All ‘Choked Up

by Rachel on March 15, 2010

One thing I love about getting my weekly boxes from Door to Door Organics is that it’s helping me try new foods. This week: the artichoke!

Most of my experience with artichokes thus far is the “‘n spinach dip” kind.  Oh and on the well-known pizza at Artichoke, the amazing NYC pizzeria that was just a couple blocks from my old apartment. I had never cooked or eaten a raw artichoke before. I had looked at them longingly in the store; they are one of the cooler-looking plants, I have to say.

But I didn’t know what in God’s name to do with them. Do they open like a Venus fly trap or what?

But that’s why I love the Internet! After a Google search took me to a video, I learned how easy they are to make. You remove any thorny leaves, cut off the top inch, and boil or steam. I was in a hurry (hanger = hurry) so I went with steaming.

During the 15 minutes it was steaming, I cut up some grilled chicken left over from dinner last night and made my new grain love quinoa in the microwave, and then stirred in a couple tablespoons of reduced-fat feta.

artichoke

Everything says to serve artichokes with butter or mayo; I did melted Smart Balance Light, which is my current buttery spread of choice.

This made for a seriously easy lunch and a great way to get in a lot of green vegetable. While I don’t know that I liked the taste enough to replace broccoli, I am so glad I tried it — and I’m perfectly aware that taste could have a lot to do with my haphazard/hangry cooking skills this afternoon, so I’ll definitely give it another try.

And this entire artichoke took up half my plate and only has 60 calories. Mmm….gotta love plants!

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1 Laura Georgina March 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

So excited that your fresh artichokinity (you got me using that word now!) has been blasted. They are so tasty and it’s so much fun to eat stuff like a five year old because there’s no other option. I used to get them in my veg delivery all the time, and ate them dipped in extra-virgin olive oil with the tiniest bit of garlic, or dipped into a strong mustardy vinaigrette–because I obviously don’t mind stink-breath.
.-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..Normalcy, Birthdays, and Pollo Tropical =-.

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2 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

i’ve never had artichokes served the traditional way…yours looks so pretty! i think i’d like broccoli more too, but it’s always fun to try new things :)

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3 PaganAngel March 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

It always strikes me as crazy that everyone didn’t grow up eating artichokes–I battled them as a kid, growing up in the “Artichoke Capital of the World” (Castroville, CA). As an adult I’ve made peace with them, and even miss them here in Argentina, where a jar of hearts cost $10. Try adding some lemon juice to the butter/mix! Although the mustard vinegarette also sounds yummy and like something new. (We always ate them (AND broccoli) with mayo in my family.)
.-= PaganAngel´s last blog ..“Grilled” Summer Vegetable Salad =-.

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