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5 Ways You Should Be Using Artichokes in Your Cooking

Artichokes can be an intimidating vegetable to eat, here are some fun facts and recipe ideas to make adding artichokes to your diet easier!

A great activity to try with the whole family is going to the grocery store and picking up an unfamiliar vegetable that you don’t often cook or eat. One of those fun choices to try is artichokes. Artichokes are nutritious vegetables that are high in fiber, vitamin K, folate and a good source of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. Nutrients like folate are essential to the production of new body cells and may help to protect against heart disease. The fiber in artichokes works to help keep your body regulated and improve feelings of satiety.

This power packed vegetable is also fun to eat. Artichokes can be added to any meal of the day and here are some of our favorite ways to use artichokes in meal prep;

1. Artichoke tapenade on toast.

2. Garlic, tomato and fresh mozzarella pizza with artichoke hearts.

3. Baked artichoke, spinach, and goat cheese quiche.

4. Roasted artichoke and pine nut hummus.

5. Artichoke and basil pesto on fresh spinach noodles.

Here is the easiest way to prepare artichokes at home to eat or include in other recipes. When purchasing artichokes be sure to look for artichokes that are heavier while avoiding those that are dull in color and dried out. You can also purchase artichoke hearts canned to add to your meals.

Roasted Whole Artichokes

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice
  • 5 crushed garlic cloves or 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 whole fresh artichokes
  • Salt
  • Olive oil or melted Earth Balance

Directions:

- Preheat oven to 425 degrees

- Cut off the stem of your artichoke and place stem down and wrap the bottom with foil

- Slightly open the artichoke and place half the crushed garlic in between the leaves of each artichoke, then moderately drizzle olive oil on the artichokes and finish wrapping in foil.

- Place on a glass baking container and bake for 1hr and 15 minutes or until soft and lightly roasted.

- Enjoy!

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