Simply Healthy Family: Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Artichokes

10.9.15

Mediterranean Stuffed Grilled Artichokes



Artichokes may be the most under appreciated and misunderstood vegetable out there, aside from maybe beets, who knows what to do with beets I mean really? Even so, they happened to be one of the very first vegetables I turned to when learning how to cook in my early 20's. I guess I've always had a soft spot for the misunderstood and unappreciated.






“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Ripe Olives and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”










How many times have you walked past artichokes in the grocery store? Have you even noticed them at all? Somewhere between the arrogant broccoli and the snooty carrots lays the ever hopeful artichoke.


Artichokes are dear to my heart because they are somewhat sentimental for me. I was 20-nothing and a single mom at the time, trying to figure out how to eat healthy on a budget. Not so easy.  Luckily, my young son, then only 4 or 5 years old shared my eccentric tastes in food. He loved sushi, linguine and roasted artichokes for dinner. Back then we simply had them steamed and dipped the leaves in a chipotle mayonnaise but tastes evolve.


Dressing up an artichoke and turning them into a main attraction at the dinner table is simple when you add a few flavors and ingredients from the Mediterranean. California black olives, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and parsley transform the ordinary into, yeah, extraordinary. Quite simply.







The Mediterranean diet, which is additionally defined by high intake of fiber, moderate alcohol and meat intake, antioxidants, and polyphenols, does have favorable effects on heart disease, cancer risk, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and "is potentially associated with defense against neurodegenerative disease and preservation of cognitive function, reduced inflammation, and defense against asthma."












• Live longer, live better! Olives are an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and contain monounsaturated fat – the good fat!

• California black ripe olives are as good as they taste with vitamin E (.25 mg per serving), iron (.49 mg per serving), vitamin A (60 IU per serving), and fiber (.5 grams per serving). They are packaged at their peak to preserve nutrients for year-round enjoyment.

• A serving of olives contains 0 grams of trans fat and olives are naturally a cholesterol-free food!

• California Ripe Olives are one of the most versatile items in the pantry. They are loved for their unique flavor, texture and color, but also can be part of a healthy diet.











TIME        60 MINUTES             SERVES 3-4



You Will Need


3 large *artichokes

3/4 cup  California Black Ripe Olives

2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes in olive oil

3 tablespoons pine nuts

2 tablespoons olive oil divided

3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley

2 tablespoons lemon juice




Putting it All Together


Trim the artichokes by slicing off the stem and cutting of the tips of the leaves using kitchen scissors. Gently pull apart the leaves using your fingers.

{It's easier, but not necessary to steam the artichokes first, then roast them}
Pressure cooker method:

Place a trivet in the bottom of a 6 quart pressure cooker and add 4 cups water. Turn stove on to high. Place the trimmed artichokes on the trivet. Cover and bring to the first red ring. Turn heat to low and set timer to 10 minutes. Take off the burner and let the pressure come down.

Do the same using a stock pot except with no trivet and increase cooking time by 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine remaining ingredients; olives, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, parsley, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Carefully remove artichokes from pot and place in an oiled baking dish. Gently pull apart the leaves a bit and using a spoon, stuff the artichoke with the filling.

Put baking dish in preheated oven at 400F for 20 minutes until fragrant.


Serve hot as an appetizer or a side dish to grilled fish. 
























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55 comments:

  1. I adore mediterranean flavours. These grilled stuffed artichokes are simply stunning!

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  2. Admittedly I love artichokes but I think I've cooked them once. These look stunning and delicious - will give it a go.

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  3. Love these artichokes--and can't wait to see what you do with beets? ;) hee hee

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    1. I know!! Cross your fingers for me, I really want to love them! ;)

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  4. these look amazing! we enjoyed stuffed artichokes when I was little... probably why I love them so much now!

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  5. Artichokes are probably one of my very favorite vegetables...but I've never made them this good looking before!

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    1. Oh my goodness, crazy right?! I hardly ever make them and I love them! So silly ;)

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  6. Every thing about this recipe is calling my name. Thanks much for the health benefits of olives. I have green olives in my fridge that taste very much the same as the black ones. I could use them perfectly in the recipe. Love the Sun Dried tomatoes too.

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  7. This looks yummy!!! I think adding the stuffing might make all the work of eating them worth while!
    I hope you win. Good luck, and let us know how you do!!

