Abundantly Grateful for a Full January! {Meditation, Food, and the Promise of a Spring Garden}

Happy last day of the first month of 2020! January went by in a blink, but after a rough start it was a pretty fantastic month. Let's see if I can do it justice by putting together a little recap of the highlights...


Deepak Chopra's Abundance Challenge

After joining in on the 21-Day Abundance Challenge hosted by @riverflows in the @naturalmedicine discord in December, I offered to lead another round in January. I don't always feel like I am a natural leader, but growth comes outside of our comfort zones so I knew that taking on the role would be a beneficial one for me. We rallied together a wonderful group of people to begin on January 10th and embark on another journey of self-reflection and meditation to begin the year. I had every intention of joining in again on all of the daily meditations and tasks after finding so much benefit from the first round, but I quickly fell off as my days got busier and busier.

However, despite my lack of following through with the challenge this second time around, the energy from the group carried me through and gave me so much more than I could ever have hoped for with just the simple task of sharing the daily tasks. Deepak Chopra has put together some amazing framework for us to really dive into and challenge our current perceptions. I have no doubt that my current abundance in my professional realm stems from the lessons I've learned throughout being involved in these last two rounds of the challenge. Thank you once again to all who joined, even if it was just to poke your head in here and there! Many would think it would be a burden to have to check in daily for 21 days and keep track of the group, but it was more of a blessing in so many ways. ๐Ÿ’š


The Kitchen's Still Open...

Though I shared my event recap post earlier this week (huge thanks for the support on that one peeps!) with the food I made to share with my nutrition guests, I've been a bit too busy to share much else by way of the daily deliciousness I serve up. Though I've pretty much stuck with basic bowls of farmers market goodies to get me through this wave of volume in my training load, I've still got plenty of goodies to share. I've managed to snag 3 heads of that stunning Romanesco broccoli, so that has been the highlight of the past few weeks.


It was so good roasted, I was literally eating it right off the sheet pan while it was still warm from the oven. Though it made a great side dish when paired with my yellow split pea curry cooked in the Wonderbag! @fionasfavourites and @lizelle, I think it needs a few tweaks before I pop up a recipe using my new fave kitchen "appliance."


I also made a repeat of the salad that I made last year when I bought my first head of Romanesco. Dang, that did NOT disappoint! Double the crucifers with florets of the fractal broccoli, raw cauliflower blitzed in the food processor, sliced radishes, chickpeas, greens, cabbage microgreens in a lovely purple hue, all covered in a radish green and pineapple dressing. Shoot I wish I still had some of this one.


I used my latest head of the veggie in a stew pictured above. Probably not the most eye-catching of the dishes, but when winter keeps peeking in and out it still hits the spot. I think the turmeric and chili powder made everything look a bit monochromatic, but what the heck, these dishes can't all be zingers. (that link is for you specifically, @dandays) Though did you see @puravidaville's return to the @foodfightfriday kitchen earlier? That one for sure is a keeper.


The highlight of this week was a quick attempt at a Buddha bowl to pack for my lunches on the go. Super simple, but boy did this combo come out to be a winner! Napa cabbage slaw, black rice, adzuki beans, roasted Brussels sprouts and a cashew dressing (cashew butter, miso, rice wine vinegar, ginger and a little water to thin it out). I think the adzuki beans might just be my current favourite legume. They cook up to a nice texture, and have just a bit of a sweet undertone. I definitely need to work on some more ways to work them into the meal plan.


Garden Dreaming

Finally, speaking of beans, after oogling over all the beautiful heirloom seeds in the Baker Creek Seed Catalog we got for Christmas, I finally ordered some new varieties to attempt to grow in our garden this year. I tried to find some slightly different varieties than I usually find at the farmers market. We're still learning to be more proficient in our gardening skills, but it brings me a lot of joy just thinking about the things we might grow!


We've got a few things started already for early spring, like the humongous kohlrabi variety above. The seedlings have already popped up, so we'll be transplanting outside in no time. @dksart likes to make use of old beer cans to help get the seedlings going while he recycles.


