Raw Tabbouleh Recipe

I don’t discuss it much on the blog, but the last 6 months have been rough for me. Some days all I want to do is come home, have a good cry, and watch a Hannah Montana movie. Sometimes that makes me feel better, but other times I know that running is the answer. I was in quite the funk yesterday afternoon, but I still followed through with my plan to do a speed workout on the treadmill.  And I’m so glad I did. For 60 minutes, I wasn’t sad or upset – I was completely focused on the numbers: the length of my intervals, the pace I needed to run, and the miles piling it up. For the past 10 years, running has helped me feel accomplished when nothing else seemed to be going right. It’s given me an outlet for stress and time to think and reflect. Sometimes I really do believe that sweat and tears are the cure for everything.

And speaking of sweat, yesterday’s workout was quite the doozy:

  • 1 mile warm-up
  • 1200m @ 5K pace (~6:44 mile)
  • 400m jog
  • 1000m @ 5K pace (~6:44 mile)
  • 400m jog
  • 800m @ 5K pace (~6:44 mile)
  • 400m jog
  • 600m @ 3K pace (~6:15 mile)
  • 400m jog
  • 400m @ 3K pace (~6:15 mile)
  • 400m jog
  • 300m @ mile pace (~6:00 mile)
  • 300m jog
  • 200m @ mile pace (~6:00 mile)
  • 200m jog
  • 1.75 mile cooldown

Pheww. 7 miles total.

I had some stomach distress on the cool-down. Note to self: an iron pill and granola bar 45 minutes before a workout are a BAD idea. What an amateur mistake.

Other than the tum trouble, I felt mostly good during this workout.  However, I don’t think my muscles were 100% recovered from Sunday’s race. My right hamstring is a bit unhappy about all the speed workout I’ve been doing. Must do a better job with stretching!

After my run, I came home and tried my hand at a raw dinner creation. I’m not vegetarian, vegan, or raw, but I enjoy experimenting with different types of recipes. My raw take on tabbouleh ended up being really yummy AND it only took about 15 minutes from start-to-finish. The cauliflower makes an awesome rice substitute – the consistency was amazingly similar!

Raw Tabbouleh (Makes 1 big serving)


  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into 1″ pieces (fyi – 10 g fiber and 8 g protein in 1/2 head cauliflower!)
  • big handful of fresh parsley
  • small handful of fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • Lemon juice and olive oil, to taste
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg, to taste


  • Place the cauliflower, parsley, and mint in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower reaches the consistency of rice
  • Transfer veggie mixture to a medium bowl and stir in nuts, dried fruit, olive oil, lemon juice, and spices
  • Serve with romaine lettuce cups – enjoy!

Raw Tabbouleh

Raw Tabbouleh

And for dessert, I had a decidedly non-raw dessert: a cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookie from Momofuku milk bar. So good.

Momofuku cookie

Cauliflower – love it or hate it?

When you’re in a funk, what helps you feel better?

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  • I’m a converted cauliflower lover! Literally if you’d asked this question 2 weeks ago, I’d have said I hated it, but since I discovered how it tastes ROASTED, I like it 🙂 I think I’ll give this recipe a shot!
    When I’m down, I either cuddle my kittens or talk to my mum or go for a run or watch my favourite TV shows, with some stuffed pasta 🙂 One of those normally works!! Hope you feel better soon!

  • I had no idea cauliflower had so much protein! At my college dining hall they used to roast it with what they perhaps euphemistically called “Indian Spices,” but it was soo good. Haven’t had it since then — will have to give it another try thanks to this newfound nutritional glory!

  • Love it! So good…and so versatile 🙂 Congrats on an awesome workout.

  • Jacqui

    That tabbouleh looks delicious! I will absolutely be trying this recipe in the near future.

    I’m open to cauliflower and usually like it when I have it, but for some reason I haven’t yet integrated it into my repertoire of steamed veggies (broccoli, squash, zucchini, sugar snap peas)..

    I really hope things turn up for you soon! 6 months is a long time to be in a funk, but believe you me – I’ve been there. I’m prone to seasonal depression, and despite my best efforts (sleep, omega 3’s, exercise), it never fails to hit me bad at least once or twice each winter. But yes, I would have to agree with you – running helps me feel better. And comics (calvin & hobbes always does the trick) 😛

  • Aw..I’m sorry things have been crummy for you lately. I have long turned to running for an outlet, but while I was injured, I realized I probably needed a non-running coping method. So long walks, yoga, reading bad magazines in Barnes & Noble and the occasional moderate-to-heavy-drinking nights out with friends became my salvation. Sometimes little day or weekend trips were the ticket too – a change of scenery works wonders.
    That said, way to kick ass on your bad mood with the workout! I’m a cauliflower fan, as well, although I struggle to use it in interesting ways. There is an interesting recipe out there for Manchurian fried cauliflower that I have been meaning to try out.

  • Great run Megan! Also that tabouli looks amazing. I am definitely going to try that soon!!

    I am so sorry you are having a rough time. Whenever I get into funks I find that what helps me are three things:

    1. running: because like you said above it is time for me to zone out and not thnk about anything.

    2. crying: I am a cryer and sometimes I just have to sit down and let it all out!

