A Golden Bowl | For Fall

October 14, 2015

A Golden Bowl | For Fall by Faring Well #vegan #recipes

Blaring old school Third Eye Blind in the car while belting out the lyrics in our best Kermit The Frog voices, trying not to laugh ourselves to tears. Running around our tiny apartment in circles pumping our fists into the air screaming “HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY” before sitting down to watch the game because we’re so excited the season has started we could pee. Walking at sunset down to the market to pick out carving pumpkins, and then naming the small white one I chose “Spooks”. Watching the newest Willy Wonka movie, and then proceeding to talk like Johny Depp for the rest of the night. Chatting with my mom over FaceTime about what recipes we were going to make when I fly home in a week, and how she was going to diet hardcore until then so she could eat all of my molasses blondies. Seeing my great friend host her first pop-up shop and totally nail it. These were some of the most rewarding moments I experienced this past weekend. And they all involved people.

Each person is incredibly precious. A human life is a miracle, and it blows my mind when I stop to look around at all of the “miracles” surrounding me. From my husband to the homeless person outside our building, a miracle. Mind. Blown. And when I take the time to sit and listen to any one of these miracles’ stories, I feel as if I’m receiving this huge gift. A glimpse into someone else’s life. What they’ve gone through, where they’ve been, what they’ve done. You can learn a great deal by listening to what someone chooses to tell you. What is truly important to them, what they want you to know. Chances like these keep presenting themselves to me lately, including a handful over this past weekend. I hope they continue. And if new stories get to be told over a meal anytime soon, I hope it’s this one.

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I love how fall means everything golden. Pumpkins, sunsets, withering leaves, soups, and spices – all golden. I like to think this dish is like taking a bite of fall. Full of texture with a host of fall vegetables and chewy spelt berries, alongside warming spices and a hint of something sweet make my fall loving heart so happy. A bit of sweet, sour, and savory with the additions of maple, lemon juice, and cold pressed olive oil make you crave more with each bite. Plus an herby freshness from the chopped parsley leaves, and a few extra add-ins I list for you to consider if you’re feeling extra fancy. This bowl can easily be made gluten free by substituting the spelt berries with brown rice, and is easily reheated in the oven the following day wrapped in a bit of foil. Scott must have uttered “This. Is. So. Good.” at least four times while eating this bowl, and he usually never repeats himself. This also made my fall loving heart so happy. And I hope this golden bowl does the same for you.

A Golden Bowl | For Fall by Faring Well #vegan #recipes

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Makes 4 servings.

1 head of cauliflower
1 eggplant
1 delicata squash
refined coconut oil
salt & pepper
ground cumin
ground paprika
dried, ground turmeric
1 lemon, cut in half and divided
1 cup spelt berries
3 cups filtered water
drizzle of cold pressed olive oil
drizzle of pure maple syrup
chopped fresh parsley

optional add ins
2 tablespoons golden raisins, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons pinenuts, lightly toasted on a dry skillet
1 cup cooked lentils (beluga or french green work best)

Begin by preheating the oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment (or two medium baking sheets) and set aside.

Rinse and chop the head of cauliflower into 1 inch pieces. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower with 2 teaspoons of refined coconut oil. Then add in a few pinches of salt and pepper, plus a half a teaspoon of cumin, and toss to coat. Transfer the cauliflower to the lined baking sheet.

Rinse the skin of the delicate squash to remove any dirt and pat dry with a cloth. Slice off the base and the stem, then cut lengthwise in half. Scoop out the seeds, and slice into 1/2 inch thick half-moon slices. Then cut those half-moon slices in half. Add the diced squash to the mixing bowl previously used for the cauliflower, and toss with 2 teaspoons of refined coconut oil. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon paprika, and toss to coat. Transfer the squash to the parchment lined baking sheet with the cauliflower.

Rinse the eggplant, and slice off the stem and the base. Slice into rounds and then slice those rounds into 1 inch pieces. Add the diced eggplant to the mixing bowl previously used, and toss with 1 teaspoon coconut oil plus a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Add in a few pinches of salt and pepper, plus 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric, and toss to coat evenly. Transfer the eggplant to the parchment lined baking sheet(s).

Place the sheet(s) of veggies into the preheated oven and roast for 30 minutes, or until the veggies have nicely browned. While the veggies are roasting, combine the spelt berries and water on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Let simmer for 30 minutes (fully cooked spelt berries should be plump and slightly chewy). Drain any excess water that may remain.

