Steamed artichokes are an amazing, versatile appetizer. They can be served warm or cold, with a variety of dipping sauces.
Artichokes are low in calories and high in fiber and antioxidants. Among the most powerful phytonutrients in artichokes are cynarin and silymarin, which may have strong positive effects on the liver.
Steamed Artichoke with Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip
1 large artichoke
2 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, pressed and halved
1/4 cup white wine
3 Tbsp+ 3 Tbsp lemon juice
Using a heavy stainless steel knife, cut off the stem of the artichoke close to the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke and dip in 3 Tbsp lemon juice to preserve the green color.
Bring remaining ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and place artichoke, bottom side up, into liquid. Cover and cook for 15-18 minutes, until you can insert a knife into the bottom of the artichoke easily. Remove and serve or chill prior to serving.
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1 whole roasted red pepper (from a jar), blotted of oil
3 Tbsp reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
In a small food processor, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Nutrition Info per 1/4 artichoke and 1/4 cup dip: 75 calories, 4 g fat, 6 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber