Cauliflower Sloppy Joes

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Cauliflower Sloppy Joes

Hey all, Happy Monday to you! I am going to start off this post asking you to bear with me today as I get a bit off topic. Of course, you can always just feel free to just skip ahead to the recipe, while I rant. I have just had so much on my mind these past few weeks as I work my way through this elimination diet, as well as the several other transitional journeys I have found myself embarking on.

Something that has been weighing heavily on me is the idea of identifying yourself with certain traits or the things that you think make you, who you are. What we think people see when they look at us. Our ego. We all have many traits that we identify with. Maybe it’s your job or career path, maybe you are always the funny one in a group, maybe it’s you identifying with being quiet and shy or eating a certain way – whatever. With my diagnosis late last year of IgA Nephropathy, an autoimmune form of kidney disease and now being in the first rounds of this elimination diet, these together have caused me to challenge much of what I have always identified with.

Although I have had the restriction of gluten on my diet for over 10 years, I have still always identified with being a non-picky eater. For the most part I would try anything once (as long as it was safe), I was continuously up for checking out new restaurants and I was always happy to go with the flow of whatever food situation I was in, hanging with vegans, being around paleo folks and so on. I had gotten into a nice routine of knowing what was safe for me and how to communicate what I needed in a very clear and quiet way. Without passing judgement, I always truly felt bad for those that have a laundry list of restrictions (self imposed or otherwise), where going out to a restaurant or someone’s home becomes a hassle and every meal, a massive challenge. I have always been so grateful that beside the many, fairly simple, self-imposed restrictions I’ve put on my diet and of course, gluten – I would never ruin other people’s experience, I felt like I could keep it to myself and I could always find something I could eat, almost anywhere.

Cauliflower Sloppy Joes

This elimination diet for me, which currently is no gluten (duh), meat, dairy, eggs and legumes, will continue to change and evolve as we work towards finding what might be affecting my kidneys. I now find myself having to have full blown interrogative-style conversations with servers at restaurants, grilling them about every single ingredient. Rather than a democracy, I basically  have to tell whoever I am going out to eat with, where we are going, because my options are so limited. I walk the aisles of stores having to rethink what I used to buy and I now have to look at meal planning in a whole new way and sadly my husband is collateral damage to all of this. Though I have certainly been here before and for now, the extremity of the situation for me, is theoretically temporary, I also know for many of you this is normal, every day life! So, I hope you don’t confuse this as a complaint against dietary restrictions, but more I hope you take away the challenge in changing what we know, breaking habits and being forced to look beyond the outward of what we cling to.

Throughout this process, I have also found myself feeling vulnerable and weak, it took me forever to even be able to tell people about my diagnosis. I feel like people expect for me to be the picture of health, I am so careful and mindful about every single thing I consume, I talk a big game about how important it is to know where your food comes from, avoiding processed foods, opting to make things yourself and taking control of your health with your diet. Now somehow, here I am, the one diagnosed with kidney disease and battling a slew of random symptoms from taking a few rounds of pharmaceuticals. I have always prided myself on taking control of my health and avoiding crazy treatments or drugs and those closest to me could see the changes in my health from where it was before, to where it was after years of eating mindfully. So, you can imagine the discouragement I felt with this diagnosis. I truly felt like I had lost a sense of who I was.

Cauliflower Sloppy Joes

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Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

I have said it several times before but it seriously cannot be said enough, the community of passionate people I have met in the blogging world is one of greatest, if not THE best, perks of keeping a blog. What a beautiful gift to be surrounded, even if only virtually, with people that constantly inspire and excite you. I have had the distinct pleasure of connecting with many beautiful, passion-filled people sharing their love and their life with the world.

I am not even sure the first time I connected with Kris Orborne of 80Twenty, but she is one of those people the minute you see her site and connect with her words online, you can feel her genuineness and you know instantly she is the real deal. Kris’ site is very much in line with my eating and cooking style. A focus on whole, nourishing foods that are in season, 80Twenty also celebrates the balance in life, the good and the good for you!

Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

I am super excited to be over on 80Twenty today, sharing this incredible, simple, seasonal hash inspired by the beautiful organic produce I received from local farmers this week in my organic produce box from Beachgreens. This Celeriac, Sweet Potato and Apple Hash is hearty and comforting and could seriously work at any meal. Great as a side or make it the main event by serving with eggs or another protein of your choice.

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RISE // Women’s Empowerment Retreat

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

I cannot believe we are under one month away from RISE, our upcoming Women’s Empowerment Retreat. This 4-day weekend getaway is full of multiple daily yoga classes, led meditation sessions, cooking workshops and demos, vision board and writing workshops and lots more. The real bonus is that all of the food served at RISE will be 100% gluten-free (we will also have options for our vegan and vegetarian guests) and much of the food is source from local organic farms.

RISE // A Wild Spirit Women's Yoga and Cooking Retreat

We have a wonderful group of amazing women already registered but seeing as we can accommodate up to 45 women at the beautiful Sequoia Retreat Center in Ben Lomond, CA, I wanted to take the time to let you all know that there is still room and there is still time to register. Registration closes on Monday, March 23, so please definitely don’t delay. Plus, as a final incentive for you last minute travelers that might be on the fence, if you book now you can save 30% on your registration using exclusive coupon code “TASTYYUMMIES” at checkout. ** This deal is only good until Friday, March 13th at 11:59pm PST!**

Finally, we are so excited about the wonderful sponsors that we have lined up to support this retreat and it’s various e events, as well as those providing our lucky attendees with some super incredible swag to take home. Whole Foods has signed on as the official sponsor of all the cooking workshops and demos, KeVita will be supplying delicious sparkling probiotic drinks throughout the weekend, Field Notes is sponsoring our writing workshops and American Yoga School has so graciously donated yoga props for our attendees use throughout the retreat.

Additionally, we will have amazing goody bags for each attendee with some generous goodness from those listed above plus Tom’s of Maine, Bob’s Red Mill, Navitas, Organic India, Aloha and many others.

RISE // A Wild Spirit Retreat

Take a weekend for yourself. Dive into the nourishment of self love with us, explore your spirit, interact with your fellow sisters and submerge yourself in the beauty of the sequoias at RISE, A Wild Spirit Retreat.

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Yoga and Yummies

For those local to the Los Angeles area, just a few weeks before the RISE retreat, I am hosting another one day Yoga and Yummies event here in Long Beach. Saturday March 21, I am hosting a donation-based, all-levels flow yoga class followed by a gluten-free potluck. You can read more about it and RSVP here.

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Cacao & Hemp Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

This post is part of my ongoing Restricted Diet Recipe Series with Free People blog BLDG 25

Cacao Hemp Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

I have found myself forced to get creative with my food, once again… being that I am currently in the middle of this elimination diet under the guidance of my naturopathic doctor to treat a recently diagnosed autoimmune condition. I am looking at meals in new ways, finding inspiration in unsuspecting places and generally seeking that silver lining during a difficult time.

I have to admit that breakfast has been one of my most challenging meals of the day. In the winter months, I am not very interested in cold smoothies or juices to start my day and I generally find myself wanting something heartier, yet still easy to make. Most days I would start with some fresh greens or broccoli sautéed and topped with a poached or over medium egg, maybe some sweet potatoes or squash. Since eggs are currently cut out of my diet right now and I tend to avoid overly carb-loaded breakfasts of cereal or breads, I have been feeling a tad uninspired. Until now.

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