If the only way you ever eat artichokes is in creamy, melty dips, you’re missing out. These oddly designed vegetables belong in your regular recipe arsenal. They are far more versatile than you might think.
Best of all, they’re good for you! One large artichoke contains almost 9 grams of fiber, which is almost one-third of the recommended daily intake. Artichokes are also a great source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Plus, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they contain more antioxidants than many other vegetables.
These antioxidants, known as phytonutrients, are credited with many of the vegetable’s potential benefits, and can aid in digestive health, liver health, regulating blood pressure, and improving bone health.
How can you make them part of your regular diet? We’ve got some ideas.
We all love traditional hummus, with chickpeas and tahini. But add some pureed artichokes to the mix and the appetizer favorite is taken up a notch or two. This recipe from Feed Me Phoebe creates a tangy dip that may become your new favorite for parties or game time snacking.
A tapenade is a Mediterranean style dip or spread, typically made with olives. This tapenade from David Lebovitz, famed chef and author, is anchored with the flavors of artichoke. It’s a fairly no-fuss recipe, with no “cooking” required. All you need is a food processor to combine the ingredients. Serve with crusty bread and a glass of wine.
Roasted Artichokes with Lemon & Garlic
Many of the best dishes are simple, and many of the best-tasting artichokes recipes are prepared simply, roasted with just a few added flavors. This recipe from Iowa Girl Eats is no exception, and allows the delicate flavors of the artichoke to shine through.
Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash
This recipe draws on the flavors of spinach artichoke dip, but puts it in a much more nutritious vehicle: the spaghetti squash. Coupled with cream cheese and parmesan, you’ll be clamoring for seconds.
Garlic Roasted Artichokes with Pesto Dipping Sauce
These delicious artichokes are roasted with a lemon butter sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. And if that isn’t decadent enough, they’re dipped in a pesto mayonnaise.
The only way you can improve upon a simple roasted artichoke is by stuffing it prior to roasting. This one from The Kitchn is stuffed with herbs and breadcrumbs. While this recipe requires some effort, it will no doubt be worth it when you pull these beautiful-looking artichokes out of the oven.
Baked Chicken with Spinach & Artichokes
We like this recipe because it combines artichokes with one of its best friends, spinach, but doesn’t have them swimming in cheese. It’s a one-pot dinner that is healthy, flavorful, and colorful.
Roasted Artichokes with Chorizo Dressing
This artichoke recipe from Foodie Crush uses baby artichokes, making it a good appetizer option. You can also turn them into a full meal by serving them with some traditional Mexican rice and beans.
Grandma Rosie’s Artichokes
Anytime someone’s grandmother is named in the recipe, you know you’ve got a good one. These artichokes are stuffed with an herb and breadcrumb mixture, and then braised. They come out of the oven moist and super tender.
If this recipe had another name, it would be: Artichoke 101. This recipe from Summer Tomato will teach you how to make a “perfect” steamed artichoke with just a few simple ingredients. The effort is minimal and the payoff is incredible.
Spinach & Artichoke Quesadilla Wraps
The great thing about these quesadillas is that they aren’t overloaded with cheese, meaning they can still be considered healthy. Instead, the recipe calls for fat-free sour cream and fat-free yogurt, so you get the creaminess of a quesadilla without all the added fat.