Between being a professional, a mom and generally the keeper of ALL the things for my family, my time is often in short supply. When something grabs my attention, it’s often for a good reason.
The book Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist is not simply a book I’m reading. It’s a book I’m devouring, and re-reading in bits and pieces to truly soak it up and take it to heart.
Bread & Wine accurately sums up everything I hope and wish for as it relates to both everyday life and celebrating the people I love and cherish. Niequist refers to this book as, “A love letter to life around the table,” which couldn’t be more accurate. I feel inspired every time I read a chapter. Whether she is reminding me to slow down and enjoy, to be present over perfect, or to recognize that feeding the people I love at my table is a privilege, I am continually motivated to refocus on what truly matters. Having every detail perfect pales in comparison to focusing on what happens when people are gathered in my home and around my table.
This book fills me with inspiration and hope. Plus, it also offers stellar recipes throughout. Ranging from very simple, to a meal you take to a friend with a new baby, and so much more. I want to make each recipe she includes in the book. Most importantly, I want to cultivate the joy, the love and the intentional focus on enjoying a well-prepared meal with the people I cherish.
To that end, I will soon be hosting a group of dear friends and their families for a meal at my home. Reading this book, as I’m preparing to host, could not come at a better time.
In the meantime, while I’m focusing on how my upcoming gathering will nourish my people, below I’ve shared one of my favorite recipes. It comes together easily, it’s hearty and filling and tastes just as good the next day. Oh, and if you want to try one of Niequist’s recipes, her cassoulet recipe is going directly into my next meal plan, as well as every recipe she includes in the book!
Meggan’s all-time favorite recipe: Quick White Bean, Asparagus and Mushroom Cassoulet (green beans are a great substitution for the asparagus!)
Shauna Niequist’s Real Simple Cassoulet