Abundance Bowl with Turmeric Ginger Cashew Cream

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You guys, I have a serious question.

How do you make friends when you’re an adult?

I think it’s easiest when you’re in college. College is a built-in friend fest. You go to your neighbors’ house and watch Grey’s Anatomy and eat chocolate chip cookies every single week, just because you live next to each other and you’re the same age. You talk to people at your school’s gym, because you probably have friends in common and can talk about easy things, like professors or the stupid housing lottery system that got you stuck sharing a bedroom your sophomore year, instead of living the dream off-campus. You join six groups and clubs and have built-in bridesmaids and friends for life. You start a Wednesday tradition at the local brewery, before the city is named Beer City USA, and the tradition is still going strong. You go to your school’s college prom and your date takes too long to get ready and makes you eat alone. You have cottage weekends at the lake, trips to the beach to sleep under the stars, crafting nights, leadership retreats, coffee dates. You go on spring break trips to Sarasota to paint murals and Miami but who even remembers what we did on that trip (built houses?). You spend your weekends falling in love with the male counselors and staff at a camp and getting paid like $100 a week but YOU DON’T CARE because it’s the most amazing time of your life. You join a Younglife team and meet incredible leaders, and together you love on and mentor high school students, and maybe go to Tigers games or have Christmas parties and play the Newlywed Game. There’s an entire block of your Campus Ministry friends in Campus View, for crying out loud, and I don’t know how any of you got any homework done or even passed your classes because there were ALWAYS birthdays or holiday movie marathons or themed parties or football games or trips to the only restaurant nearby.

It’s tougher in high school. Everyone cares so much about what they’re doing, saying, wearing. You’ve also know these people SINCE KINDERGARTEN and you know those elementary school cliques die hard. There’s no getting out and no breaking in. You’re also all kind of sick of each other, since you’ve seen the same faces for 12,350 hours of your entire school career. That’s right, I just did the math.

It’s alright when you start your first career job, especially if you work somewhere with a lot of other people fresh out of college. You’ll go out and hit the bar scenes on weekdays, because you’re still young and have energy. You’ll have barbecues and dinner parties and girls’ nights, because most of you are still single, or have a semi-serious boyfriend but still prioritize social time, or just running Tinder game (who am I kidding… Tinder wasn’t around during this time, or I would have used it).

Then you hit this weird age, maybe around 25, where the friend differences are vast. People are having babies (multiple babies), getting married, getting engaged. People are still single. People are dating. People are buying houses, getting promotions, traveling for work. Your Snapchat is full of puppy snaps instead of flirty messages with guys. Your Instagram is all engagement rings and those baby pictures with the paper circles that say how many months old the kid is. Your Facebook is full of people aggressively adding you to Lularoe groups and trying to sell you Beachbody products and posting happy-fifth-wedding-anniversary photo albums from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. It seems the only time people actually like your pictures is when you get a promotion or decide to move to another state. There is probably never a time of life where you’ll have this huge gap of different life stages.

People are creating families, building houses, progressing in their careers, and finding what works best for them – that’s amazing. Everyone is busy busy busy.

But then you hit this age, omg THIRTY, where people are hanging out with friends less and family more. Jobs and babies take up a LOT of time. But what if you’re thirty and childless? How do you meet other people or couples like you, who are still down for a game night or wine and cheese party or dinner out (as long as we’re home by ten so we can binge watch Girls, am I right?)

And what if you just moved, to a state or a city where you have no contacts? What if you’re self-employed or work at a small job and there’s no one you really click with?

How do you make friends then?

My plan usually is to spend a few hours signing up for really amazing Meetup groups – 20-30’s Girlfriends? Sounds amazing! An outdoor Epic Living adventure group, a cooking club, an intuitive life project… I’ll be meditating and camping in national parks in NO TIME! I’m going to make myself go and I’m going to make all these friends.

HAHA. And then I don’t.

I get the notifications. I think the events sound cool. I’m sure I would have fun if I went.

But I don’t.

So I’m wondering what you do to make friends when you’re in this 25-35 year-old limbo? How do you find like-minded people who aren’t wanting to go clubbing all night but don’t want to just be home every night, either? Especially if you’ve moved somewhere and don’t have your high school or college friends around. Please leave me your best tips in the comments!

While I’ve been home lurking on my Meetup app and cooking abundance bowls, I got these amazing new leggings which I plan to never take off again. I’m obsessed with the colors and the cutouts… I love them!