In a large heat proof serving bowl, toss the roasted veggies and cooked spelt berries with a drizzle of cold pressed olive oil, about a teaspoon or two of pure maple syrup, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Taste and add an additional pinch of salt or pepper if desired. (Mix in any of the optional add-ins at this time if you were wishing to do so.) Roughly chop 1 bunch of fresh parsley leaves. Either toss with the other ingredients in the bowl, or garnish each dish with a handful of the chopped leaves. Divide into four bowls and serve right away. Store any fully cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, best if eaten within 3 days.

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A Golden Bowl | For Fall by Faring Well #vegan #recipes


  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full October 14, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I love hearing about your times with Scott!! It sounds like you guys have so much fun together and honestly I’m just thinking #relationshipgoals about it all ;) This bowl looks like something I would love to have for lunch. I’ve been eating more and more grain salads and have been looking around for new inspiration. It’s like you read my mind!! This all looks fantastic and I love that it’s golden :D

    • Reply Faring Well October 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Aw no way thank you Sarah! He really makes my life a billion times better. I don’t know what I’d be without him. And yay for a new lunch idea! Thanks for your sweet comment and for the recipe love <3

  • Reply Faith VanderMolen October 14, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I’m always in awe of your photography. This really is a golden bowl!! Yay for fall!

    • Reply Faring Well October 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Sheesh thank you Faith! You’re too sweet <3

  • Reply Amber Harding October 14, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Indeed, it’s like a picture of the autumn in a bowl! Splendid recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well October 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Amber! I’m glad you think so too :) happy fall to you!

  • Reply Lauren October 14, 2015 at 6:27 am

    The colors of this dish are definitely reminiscent of the golden fall palate. Beautiful as usual and I can’t wait to try the recipe with rice. I think I might add a combination of brown and wild rice so that there is a bit of chew – as I imagine you probably get from the spelt berries.

    • Reply Faring Well October 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      That sounds brilliant – definitely throw some wild rice in there! Thanks for the recipe love, I hope you get to try and enjoy it soon <3

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams October 14, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Hockey season!! Glad someone shares in my excitement its back ;) This bowl hits all the right notes, and feels like exactly what I’ve been craving. These days, all I want is roasted veg and warm bowls of goodness. Just perfect! xx

    • Reply Faring Well October 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      YES! HOCKEY! Air fist pumping you right now. And thank you about the recipe Shelley! I know, I’ve been craving all the same things too lately – xo

  • Reply Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) October 14, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Wow looks so good! YUM! Hope you have a great season :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you Susannah! Same to you. Hugs <3

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist October 14, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Delicious! Your words about being filled with gratitude reminded me of a TED talk with Louie Schwartzberg called Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. I think you will love it. Here’s the link https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude?language=en

    • Reply Faring Well October 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thank you Kathryn! I love Ted Talks, will have to give that one a watch soon – xo

  • Reply Dani Mendocha | Styled Variety October 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Wow, this looks absolutely delicious and the photos are beautiful! Can’t wait to try this dish, it’s full of my favorite Fall ingredients!

    — Dani | http://www.styledvariety.com

    • Reply Faring Well October 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Aw thanks Dani! So glad. Hope you get to enjoy it soon <3

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore October 14, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Yum!! Squash with coconut oil is so good! And I love oven roasted veggies :) It sounds like you had a jam packed weekend of fun!! I’m excited you get to take a trip home soon!!

    • Reply Faring Well October 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Thank you so much KJ! You are THE sweetest. We are so excited to get to go home too. Hope you have a stellar weekend!

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun October 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    hi jessie! blaring third eye blind in the car sounds like a good day. i, too, have moments where things hit me and i realize just how precious our lives really are. i’ve had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, and each story has its own merit and humanity. life is golden, just like the autumn hues, and naturally your beautiful and delicious bowl! i love your flavors and vegetables, delicata is unendingly dreamy to me. lovely meal!

    • Reply Faring Well October 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Thank you Danielle :) I sincerely love your words here. All so true, hugs friend <3

  • Reply Nina October 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    AH, Jessie so lovely!! Again your words are really lucid, I can a peep into your American life, pumpkin season and hockey! But also your words about the everyday gift of people in your life. I do recognize my own feelings in your writing, you bring out the essence so beautifully, And this dish is a stunner, Spelt berries are so good, and I think raisins with would be the bomb with this! Adding it to my list of need to try’s!

