Simple & Springy Roasted Vegetables

I miss you. How you been? Wanna chat? Let’s catch up.

I’ve been v busy lately. You know this since I won’t shut up about it. Sorry. That’s my tendency. It makes things feel better when I get to vent and also I am a notorious humble-bragger. Like, “oh my gaaawd I have so much on my plate I’m so overwhelmed but also look how well I’m balancing it all aren’t you impressed with me you should be?!?!!!!” What can I say, at least I’m honest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Okay okay just kidding. I just like talking about it because I know everyone is busy and hustlin’ in whatever way they need to be doing and I like the idea that being transparent about what I’m going through and the ways I’m making it work can maybe be inspiring or uplifting to someone else. Because I get inspired when I see people I admire talking about the real shit and not just pretending everything is perfect all the time. That’s like, the basis of human connection. Right? You never know who you’re reaching.

With my crazy life being the way it is right now, I decided it’s now more important than ever that I’m filling my limited free time with activities that I know will refuel my tired and overworked soul. Trips to a new coffee shop, a fun workout class, reading a book or listening to a new podcast outside (S-Town has got to be one of the most interesting things I’ve ever listened to), etc. Small things that take an average, dull day and make it feel fresh and special without requiring a lot of time, effort, or planning. It’s a simple concept that has been working well and one I highly recommend for any of my fellow hustlers. You’d be surprised how few people make the time to do this. You’d also be surprised how simple it is once you get the hang of it, and how big of a difference it makes.

For example: Last Sunday I woke up with immense dread in my heart. I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, which was the first and most important item on my to-do list that day. I was so bored of it, it felt so monotonous, so chore-like. I was dragging. I was wasting the morning (and consequently the rest of my day) because I was avoiding it so much. Then I had a stroke of inspiration and instead made my way over to the Brentwood Farmer’s Market which is a 5 minute drive from my apartment and one of the most popular farmer’s markets in town. I got to walk around in the warm sunshine, drinking iced coffee, talking to vendors and buying high quality produce for cheap. And suddenly a weekly chore felt like a fun outing. Ya see what I mean?

Which brings me to these pretty little radishes. I picked up quite a few things at the market but when I saw these in their pink and purple hues I audibly squealed. They looked so pretty, so healthy, so tasty. A food blogger’s dream! So I snatched em up. And then I came home and miraculously found the time to make this simple dish and one other more involved recipe (more on that later). Because when you’re inspired and recharged you’ll find the time to do more of what you love. Which will recharge you some more. Positive loop, people!

Okay. Enough positive pep talks. This one is easy. Cut brussels sprouts and radishes, arrange on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and salt, spices if you wish, and bake for 15 minutes at around 400 degrees. I liked it as is for a mid-day snack or a side dish. You could add protein, maybe some rice and sauce, and make it a bowl for lunch. Serve it with hard-boiled eggs (or any form of eggs) for a colorful breakfast. Add purple cabbage to it and really go for the whole spring theme. The world is your…radish.