Artichokes are nutrient dense and contain 16 essential nutrients. Yet, only 25 calories in a medium one! The picture is an artichoke in bloom.
In spring and winter, look for a soft green color and tightly packed leaves.
In the summer they tend to be flared and cone shaped. In fall and winter they may be darker or bronze, or have a white scorched appearance due to frost.
They provide magnesium, chromium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, iron, calcium, fiber, Vitamin C and folate.
They are low in calories and sodium, and have no fat and or cholesterol.
As part of a low-fat, high-fiber diet, they help reduce the risk of certain types of heart disease, cancers and birth defects.
They are rich in manganese, which enhances thyroid function. Manganese helps the thyroid gland convert inactive thyroxine into active triiodothyronine, which boosts your metabolism and your mood.
Folate rich foods help lower cancer. Folate produces thymine, a building block of DNA repair. A shortage in thymine destabilizes DNA, which pumps cells for cancer development.
Insulin helps reduce bloat and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
The compounds cynarin and luteolin stimulate bile production which inhibits the formation of artery clogging cholesterol. This helps reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol.
In a medium bowl, stir together:
- 1 can (14 oz) of artichokes, drained and chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Makes 8 servings
Hold artichoke hearts under water. Pull the leaves apart. Tuck bits of stuffing between the leaves. Place in a saucepan and drizzle with 1 tablespoon salad oil. Add water 1 inch deep, 1 sliced peeled garlic clove, 2 teaspoons salt. Cook until the leaves fall apart easily.
Mix together 1 1/2 cups of soft bread crumbs 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 3 tablespoons minced parsley and 1/4 cup hot bouillion.
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