TENDING the TABLE

Beet and Strawberry Gazpacho

Hello from sunny Los Angeles! We’re here for a few days and I’m looking forward to eating all the amazing food, visiting museums, and working on some fun collaborative projects (be sure to follow along on Instagram stories). In the meantime, I’ve got the recipe for this Beet and Strawberry Gazpacho for you as well as all the details on my morning routine…

My morning routine can set the tone for the rest of my day. If I wake up and go straight to work, my whole day is off. I feel sluggish, irritable and just plain gross. On the other hand, if I wake up and dedicate some time to self-care, mindfulness and exercise, I find that I am able to move through the day with more clarity and grace. I eat better, I love better and I feel better. The morning routine that I’m sharing with you today is one I’ve been doing for the past nine years. I truly believe in the benefits of each of these practices. This routine has become second nature and I love how vibrant and refreshed it makes me feel. I hope you find something here that speaks to you and that you can incorporate into your life.

My Ayurvedic Morning Routine

Rise early. The early morning is an auspicious time, perfect for cleansing, contemplation and setting intentions. Furthermore, according to Ayurveda, each dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) governs a certain time of day ( and season and stage of life etc.) Vata, the energy of transformation, governs between 2am and 6am. From 6am to 10am Kapha, the energy of stability, takes over. Rising early (before 6am) allows you to take advantage of the light, mobile, energy of Vata as you begin your day instead of battling the heaviness and lethargy of Kapha. Obviously, abiding by this practice doesn’t make sense all of the time but we can still aspire to it…

Cleanse. These practices are designed to stimulate metabolism, remove toxins that have accumulated overnight, and cleanse the sense organs. It may seem like a lot to incorporate at first, but if you start with one thing and then continue adding things gradually, it becomes quite manageable.

Drink a cup of warm lemon water to stimulate digestion and encourage elimination.

Eliminate. Regular elimination in the morning before breakfast is crucial for maintaining healthy digestion and optimal overall health.

Meditate. A short 10 minute meditation practice in the morning does wonders for the soul. This is a great way to set the tone for the day before jumping into work and life.

Exercise. For me this is typically an hour of yoga, but whatever exercise routine you have is great.

Finally…eat breakfast.

And now for this soup… It’s a combination of sweet beets, floral strawberries, tarragon, and just the right amount of punch. It’s good hot or cold and is best served with generous amounts of coconut milk yogurt. I love that it straddles the line between sweet and savory. Enjoy!

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Beet and Strawberry Gazpacho

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

3 small beets, cubed (about 2 cups)

1 small shallot, peeled and quartered

4 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved (about 1 cup)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

1 sprig fresh tarragon, leaves removed (about 1 tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water

Coconut milk yogurt, poppy seeds, and chives or tarragon to garnish

PROCEDURE

Place the beets in a skillet with 1/2 inch water, cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until tender. Remove from the heat. Add the beets and their liquid to the container of a high speed blender. Add the shallot, strawberries, olive oil, vinegar, tarragon, salt and water. Puree on high until completely smooth. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt, a sprinkle of poppy seeds, and chives or fresh tarragon leaves.