Posts in Lunch / Dinner
Creamy Carrot, Sweet Potato + Fennel Soup

A lot of the talk out there about intuition, lately, centers around intuitive eating and how we try to honor what our bodies’ want in order to feel both happy and healthy. It is not something that I teach directly, but I am positive that learning to be a thinking dancer and more mindful yogi has made me more aware of my body’s needs and cravings. 

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Chickpea Shakshuka with Red Peppers + Goat Cheese

One of the things that also gets gently laid aside during busy periods like this one is the attempt to make intricately creative and elaborate dishes … It is the time to fall back on tried and true comforts that are simple to whip up and filling and energizing for a dancing body. Hello, shakshuka, my old friend.

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Summer Chickpea, Zucchini + Tomato Basil Stew

Personally, I know there is a lot more work I can do to cut down my general consumption and waste, but I am doing what I can in small, mindful steps. I am trying to think about it all the same way I do those choreography projects- how can I make this creative and fun within what I already have?

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Broccoli Chickpea Soup with Turmeric + Tahini

Back in the days of high school and homework, due dates and deadlines were something to be avoided at all costs. We wished they didn’t exist and were constantly trying to push them just a little farther away in hopes that maybe they would disappear. Did anyone else feel like that in middle school, high school, maybe even in University?

The funny thing is, now I am the exact opposite. Due dates are something I self-impose and have a hard time functioning without.

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Lemony Garlic Herb White Bean Dip + A Pretty Simple Cooking Dinner Party

I always enjoy reading stories of why people began to cook. Why they fell in love with the act of blending ingredients together, sprinkling spices, mixing brownie batter and that glorious moment when you pull a perfectly puffed pan of muffins out of the oven. I feel like it can reveal an intimate slice of the trajectory of a person’s growth. 

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Cauliflower + Barley Salad with Vegan Avocado Corn Crema

A random question that I get asked more frequently than you might expect is, “So do you eat Moroccan food, like, every day now?” The simple answer is “No, I’m not a tourist anymore” and the follow-up to that is what I say to almost any health-related question; “It’s all about balance.” 

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Bissara | Moroccan Split Pea + Fava Bean Soup

There is some strange relationship between me and the taxis in Tangier. It is rare that I have a normal, uneventful ride- usually there is some happening or detail about it that is worthy of a humorous retelling. At least half of my Morocco-related stories start with the phrase, “so I was in a taxi the other day…”

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Warm White Bean + Eggplant Salad w/ Roasted Garlic + Oregano Vinaigrette

I was listening to an On Being interview the other day with Ellen Langer, a social psychologist who studies mindfulness in its simplest form. She was talking about the mindful practice of language and how changing just one word in your inner dialogue can have a massive effect on your subconscious and overall being. For example, we react completely differently to situations whether the activity we are doing is labeled “work” or “play,” even if it is the same activity. As Langer said, “you change a word or two, here or there, and you get vastly different effects.”

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Super Cozy Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Stew

This coming week is slightly daunting, to say the least. I have 5 yoga classes to teach, 4 contemporary dance, 3 barre classes, and 2 substitute ballet gigs for kids. It’s a whirlwind of class planning, choreography, creating perfectly timed playlists and above all, trying to keep myself solidly grounded during the 6-day storm. At the conservatory where I teach, this marks the first week of classes for the school year, so the pressure is stronger than usual to draw in new students and keep things high energy and interesting.

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