Posts in Lunch / Dinner
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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Sunny Coconut Carrot Sweet Potato Soup + Lessons on Nesting from Yoga Teacher Training

Completing my first yoga teacher training a couple months ago is up there with some of the best decisions I have ever made. The only tiny problem is that I feel like lately I have been annoying all of the people closest to me by starting every single sentence with “oh that reminds me of something I learned in yoga teacher training!” I am trying to stop myself before I become a full-blown yogini nuisance, but these bits and pieces of things I am excited to share seem to be a part of how my brain is processing all of the information it took in.

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Moroccan Chicken + Egg Briouats

My mind has been churning lately with all that is to come this summer, planning, making lists and sketches, and getting over-enthusiastic about packing. Sometimes I find it hard to wax on and on about life when I am so busy feeling it. Every time I try to write in these past couple days, all that comes out is something akin to poetry. Snippets and snapshots of these slow moving yet full days. 

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Moroccan Harira + Looking Back On My First Ramadan

Tangier is, by nature, a noisy place. At all hours of the day and night there are cars and trucks rumbling around, mopeds backfiring, people yelling, whether in enthusiastic greeting or heated debate, and absolutely no one is ever shy with their horn. For this reason, it is impossible to forget my first Ramadan in Morocco when I heard something I had never heard before in this city- silence. 

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