I am very well aware that summer does not necessarily translate to “yay, veggies!!” for everyone. It does for me though. Whether the vegetables are coming from my small garden, a friends’ garden or the farmer’s market, I love this time of year!
Artichokes in particular are a favorite of mine. I hold out for them until they’re in season and a good price. I’ve learned however, not everyone knows what to do with this green pokey thistle. Some people are so naïve as to think an artichoke is only good for it’s heart (gasp).
Ever since I was little, my mom cooked in patterns. She is a super organized purposeful woman who will do whatever she can to be a time-saver. Therefore, we ate our meals in patterns. My mom was on a 2 week recipe rotation and every 2 weeks, the meals started over. This simplified her grocery shopping, made cooking a breeze, and she knew we’d eat the food because she picked things we all liked. Steamed artichokes with what my mom called “tuna puffs” and sweet carrots was a meal I had every 2 weeks for I don’t know how long. I looooved it. To this day steamed artichokes with tuna patties are my absolute favorite home cooked meal.
Because of this, I like making this meal for my kids and whenever we have company. There is a problem though. Many people look at the large green pokey leaves on their plate in disgust. My guest often glance at me to see if this is some in of prank. As if I would go out of my way to steam a cacti just to make them freak out. I am that kinda girl, so I don’t blame them for that one. I am astonished at how few people seem to know the wonder that is the artichoke!
Setting The Record Straight
Artichokes are delicious. They are technically an edible thistle. If you were to eat a whole cooked artichoke, you would consume about 60 calories. Artichokes are high in potassium, magnesium and vitamin c. They also are a good source of fiber.
People who are in the “I love artichokes” camp usually enjoy dipping the leaves into a mayo-lemon sauce. I personally like mine with my paleo mayonnaise recipe and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice mixed in.
Try the mayo-lemon idea and go from there! You might even discover your new favorite summer veggie.