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Steamed Artichokes

An elegant member of the aster family, it's low in calories, a good source of vitamins and minerals, and replete with nutrients that ease digestion and lower cholesterol.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 globe artichokes (12 ounces each)
  • Zest of 1 organic lemon, in strips

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Remove discolored petals close to the artichoke's base. With a sharp knife, slice off the top so pale green center leaves show. Use kitchen shears to cut off tips of outer petals. Slice off the stem so the bottom is flat.

  2. Step 2

    Place steamer basket in a large pot; fill with water to reach just below basket. Place lemon peel and artichokes, stem end down, in basket. Cover and steam until base of artichoke is easily pierced with the tip of a knife, 25 to 35 minutes. Use a spoon to scoop out center cone; scrape out purple leaves and fuzz (choke). Serve with sauces.

Source
Body+Soul, April/May 2007