May not look like much yet, but if we get anywhere close to some of the success we had last year, I'll be prettyy happy. Looking forward to joining in on many more of @simplymike's Garden Journal Challenges this year. I stil have butternut squash in the freezer! I think we'll be coming up on getting some more seeds started pretty soon. The BF also has plans to get some scrap wood to make a table to help with his gardening tasks. He also made a handy sheet so we know what's coming up soon...


So, as you can see a lot is going on in the P2P household at the moment. All good things, though it does cut in to my Steeming sometimes. I struggle with wanting to take the time to comment and read all of the other fantastic articles around here, as I know many others do, as well. As of right now next week should be a little bit slower I think, so hopefully I can catch up a bit more. I'm due another recap on the @vegansofsteemit page with all of the wonderful #fruitsandveggiesmonday entries over the last month, and @yourtop3 is about to drop the next round of fun tomorrow!

I'm going to keep doing my best to ride the wave of abundant good energy to make February just as successful as January! First up, celebrating one very special soon-to-be-four-year-old tomorrow...

Happy Weekend Friends!

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31.01.2020 21:29

I will never see romanesco without thinking of you now. I adore roast broccoli and cauli.. it's so crazy how the flavour and texture is poles apart from it steamed!!!

Just picked my kohlrabi... love it. It's not that giant though!

Thanks so much for doing the challenge.. it was great to meditate everyday with such lovely energy โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†

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31.01.2020 21:32

Woohoo! It's a stunning veg, so I'm happy to be linked to it, haha. Man it really hit the spot. Not sure if she'll have any left tomorrow, but you can be sure I'll get some more if she does!

The group really was fantastic this month! I am really so grateful for the experience. I hope someone picks it up for another round soon as it seems to keep getting better and better!

31.01.2020 21:38

Well you know @carlgnash loves them because you know, fractals XD

01.02.2020 23:50

Okay, okay, I must admit that when I read that first bit I had an epiphanyโ€ฆ so this week I had to do a stool sample over a three day period and was only given a tray with three gloves (not pairs, 3 singles). Well, I came up with this rolled up garbage bag contraption that was next to genius and thought my brilliance could take a nap. That was a big mistake being I used two gloves the first day, realizing the 2nd day that I only had a single glove left so had to once again improvise. Needless to say I felt the growth from all of that discomfort and come next week (for my second round of stool sampling) Iโ€™ll be a damn pro. Hahahaโ€ฆ tmi? ๐Ÿฅถ

The veggie bowls look delish, the romanesco was just discovered by us in Italy and it is, indeed, delicious roasted, and I think youโ€™ve gone full Farmer Jane (or Joe) on this years future harvest. Iโ€™m only slightly jealous. So, when are we getting together for a Steemit cook out? I know you southerners have been throwing down in the kitchen for generations, itโ€™s in your dna. Happy food fight Plants and tell your sweet little Happy Birthday from the honorable Brits. Her matching nails to outfit skills are fancy too ๐Ÿ˜‰. Enjoy the party!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

31.01.2020 21:46

๐Ÿ’ฉ talk doesn't bother me one bit, haha. Sometimes you just gotta get in there and get your hands dirty to learn and grow--both literally and figuratively sometimes. Hoping this week is much smoother for you in that regard. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Super pumped to have gotten my hands on yet another Romanesco this morning. As usual, if I ever go broke at least my farmers won't. Fingers crossed for a few more weeks so I can grab one to bring up to dks's mama. Man, I can't wait for some cooking out weather now! Supposed to actually be a littler nicer out tomorrow, so maybe I should enlist some help with the meal prep this week for some winter grilling. Only thing that would make it better is some good company to share it with! Come on over any time.

Only a few more hours until party time. Can't wait to celebrate the little nugget!

01.02.2020 14:57

Iโ€™m sure she had a blast!!!

02.02.2020 08:14

Never heard of this "romanesco" before but it looks like something a Vulcan would be eating... all fractal as you called it.
I've heard of Kohlrabi, but I don't know what it is nor what to do with it.
Very interesting.
Great stuff @plantstoplanks.
So you have a 4 yr old whose B'day is tomorrow?
My mother was born on 2/1/1916, so tomorrow she would have been 104!
Imagine that!

