…with a globe artichoke and fresh garlic.That sounds like a good night to me! My very first post a couple of years ago was to highlight fresh artichokes and my recipe for steaming them. It has been a long time since, so I felt the chokes deserved a come back. Not to mention they are one of my favorite vegetables. These leafy spheres are just as healthy as they are delicious. They lend a hearty (pun intended) component to pasta dishes, salads, pizzas, dips, you name it! Though I add them to many meals, I truly love them steamed with fresh garlic and lemon. I eat them as a meal sometimes or as a side with pasta. They go perfectly with a Chardonnay, and my parm garlic butter mix for dipping. Perfection!
I am going to touch back on the recipe for these as Spring and Summer are the perfect times to buy fresh artichokes. You won’t want to miss out! We know they are are crave-worthy, but they do offer us some benefits aside from butter dippage…
The globe artichoke, Cynara scolymus, is a low calorie , low fat, vegetable packed with vitamins and body boosting benefits. Here is what our medium-size choke has to offer:
- Good source of fiber (6.5 g), protein (4g), and iron (1.55 mg)
- Good source of magnesium (72 mg), folate (61 µg), and potassium, which all benefit muscle function and heart health
- Globe artichokes are known for their support of liver health, because they contain an acid compound known as cynarin which is found within the leaves and promotes liver bile production, which in turn, breaks down fatty foods and has been said to lower cholesterol.
- Not only a boost for your liver, artichokes are a known antioxidant and possess 12 mg of Vitamin C and 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid, and 4,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid, which demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties.
- Last, but certainly not least, a medium choke has only 60 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.
Don’t mind if I do! And here’s how we did it…
The butter dip clenches it, and using the cooked garlic from the steaming pot, we add a subtle garlic element that perfectly compliments the lemon and parmesan. Tonight I had one solo, but other times I like to pair them with fresh bruschetta for a light, Italian meal.
Get to your local farmer’s market for some fresh globe artichokes. Then get these babies into a steaming pot, for a prelude to an amazing meal, or a dinner all its own! I hope you make these a regular appearance in your kitchen, as I do in mine! Buon Appetito!Pin It