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.
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!