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Healthy cooking: lemon braised artichokes

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A delicious side dish that is also a super food. The artichoke is low in calories and fat, but is a rich source of dietary fiber. The green vegetable decreases bad cholesterols. The fresh artichoke is an excellent sour of folic acid, vitamin C & K as well as antioxidants; silymarin, caffeic acid and ferulic acid that protect the body from harmful free radicals.

Lemon Braised Artichokes

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 Tsp fresh rosemary, thyme, or dill

5 cloves garlic, smashed

Salt and pepper

3 artichokes

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium Dutch oven, combine the oil, lemon juice, onion, fresh herbs, garlic, ¼ cater, 1 Tsp salt, and 1/2 Tsp of pepper.

3. Trim the top and bottom of each artichoke. Using scissors snip the tip off each leaf. Cut the artichokes into quarters and scoop out the fuzzy chokes.

4. Toss the artichokes in the oil mixture. Cover, transfer to oven. Cook until tender or about 40 minutes. Divide among individual plates and spoon the cooking liquid over the top.

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