Artichokes & Lemon Tahini Dipping Sauce
This post may not be for the faint of heart.
Eating an artichoke is a lot of work. Truly. That being said, it is also super tasty and delicious!
A few weeks ago, whole artichokes started popping up at the Farmer’s Markets near us in Los Angeles. They were gigantic and kept catching my eye as I passed the stands. The problem was that I had never actually cooked an artichoke before and had no idea where to start.
Trying something new is super exciting to me. I love to pick up produce that I don’t know anything about, find a way to prepare it, and give it a whirl. Often times the farmer can tell you how to prepare a vegetable, though they may not give you a recipe, per se (though, there have been times that I have received a recipe card with my produce purchase! I think that’s awesome!) But if your farmer can’t give you a specific recipe, an internet search can easily pull up hundreds of recipes very quickly!
Artichokes are a good source of sodium, which helps to keep your body in an acid-alkaline balance. So let’s pause here for a moment and talk about the importance of keeping your body more alkaline than acidic.
The more acidic foods you eat (think: dairy, fried foods, coffee, alcohol) the more acidic your body becomes. Acidity in the body creates inflammation, creating disease. It’s really, really important to get in a lot of alkaline vegetables into your diet on a daily basis (think: all greens, beets, carrots, and all non-starchy vegetables) to help balance out this acidity. Eating alkaline foods can help to reduce inflammation in the body just making everything feel better all around. An alkaline diet can help clear up any problems with digestion and detoxifying the body, especially. You don’t need to eat all alkaline foods, but you should aim for more than half of your diet to contain these types of foods. If you want a cheat sheet on foods that are Acidic vs. Alkaline, please check out this post.
It can also be super beneficial to your body to start the day with a glass of warm water with lemon in order to alkalinize your body before consuming anything else (since most of us start our day with a cup of coffee!) While lemon sounds like it would be an acidic food, once it enters your body, it becomes alkaline and helps to balance, detoxify, and re-hydrate after a night of sleep.
Let’s get back to artichokes….
While they are a lot of work to eat, they really are super delicious. And nothing beats an artichoke straight out of the oven! Since I am not an expert on how to cook them by any means, I will direct you to this awesome video on how to best prepare them. She gives the option for steaming or roasting. I did the roasting option and it came out perfectly! I can’t recommend this enough!
Next time you pass an artichoke at the Farmer’s Market, don’t pass it by. Pick one up and give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised! And if you need a dipping sauce for the artichoke, why don’t you give this one a try. Let me know how it goes!
Lemon Tahini Dipping Sauce
Makes about 1/4 cup
3 TBSP Tahini
Juice of ½ lemon
1 small clove garlic (or more if you prefer!)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 TBSP water, to thin
Add all items to a food processor and blend, stopping to scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl a couple of times. Enjoy as a dip for artichokes or add more water to thin and use as a salad dressing!