Artichokes: A Spring Superfood!
Did you know that artichokes are high in antioxidants, have only 25 calories, no fat, 170mg of potassium, are a good source of folate, vitamin C, magnesium & dietary fiber? That’s why we can’t resist giving you a delicious way to enjoy them this weekend!
Artichokes are so naturally delicious that it’s best not to complicate things when preparing these nutritious thistles. This artichoke recipe uses a very simple roasting technique to concentrate the flavors. The artichokes made using this recipe can be eaten hot, warm, or chilled.
• 4 whole large artichokes
• 2 lemons, halved
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled, left whole
• 4 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp salt
Using a serrated knife, cut off the stem of the artichoke where it meets the base. Turn the artichoke around and cut off 1-inch of the top. Quickly rub each artichoke with a cut lemon so they don’t discolor. Tear off 4 large square
pieces of heavy-duty foil. Rub a few drops of olive oil on the foil and place an artichoke stem side down. Stick a clove of garlic into the center and push down an inch or so. Sprinkle over 1/4 tsp of salt. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over
the top. Finish by squeezing the half lemon over the top. The lemon juice will “wash” the salt and olive down in between the leaves. Gather up the corners of the foil and press together on top to tightly seal the artichoke (like a
chocolate kiss). You can wrap in a second piece of foil if you don’t think you have a tight enough seal. Repeat with the other artichokes. Place in a roasting pan and bake at 425 degrees F. for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let rest for 20
minutes before unwrapping and serving. Can be eaten hot, warm, or chilled.
Also, try dipping leaves in a mixture of low fat yogurt, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder & lemon instead of mayo or butter