April 15, 2015

Strawberry Millet Tabbouleh

Strawberry Millet Tabbouleh - The Sunday Table (4 of 5)

You know when the right words just seem to find you, just when you needed them most? When you open a book to the perfectly random page with a passage that speaks directly to you. When you find street art with small words of wisdom. Or when your eyes are guided to the cheerful greeting cards along the checkout line with just the right inspirational words to help you push forward with the rest of your day. This week they came to me in the form of, “My entire life can be described in one sentence; it didn’t go as planned and that’s OKAY.” There was a time in my life, not too long ago, when those words would have seemed trivial, unnecessary, lame. I was surprised by how much they resonated with me reading them now. I took it as a sign of growth. Typically in times of stress I create a giant to do list as a way to try to regain control and steer things back my way. More recently though (there’s still the long to do list to get all of the thoughts out of my head in order to focus) I’ve learned to let go and just enjoy things for what they are. It’s been a hard, trying process of learning to let go of this sense of control over my life and just let wonderfully imperfectly beautiful details of life fall into place. And then I realized that’s it; that’s life. Despite our best attempts at mapping out plans for our lives, we have to surrender to mother nature and whatever higher power we believe guides us in this life. Ultimately we don’t determine what happens in this life, only how we react to it.

Strawberry Millet Tabbouleh - The Sunday Table (1 of 5)

This recipe is lightly adapted from Bowl + Spoon, the latest cookbook by Sara + Hugh Forte of Sprouted Kitchen. Theirs is one of the first blogs I came across years ago. Sara’s words have always seemed to resonate with me, and much like the quote this week, tend to find me when I need to hear them. In addition to being truly lovely, inspiring people, they are a undeniable force in this food world. Hugh’s photography is unparalleled; a master of artfully shaping natural light. Sara’s recipes are tried and true; simple, wholesome, healthy, and truly delicious. I’ve returned to her recipes, both from their first cookbook and the blog, time and again. I turn to her recipes whether I’m cooking a weeknight dinner, making lunches for the week, prepping for a long road trip, hosting a decadent dinner party or helping to nourish a friend in need. In the week since Bowl + Spoon arrived on my doorstep I’ve made roughly a dozen of the dishes. This was a stand-out favorite of mine so I needed to make it again, this time to share.

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April 1, 2015

Creamy Coconut Oats with Roasted Strawberries

Creamy Coconut Oats with Roasted Strawberries - The Sunday Table (2 of 3)

At times I get totally disenchanted with city life. When it seems all I hear are sirens, helicopters, trains and cars on the freeway, I feel the need to escape. I need open roads that lead to fresh air, morning birds chirping, crashing waves, wind through the trees, crickets and frogs croaking in the evening. I cherish these weekends away where a day can feel like three, in the best of ways. Days where the only the only important thing to do is feel gratitude.

Creamy Coconut Oats with Roasted Strawberries - The Sunday Table (1 of 3)

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March 6, 2015

Healing Chocolate Shake

Healing Chocolate Shake | The Sunday Table  (5 of 6)

I’m still finding my way. Wandering down the long path of finding myself again. Revisiting things I’ve long since abandoned, letting go what I once thought I should be doing and discovering little joys I never thought to look for. A lot of it has to do with soul searching. A lot of it has to do with being open. But mostly it all comes down to letting go of expectations. And boy, that’s a lot easier said than done. Living a life full of expectations is destined for discontentment. Looking at yourself, the ones you love and the world around you through a lens of what is lacking leads nowhere positive. Sure there is benefit to seeing potential, to inviting positive growth and change but only through a lens of optimism and hope, not expectation. This is my grand challenge in being mindful. A natural planner, it’s hard to let go of this idea that I have any control over my life and the way things go. But how beautiful it is to give into the great unknown. To see things for the way they are in the moment, free of outward context, free of judgment. I have to remind myself again and again to let go, to give in and to enjoy life for all that it is. Some of life’s most beautiful moments come from the simplest of experiences.

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