“The world begins at a kitchen table.”

Joy Harjo


Hi. I’m Sasha. Welcome to Tending the Table!

 I believe that our daily food choices are some of the most impactful choices we make when it comes to sustainable living and personal well being. For me, cooking and eating are a way to connect with the world around me and to support ethical and humane practices, environmental stewardship, and vibrant health. I’m constantly exploring new ways to cook and eat more sustainably and am excited to share my journey with you. More and more I find myself drawn to a food philosophy grounded in the teachings of yoga and ayurveda, whole system thinking, and thoughtful sourcing. I believe that when we eat sustainably, we not only support healthy communities and a healthy planet, but also promote personal health and well-being. Over the years I’ve learned to cook and eat according to my unique constitution, favoring local, seasonal foods that nourish, and ground me, promoting balance physically, mentally and emotionally. I encourage you to use these recipes as a framework and to modify based on what is available to you locally and your individual needs and preferences, exploring the properties and qualities of each ingredient with all your senses. I hope this space inspires you to eat better for yourself and for the planet.

My recipes are plant based, vegetarian and primarily dairy free and refined sugar free. I currently live just outside of Portland, OR with my husband, Anders and our two dogs, Scarlet and Roux. When I’m not in the kitchen you can find me practicing ashtanga yoga, exploring the outdoors or painting abstract watercolors.

I trained at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and am a Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant registered with the  National Ayurvedic Medical Association. I am also a Yoga Alliance 200-hr Registered  Yoga Teacher.

I’d love to hear from you and am available for sponsored posts, recipe development, food styling and photography.

Contact me via the contact page or by email.


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