Wish Upon A Dish: Artichokes and a Memory of the Little Rascals

April 5, 2012

Artichokes and a Memory of the Little Rascals

Best way to celebrate Spring is with artichokes. Whether you simply steam them and serve with Hollandaise sauce or stuff and bake them, any way you eat them is a win-win nutrition bonus.

The Artichoke is a low-calorie, nutrient-rich vegetable. According to the USDA, one medium Artichoke is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C, and a good source of folate and magnesium.

Artichokes also are a natural source of antioxidants.
Non-starchy vegetables, such as Artichokes, are vital to your diabetes meal plan. Pat yourself on the back if you eat them — they contain important nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plus, they contain few calories and carbohydrates. The American Diabetes Association recommends you eat at least two to three servings of non-starchy vegetables every day.

Count 1/2 cup cooked Artichokes or 1/2 of a medium Artichoke as one non-starchy vegetable exchange (serving).

If you need inspiration to include artichokes in your diet, these dishes will certainly provide a place to start.

This Spinach Artichoke Lasagna dish sends that favorite dip in a new direction. This will become a traditional Easter Brunch dish at your house.

Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells adds some protein to an easy preparation of stuffed shells.

Hearts of Gold and Fritters were two terrific appetizers I brought to last years Easter table. A little more work, but well worth it.

Don't buy those expensive small jars of marinated hearts when you can buy a warehouse sized jar of plain artichoke hearts and make your own for a fraction of the price. These Marinated Artichoke Hearts are easy to make and will stay in the refrigerator for weeks. I always have a large jar of these in my fridge.

Looking for a quick pasta and seafood dish, either shrimp or Scallops in Artichoke Sauce will hit the spot.

Shrimp Saganaki is a little different but no less tasty and healthy with Feta and Vegetables reminiscent of a Specialty Greek dish.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and Passover.

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