    • Reply Faring Well October 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Ah Nina thank you! Pumpkin season and hockey is theeee best :). I appreciate your kind words, and am glad you enjoyed the post and recipe! I’m drooling over your new tempeh sandwich this morning. Goodness. I wish we were neighbors and could just be swapping leftovers from out shoots every day ;). Happy weekend friend! <3

  • Reply jaime / the briny October 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    beautiful post, jessie. i’m thankful for your uplifting thoughts and words. i’m often amazed at how complex we are as people. navigating life on earth as socially aware beings. what a crazy thing. and i love how simple all the parts of this gorgeous bowl are, and how they’re all tied together with a golden roastiness and spice. i bet chewy sorghum would make another really tasty gf option, too!

    • Reply Faring Well October 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much Jaime, it really is amazing <3 and yes a sorghum probably would! Great idea :)

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen October 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Jessie this post is just gorgeous in every way! I had never thought about it that way before, but you are so right in saying that the colour of autumn is golden (before it all turns grey!!). And that is completely represented by this bowl – comforting warm flavours but still fresh and bright with that lemon, spices and parsley – I love it! Will have to wait until it is fall here so I can give it a go..(or might just make it anyway!)
    P.S. your writing about special we each are and how everybody’s experiences and thoughts are so unique and complex is beautiful – lovely reminder to be present in each moment! X

    • Reply Faring Well October 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      I just loved all of this Claudia, thank you for your sweet comment and for making me smile! I hope you are having a gorgeous week, you’re the best – xo

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine October 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I love your perspective on life and the heart you have to appreciate everything around you. Your friend’s store looks like it’s full of so much good stuff. :) And THIS BOWL! It’s so so gorgeous and I bet every bit as delicious. Vibrant and so celebratory of fall!

    • Reply Faring Well October 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Oh thank you Emily you are too sweet, always making my day! Her shop is just the cutest, they carry the neatest stuff! And thank you for the recipe love, its definitely an autumn keeper ;)

  • Reply Jodi October 15, 2015 at 5:07 am

    So many moments in that top paragraph filled my heart. Those simple little moments that create themselves, that are impossible to share with anyone else except the people right in it with you. Its magic sometimes. It helps me to remember that things don’t have to be complicated and that happiness is most definitely a choice. You’ve chosen it for sure and thank you for sharing it always. Pine nuts + golden raisins in anything make me happy, and the flavors of this bowl sound perfect. Happy golden fall to you + scott. ps. go habs go! x

    • Reply Faring Well October 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      I knew you would connect with that top paragraph too ;). I love how you and Matt seem to similar, and I love your words above here about it being magic. It really is! You are just the best Jodi and I appreciate you <3 even if you are a Habs fan ;) (JK JK - but really) Hugs! xo

  • Reply Emilie @ The Clever Carrot October 15, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Jess, I always have to remind myself about the choices I make in each moment. Now lets see, 1) should I be grateful or 2) should I choose to bitch about it. Number two wins a lot. It’s the easy way out when you can convince yourself it’s a byproduct of a hectic life. I should carry your golden bowl of gratitude as a reminder :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Its so true and a daily challenge at best, thank you for your honestly Emilie! We all could use a golden bowl of gratitude form time to time for sure <3

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow October 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

    These photos are just stunning, Jessie! Very “golden” for sure :)

  • Reply Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet October 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    HOCKEY! YES! Haha that’s exactly what my husband and I do! :) Love hearing about you and Scott. And this recipe?? What’s no to love?

    • Reply Faring Well October 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Haha another hockey couple!? YAY – winning! So rad ;) and thanks for the bowl love too!

  • Reply Grace October 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Life is such a gift, definitely need to tell myself that more often. Being surrounded by the people I love, just enjoying the simple pleasures, we’re all so lucky to be on this beautiful planet together! A planet that grows delicata squash too! I love this bowl and all its components, just gorgeous Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well October 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Its so true, we are so fortunate in so many ways we don’t notice most often! And hehe yes about delicata, my fave! Thanks for your sweet words Grace, you’re the best!

  • Reply Courtney West | sweet miscellany October 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I love everything about this post from your authentic words to the earthy photos and delicious golden bowl. I guess I usually equate fall with orange but I love the idea of golden hues everywhere. Thanks for the change in perspective :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 21, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you Courtney, you are too too sweet <3

  • Reply Rachel @ The Castejóns October 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Love all these spices and flavors together- so cozy for fall!

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