Monday, October 12, 2015

#MeatlessMonday - Spinach & #HempHearts Soup & @ManitobaHarvest #GIVEAWAY

Disclaimer: As part of my ambassadorship with #sweatpink and FitApproach, I was sent Hemp Hearts for review and giveaway purposes.  All opinions are my own!

I am linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Tina Muir for Meatless Mondays!

And also with Powered By BLINGThe Fit Foodie Mama, and Running on Happy for Meatless Mondays!

There are days when NOTHING sounds better than a bowl of soup.  Yes, I realize I have been facing 100 degree weather here.

That is why, when I was sent Hemp Hearts for review purposes, I decided to look thru their recipe banks for something different.  Sure they suggest sprinkling it on cereals and salads but I wanted soup.  

I came across this awesome recipe for soup on their website and modified it for individual consumption (meaning - my family looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wanted to make spinach and hemp heart soup)!

Turns out I had all the ingredients I needed for this soup (or at least all the ingredients I could sub for the original ingredients in the soup).

Spinach Hemp Hearts Soup
2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
Juice of 1/2 a large lemon
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 small shallot
1.5 cups chicken / vegetable broth
1/3 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Sea Salt (if needed)
Garnish: 1 tsp each Hemp Hearts & Parmesan cheese

1.  Roughly shred one shallot and throw it in a saucepan

2.  Add 1.5 cups broth to the saucepan and heat until boiling.

3.  Place spinach in the blender jar.

4.  Squeeze in lemon juice.

5.  Add in coconut oil.

6.  Pour in boiling broth / shallot mixture and blend.

6.  Let cool for a few minutes and then measure in 1/3 cup hemp hearts.

7.  Blend again and pour into individual soup bowls or ramekins.  Garnish with parmesan and hemp hearts.  ENJOY!

It is delicious, refreshing, light and gluten free.  And can be made completely vegan too!  Okay, now you know how to make the hemp hearts soup. But why should you even bother with hemp hearts?  Glad you asked!

With all the talk about going meatless at least one day a week, making Hemp Hearts a part of your diet is a good idea.  Hemp Hearts are a COMPLETE protein!  Full of Omega 3s and 6s.  I hear those are great for you too!

And as always, I am giving you a chance to win a 2oz bag of your own!  Enter to win on the Rafflecopter!

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So go check out all the great recipes here and tell me what you would make!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom


  1. I'd love to try the Gazpacho recipe they have! I loved eating gazpacho when I lived in Spain, and adding the hemp hearts would be tasty!

  2. I would like to try the Choco Hemp Zucchini Loaf.

  3. Ohhh this looks healthy and yummy! I've got to give this a try :)

  4. I would love to try the Vegetarian Chili.

  5. Hi Smitha! Not sure we have met, but nice to meet you! Hope we can see you more often for meatless monday! Love that you used the hemp hearts in something savory, have never seen that, good idea!! Thanks for joining :)

  6. So glad that you decided to join us! Love that you added the hemp hearts to your soup I haven't thought to do that yet! Creative

  7. Sounds interesting and I love blending soups!! I'm going to give it a shot ;)

  8. The Chocolate Hemp Zucchini Loaf sounds divine and what a unique recipe!

  9. I'd add them to yogurt for something extra

  10. I love Hemp Hearts but they usually come and go too quickly around here to cook with. I would definitely like the Grain Free Rum Balls recipe - perfect for the holidays!

  11. I am in the soup mood too so maybe the chili!

  12. I'd love to make the Hemp Hearts & Coconut Bar recipe.

  13. I love hemp hearts with my greek yogurt and granola snack! I would definitely try the Hemp and Herb Pork Chops!

  14. I would love to make the Quick & Easy Spinach soup
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  15. Interesting! I've never heard of spinach soup! I bet it would be great with a tomato soup as well!

  16. I would like to try this:

  17. I put my Hemp Hearts in my oatmeal more often than anything else. I also have been known to put them in my protein shake and today I was pushed for time and slapped some peanut butter on a piece of bread and sprinkled my hearts on it, delish I have to say so!!

  18. I would have to make the Hemp Tahini Bars!

  19. I would try the pumpkin hemp soup.

  20. I need a mid-day pick me up so I would make their Fruit & Hemp Bars recipe. Yum!