Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Grilled Artichokes

Summer is here and many of us are returning to our favorite backyard grill! Now the grill is not just for meat but also a great way to cook or finish off some of our favorite veggies. One of my favs, the grilled artichoke!

Artichokes are low in fat and calories, yet high in vitamins and minerals. One medium sized artichoke contains 72 mg magnesium, 425 mg of potassium, 6 ½ g fiber, folate, carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin; yet only weigh in at around 60 calories. These spiky veggies are great for liver detoxification with their high source of silymarin, provide relief from ingestion, and the extract has even been used to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides.

Often times these healthy and light treats are destroyed with heavy butter, mayo, and overcooking!

Try this:

  • 2 medium artichokes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • crushed black pepper
  1. In a large pot, fill with 3/4 filter water.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Boil cleaned artichokes for 15-20 minutes, until al dente (almost done but not quite).
  3. Remove from water. Strain.  Cut artichokes in half. 
  4. Remove spikes with a melon baller or small knife.
  5. Place artichoke halves in a gallon size zip loc with olive oil, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, and crushed black pepper.  Seal. Move artichokes around to season evenly.  Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Place artichokes on the grill on medium high 5-10 minutes per side.
  7. Let cool and enjoy.

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