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Artichokes? Spring must be here!

16 Mar


Artichokes: Cooked or Raw?

OK, we tried artichokes raw… but well, for the boys it’s just not the same.  So, I lightly steam the artichokes for an hour (first cut off stems, chop of an inch from the top and cut off the sharp tops off the leaves) and the boys enjoy it with their sauce of raw cow’s butter (place container with butter in hot water to melt), add some lemon and a few pinches of sea salt.  My son can eat 3 artichokes at a time.

When I eat raw uncooked artichokes, I find that I prefer the heart to the leaves  (yes, you can eat them raw as you would a cooked one) and eat them by marinating slices in the lemon vinaigrette (below).  Whether I have them raw or succumb to a cooked one, I enjoy my artichokes with a very simple lemon vinaigrette:

1 tsp sea salt, or less to taste

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tbspns extra-virgin olive oil

One large artichoke contains only 25 calories, no fat, 5% of daily potassium requirement, 8% manganese, 8% chromium,10% vitamin C,  10%  folate, 10% magnesium and12%  dietary fiber.