Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Awesome Artichokes

I don't know about you, but I love artichokes.  I put artichoke hearts in salads, I make a "stuffed" artichoke heart casserole, I will admit I like the full calorie stuffed artichokes and every now and then I love an old favorite...boiled artichoke.

It doesn't sounds fancy because it is not.  You take your artichokes and rinse them, then you trim the stem and pull off any tiny leaves from the bottom.

You take a serrated knife and carefully cut off the tops, which removes the thorns from most of the leaves and then you take kitchen scissors and clip all the remaining leaves so they are also thorn free.

You then place the artichokes in boiling water with some lemon slices and cook them for 30 - 40 minutes until they are tender. 

When they are done, remove them from water with tongs (hold them upside down over the pot to let most of the water drain from them) and then place them on paper towel on a plate to let them finish draining.  I serve them with some melted smart balance light margarine (2 tablespoons per artichoke) and enjoy.  That's two weight watchers points + for the artichoke with the margarine.

Delicious!  I ate two last night...poor hubby only got one.  That brought my point total to 5 points + for the extra margarine.  Worth it.  Do you also love artichokes?  What is your favorite way to eat them?

I hope you have an amazing day!

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