Next Sunday a small town near Siena, where I live, will celebrate artichokes with a big cooking festival. Of course I'm planning to go because I really love the taste of artichokes... So, in honour of this delicious, versatile (it can be cooked in such a variety of ways!) and “friendly” (it matches with so many other foods, from pasta to meats) vegetable, I'd like to share with you a healthy and easy-to-prepare italian recipe I found out on a website with nice tips on healthy mediterranean eating ( http://www.italiandiet.com ): rice with artichokes.
Here's the recipe:
Ingredients (for 4 people) 300 grams rice 3 artichokes 1 litre broth (you can use instant bouillon or prepare homemade broth with 1 litre of water, half a carrot, half an onion, half a celery stem, a handful of parsley and a clove of garlic) 2 tablespoons of olive oil salt 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Directions Remove outer leaves from fresh artichokes and chop off sharp edges, quarter artichokes and soak in water with lemon juice. Heat broth (instant bouillon will work fine, but if you prefer you can make broth yourself by mincing half a carrot, half an onion, half a celery stem, a handful of parsley and a clove of garlic and making them boil together in a litre of water with salt and a tablespoon of olive oil for half an hour). Chop a handful of parsley and put half of it into a sauce pan. Add two tablespoons of olive oil and drained artichokes. Mix and cook over low heat, adding a little broth. After about ten minutes, add rice. Let it brown slightly for a few minutes and then add hot broth every few minutes as needed. Stir occasionally until rice is cooked. Serve topped with parsley.
It's a really light recipe you can make every time you want: artichokes have only 22 calories per 100 grams! And they also offer a long list of benefits for our health: they are very high in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus, they have been used since ancient times for liver and gallbladder conditions and they are still known to positively help poor liver function (helping to lower the blood cholesterol), support the treatment of hepatitis, improve the appetite and digestion. So, try this recipe out and let me know what you think! And feel free to share your “artichokes recipes” if you have any! I'd love to hear your suggestion and tips! (if you like, have a look at my blog for many other tasty recipes: http://www.latenia.splinder.com