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

photo cred 123rf.com You know my ongoing obsession with soup these days... So here's a family classic that I'm going to make today. It's nice and easy and warms your innards (though with the current temperature, you won't really need much warming up, but what the H - E - double hockey sticks). Red Lentil Soup 2 tsp coconut oil 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 sm org. red pepper chopped 2 med org. carrots 900 ml org. chicken stock or org. veg stock 8oz red lentils washed & dry 1/8 tsp himalayan salt In a medium pot heat oil, add: cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne - Stir for 50 seconds. Then add: red pepper, carrots - cook for 5 minutes. Then add: stock, lentils, salt, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer to blender and puree. Yummy-yum-yum.