Artichoke Nirvana

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READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Pellerin

SIMPLE, delicious,fulfilling, and (for me) an entire meal for around 100 TOTAL calories! My go-to NO SIN indulgence when that bag of chips and dip are calling.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 large fresh globe artichoke
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick's Montreal Brand steak seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper (or 2 tsp lemon juice + pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons bernsteins light fantastic cheese fantastico low-cal Italian dressing (13 kcal per Tbs!)

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add onion, garlic powder, steak seasoning, celery salt, lemon pepper, salt, and pepper.
  3. Rinse artichoke and cut tough part of stem off. Using a serrated knife, cut the top 1/3 of the artichoke off, and discard. If necessary, use scissors to trim any remaining excessively sharp points off of remaining leaves.
  4. Drop artichoke into boiling seasoned water, stem end down, but making sure all cut ends have been exposed to the lemony water, so they don't oxidize and turn brown.
  5. Cover pot and simmer until a sharp knife inserted into the center of the stem comes out gently and the stem is tender (30-45 minutes, depending on size of the artichoke). Remove artichoke from water using tongs, and drain, upside down. Cool for 5 minutes, until cool enough to handle.
  6. While choke is cooling, pour low-fat Italian dressing into a small container, cover, and microwave for ~30 seconds, until warm.
  7. Using a sharp spoon or melon-baller, scoop the hair-like choke and undeveloped inner leaves out of the center of the artichoke; scraping until the meaty heart is exposed.
  8. Peel off leaves, dipping into warm dressing, and scraping the meaty part of the leaves against your teeth. The remaining heart and tender stem are worth the effort and wait!

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