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 Honestly I could go on and on about the marvels of ginger.  It heals, it flavors, it does your body good.  If I could add ginger to everything, I would.  Problem is, I buy it for a recipe and then by the time I use it again, it has shriveled up.  Until now... Upon commenting about said shriveled up ginger to my BF Michaela, she casually said "All you have to do is peel it and toss it in the freezer, and then when you need it, take it out and cut off what you need." (I'm paraphrasing - she was probably more eloquent in its delivery). Whaaaaat?  So easy, why didn't I think of that?  Moral of the story, I'm never without ginger anymore. p.s. Some people I know don't even peel it prior to freezing - so it's totally up to you.

photo cred 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?!!!