Chickpea Artichoke Sandwich Spread and more Smoothie Goodness

I just had some ingredients and threw them together and this yummyness came about!

Here's what I used

1 can of chickpeas drained not rinsed
1 small jar of marinated artichoke hearts, just the artichokes and a small drizzle of the liquid
about a tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tbl spoon of mayo or veganaise
tsp of dried thyme
dash of red pepper flake
dash of paprika
1 tsp of garlic powder
dash of onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Pulse in a food processor to a chunky consistency.

Add more seasonings if you like

You could put this on anything, I had some flour tortillas so that's what I used.  I topped it with 2 chopped grape tomatoes and some leftover salad that had olives, onions, and spinach, and more.

It would be good with some parm cheese on some crusty bread with crunchy veggies or whatever you like.  It's creamy and delish! And yeah the baby like it too, so double score!
Hope you try, let me know if you do!

So, more smoothie goodies

I kept thinking I needed a juicer, but I really don't.  I can "juice" in my blender.  Sure it's a little pulpy, and you can stain it if you want, but I don't mind the pulp.

So, I've been whipping up some yummy veggie/fruit smoothies for the babe and I.

She loves them, and I don't really give her juice otherwise so she gets pretty excited.  She now comes running when i start up the blender.

here are a few recipes I like, but really the possibilities are endless.  I usually do 2 to 1 for fruit to veggie ratio.

Green Smoothie:

Half a peeled cucumber
small handful of kale
small small handful of cilantro with stems
1 stalk of celery
1/2 peeled lemon
2 kiwi
1 or so frozen banana
a chunk of pineapple
1 a peeled orange
enough water to get the consistency you want

Hey vegetarians need some B12 in your life?  Try this tangy gem..

Lemony yogurt smoothy

half container of vanilla coconut yogurt
half peeled lemon
1 apple
1 frozen banana
enough water or coconut milk for the consistency you like
I do some form of this next one the most..only because I have most of this on hand most of the time.  Oh and i buy a ton of bananas and freeze when ripe cause I use them as the base of almost every smoothie.  And icecream

Orange Twist

1 or 2 peeled carrots
1/2 cucumber
1/2 peeled lemon
1 frozen banana
1 apple
chunk of pineapple
enough water to blend

So, don't think you cant make veggie fruit smoothie just cause you don't have a juicer.  So, look up some recipes and experiment!!

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