Soups are soooo righteous. They're easy to make and most of us have something in the fridge we can throw in the pot. Keep it chunky, or blend it all up, it don't matter, it's still arguably the most perfect snack/meal/appetizer/companion on this planet. Here's a classic for all you soup-lovers out there. United we stand. Easy Sweet Potato and Leek Soup  3 lbs sweet potato peeled & quartered 1 large leek chopped 2 liters of organic veg stock 2 tbsp ginger minced 5 cloves of garlic minced 1/2 cup hemp hearts dab of coconut oil Himalayan salt & pepper to taste In a large pot saute leek with coconut oil and garlic for 5 mins. Add stock and sweet potato and bring to boil, then simmer for 45 mins. In batches add soup to blender (if you want) and add ginger, hemp hearts and salt & pepper. Yields: Enough for the week.

most of the time As mentioned I spent the weekend listening to Dr. Gabriel Cousens discuss the impact of our food choices on everything from diabetes to spiritual progression to food and resource shortages around the globe. He's a dedicated man, it's so motivating to spend time in the presence of someone on their true path in life, especially when they're 70 and appear to be 50... Some interesting stats and tips, I don't have the supporting research as I jotted them down while he spoke, but here is a link to all Dr. Cousens' books if you want more: - We need 7 to 8 hours of sleep, 6 doesn't cut it - Men who watch 19+ hours of TV a week have a 150% greater chance of getting diabetes - Tryptophan helps with menopausal hot flashes - Every acre of organic farmland filters 3,700lb of carbon dioxide from the air - Fish is more inflammatory than chicken or dairy - 25-40% raw, plant fat daily is essential to a balanced vegan diet - Eat chia and flax with coconut oil to double the conversion rate in the body - Omega3s are essential to heart, brain and eye maintenance Going to eat an avocado now!  

20130502-163315.jpg How much easier and cheaper can making your own kale chips get! Organic baby kale... are you kidding me. Organic Baby Kale Chips 2 big handfuls, organic baby kale 2 tbsp olive OR flax OR coconut oil Cracked pepper Himalayan pink salt to taste Combine ingredients in a bowl, massage until coated and dehydrate at 115° for 4 hours or if you're looking for conventional oven directions check out Cat's Kale Is The New Black post from September. This recipe is just the tip of the iceberg, get creative or snoop around online for different kale chip seasoning ideas.

photo cred Cat Ok, I'm on a budget so what's inexpensive and can usually be found in your fridge all year around? Did someone say carrots, potato, onion and garlic?  Yeah, sounds about right.  Well that's pretty much the recipe. Carrots are packed with vitamin A which assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body and they help prevent premature wrinkling. What? Sign me up. Carrot Top Soup 6 carrots, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, zested 1 onion, chopped 2 med potatoes or yam, diced 1 liter organic veg stock generous dab of coconut oil Himalayan salt & pepper to taste Add carrot, garlic, onion & coconut oil to large pot for 2 mins. Stir in potatoes, cover, reduce heat to low and sweat veggies for 5 mins.  Pour in stock, bring to boil, season with salt & pepper. Then simmer, covered for 25 mins. Puree soup in your blender in batches and away you go.  And as always, I add my hemp hearts (1/4 cup) at the blending stage for added protein. Serves 4

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!