run a recipe website. For some reason that is more legit in their small minds πŸ˜‰

  23. Tieghan, it’s my dream to do what you do! To have a successful blog that you are passionate about, where you can be creative and inspire others – you’re amazing! I get a lot of crazy looks when I tell people that I wish to one day quit my day job and put all my efforts into blogging full time. Life is short, you gotta do what makes you happy! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much!! I really hope you get to make your dream a reality!! It is truly the best!!

      Thanks again!

  24. SO pretty! Seriously, I make rice bowls all the time and they look lazy. These look gorgeous. I have to step it up. I love pomegranates so much, LOVE that you put goat cheese AND blue cheese, and love that you thought to put them with coconut rice. You’re seriously amazing at what you do. I definitely have to try roasting all these veggies together at home. My family is on board with most roasted veggies, but they think the house smells awful when I’ve got Brussels sprouts going (broccoli, too). Maybe all the other veggies will cover up their smell. Doesn’t bother me, but.. it’s a pain trying to feed people who are complaining the whole time πŸ˜‰

    1. Ha!! I totally no what you are talking about. My family is honestly the very same way!!
      Thanks so much, Cristina!

  25. You just keep cooking your little heart out! You are doing what makes you COMPLETE in life and that is what matters. Not to mention you have a great family and a huge food community to support you and keep you going.

  26. You do amazing with your photos and every day is something new and wonderful here! It’s easy to see you are doing what you love. Definitely love this kind of comfort food!!

  27. My kind of dinner. I love roasting veggies and maple is so perfect with fall veggies! I so need to get on the pomegranate train as I haven’t had one yet this season!

  28. You had me at curry! I’m a sucker for anything with curry. Some can get super hot but I try to suck it up anyway. The rice sounds amazing, too.

  29. Your creativity never ceases to amaze, Tieghan! These rice bowls look ridiculously delicious! Wonderful flavor pairings for the fall. Go, girl!

  30. Usually when the naysayers start coming out, is when you know that you are doing the right thing. Use it as fuel to know you are doing what you’ll love. YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!

    1. Thank Lauren!! I pretty much think the very same about you! I mean come on, those sandwiches today are killer!

  31. I so admire your honesty in this post! Clearly you have so much talent and your blog is going places. Hang in there and keep doing what you love – your passion shows! πŸ™‚ As for these bowls, I want to curl up with one for lunch. Yum!

  32. This sounds SO amazing, especially that curried avocado! This definitely screams comfort Fall food to me :).

  33. You are awesome and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise! Only you know what is best for you! You are already miles ahead to have figured that out at such a young age. This is clearly what you are meant to do, and you do it fabulously. You are an inspiration!

  34. Thanks for putting it out there! You’re so right, at some point you choose to live your life the way you want to live it. If you choose the path someone else thinks is best, you’ll miss out on so much and regret it. That’s a hard way to live your life. You’re the only one that knows what you want in life, and you get to make the call! Bravo to you for knowing what you want and going after it, and thanks for bringing the rest of us to this bold realization. Love the curry bowl too!

  35. I don’t know you personally, but based on the insane amount of new recipes and beautiful pictures you put out day after day, I think you’re doing exactly the right thing.

  36. Hey Tieghan! I say kudos to you for following your heart! And I for one and glad you did
    because your blog ROCKS! I come here every morning knowing something new, different and
    exciting is waiting for me. You know the saying – do what you love, love what you do –
    I think you’re there πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Kathy!! You have been reading (and commenting) since the begining and I could not be more grateful! So happy you enjoy my recipes and site!
      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  37. I know you think that was heavy for a Monday, but I thought it was very much needed and I am glad you were able to share it. It is so hard to please everyone in life. I have found that out and am still finding that out. As long as you are happy and you are surrounded by those you love, that is all that matters. This is your passion and you are excellent at, so keep doing what you are doing. Oh and this recipe is drool worthy!!

    1. Thank you so much, Chelsea! I am so happy you liked the post and I totally agree with what your said! Thanks for the encouraging words!

