Photo Cred Lisa I love this recipe, everyone loves this recipe. It's delicious, extremely simple to make and good for you. Still feels like a novelty, right! Typically pesto is made using pine nuts, but they're pretty pricey at $20+ a pound. I made a batch using hemp and it was fantastic. So here we go again, honestly you will not be sorry. Both Cat and I smother it on everything from zucchini noodles, to crackers, to our index fingers. Best Hemp Pesto Ever  3 cups basil leaves, tightly packed 2 cloves garlic 2-1/2 tsp lemon juice 2 tbsp miso paste 1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil 1/2 cup hemp seeds
Blend all the ingredients on medium speed, and enjoy!

Clinton Shines More soup! Here is a simple recipe inspired by Jennie from Calgary*, my friend and amazing housemate in Arizona. It's a basic soup and quick to make. I like the extra bit of spice, warms you up like a hot bath. Squash Your Soup  1 tbsp coconut oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 onion, chopped 1 tsp thyme 1 medium/large summer squash, peeled and chopped 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 cup water (add more as needed) mineral salt & pepper to taste dash of my special spice OR cayenne Sauté onions and garlic in coconut oil until soft and fragrant, add salt, pepper, thyme, squash, lemon and water. Cook until squash is soft, roughly 20 minutes. Transfer contents to blender, add water for consistency and blend until smooth. Season to taste. *I miss you lady!

Photo Cred Cat Special request for my Basi, she's been smoothie'ing and loving it and now she wants to try a healthy pasta sauce her hubby will eat... apparently he likes red sauce and she likes white. I tried to throw a green her way (see pesto) but have yet to hear back on that "compromise". Here is a quick, delicious, good for you marinara sauce, thanks to Elaina Love for allowing me to share: Marinara Sauce aka Red Sauce 2 cups sun-dried tomatoes, cover with water for 2 hours 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp red onion, chopped 6 basil leaves 1-1/4 cup tomatoes OR red/yellow peppers, chopped 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt 1/8 tsp dried oregano Blend all ingredients, including soaking water from sun-dried tomatoes in blender or food processor. Use as pasta sauce for zucchini, squash noodles, kelp noodles or all three! Feel free to add black olives and mushrooms to the mix. This is a great, no cook meal with lots of versatility.

photo cred Cat I don't know about you but I've been loving the Fall weather as of late. Probably my most favorite season with the leaves turning and days getting cooler. But with that also comes my need for comfort foods and an automatic 5-10 lbs. I'd like to blame my inner cave(wo)man in me and say it's my body's natural instinct to bulk up so that I survive the winter, but who's kidding who. So this year will be different, this year is already different. I will overcome. I will survive. I will eat...SOUP. My Mom's classic veggie soup (with my own personal tweaks) couldn't be easier to make. Veggie Blender Soup: 4 cups of organic veg stock (or any homemade stock) 4 cup of veg (could be a combo or a solo veg) 1 onion 3 cloves garlic 2 tbsp ginger 1 tbsp coconut oil salt & pepper Saute the onion and garlic in the coconut oil for 4 minutes then add the rest Bring to boil and simmer for 1 hour. Bung it all in the Vitamix/blender and voila! Re-dic delish. p.s. Even baby Kits joined me for lunch with her own bowl. It was that good.    

photo cred Cat My recent Parker's PolkaDot Party (The Triple P) was such a blast and the food was so good that I thought it only fair to share a few fab recipes. My GF, Leith, made this crazy-delish dish which I personally devoured.  She found it on Pinterest and then modified it to be vegan/non-dairy with a gluten-free option.  Talk about inclusive food. The LM Dip Supreme 1 1/2 cups vegan, gluten free hummus 1 cup non-dairy tzatziki (recipe below) 1 cup tomato, diced (mix with 1 tbsp lemon juice) 1/2 cup cucumber, cubed 1/4 cup red onions, diced 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1 handful fresh oregano, chopped 4 whole wheat pitas, cut into triangles OR gluten-freecrackers/rice crackers (for celiacs) Optional: 1/4 cup goats-milk feta / organic feta (crumbled). Good for those who like dairy but can't have cow's milk.  And I didn't even see the cheese as it was on the side, so please believe me that it doesn't make the dip. Assemble dip starting with the hummus and stacking each ingredient on top of the last. Tzatziki Recipe 1 1/2 cups plain soy yogurt / or plain organic yogurt 1 cucumber, grated and well drained 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp lemon juice dash of pepper sea salt to taste 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped 1/4 tsp paprika Mix together by hand, and layer with ingredients above.