31.01.2020 21:53

Haha, it really probably would be something they'd eat in outer space. ;) Kohlrabi is one of my faves. The skin is a little thick, but once you cut off the outer layer the inside is nice and crispy. It's got a texture kind of like an apple, but with a nice mild flavor. It works really well in a slaw or just cut up raw to dip in some hummus or guacamole, but it can also be used in soups or roasted with other veggies.

My niece's birthday party is today! Her actual birthday is a few days away, but we'll happily celebrate a few days early. Some great people I know born in February! Kind of neat that your mom was born almost exactly 100 years earlier than my niece. Nice to honor her memory today. Have a great weekend!

01.02.2020 15:01
Thanks for the explanations @plantstoplanks I wonder could Kohlrabi be deepfried?
Probably not the most healthy way to prepare it, but I wonder if it might be a more healthy alternative to french fried potatoes?
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01.02.2020 15:08

Well look at that, https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12350-kohlrabi-home-fries. I see some baked options as well. I've never made fries out of them, but might have to give it a try! Especially if any of the big ones grow well for us!

Lovely photo! ๐Ÿ’š

01.02.2020 15:14

Let me know how they turn out. Can you buy Kohlrabi around Atlanta?
(you DO live here, right @plantstoplanks?)

01.02.2020 16:13

Yes to both. You can usually find it in most stores, well, not the monster variety but the regular type. I think I've seen it in Kroger and Publix, as well as Whole Foods of course. I would imagine the international markets would have it, too!

02.02.2020 14:49

I will have to look at Kroger then, I go to the one on South Cobb, which is large with an equally larger produce section.
Thanks @plantstoplanks

02.02.2020 15:17

I just got back from the LARGE Kroger where I normally go. I asked the Produce Guy if they had any Kohlrabi @plantstoplanks.
He said they did not. They sometimes carry it, but for the most part it just sits on the shelf until it must be disposed of.
He said he would order some for me, it will be on the shelf this coming Tuesday.

02.02.2020 23:21

Ahh, yeah, I think a lot of people aren't familiar with it so I suppose I can see why it is not a "hot" item. That's so nice that they are getting some in for you, though! Let me know what you think when you get it. :)

03.02.2020 16:26

You gotta help me with some suggestions for using it. I don't think my slicer device will handle what I've seen in your post. But I can make do I think.
I am loathe to use my oven because of the energy use; it takes so long to get up to a working temp.
I don't have a deep fryer. I love crunchy things in a salad, but alas I don't eat them that often.
I bought some "Leaf lettuce" about a week ago, tomatoes and onion. Radishes too, but I had a salad last night, the radishes had all gone limp, so I ate them all.

03.02.2020 16:45

I do love the kohlrabi raw. You can chop it up for a salad. It will cut up fairly easily after cutting off the outer skin. I have also used it in a quick stir fry if you'd rather use the stove top instead of heating up the oven. Do you have a toaster oven? That might work if you have one, too. I think tomorrow I will attempt the baked fries, so I'll let you know how it goes!

03.02.2020 18:49

This "new" apartment is not so new...it has been here quite a long time in fact. It has aluminum wiring, so even my 1000W microwave trips the breaker at least once a day, and it's plugged into a circuit where there isn't anything but that outlet and the stove hood fan and light. (as far as I can tell)
So no, I don't have a toaster oven. I do love stir fry.

03.02.2020 22:20
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01.02.2020 15:03

Sounds like you really have had a kick ass start to the year! Sorry I never could get involved with the abundance challenge and support the effort you were doing to run that. It sounds like you are reaping the rewards in many ways though.

I've not even had time to post, can't believe it's been 9 days since I last made mine... I have more pies than fingers at the moment ๐Ÿ˜ต

Top 3 has kept us very busy. Just when you think all tasks are done, you sit back and see more bugs to squash haha! Still, what an awesome journey and we have a great year ahead with 4 great heads and awesome growing community around it to propel it to awesomeness!

Let's keep the good vibes coming ๐Ÿ˜

31.01.2020 22:06

No worries on not being able to jump in on the challenge this time around! I know you've had quite the January yourself! Lots of good vibes going around our little sphere, so definitely excited to keep the ball rolling. Cheers to knocking February out of the park, as well!

01.02.2020 15:05

Yummi and healthy ๐Ÿ˜

01.02.2020 00:29

Coming back to read properly after the market...