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I got them at a store that was closing, but here are some similar ones. I AM SUCH A SUCKER for mesh panels and cut outs. I think they’re so cute and fun.

Click the photos to check them out.

Whenever I’m cooking something like this abundance bowl, I always make too much and wish I had people close by to come over and help me eat it.

I used my Instant Pot to make some of the parts of this meal.

Click here to read my post on why I love it, or click the photo below to check out prices and get yours!

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You Will Need:

Abundance Bowls:

-1 small crown of broccoli
-2 carrots
-1/2 red onion
-2 beets, one red and one yellow
-1 large parsnip
-1 purple sweet potato (or regular)
-8 large Brussels sprouts
-1c white rice
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper, to taste

Turmeric Ginger Cashew Cream:

-1c raw cashews
-1 inch knob fresh turmeric
-1 garlic clove
-1 inch knob fresh ginger
-1/8t sea salt
-1/8t pepper

A note for modifications: Use cauliflower rice for Whole 30 or paleo (unless you’re #teamwhiterice). For low-histamine, cashews are not considered low, but everything else in the recipe is. You can sub some white or kidney beans for the cashews.

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  1. Preheat your oven to 425.
  2. Start cooking your rice according to the directions. *I threw mine in the Instant Pot with 1.75c of water and put it on Manual (high) for 7 minutes. Cauliflower rice users, just put it in a frying pan with a little bit of water or oil, and cook until it’s tender.
  3. Add 1c water to another pot and start it boiling on the stove. Once it’s boiling, dump your cup of cashews in there and turn off the burner, letting them soak for about twenty minutes. *IP users, when my rice was done, I put in 1c cashews with 1c water and put it on Manual (high) for 5 minutes, then quick-released.
  4. Put some parchment paper on a baking sheet and peel, chop, and dice all your veggies.
  5. Line ’em up on your baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put them in the oven until they’re all cooked through. It took about 20 minutes for me, but my sweet potatoes needed a few minutes longer.
  6. Put your soaked cashews and the leftover water into your food processor.
  7. Zest or grate your turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Add that to the processor with the salt and pepper. You can add a little squeeze of lemon here, if you wish.
  8. Process that cashew sauce for at least two minutes, or until it’s fairly smooth. If it’s not thin enough, add a little more water or some almond/cashew milk.
  9. Taste it and adjust any spices according to your palette.
  10. Assemble your bowls! Rice, then veggies, then the sauce on top.

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As always, I serve all my meals with an iced chai with almond milk because I’m obsessed and I have a problem.

Let me know in the comments your best tips for making adult friends, and also if you made this or plan to make it! I’m super happy to have leftovers of this for the next few days. ALSO these organic blackberries were $1.99 at Sprouts. I love that place. ❤

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-Allie

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65 Comments

  1. annemarkey1 says:

    looks so yummy and healthy

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    1. Thank you! I always feel better when I load up on veggies (:

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  2. Sally Chandler says:

    I’m thinking you should become a personal chef for people, like me, who are too lazy to make those amazing looking recipes!

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    1. That actually sounds like an amazing job! I would love to just cook Whole 30 meals for people who want to do it, but don’t want to spend 5 hours a day in the kitchen… haha!

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  3. I love the colors of this dish! It looks so good!

    Maria | http://finastyleblog.com

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I love a good rainbow meal haha (:

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  4. Elliesa Ball says:

    LOVE colourful bowls of food! Definitely going to need to try this.

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    1. Thank you! It’s actually super easy to make. The hardest part is (as always, I think) just chopping all the veggies. (:

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  5. Jenn Wang says:

    Holy yum! I NEED to make this… And yes I totally agree it’s so hard to make friends as an adult! Why don’t you end up going to any of the Meetup app events? They sound amazing and I’m sure there are so many people just like you who feel reluctant to go, but once you’re there you’ll have a blast!

    Jenn
    http://www.honeydewblog.com

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    1. Haha I’m just nervous to go alone! I’m thinking I need to attend one that’s like a class or meditation first, and then I can progress to the social ones. (: I’m sure I would meet lots of people… I’ve been to them before in a different city, but always with a friend.

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  6. Paula Erskine says:

    This dish sounds wonderful. I am not vegan but have a couple in the family and since I host the holidays I’m always on the lookout for great recipes. Not big on turmeric, any ideas for a substitution?

