Date Night


HG Hot Couple: Sassy 'n Steamy Artichoke with Salsa

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 89 calories, 0g fat, 449mg sodium, 20g carbs, 9.5g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 0*

5 minutes

10 minutes

  • 1 large artichoke
  • 3 tbsp. salsa


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

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

1. Pull off a leaf and dip the base in salsa.
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)!


HG FYI: Since this couple includes veggies with a PointsPlus® value of 0*, we didn't use the recipe method (which counts the carbs, protein, etc., from veggies) to calculate its value.


  1. * A version of this recipe can be found in the "Starters" chapter of Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories!

  2. Hungry for More? Look! It's another awesome artichoke appetizer -- HG's Ab-Fab Artichoke Crab Dip!


*The PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe, or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark and SmartPoints® trademark.