Want to know a secret that makes cooking soups easy? Get an immersion hand blender. A lot of recipes require you to cook soup ingredients and then transfer them to a blender, which can be messy and dangerous when working with hot liquids. A few years ago a friend recommended I get an immersion hand blender and it made a huge difference. Instead of transferring the soup and broth you just puree the ingredients in the pot, no problems and no mess.
The blender is also perfect for making smoothies, you can put your ingredients right in the measuring cup that comes with the blender. Need smoothie ideas? Check out my Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie and Kale Smoothie posts.
Immersion blenders are about $31.00 and come in all kinds of fun colors. Take a look here and pick one up!