  38. I know how you feel – I always felt like if I did something off the beaten path, I’d disappoint my family or something and I never really did anything outside the norm. I’m proud of you and for going forward and doing what YOU want to do. People often judge and talk you down because they want to so badly do it themselves and want to be where you are. It’s jealous 101, i think, haha – I love everything about your blog. You’re so unique and seriously, I stare at my screen sometimes and i’m like ‘how in the world would she think those two flavors would go together?’ you’re adventurous and i love that. keep at it, girl! xoxo

    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Julie! I look up to you as a blogger, so your comment just blows me away! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  39. Tieghan, I am sooooo glad you are not listening to the naysayers! For selfish reasons because I LOVE your recipes and want you to keep them coming. I do relate about some naysayers, BUT, I have learned. People say nay to your dreams because they are often too scared to go after their own. It seems like a nasty thing to say, but I have noticed this time and time again. They are jealous. Love you and your blog! You do the most amazing work and even though I am like 10 years older, I look up to your blog a lot. You do killer work!

    1. Thank you SO much, Sophia! I could not agree more with what you said! It is kind of sad, but true!

      Thanks for reading and commenting daily! πŸ™‚

  40. Good for you! You are talented and I look forward to reading your blog everyday!
    Next time you are in Rocky River, would love to meet you!

    1. Hi Cathy!! Thanks so much! Not sure when the family is headed back your way, but I am sure Maggie will let you know! I would love to meet you!

  41. Ignore the naysayers, because you are one talented girl and keep doing what you are doing! And, yes, I agree this dish looks awesome and I bet smells incredible.

  42. Those who won’t support you, whatever you want to do with your life, are not worth your time and energy. Maybe it’s jealousy that they haven’t found something to be passionate about in their lives, who knows. And if you have the support of the people who truly love you, what else is there? What I do know is that you are inspiring a lot of people out here in internet land and that’s an utterly amazing thing!

    This bowl is definitely my kind of meal, seemingly random combinations, turning out to be fantastic!

    1. Oh wow!! Thank you so much, Christina! This was such a nice comment and so supportive. It means so much! Thank you, thank, thank you! πŸ™‚

  43. Tieghan, I totally commend you for putting it out there. Sometimes just doing that alone is enough to help you let it go. I have to say, I’ve been there myself. Going to culinary school and entering into the food industry was a MAJOR career change for me, and there were a lot of skeptical people. And unfortunately, sometimes the negative voices are louder than the positive ones. BUT, I have to say, I think more often than not, everyone ends up coming around in the long run–especially when they see how happy YOU are and how successful and talented you are in this new path! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Laura!!

      I bet that was crazy hard making such a big career change, but I am so excited and happy you did! Your blog is one of my favorites and your photos and recipes are gorgeous!

  44. Wow you realy have a way with words! I simply loved the topic of this post. While being bright and happy is all well and good; it is nice to know you have a deeper, more vunverable side which we can all relate to.

    Such a terrific healthy salad Love the addition of pomegranate seeds

  45. Home run, Tieghan! These things are exactly what I want to eat every single day! I love roasted vegetables and could spoon feed myself guacamole all day long! Love, love, love!

  46. Yum yum, I could definitely see myself making a big vat of this to eat all week. Love this recipe, so many flavors!

  47. I believe in letting go of the negativity in our everyday lives; whether it be people, things, places, etc. During the last couple years of my life, I cut ties from negative extended family members, and it was the best thing I could have done. Usually negative people who bring you down are just not happy with their own lives, and need to bring down someone (or everyone they come in contact with) just to make them feel better about their place in life. Cut ties with them and run the other way; let them be miserable by themselves and sit in their own drama that they stir up for themselves. Keep doing what you do because you’re good at it! Have a Happy Monday. =)

  48. You do a wonderful job here Tieghan. It’s true that you have no idea how hard a blogger works until you try it. I also spend countlesss hours on my blog trying to improve.
    I think you were meant to be in food blogging. I love stopping by here with all your wonderful dishes.
    Keep your chin up and pressing on girl!

    1. Thank you, Melanie! It is so true that you never know how hard a blogger works until you step a day in their shoes!