- 2 beets, roasted
- 1 cup red onion, diced
- 1 cup dry farro
- 3 cups Sprouts Brand vegetable stock
- 1 granny smith apple, matchsticked
- 1 cup fennel bulb, sliced thin
- ½ lemon, juiced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup Sprouts Brand tzatziki sauce
- Sprouts Brand baby spinach
- whole wheat pita slices
- 4-6 Sprouts Brand eggs, fried
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Cut off the leaves of your beets, and wrap them in tinfoil. Bake for 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring farro and vegetable stock to a boil over high heat in a large pot. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- After 40 minutes, unwrap the beets and use a paper towel (or your hands) to peel the skin off of your beets. Then slice them into bite sized pieces and add them to a large bowl.
- Add your farro to the bowl, along with your sliced fennel bulb, and granny smith apple. Squeeze lemon juice on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently toss your salad.
- Pour tzatziki sauce over your salad and toss again until everything is well coated.
- Serve in a bowl with spinach, pita slices, and a fried egg.
- EAT UP.
I hear the call in my heart to take some deep breaths and give myself some rest – cut myself some slack.
I have run myself to the ground with work. (I blame LA, our culture, and my perfectionism for that.) I am exhausted. I need a nap. Slow down. I hear the world call to me. Be gentle with yourself.
This week I have been to the dentist five times, and consequently found out that my travel plans are going to have to change. I am no longer going to adventure as much as I had planned. Slow down. My physical body is forcing me to take pause, and move slower. And it’s frustrating as hell.
This week I have also learned how to properly hold my toothbrush (like a dainty flute in one hand). And I have learned just how long two minutes of brushing is (much longer than you think.) Proper dental hygiene is all about going slowly and being gentle with yourself. And it’s annoying as all get out.
Yesterday, as I was trying to quickly shower off and shave my legs, I nicked a chunk out of my ankle. It was not a pretty sight. It did not feel fun either. And again I heard that dumb voice in my head – slow the eff down.
So here I am at the end of a long week – exhausted, frustrated, and slow. I have been told to slow down this week, and I am trying my best to listen. I am trying my best to be gentle with myself in my exhaustion – allowing myself a nap or two and forgiving myself for my humanness. I am trying to be gentle with myself in my frustration – allowing myself to be angry that my physical body can’t keep up with my heart and mind. But I am also trying to be quiet. Trying to listen to the stillness that lives in those slow moments.
I wandered down the isle of my Sprouts, and let myself take in every moment – every ingredient. (It is my favorite grocery store, after all.) I let myself go slowly. No matter how many people gave me dirty looks or how many employees asked me if I needed help. I didn’t need help, I needed to slow down.
And then I got home with my beautiful beets in hand and I planned on making some beet burgers. That didn’t work out. Because why would it work out this week? But that’s okay. I took a deep breath and came up with a new (and probably even better) game plan. I allowed myself to fail. And I was gentle with myself when I did fail. And in the end I came up with this Beet Farro Mediterranean Salad, which was better than my original idea.
Sometimes life feels like one ridiculous, exhaustive moment after another. And for me, that exhaustion can lead to a defeatist attitude. Exhaustion breeds sadness and self doubt in my brain. So I have to combat that with exponential amounts of gentleness. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do this week. Heap mass amounts of gentleness upon myself.
Because health isn’t just about eating a Beet Farro Mediterranean Salad and going to the gym. It’s not exclusively physical. Health is mental. So in those moments when life feels like it’s begging you to slow down DO IT. Give yourself space and time to breathe and fail and fall and pick yourself back up. *You will get back up, I promise.* But first you must slow down.
This world and this culture is not a kind place most of the time. So you must be your own safe haven. Which is a complicated thing to do when you are tired. But it must begin and end with kindness. In the middle it will probably feel like failure, but that’s okay. Add on some more kindness, and fit in as many naps as possible. Go slow for as long as you need. The world will be waiting for you, when you decide you want to run again.
RECIPE NOTES : This recipe also appears on the Sprouts Brand blog! Beets are perfectly in season this time of year, so you can find them in abundance at your local Sprouts. (Also if you are afraid of fennel bulb, check out this slicing how to.) xoxo