Steamed Artichokes with Spicy Citrus Dipping Sauce

steamed artichokes with spicy citrus dipping sauceWell, I think it’s finally safe to say that spring has sprung around here! The weather channel is consistently reporting temps in the 60s, meaning I’ve traded in my winter coat for a spring jacket AND I get to wear flats without freezing my feet off! More importantly, my favorite spring veggies are back in season, including fresh artichokes. I cook with artichokes year-round thanks to the magic of the freezer, but fresh artichokes are definitely a treat…especially¬†because they give me an excuse to whip up a deliciously creamy dip to go along with each leaf. The dip-to-artichoke ratio may be extremely skewed in my case…no judging please!

I added some lemon juice and white wine to the steaming liquid for the artichokes, because, really…what’s not better with wine? The dipping sauce is a combination of creamy, spicy, and citrusy thanks to the splash of hot sauce and plenty of lemon juice to balance out the mayo and greek yogurt.

steamed artichokes with spicy citrus dipping sauce
Steamed Artichokes with Spicy Citrus Dipping Sauce

Serves 2 people; Serving Size = 1/2 of recipe
170 calories|20g carbs|8g fat|6g protein|1g sugar|473g sodium
Artichoke Ingredients:
2 medium-sized fresh artichokes
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp white wine
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Pinch of rosemary

Spicy Citrus Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 Tbsp fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Dash of hot sauce (to taste)
Pinch of rosemary

Instructions:
Rinse the artichokes under cold running water and dry with paper towels.
Trim off the bottom stem and the tips of each leaf with kitchen shears to remove the sharp thorns. Remove outer layer of leaves near the base of each artichoke.
Place artichokes in a medium pot, adding water, wine, lemon juice, and rosemary.
Place lid on the pot and simmer over low heat for 30-35 minutes, until leaves are tender.
Remove artichokes from pot and let cool for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, combine dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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