    3. Being honest with myself and figuring out what is truly bothering me then…then making a proactive plan to try and make it better.

    Hang in there! 🙂

  • sheesh just re-read my comment…sorry about all the spelling errors. I promise I am smarter than that! 🙂

  • Yum, I am definitely going to have to try that tabbouleh. I’m glad the run helped you feel a bit better, though. Usually it’s the days that I least want to run that I need to run the most.

  • Ellen

    Sorry you’ve been down lately—hope things start looking up for you. Crying and working out ALWAYS makes me feel better. And cookies 🙂 I’m going to an event tonight where Momofuku cookies are being served and I absolutely cannot WAIT to try them!


  • Sorry you have been having such a rough time. Running out my stress and hurt is how I cope as well. there’s no better escape or feeling afterwards.

    I never used to like cauliflower – now I love it!

  • Christine

    I was just telling some friends the other day that I’m feeling “blah” lately too…I even skipped my run yesterday. (drove right by the gym). All I wanted to do was flop on the couch and watch a cheesy movie! That being said I’ve made an appointment to get my hair done (that always cheers me up and I’m going to run it out today! You need to plan a day of pampering for yourself, you deserve it after all of your training!

  • Sorry to hear that life has you in a funk! Running is my magic bullet too. No matter what is going on, my brain turns off while I run and I feel so much calmer when I am done.

  • Sorry about your funk. I like to run as well to help me get out of my funk – except that recently my runs have not been so great and my funk has gotten worse…sadly cookies have been my new funk-helper.

    I love the idea for that tabbolui – sadly my husband is not a cauliflower fan – I need to try that when he isn’t home.

  • Jen

    I like Kelly’s #3 – thinking of a proactive plan. It’s tough though, sometimes, to figure out the root of the problem.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your funk. I think sweat and tears are definitely the answer. Running alone helps me think about whatever is going on in my life and meditate. I’ve made raw tabbouleh with cauliflower. It was delicious, but not the best smelling meal ever. Still worth it!

  • Your tabbouleh looks fantastic! I am putting it on the table soon. I love cauliflower so this is great.

    I tend to be the person who is routinely upbeat so when a funk hits me, it generally is hard. Thankfully, it is also infrequent.

  • Tricia

    I’m sorry that you’ve been in a funk 🙁
    I’ve been going in spurts of lows and highs for a while…mostly this is being caused by job related things….Running is definitely a major outlet for me, always has been. But friends, family and especially my boyfriend have the ability to make me feel better…and laugh. I always try to tell myself that things could be worse and force myself to look at all the good things in my life. Reading some of these blogs helps too when there are posts like yours today. You realize that everyone goes through some rough times. Caitlin at Healthy Tipping point had a similiar post this morning.

    Hang in there girl! You’ll be ok 🙂

  • Corinne

    aw, i’m sorry to hear the past couple months have been tough. although it happens to everyone it breaks my heart to hear when someone is going through it. i agree, i find running soothing and a MAJOR destresser. BUT there are nights when a silly movie will do the trick. with the amount of protein and fiber you put into your body with the cauliflower i’d say you are on your way to feeling good again 🙂 ya know i bet blogging is a sweet release for you too!! getting those thoughts down on “paper” and out of your head,even though you don’t discuss entirely. aw…take care!!

  • Lauren

    Sorry you have been down! Running sometimes lifts my mood, but a good book and comfort food (lasagna, chicken pot pie) usually help too. Also, I find that yoga really, really helps put my head in the right place.

  • Tricia

    I just came across this online and thought I would share it!


  • Nicole

    I LOVE your blog, wish you blogged everyday!

    When I’m down, a great run always seems to help, best way to clear your head and be distracted.

    I’m not sure if you ever mentioned this but when you do treadmill runs do you put a 1.0 incline? I’ve heard adding a 1.0 incline is equivalent to running outside. I typically don’t add it since I think speed/tempo runs are hard enough but I am really trying to get faster, any thoughts?

  • Running is the only thing that helps me get out of a slump. Need it, it is like therapy. I always say my running shoes is my therapist.

  • Megan, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling down! As someone who has known and continues to know depression/funks/general “ew-ness”, I know just how overwhelming it can all be. I think by running and treating your body well you’re doing what’s best. When I’m down, I definitely exercise, but beyond that…I journal and zone out on movies or a DVD box set of a good DVD box set.

    I want that cookie so badly! It looks insanely delicious.

  • Uhhh, that is: “DVD box sets of a good TV series”…haha.

  • Meghan, Sorry to hear things have been rough lately. It can be hard to pull out of a “down” time, especially with all of the cruddy, cold darkness that has been this winter, but running certainly helps. I more than agree that sometimes getting out there and focusing on something totally different for a little while (and getting those endorphins flowing) can make you feel better in a way that little else can. Hang in there!

  • oh girl, i am so sorry to hear things have been rough. i went through a very similar period in my life not too long ago, and the only advice i can give is just to hang in there. this too shall pass.

    if you ever need a chat, vent, hung – you know i am right here!

    anyways, raw tabbouleh also sounds like a great way to take your mind off things. i love the mix of ingredients in this! lovely!


  • Yummy! That looks like a really good recipe. I love tabbouleh but only when I have tons of hot sauce with it and this just might fit the bill.