Tag: Vitamix

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Total: 40 Min

Prep: 20 Min
Cook: 20 Min

Serving Size: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup raw cashews
3/4 cup Chef V’s Raw Almond Milk or coconut milk
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 cups canned artichoke hearts (or partially thaw if using frozen)
2 cups fresh spinach

OPTIONAL SIDES
Fresh veggies, gluten-free crackers and bread

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Process all the ingredients except artichoke and spinach in a Vitamix until smooth. Add the artichoke and spinach. Pulse but do not blend.

Transfer the mixture to a 6×6-inch dish, or to multiple small oven-safe dishes, and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the dip and let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy with gluten-free bread, crackers, or your favorite veggies.

My Spinach Artichoke Dip is a favorite snack for watching football, as an hors d’oeuvre at a party, or with a glass of wine on the deck while the sun goes down.

Creamy Carrot Soup – Made with Nut Milk

Chef V’s Tips: Many raw food recipes call for soaking nuts. Why? Soaking nuts (from 2 hours to overnight) improves the flavor and nutritional value of the nuts by releasing dust, residue and tannin into the water, leaving the nuts with a softer, buttery texture and increasing their digestibility. Never use the soak water – always discard it.

A healthy variation on this soup adds fresh ginger and fresh turmeric.

carrot soup

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons coconut oil or cold-pressed olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 cups sweet onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 5 cups) carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup cashews, soaked and drained
  • 1/2 cup Chef V's Raw Nut Milk or coconut milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

fresh chives, flat leaf parsley, raw cashews

For a healthy variation to this recipe, add 1 tbsp fresh ginger and 1 tsp fresh turmeric.

Directions

Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the carrots, vegetable broth, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of grated ginger. Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. Turn off the heat and allow the soup to cool for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse the cashews well.

Add the cashews and nut or coconut milk to the soup. Transfer to a Vitamix in batches, if necessary, and process until smooth. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper, if desired. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish as desired.

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