Sharing Artichoke Love

Just one of several artichoke plants in our garden!

A peak in our garden tells me that artichoke season is almost upon us! (No, I am not the one with the green thumb in this family–that title goes to my honey.)

So my hubby just LOVES artichokes. As a matter of fact, so do I! And because he loves to grow his from the previous season’s seeds–and because artichokes are also pretty good at spreading their own seeds around, we have artichoke plants sprouting up all over the yard. And that means—artichoke party!

We find some recipes and invite a handful of our best friends to share the harvest with. Today I share some yummy recipes from the web I plan to use this month. Check them out to hold your own artichoke party–whether or not you grow them yourself!!

ARTICHOKE RECIPES TO TRY THIS SPRING!

Artichoke, Pea and Barley Salad from The Wimpy Vegetarian at Food52.com
Artichoke, Pea and Barley Salad from The Wimpy Vegetarian at Food52.com

This first one is from The Wimpy Vegetarian at Food52.com. I’m a sucker for just about anything with lemon juice, olive oil and fresh herbs. Throw in a healthy grain and a legume and I’m all over it!

Artichoke, Pea and Barley Salad from The Wimpy Vegetarian at Food52.com
Artichoke, Pea and Barley Salad from The Wimpy Vegetarian at Food52.com

Just the thought of making this for lunch today is making me hungry! Oh and did I mention it’s the United Nation’s International Year of Pulses? If you’ve taken the Pulse Pledge, this will help you fulfill your promise to eat pulses (that is legumes, lentils beans, etc.,) on a weekly basis!)

Next up, this one is for the garlic butter lovers in the house. Yep, that probably means you. I’ve gotta mention here that my favorite butter is Kerry Gold–it’s the only food from my ancestors that we keep stocked in the fridge, because well, there aren’t that many typical Irish foods…but I digress…

The next recipe comes from FoodieCrush.com.

Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Butter from FoodieCrush.com
Grilled Artichoke with Garlic Butter from FoodieCrush.com

The grill is my best friend come summertime and it’s the perfect way to give your chokes that smokey flavor that goes great with garlic butter. (But honestly, what doesn’t go good with garlic butter?) I do want to mention that as much as I love good Irish butter, I still use it discriminately because it’s still a saturated fat we shouldn’t have too much of, and it is 100% fat…just sayin’…this is a nutrition blog, after all!

Okay–so I’ve gotten you in the mood for artichokes, and all you can think of is that Spinach Artichoke Dip you can find at many a bistro, but that unfortunately has about a gazillion calories. My dietitian colleague Emily over at Zen and Spice has lightened up the recipe using lower fat cheese, mayo and sour cream. You really CAN have your dip and eat it too! (By the way, Zen and Spice is one of my favorite food and nutrition blogs out there, so please check it out!)

Lightened-up Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Zen and Spiced
Lightened-up Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Zen and Spice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, here are a few recipes for Stuffed Artichokes.

You may have seen them on restaurant menus but maybe not tried them yourself. Me neither, but Nick over at Macheesmo has inspired me to give it a whirl. As he says, make sure you plan for enough prep time for these. He promises that it’s worth it! Filled with breadcrumbs, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and a little white wine, this recipe sounds like a winner to me!

Stuffed Artichokes from Nick at Macheesmo.com
Stuffed Artichokes from Nick at Macheesmo.com

Here is another version, this one is vegan from the Wimpy Vegetarian. Stuffed with a Quinoa Tabbouleh (yum), you can eat it guilt-free!

Quinoa Tabbouleh from the WimpyVegetarian .com
Quinoa Tabbouleh from the WimpyVegetarian .com

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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