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    1. Thanks Paula! I’m not vegan either. I’ve just been getting into vegan entrees and sides lately just so I can get more veggies in (: You can just leave the turmeric out completely. You can also add a teaspoon of nutritional yeast (I like Sari brand – unfortified) instead, which will make it a little bit “cheesy” tasting.

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  7. What a lovely meal! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Melissa! (:

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  8. These bowls look so good! I love those leggings too… I’ve been meaning to get a pair for myself!

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    1. Yesss it’s my first pair like this. I got a couple kind of similar pairs of Lululemon ones that were on MAJOR sale last year (like $30/40 each), but they had the mesh paneling instead of cut outs. I have wayyy too many leggings. Haha.

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  9. Katie says:

    Omg that looks delicious! So healthy too. I can relate with you right now, I’m living in a foreign country and blogging is my only job. I’m finding it hard to make new friends, when I definitely thought it was going to be a lot easier. My only friends are my boyfriends friends. I miss having friends around that are girls. One friend did suggest meetup.com to me, so I might try that. At home my sister ran a group fitness company and I used to go along to support her and exercise too and I made a ton of friends out of that. Its different to going to the gym because you see the same people all the time and have to interact with them more. Maybe you could join or even establish a group relating to one of your interests in your local area. Good luck to you! 🙂

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    1. Aww yea it sounds like you can relate! What country are you in? Group fitness sounds like an awesome way to meet people. I did that a year and a half ago – I did spinning and yoga and Body Pump / weightlifting classes and always tried to talk to the people near me. And yes, I think joining the interest groups is the best way (: Just have to find a good one!

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  10. Mona says:

    That bowl looks absolutely delicious it’s so colorful love it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mona! (:

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  11. Shaylyn Rae says:

    This looks amazing!! I cant wait to try it!! Such a colorful and healthy meal!

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    1. Colorful and healthy is my favorite combination. I love roasting a rainbow of veggies for the week!

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  12. Emily says:

    Hey, think of me guys when you are talking making friends – I am from the UK – I used to live in London and then I moved down onto my husbands family farm ( on Bodmin Moor ) if you do not know where that is google it ! It is in Cornwall and I love it – but making friends now that is hard ( I am 40 and my child is at Uni ) – having a child always helped in the friend department ! haha

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    1. Yes, I was wondering if having kids would help a bit with making other mom friends. Aww well a family farm sounds pretty awesome, though!

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  13. Adrianna says:

    I can’t get over how amazing that looks! And so healthy too. This would be so good for me to make ahead and take to work for lunch!

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    1. Oh yes! This lasted 4-5 meals, so it would be perfect lunch prep. That’s a great idea.

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  14. Daisi Ari says:

    I love how honest this post is. Not only does the lunch look amazing but I love how open you are about how you’re feeling. I’m sure a lot of people feel the same as you do. Take it one day at a time babe!

    Daisi Ari || http://www.onthecolorfulside.com/

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I obviously love bright colors, so I love your posts as well! (:

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  15. Tessa says:

    All these colors are gorgeous!!! Love it!!! Thanks for posting!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tessa! (:

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  16. monno says:

    This looks so yummy and colourful! I’ll have to try this one!
    and blogging is a great way to meet people! 🙂

    thanks for sharing
    charlotte

    http://www.monnolife.com

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    1. Yes blogging is a wonderful way to meet people! I just need to find some bloggers in my area… it would be so fun to do a little meet-up. (:

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  17. daretoglam says:

    This is such a unique recipe and healthy as well! I’m in looove with those blue leggings!

    -Aleena
    http://www.daretoglam.com

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    1. Thanks, girl! I’m obsessed with the leggings… I actually also have them in black/coral haha!

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  18. I make rice all the time but never think to use turmeric!! I love this recipe and your blog 🙂

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    1. Aww yea try it out with turmeric! It’s an interesting taste, but I think it pairs well with ginger.

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  19. Girl, it only gets harder the older you get. I loved this post though and I added your blog on my Bloglovin. Looking forward to more!

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    1. Oh I bet it just gets harder. I’ll have to look you up on Bloglovin as well! (:

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  20. Poonam says:

    All of these flavors would go together nicely. I love ginger and turmeric. I can’t wait to make this!

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    1. I love both of them, too! I’m looking for new ways to incorporate them besides just juicing, tea, and stirfry dishes.