01.02.2020 04:26

Thanks Fiona! Almost market time for me here, too. Hope you had a good one today!

01.02.2020 12:48

We had a great market today - lots of feet and people actually bought! Sheesh! The year has really got off to a flying start for us all, it seems.

I love what you're doing with that Romanesco. Makes me think we should try to grow some, come this winter. It's so itneresting to look at and I really like its delicate flavour. And, I need to know more about that radish green and pineapple dressing. We have radishes in the garden - will go in tonights salad and the greens are great. Oh, did I mention I made a vegan carrot top pesto a while ago?

Kholrabi I need to try. Anyhow, I'm glad I got to pop back before the lights go out. Again.

Happy weekend and look forward to seeing your market loot!

01.02.2020 15:25
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01.02.2020 04:26

I keep wondering how you do it: your pics of dishes always look so amazing!!

I wonder how big that giant koolrabi will turn out. So jealous of your seedlings. How cute they look!!!

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01.02.2020 04:56

I agree, she takes great pictures!

01.02.2020 06:16

I've missed being able to join in on the challenge during the winter, so it's a blast to be able to share at least a tiny peek into what we're starting for the year. That kohlrabi is supposed to taste delicious and tender despite being so big, so we'll see if we can get at least a few to grow up nicely! The seedlings had a high germination rate at least!

And thank you for the compliment on the photos. I have mostly found just getting good natural lighting is the key. The cameras on the phones are so good now that it doesn't take a whole lot to get a good shot. Though having amazingly fresh produce also helps, too. ;)

01.02.2020 12:38

Hahaha! I'm only halfway through the challenge! I am so grateful to you for your thoughtful assignments and encouragements! I will try not to skip any more days!

01.02.2020 06:15

You just keep on going! You and your mom were wonderful to have join us. Your energy added so much to the experience, so I am particularly grateful for you both! ๐Ÿ’š

01.02.2020 12:43

Thank you!

01.02.2020 23:49

FOOOD! Oh man, so much food I have never heard about. I want that salad so bad! drool

Things have gone to a halt for me some time ago, as you know, and so it stopped the abundance meditation for me but I do want to start up where i left off soon. There has been good changes happening and I think starting up again will definitely help me out. :D Thank you for doing it all. <3

01.02.2020 21:40

Ooh, always happy when I can get someone to crave a salad! I can attest to that one being particularly delicious. ;)

Life sometimes knocks us off track, but I'm sure you'll hop back on and complete the 21 days. I am sure at some point I will revisit it again because I seem to get a little something different each time I participate in some way. I have everything saved now and kept my notes in a little notebook to go back to when I feel the need. Some great lessons learned for sure!

02.02.2020 14:53

Planning ahead throughout the year, hope you get a bumper supply.

Using old beer cans a great idea in recycling rather than buying pots, easy to work with as well.

Seeing the results is so rewarding once you have a garden plan going.

02.02.2020 16:03

Thanks Joan! We are keeping our fingers crossed to get a good home harvest. I love the bounty my farmers bring to the market, but you can't beat the price on home grown. ;) The boyfriend is quite industrious using all kinds of discarded items for his projects. I'm happy he is more creative than I am in that regard!

03.02.2020 18:55

Saves on the budget eventually, plus being small containers you are able to pop them out and straight into the ground when ready.

04.02.2020 15:48

Wow so beautiful and amazing food shown in your post.

06.02.2020 02:12

Thank you kindly! :)

07.02.2020 21:30

Hard to top any of these healthy, jam-packed dishes that are overflowing with nutrients as well as visually pleasing!

Excuse me while I salivate over everything you made with the gorgeous and intriguing Romanesco broccoli we saw last week, and even more so now that it's been roasted and shown dressed in various states of delicious in your presentation!

Next you manage to top things off with the colorful salad and lastly that Buddha bowl speaks to me. I've been obsessed with heathy salad bowls this year and yours is a home run! @plantstoplanks

07.02.2020 16:14

Aww, thanks so much @ninahaskin! I think I might have to grab even more Romanesco tomorrow if there is any left to be had. It's been my favorite veggie of 2020 so far I would say, though there are plenty more delicious ones coming. That's the beauty of eating seasonal produce--every new season brings a whole new abundance of yummy stuff! :)

07.02.2020 21:26