Peach Pie Smoothie

There are several versions of this smoothie floating around the internet but most of them contain dairy products.  I wanted to make a healthy, dairy-free version and this one tastes awesome with almond milk.  A recipe for it is right here.

1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp. agave nectar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 fresh peach, pitted and halved
1 frozen peach, pitted and sliced prior to freezing
1 large frozen banana

Place all ingredients in blender and run on High speed for 50 seconds (“Whole Juice” cycle with a Blendtec).

Spinach & Artichoke Fondue

Another great suggestion from the Vitamix “Endless Possibilities” electronic recipe guide.  Serve with bread and veggies!

Spinach and Artichokes
2 tbsp. butter
1 garlic clove, minced
6 canned artichoke hearts, drained and diced
3 oz. frozen spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry

3/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup water
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. ground black pepper
12 oz. cubed Monterrey Jack cheese
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Heat butter over medium heat in a saute pan.  Add garlic, artichokes, and spinach for two minutes and set aside.  Place all fondue ingredients into jar.  Blend on “High” for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes (3 “Soups” cycles with a Blendtec).  Pour into fondue pot and stir in spinach and artichoke mixture.

Spicy Sweet & Sour Sauce

This is one of several recipes I will be posting from the Vitamix “Endless Possibilities” electronic recipe guide.  This one works well on everything from sushi to spring rolls!  After following the initial recipe, adjustments can always be made with any of the ingredients, depending on taste preferences.  Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

1 cup diced mango
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp. agave nectar
3 tbsp. evaporated cane juice (may substitute extra agave nectar or honey)
2 tbsp. minced red onion
1 red jalapeño pepper (more may be added depending on spice tolerance)
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. hot sauce, or, cayenne pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. salt

Place all ingredients in blender and run on high speed for 45 seconds.  If necessary, scrape sides with spatula, relocating ingredients into cutting path of blade.  Continue blending.