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  21. Yum! I’ve been trying to find new ways to use turmeric!

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    1. Yes! I also like boiling it with fresh ginger to make a tea. (:

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  22. Love the leggings! I also utilize meetup (but pretty much get nowhere on it). I make friends with friends of friends, that helps a lot!

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    1. Awww yea Meetup can be tricky. The only problem is we just moved to a new place and don’t have any friends to make friends with their friends yet (: haha. I’m sure it will happen soon, though – hopefully!

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  23. emmaandroseblog says:

    I love the leggings! The cutouts and the color are sexy, if leggings can be considered sexy. I love my Instant Pot. As my husband would say, I love it so much why don’t I marry it. The recipe looks yummy. 🙂

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    1. HAHA that is so funny! I love Instant Pot that much, too! What is your favorite thing to make in it? (:

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  24. jessica says:

    i’ve had the same conversation so many times–the struggle is real and college was a TOTAL friend fest with people everywhere always looking to do something…great recipe too, i have a similar obsession with veggie filled abundance bowls and cutouts on my yoga pants (:

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    1. Yes – college is so easy, but it’s even harder when you relocate after college. Veggies and leggings are two of my favorite things hah! I’ll have to check out your blog!

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  25. Yummy! I love how colourful this dish is! SO yummy!

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Adaleta!

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  26. I’m not normally a vegetarian but I might try this. It looks really good and I am always looking for ways to add tumeric to my diet.

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    1. I’m not a vegan or vegetarian either (: You could always make this and pair it with some grilled chicken or steak!

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  27. This looks amazing! I got sick of salads everyday, so I have been roasting up a bunch of veggies on Sunday and I bring them to work mon-wed with tahini sauce. So good!

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    1. I definitely go through salad phases. The hardest part for me is finding a dressing that tastes good but doesn’t have tons of ingredients, so I end up making my own ranches and balsamics… roasted veggies with tahini sounds like an incredible lunch!

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  28. Aarika says:

    This sounds amazing! I spy some beets in there . . . my favorite! 😉 Your Turmeric Ginger Cashew Cream dressing sounds divine. I can’t wait to make it!

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    1. Oh yes TWO colors of beets! haha! The cashew cream is amazing on beets… they are one of my favorite veggies, too.

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  29. ssantoro555 says:

    Girl,
    I have officially decided that you and I have now become much closer friends than I would have even thought according to our blogging, like mindedness, and serious food love/allergies lol! I definitely think at me personally, 25 soon to be 26…I find it hard to make friends because I love people, I really do, but I also love my family and me time. So, when I come across people I think I’m friends with, I go out and enjoy company. Then sometimes it stinks because I think with age comes serious maturity and I don’t like drama and pettiness. So then I go back to me time. It’s a love hate relationship with friendship as I get older lol.

    On another note, I may need to put this instant pot on my registry. Two I love ginger! So good for my non cooperating belly at times! Lol. I’ve actually never had tumeric, but I’ve read about it a LOT! Going to have to get that now. Cashews….I could eat like I do cheese. Hahaha. All. The. Time.

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    1. Oh yes we are going to be bffs. HAHA. I also love family and me time. I guess it’s about striking a balance. And I seriously don’t like drama… that’s why in college, many of my friends were guys, just because they’re usually a little easier to get along with. The only problem is you lose all your guy friends as soon as either of you are in a relationship or married! Haha. YES put Instant Pot on your registry. I’m sure I’ll be posting lots of new IP recipes on here…and maybe a how-to video so I can get my mom and mother-in-law to use theirs and not be scared of it. (: haha. GINGER is so good for digestion! And in my vegan/raw vegan side dish phase I’m going through, cashews are in everything. I made a dairy-free sour cream with cashews recently… it was interesting (:
      YAY can’t wait to chat more!!

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  30. Wow! You have an AMAZING food blog! I’ve already had dinner, but these pictures make me want to eat lol.

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    1. Thank you so much, haha! What a compliment! (:

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  31. Patricia @ Grab a Plate says:

    So true about making friends! Love your leggings – they’re so fun – and love your colorful bowl with that cashew cream! Yum!

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    1. Aww thank you Patricia for reading and commenting! (:

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  32. 1stclassrvadventures says:

    Wow this looks delicious! OMG those leggings looks super comfy and super cute!

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  33. This looks and sounds delicious in every sense of the word. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  34. and turmeric is SO good for SO many things!

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