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I Heart Artichokes

Artichokes are go good, and very good for you, but thinking about preparing them can be rather daunting! Cutting back the outer layer, trimming the sharp leaves, scooping out the spiky insides once cooked. Buying them already made is pretty appealing.

Whether you order them in a restaurant made by a skilled chef, pick up a jar in water or soaked in infused oil, or are brave enough to buy them fresh at a local market and cook them yourself, here is a little information about artichokes.

Artichokes are high in fiber and are very low in calorie, averaging somewhere around 45 calories per globe.

Artichokes are great in dips, and many people like them in quiche or omelets. For vegans, they are delicious when fried and breaded, Roman-style, or when tossed with hearts of palm, avocado, and tomato in a light vinaigrette. If you want to stick to the basics, just trim them, steam them, and then dip the leaves and the tasty heart of the artichoke, in a Dijon-balsamic dressing: ¼ balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, and ¼ extra-virgin olive oil, all whisked together. You can add more or less mustard or oil to suit your taste buds.

Pop into your favorite store and pick up all of your ingredients today!

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