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Artichokes Know Your Fruits and Veggies

Steamed Artichokes 8Artichokes are a member of the thistle family. Looking at one makes it seem coated in armor. When you eat an artichoke you are eating the bud of the plant. If left to grow it would bloom and look just like a thistle.
Artichokes are usually eaten in layers. Steam the artichoke (we have a tutorial for it listed below). Pull off leaves layer by layer. I was shown to dip the leaf in olive oil and vinegar then drag the fleshy party across my teeth. It can be fun to eat as a group or private dining. Top prize is the soft heart at the bottom.
Artichokes are high in B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber and minerals.

Here are some great recipes to get you cooking from Daily Dish Magazine.

Eating Healthy- Artichokes
Artichoke Hearts Pasta Salad
Artichoke and Cheese Dip
How To Steam Artichokes
Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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