Foods by Color: Artichoke Recipes

Get ready for some delicious artichoke recipes! From pastas, to pizzas to sandwiches you are sure to find an artichoke recipe you will love!

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A few weekends ago I was at the farmer’s market picking out some artichokes when I overheard a conversation that went something like this: “wow, those artichokes are beautiful, should we get some?” “No, they are so much work and not worth the effort.” While there is some truth to this last statement, artichokes can be a bit of work, I have to respectfully disagree that they are not worth the effort.  I didn’t butt in on their conversation but I validated my decision to buy my artichokes by reminding myself how amazing they taste and how packed full of nutrition they are.

A nutritionist, Johnny Bowden, has compared artichokes to the lobster of vegetable community, “You have to really work to get at the good parts.  The part that contains the meat is called the “heart,” even though it’s technically the bottom of the plant.  And it takes some digging to get there.  Is it worth it? Definitely.” I couldn’t agree more.

Health Benefits

Artichokes help to cleanse our livers, you’ll notice that artichoke extract is an ingredient in many liver health supplements because silymarin is a plant compound that helps protect and nourish the liver found in artichokes.  Artichoke leaves contain many chemical compounds that are credited with increasing liver bile to aid indigestion, treating high cholesterol and triglycerides, and preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol.  Artichokes contain magnesium, potassium, some folate, caratenoids lutein and zeaxathin and a good amount of fiber.

Selection and Storage

You can often find artichokes year round but their peak season is spring, from March to May.  When selecting an artichoke choose one that is deep green, feels heavy  for its size, with tight leaves.  The leaves should produce a squeaking sound when pressed against each other.

Cooking Tips

You can cook them in a pot:

Artichoke Recipes : How to cook Artichokes

From Illustrated Bites

Or

 you can cook them in a slow cooker using this tutorial from The Kitchn

Or

you can grill them following this tutorial from Cooking on the Weekends

Artichoke Recipes Round-Up

Artichoke Recipes : Artichoke Recipe Round Up

Artichoke Recipes : creamy spinach and artichoke macaroni and cheese with gouda

Next time you’re craving a gourmet mac and cheese recipe try this Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese with Gouda from Sarah Cucina Bella 

Artichoke Recipes : baked ziti with spinach artichokes and pesto

Pasta lovers rejoice, and try this Baked Ziti with Spinach, Artichokes and Pesto from Inspired Taste

Artichoke Recipes : stuffed purple italian artichokes

Stuffed Purple Italian Artichokes from Family Spice will be a hit for sure!

Artichoke Recipes : spinach and artichoke grilled cheese

Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese from Joy the Baker Is the ultimate grilled cheese.

Artichoke Recipes : spinach and artichoke flatbread pizza

Spinach and Artichoke Flatbread Pizza from I Wash You Dry for when you want a super flavorful flatbread!

Artichoke Recipes : tortellini soup with artichokes

Tortellini Soup with Artichokes from Foodie Crush makes a perfect weeknight meal.

Artichoke Recipes : baked artichokes

My mouth waters when I just look at these Baked Artichokes from Cherry Bomb Kitchen

Artichoke Recipes : potato artichoke and goat cheese gratin

Potato, Artichoke and Goat Cheese Gratin from Domestic Fits makes a perfect side dish for any gathering.

Artichoke Recipes : spinach mac and cheese

Adults and kids alike will love this Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese from Country Cleaver

Artichoke Recipes : hot kale artichoke dip with five cheeses

Break out the pita chips and enjoy with this Hot Kale and Artichoke Dip with Five Cheeses from The Cozy Apron. Artichoke dip is one of my favorite artichoke recipes.

Artichoke Recipes : artichokes with brie de meaux sauce

When you’re feeling fancy try these Artichokes with Brie de Meaux Sauce from Cooking in Sens

Artichoke Recipes : artichoke rosemary tart with polenta

For a creative weeknight meal try this Artichoke Rosemary Tart with Polenta from Food Wanderings

Artichoke Recipes : spinach and artichoke pizza

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza from Half Baked Harvest Is loaded with flavor!

Artichoke Recipes : chicken bacon and artichoke pasta with creamy garlic sauce

Chicken, Bacon and Artichoke Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce from Iowa Girl Eats is super satisfying and flavorful.

 

Eat more artichokes! After all, we are what we eat:

Artichoke Recipes : the best part is your heart

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  1. What a delicious collection of artichoke recipes! Thank you for linking to my tutorial on how to grill them. 🙂 And I love the bottom artichoke quote. Sweet.

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