Artichokes are one of my favorite foods. They are fun to eat and great for you. In her book Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon says the following about artichokes:
Research indicates that the artichoke can benefit the intestinal tract and the heart; it has been shown to reduce blood clotting time and to neutralize certain toxic substances. Studies in Japan and Switzerland show that artichokes can lower blood cholesterol. In fact, a constituent of artichoke called cynarin has been formulated into a cholesterol-lowering drug.
Last year my husband surprised me with an Instant Pot and it has been my favorite kitchen tool ever since. A pressure cooker that you can also use as a slow cooker, yogurt maker, and rice cooker that you can sauté in. It has been so much fun to use. Dinners have gone faster, meat is more tender and now I can make perfect artichokes in 15 minutes!
Instant Pot Artichokes
2 Large Artichokes
1 Cup Water
Prep your artichokes: Trim stem, pull off leaves at the base of the stem, cut off the top of the artichokes and trim the tips of the remaining leaves. Rub the lemon half all over the edges of the cut leaves and the outer leaves. Pour one cup of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the steamer rack inside the pot. Arrange the artichokes stem side down. Close lid and set to sealing. Select Manual and set time to 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, release steam and carefully remove artichokes. Optional: Place on a medium high grill for 3 minutes for some flavor country! Serve with some homemade mayo and enjoy!