Artichokes are, perhaps surprisingly, very high in antioxidants, and also contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Most readily available in the spring and early summer, artichokes are a great way to bring a touch of class to any dish. Check out these five healthy recipes for ideas!
1. Light Spinach and Artichoke Dip
A party favorite, spinach and artichoke dip tends to be a little excessive in the fat and calories department. This variation, however, is created to provide maximum flavor without that heavy feel.
Greek yogurt and reduced fat cream cheese provide the creaminess (along with a touch of mozzarella and parmesan), while garlic and crushed red pepper add flavor. You can cook it in the oven or in a slow cooker, and serve it with pita chips or raw veggies. Find the full recipe here.
2. Pan Roasted Artichokes
Baby artichokes are extra tender, and require a little less prep than their adult brethren. Cook up some black quinoa, and while it’s simmering, add olive oil, pistachios, and thinly sliced shallots to a pan.
After the shallots begin to turn a nice golden color, add halved and cleaned baby artichokes. Toss in the quinoa, and presto, a side dish that seems super complex but actually takes no time at all! Check out the recipe here.
3. Artichoke and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken
This is another recipe that’s sure to impress. Combine Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, goat cheese, fresh basil, chopped artichoke hearts, and roasted red bell peppers to form the filling. Next, layer a spoonful of the filling on top of a thinly pounded chicken breast, and fold the chicken around it.
Using plastic wrap, roll up the chicken, making sure that there’s a good seal, and repeat with your remaining chicken breasts – or only make one! Boil the packages until the chicken is cooked through, and slice so you can see the filling. Serve over a bed of greens. To get the details on this recipe, check out this link.