At our recent Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking Class (“The Amazing Basics”), we whipped up this Spinach Artichoke Dip to snack on while we prepared a fabulous whole food feast.
It started like this:
It was an intuitive, spontaneous creation, so there wasn’t a recipe for it in the Class Handouts. Turns out, though, it was one of the highlights of the day, and requests for the recipe having been coming in since, so I wanted to share it here with you.
It’s an easy recipe if you use artichokes from a jar, as we did that day. Of course, that is a real cheat, a high offense to Ayurvedic principles that insist on “fresh, fresh, fresh!” So the next time I made it with an artichokes from a friend’s garden.
If you want to make this from a garden fresh artichoke, Mark Bittman shows you how to prepare it raw. Once prepped, let your hearts sit for an hour in a marinade of equal parts lemon juice and raw apple cider vinegar, 1 clove garlic minced, and a dash of pink salt.
Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
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1 c. Cashews, soaked (4 hours)
1 c. Marinated Artichoke Hearts
2-3 T Marinade
1 handful blanched Spinach
1-2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Lemon, juiced
1 t Gluten-free Tamari
1 t Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Red Pepper Flakes or Cayenne Powder, to Taste
Options: Fresh Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Himalayan Salt, fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Cook your spinach for 1 minute, then quickly put it into a bowl of ice water.
Drain the cashews, rinse well, and mix together with the garlic, artichokes and marinade in your blender. Squeeze the spinach dry, and add it to the mixture with the lemon and tamari. Blend until it is a creamy consistency. Drizzle in the EVOO, and blend for 2-3 seconds.
Spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with red pepper. Serve with carrots, broccoli, spring onion, red, or orange pepper slices, and gluten-free crackers. Your heart, your liver, your kidneys, your friends, and your family will love you ~ because food, when it is natural, fresh, seasonal, and balanced with all six tastes, is always a love story!
A big thank you to all our Chefs for creating a sumptuous meal that day. Your commitment to food’s loving nourishment is epic!