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    1. I get it, it is a bit of work but we have fun sitting around the family dinner table talking and pulling apart the leaves and scooping up the yummy flavors in these! Well worth it indeed! oxox

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  8. As a Greek I love all the flavors you added to these artichokes!

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    1. Awwww, thank you Katerina! oxox

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  9. This looks good! I've never tried it but it would probably be pretty good!

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  10. I actually never had artichokes! I need to try them like this! yum :)

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    1. I hope you do! Lemme know! ;)

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  11. I love artichokes. I've never seen them prepared this way...looks so good!

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  12. This is a winner in my book! I love that you combined two loves (California black olives and artichokes) into one heavenly recipe.

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    1. Thank you Betsy!! oxox!

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  13. We love artichokes and my husband (who is an olive fanatic) has been grilling our with a tasty marinade, but wait till I show him THIS recipe! YUM!

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    1. SO excited!!! Let me know what you guys think!!

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  14. I love this! I love artichokes but always do them steamed or grilled. I've never tried stuffing them before though, these look amazing!

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  15. These look awesome! I'm always just dip mine in butter, which although tasty, it's butter...These are butterless and I dare say better looking!

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  16. We love artichokes here...my kids are thrilled when they see them on the menu! I've never tried stuffing them...this looks amazing!

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  17. I absolutely love artichokes, this sounds like a wonderful preparation with the olives and sun dried tomatoes!

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  18. Wow, this looks amazing! We love artichokes. I love a great spinach artichoke dip. I have to make this now!! pinning for later!

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  19. I never thought to stuff an artichoke before! This looks like a delicious dish!

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  20. Gwen,
    I've got almost 60 recipes for beets in my Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient and I still don't have a favorite way to eat them. I keep trying, though, because the farm share keeps giving them to me.
    Good luck in the contest!
    These artichokes look lovely--what part is grilled?

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    1. Oh dear! lol! Thank you Kirsten! ;)

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  21. I'm always happy to eat artichokes that have been prepared by someone else. At home I tend to use the canned or frozen hearts. Love the flavors you've used. :)

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  22. I've never met an artichoke that I didn't love. And I guess that's a good thing since I live where they are grown in CA. Your recipe with the Mediterranean flavors looks delicious!

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  23. I promised myself I'd start doing more with artichokes. this is a good start.

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  24. That looks delish, Gwen. Thanks for the recipe.

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  25. I have never thought of stuffing artichokes. Worth a try,I guess.

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  26. wow, they look so fresh and healthy!

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  27. So healthy and delicious! Love it!

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  28. I love artichokes and this looks like a really healthy recipe. Great combo!

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  29. I love, love, love, artichokes, but like most, I seem to pass them up in the produce aisle. I need to prepare these artichokes because your recipe looks so delicious!!

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  30. What a great idea! I need to make artichokes more and just never know how to jazz them up. Will definitely try this recipe!

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    1. I like them plain sometimes (well, dipped in garlic butter....) but jazzing them up is bomb!

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  31. I have been so intimidated to try artichoke hearts. Thank you for a beautiful recipe to get me out there buying one!

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  32. I have actually never bought artichokes before. This looks great!

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  33. I have never tried cooking artichokes, always felt intimidated, but I think I may warm up to the idea after this recipe.
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  34. It's been a while since I've had any artichokes. I might just have to get to that soon!

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  35. This looks like the perfect light dinner! I LOVE olives and always want new recipes to make them with- pinning now!

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  36. These are beautiful! I cannot wait to make them.

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  37. I love artichokes. These look so beautifully presented

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  38. I love artichokes! I love the touch of olives in this recipe! Looks so yummy!

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  39. I've been toying with adding artichokes into our planting rotation in the garden but have never really prepared them but this sound delicious.

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  40. Those have got to be the prettiest artichokes I've ever seen! Lovely dish !

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  41. These are the best looking artichokes I've ever seen! Pinning!

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  42. I am in love with this artichoke dish!

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  44. I am a great fan of the mediterranean diet! Thanks for sharing.
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  45. Mediterranean cuisine is definitely one of my favorites - there are just so many fresh flavors that are simply amazing!

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  46. Artichokes happen often in my house in the Spring. We all love them whole like this. Your filling is fantastic.

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