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.

photo cred Cat I'm not lying when I say this but this actually happened last week. Auds: "Muma, can I have a smoothie for breakfast?" Me: "Absolutely, what shall we put in it?" Auds: "Banana, mango, grapes... Me: "And let's put some zucchini & lettuce & hemp cause we want some veggies too right?" Auds: "Sure Mama, I'm not going to taste it anyway" The Aud-ly Good Smoothie 1 cup of homemade almond milk 1 banana 1/2 cup mango 1/2 cup grapes 1/2 sm zucchini 2  med romaine leaves 1 tbsp hemp hearts Blend and enjoy. Add more almond milk for desired consistency.

photo cred Cat My eldest asked for a smoothie last night as she was getting her pj's on (which was an obvious ploy to prolong going to bed as she knows that I usually jump at the chance to make her smoothies but she was sooooo mistaken - bless her cotton socks for trying though). So I promised her one in the morning. I tried something different today and it was a huge success and then I slapped some in a sippy cup and the little one downed it too. Moral of the story: Both kids had kale for breakfast and both had no idea. Yesssssssss. The Double Trouble Smoothie 1 cup of filtered water 1/2 banana 1/2 avocado 1 sprig of kale 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tbsp hemp hearts Blend and enjoy. Yields appox. 1.5 cups.  Add more water if too thick and serve it with a straw for the kids.  Straws always rock.

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!

photo cred Cat Spinach may be scarce these days but beets ain't.  And you know I love me a beet or two (or five or six).  Personally, beets have always been a bit tricky in the smoothie department.  I don't know how Lisa manages to make her Red-Green smoothies taste so damn good but clearly I have not mastered the fine art yet, or have I?????? Enter the cooked beet. I had a few leftover from the day before so chucked them in. Wow, amazing beety goodness. So unless you have Lisa making your smoothies everyday, try this as an alternative. The Beet Beat Smoothie 4 cups filtered water 2 lg handful of org. mixed greens 1 -2 cooked org. beets 1 org. apple 1 org. banana 1/2 org. zucchini 2 tbsp hemp hearts Blend until smooth - Yields 1.5 liters. And don't forget to save some in a bowl for the babies (just add some organic baby cereal to it).