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HG's Sassy 'n Steamy Artichoke
HG's Sassy 'n Steamy Artichoke

Artichoke Smarts!
There's no reason to be intimidated by artichokes. They're super easy to make and REALLY fun to eat (like a little project!). Check out our Sassy 'n Steamy Artichoke. Make both sauces or just one... your call!

Ingredients:
1 large artichoke

For Creamy Salsa Dipping Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt (Fage Total 0% is the best)
1 1/2 tbsp. salsa

For Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. chopped garlic

Directions:
Cut stem off artichoke and remove small, tough leaves at the base. Slice an inch off the top of the artichoke and, if you like, trim the tips of the leaves with kitchen shears.

Place artichoke in a large microwave-safe bowl, base down, and add about 1/2 inch of water to the bowl. Cover and microwave for 6 - 8 minutes. Let stand for 1 - 2 minutes before uncovering. Leaves should detach easily from artichoke. Drain water and allow to cool slightly.

To make the creamy salsa, combine yogurt with salsa in a small bowl and mix well.

To make the lemon butter sauce, combine all ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 10 seconds, or until melted, and mix well.

Serve your steamed 'choke with dipping sauce(s). Here's the 1-2-3 on how to eat it:

1. Pull off a leaf and dip the base in sauce.

2. Place the base in your mouth, dip side up, and gently close your teeth around it.

3. Scrape it along your top teeth to consume the soft, delicious part (YUM!), and then discard the leaf.

Now repeat! And when all the leaves are gone, scoop out and discard the thistle-like choke, and enjoy the artichoke bottom (the BEST part)!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 artichoke with both sauces (entire recipe)
Calories: 163
Fat: 7.75g
Sodium: 444mg
Carbs: 19.5g
Fiber: 9g
Sugars: 1.5g
Protein: 7.5g

PointsPlus® value 4*

HG FYI! The steamed artichoke itself has 76 calories, <0.5g fat, and 8.5g fiber, the creamy salsa has 18 calories, 0g fat, and <0.5g fiber, and the lemon butter sauce has 69 calories, 7.5g fat, and 0g fiber.



The Cheesecake Factory Fire-Roasted Fresh Artichoke
The Cheesecake Factory Fire-Roasted Fresh Artichoke

Oil-Based Art
Honestly, there's no excuse for the current state of artichoke appetizers. A plain artichoke only has about 80 calories. Do we really need to add HUNDREDS of calories' worth of oil and fatty sauce in order to enjoy it? Survey says... NO! It's not like artichokes aren't delicious on their own. THEY ARE! And we have a SUPER-SIMPLE method of steaming the slightly intimidating veggie that anyone (yes, ANYONE!) can pull off. Plus, we've whipped up TWO fun dipping sauces that'll blow you away. So just say NO to all the crazy-fattening artichokes that try to weasel their way into your life with their glistening oily glazes and their sultry mayo-based sauces. FEH! Enjoy artichokes the way nature intended: all HG-ified and delicious and devoid of unnecessary fat. Mmmmmm!

Serving Size: 1 artichoke (entire appetizer, as served)
Calories: 1,028
Fat: n.a.
Saturated Fat: 13g
Sodium: 787mg
Carbs: 62g
Fiber: n.a.
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: n.a.





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