In less than ten days I’m heading to Wanderlust Festival, Squaw Valley – a four day all out celebration of mindful and conscious living [..] ‘bringing together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for transformational retreats in the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts’. An event so long anticipated, I’ll be live-documenting my adventure here on In My Bowl and Tallulah, giving an inside look into every aspect of my festival experience. With life and time whooshing by I haven’t really been able to give it much preemptive reflection, aside from the gushes of excitement, until this past week – marveling at the possibilities of its magnitude, and of traveling across the country without Andrew by my side. It feels so silly (absurd) to admit this, but I’m absolutely terrified. Not that I can’t hop on an airplane and conduct my life in a productive manner without him – I’m positive that’s possible, but that life will be happening and he won’t be there to share it with me. To share the memories, the absurdities, the spirit and magic and make it part of our story. He won’t be there to hold my hand and wiggle fingers during savasana or fall asleep next to me, bored to sleep by my prospects of pillow chat. My living, hugging, security blanket. I count myself as the luckiest that Andrew and I have spent an uninterrupted five years hands intertwined, living and projecting ourselves independently while always within reach – our movements and memories so tangled our lives have been built and built up around each other. Although I feel confident in my autonomy, exhilarated even by the prospect of truly walking away from an experience, all my own, with my own cognitions- how do we muster the strength to find strength within ourselves?
In those spirits, Andrew and I have been making every effort to celebrate our togetherness while finding small solutions to instill that cool as a cucumber, full of life mentality while apart- most recently finding ourselves cozied up, burrowing away from Washington, DC’s evening rains, and slurping on leftover stew and rustic skillet bread. Inspired by our recent trip across Morocco, this one pot vegetable stew is packed to the brim with warming spices and ripe summer produce – bursting tomatoes, sweet yellow corn, zucchini, and kale – an absolute comfort food with light and vibrant summer vibes. Because this stew stores so well, I make a big batch Sunday night, and defrost it as necessary throughout the workweek. Best served over 1 cup cooked farro, quinoa, or brown rice or with a whole wheat pita for dunking.
Moroccan Inspired Summer Stew [makes 6 servings]
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
10 petite potatoes (about ¾ pound), quartered
2 zucchini (about 1 ¼ pounds), diced
4 tomatoes (about 1 ¼ pounds), diced
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, thoroughly drained and rinsed
kernels from 2 ears of yellow corn
2 cups baby kale
salt & pepper to taste
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté, stirring frequently, until soft (about 3-4 minutes). Add spices and continue to sauté until fragrant (about 1 minute).
Add the potatoes, zucchini, and tomato and stir to coat the vegetables in the spices. Add the vegetable broth and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
Stir in chickpeas, corn, and kale, recover, and allow pot to continue simmering for 10 minutes. Season, remove from heat, serve, and enjoy.
Nutritional Information [per serving = 2 cups]
210 Calories, 4g Fat, 41g Carbohydrates, 8.3g Fiber, 9g Sugar, 8g Protein