This turmeric roasted cauliflower recipe is easy to make and packed with health benefits. It makes a great side or meal prep addition!
Well, it's a brand new year. I somehow survived 2017. I'm siding with the general consensus on this one – super glad to see 2017 jump off a cliff. Cheers to that! 🍾 Oh, sure... there were some highlights scattered throughout the past 12 months, but it would take a lot of shoveling to find those gems.
What I'm saying is, "HI 2018 HAPPY TO MEET YOU WELCOME LET'S BE FRIENDS." And let's eat turmeric roasted cauliflower together because 2018 is all about living your best life while eating healthy things that taste good. Right? Right.
Back in November, we started planning out a month of easy and quick plant-based recipes for January. The idea was to create a fresh start guide for anyone looking to simplify healthy eating in 2018. We got 3 of those recipes tested and photographed before I got the call that my grandpa passed away. Just a few weeks after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
I had a feeling when we left Indiana in November that I wouldn't see him earth-side again. We got to say our goodbyes that day, and for that, I'll be forever grateful. But that doesn't make it any easier or any less surreal. My grandpa still seemed so young to me. Still so full of life and candor and spunk. Still loving my grandma. Still going to church. Still making people smile. Still smacking softballs out of the park until a few months ago. And then, just gone.
So on December 1st, we headed to Indiana again – this time for the funeral of a great man. Funerals. Suck. Dealing with your own emotions and trying to comfort people that you love while they're hurting, too – how? And then there's the sobering reality that you're never going to see that person who's laying in that casket, ever again. You meet people who were friends and people who were like family to them. You hear stories about them that make you laugh and stories that make you cry. You wish they were there to soak up the love. You know they're already onto the next part of their journey.
I know funerals technically only last two days, but it feels a lot more like years have passed by the time you walk away from the grave site.
Our intention was to get back to Colorado before Christmas. But then we stayed a little longer because we got contracted to shoot a client recipe with a 3-day turnaround timeline. And then we stayed a little longer so Clark could go to the infamously fun annual Christmas party at his family's business. And then my grandma decided - on December 23rd - that she wanted to host one last Christmas in the house where she and my grandpa lived for 50+ years. If you think I'm going to tell my newly widowed grandmother "no," you would be wrong. So we stayed a little longer, through Christmas.
You know what they say about plans. 💁
After all of the Christmas hoopla, we headed to the airport to get a rental car and Alamo upgraded us to a brand new Jeep Cherokee for 10 bucks. 💃 Then we drove straight through and made it back to Colorado in about 16 hours. Exhausted – we slept in until almost 1 the next day – but safe and sound. We're basically professionals at the Colorado-Indiana drive now.
We're finally settled back in, we've got the fridge restocked, and we're returning to some semblance of "normalcy" – whatever that is. I'm pretty grateful for the 40-50 degree + sunshiney weather we've been having for the past week, especially considering the fact that everyone to the east of us is dealing with subzero temps. If you fall into that category, A) I'm sorry. And B) you should definitely check out some of these recipes 👇👇👇:
I can't say for sure how my grandpa would feel about me talking about him in this post. On the Internet. Alongside a turmeric roasted cauliflower recipe on his weird, hippy granddaughter's food-website-thing. But I'm hoping, at the very least, he'd have that signature twinkle in his eyes. I'm hoping he'd feel proud of how many new people heard about his amazing life today.
If you do nothing else today (besides obviously reading this far), tell someone you love them.
Cheers – to the man, the myth, the legend – Meeker.Print