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Make-Ahead Recipe #1: Purple Puree


Makes about 1 cup of puree

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  • 3 cups raw baby spinach leaves*
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no syrup or sugar added)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • note: I prefer raw baby spinach to frozen spinach for this recipe (more mild flavor); if you must use frozen spinach, only use 1 cup of it.


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Step 1

> Thoroughly wash the spinach, even if the package says “prewashed.” If using frozen blueberries, quickly rinse them under cold water to thaw a little, and then drain.

> Fill the bowl of your food processor with the spinach, blueberries, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of water; puree on high until as smooth as possible. Stop occasionally to push the contents to the bottom. If necessary, use another tablespoon of water to smooth-out the puree.

> This recipe makes about 1 cup of puree; double it if you want to store another cup. It will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days, or you can freeze 1⁄4-cup portions in sealed plastic bags or small plastic containers.

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