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 Ok what's in my fridge that desperately needs to be eaten? Leftover brown rice...ahhh, I'll make my special fried rice - The Goods style. All local/organic and crazy yummy and good for you. (don't like rice sub in some leftover quinoa instead) In a frying pan add: 1 tbsp of coconut oil 3 large cloves minced garlic 1 small onion finely chopped 4 carrots finely chopped Once all that is a bit soft (about 5 mins) add whatever you have in your fridge. Yesterday's version consisted of finely chopped, organic: Mushrooms, corn, chard, zucs, bok choy, red pepper & eggs Add some Himalayan sea salt and some organic tamari and you're GOODs to go. The joy about this dish, is you add whatever you want and in any quantity you want - just taste it and add more or less salt & tamari. Let me know if you come up with any rockin' combos.

photo cred Cat I don't know about you but I find garlic presses a b*tch to clean.  It almost negates the benefit of having your garlic minced in the first place. But it's kinda the price we pay for gorgeous fresh minced garlic. Now flash-back to a few months ago when I needed my garlic press only to find that the blasted thing had rusted. Garbage meet *&%$*% garlic press, garlic press meet garbage. Hope you live happily ever after. Now what do I do? So I grabbed my zester/rasp and rasped it instead.  That was my 'a-ha' moment. The rasp takes 2 secs, produces a beautiful ultra-fine consistency (like puree) and cleans up in a jiff. If you don't own a rasp, go and get one because quite honestly they're awesome.

photo cred http://wakeup-world.com Tired of bottled marinades and dressings? Bored of the taste, bored of what's out there and not-so-impressed that everything has ingredients you can't pronounce? Bored of me sounding like an infomercial? Then keep on reading... I was introduced to this recipe this summer by my brother in-law and quickly realized it was a triple threat.  It's a marinade AND a dressing AND a sauce.  What more could you ask for? Combine the following ingredients: 3 tbsp ground sesame paste (a.k.a tahini) 3 tbsp tamari 1 head of garlic, crushed or finely chopped 1 tbsp roasted sesame oil 1 tbsp minced ginger (optional) Slap it on a salad, marinate some tofu in it or drizzle it on some quinoa & avocado. The possibilities are endless. Totally yummy! Riiiiight?!!!

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.