hometown heroes

i recently attended food tank, an event-based "think tank" for all things food, where i was surrounded by individuals pushing the envelope for better food policy. it was so energizing to be packed into a room with people who have dedicated their lives to building better, more equitable, more sustainable food systems from the ground-up. those who lived with low-income mothers around the world for months on end to make sure their voices were heard when we talk about malnutrition. those who get their hands dirty in the plots of urban gardens. these are the change-agents who have made and continue to make dc the city it is.

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purple power bowl

my go-to lunch this week is what i'm deeming "the purple power bowl." it's packed with color and nutrient-dense foods, and will power me through what i'm *hoping* will be a very empowering week. the purple comes from roasted purple sweet potatoes, quick pickle red onions and beet hummus. the purple elements are mixed into a bed of leafy greens and quinoa, and topped off with a drizzle of avocado dressing. if you prepare all the elements on a sunday night, it makes for a great work lunch throughout the week. i've broken out each element of the salad individually, so you can mix and match the components as you'd like.

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a christmas feast

for my family's last meal together before we all parted ways for different parts of the country after the holiday break, we feasted on what has become a seemingly classic stoltz meal: rosemary and garlic roasted lamb, hummus, tabbouleh and couscous with pine nuts and mint. the recipes for each of these courses are in the post!

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greens and grains

this salad was initially inspired by tabbouleh, a fresh, vibrant lebanese dish packed with parsley, lemon, bulgur and mint. it's a side dish my family has typically served with roasted lamb, hummus and pita. in this case, however, i used the salad for my standard work-day lunch as it made for easy sunday meal prep, but it would also make a bright dish at a dinner party. this salad was initially inspired by tabbouleh, a fresh, vibrant lebanese dish packed with parsley, lemon, bulgur and mint. it's a side dish my family has typically served with roasted lamb, hummus and pita. in this case, however, i used the salad for my standard work-day lunch as it made for easy sunday meal prep, but it would also make a bright dish at a dinner party. 

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fall soul bowl

this recipe is inspired by sweet potato soul's maple mustard tempeh buddha bowl and it makes for the perfect work lunch. my weekday lunches are usually a salad comprised of a mix of roasted vegetables, a grain and tahini or balsamic dressing, so this isn't too far of a cry from that. usually, i'll take a peek at harlow's menu (one of my favorite restaurants in portland, oregon!) for inspiration because they serve these amazing bowls that are packed with creative, flavorful goodness. this recipe reminds me so much of something harlow would have on the menu! 

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