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!

We're ending soup week with a raw chili recipe. This was the first raw recipe I made and it really does taste like cooked chili plus it's a joke easy to make. Using cooked aduzki beans ups the fiber and protein intake, plus if you add them hot you can enjoy a nice warm bowl of chili on a snowy day... or an East Coast-style rain day like today. I've made a few changes to the original recipe from Victoria Boutenko's 12 Steps to Raw Foods, which by the way is a fantastic book. It's a fun read and Victoria's passion gets you excited about including raw food in your daily life. I credit that book for my smoothie obsession. Mostly Raw Warm Chili 2 cups water 2 cups tomatoes, rough chopped 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil) 1 cup celery, rough chopped 1/3 cup coconut sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 bunch basil 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil 1-2 tbsp Italian seasoning 1-2 tbsp lemon juice Chili pepper flakes Himalayan pink salt to taste 1/2 cup organic adzuki beans, cooked Soak adzuki beans for 1-2 hours, place in a pot with 1 cup water and bring to a boil, simmer for 60 minutes. Blend all ingredients, except beans, on medium speed (don't over  blend) adding remaining 1 cup water as needed. Hand mix hot beans and sprinkle with parsley flakes, serve while warm.

Hands down my favourite recipe for popcorn, the GF introduced me to the dried dill and olive oil toppings and I haven't had it any other way since. Homemade popcorn can be a healthy and tasty snack, especially good to have on hand if you're transitioning from a crappy diet to a whole/real foods diet. Dilly Kaz Corn 1/4 cup organic popping corn 1 tbsp cold pressed olive oil 1 tbsp flax oil Himalayan pink salt Fresh ground pepper Dried dill Pop organic popping corn using an air popper, the stove top or a paper bag in the microwave, check it. Top with oil, salt, pepper and LOTS of freshly dried dill. It's really important that you use organic popping corn. Corn is a dirty, dirty crop that's been GMO'd up the wazoo. If you're trying to get healthy, eating poor quality ingredients isn't going to get you there.

20120725-085430 I've been playing around with the corn and blueberry side salad from a few weeks ago, and I've nailed it down as a hardy lunch or dinner main. Kale, Corn & Blueberry Salad 6-7 kale leaves, chiffonade 3 cobs of sweet corn, husked & shaved 1 pint blueberries 1-2 med tomates, seeded & chopped 1 cucumber, sliced 1/4+ cup fresh cilantro, chopped In a serving bowl combine ingredients, set aside. Chili Lime Dressing 3 tbs fresh lime juice OR lemon 1 tbs unpasteurized honey 1/2 tsp crushed chilies 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1 clove garlic, minced 1/8 cup cold-pressed olive oil 1/8 cup flax oil Mix ingredients well either by hand or in a blender. Add to salad, toss and enjoy all that summertime goodness! This will make at least 4 servings, it's great option for lunches Monday to Friday!