focus on: artichokes

picture by MatthewA
Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables.  I love artichoke dip, steamed artichokes, marinated artichokes, artichokes in salads…… 
 
What makes them such a great veggie? 
  •  provides lots of antioxidants
  •  excellent source of fiber
  •  high in magnesium (which helps control blood pressure)
  •  filled with folate (prevents birth defects)
  •  good source of Vitamin C

Balsamic Artichoke Salad

  • 1 can of artichokes, quartered
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small green zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 
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    Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the vegetables, mix and let marinate 4-6 hours before serving. 

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