Makes 1-2 Servings
- Fresh Artichoke – 1
- Lemon – 1
- Yellow Onion – ¼
- Garlic Cloves – 6 whole
- Emerald Cove: Dried Kombu Seaweed – 1 piece
- 4th & Heart: (Himalayan Pink Salt) Ghee Butter – 2 tbsp
- Primal Kitchen: Spicy Brown Mustard – 1 tbsp
- Follow Your Heart: (Soy-Free) Vegenaise – ½ cup
- Miyoko’s: (Plain) OR (Savory Scallion) Cream Cheese – ½ cup
- Goat Cheese – ½ cup
- Red Chili Flakes – ¼ tsp
- Himalayan Pink Salt – 1 tsp
- Ground Black Pepper – ¼ tsp
- Thyme – ½ tbsp
- Parsley – ½ tbsp
- Garlic Powder – ½ tsp
- Clean & trim the artichoke stem.
- Bring a large pot of water to a slow boil on medium-high heat (fill water to cover the artichoke over halfway)
- Add 1 piece of kombu into the pot of water.
- Cut 2 slices of lemon & place them in the pot of water (strain the rest of the lemon’s juice into the same pot)
- Add ¼ tsp of pepper to the pot
- Add 1 tsp of Himalayan pink salt to the pot
- Add the artichoke to the pot of water & boil on medium-high heat for 20 minutes, on one side
- In a small-medium size bowl, add:
- ½ cup of (soy-free) vegenaise
- ½ cup of (plain) cream cheese
- 1 tbsp of spicy brown mustard
- 1 tbsp (Himalayan pink salt) ghee butter
- ½ cup of goat cheese
- ¼ tsp of red chili flakes
- ½ tbsp of thyme
- ½ tbsp of parsley
- Mix all ingredients with an immersion blender until creamy
- Flip & boil the artichoke on the other side for 15 minutes (the artichoke is cooked when you can puncture the stem with a fork & it smoothly glides through)
- Slice 2 thin-medium slices of yellow onion & chop into smaller, square pieces
- Mince 6 cloves of garlic
- In a separate, small-medium size pan, melt ½ tbsp of ghee butter
- Once butter is melted, add & saute the chopped onions on medium heat until golden/caramelized brown.
- Add ½ tsp of garlic powder to the onions & continue to stir until the onions reach their desired color.
- Once cooked, combine onions into the bowl mixture & stir
- When 3 minutes of cooking time remains for the artichoke, add the 6 cloves of minced garlic to the pot & continue to boil on medium-high heat.
- Using tongs, pick the artichoke up & allow the water to drain from inside, then place it on a plate.
- Scoop the dip into small bowls & serve immediately!
Dip, dunk, & enjoy!
Benefits & Substitutions:
Cashew Cream Cheese
Cashew Cream Cheese is an excellent choice for anyone who is lactose intolerant; it contains healthy probiotics, which are associated with improved digestive health. Cashew cream cheese is also very low in saturated fat.
I used Miyoko’s: (Plain) OR (Savory Scallion) Cream Cheese for this recipe. This cream cheese has a base of water, nuts, & a few other yummy ingredients & is also lactose, soy, & gluten-free! If you decide to use a dairy version of cream cheese, double-check the ingredient label for pasteurized or goat’s milk. Whichever you use, a good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Kombu is very high in iodine, a critical component of thyroid hormones & also crucial in brain development. It is also known for reducing blood cholesterol & hypertension.
I used Emerald Cove: Pacific Kombu for this recipe from Thrive Market; with just one ingredient: Sundried Pacific Kombu! Although there are many places you may find other brands, you should always double-check the ingredient label! A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Himalayan Pink Salt – Ghee Butter
Himalayan pink salt is believed to be the healthiest of all types of salt & is one of the purest salts available. It is full of elements, some of which are minerals valuable to your body’s functions, including manganese, phosphorus, potassium, & iron.
Ghee butter is grass-fed & pasture-raised. Ghee, also known as clarified butter, allows for better digestion, weight loss, a decrease in inflammation, & the regulation of blood sugar.
For this recipe, I use 4th & Heart: Himalayan Pink Salt Ghee Butter from Thrive Market. Thrive Market has a variety of healthy alternatives. I order a bulk of seasonings, dressings, snacks, & other healthy options; they also have a membership that helps save money on each item by providing them at discounted prices! The best part? It’s delivered right to your door! If you decide to use a different butter, I recommend looking for a clarified or dairy-free version. A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
There are a few different mayonnaises that I jump around to, but for this recipe, I used Follow Your Heart: Veganaise because it’s dairy & soy-free! Another alternative is Primal Kitchen: Avocado-Mayo, which is also dairy, gluten & soy-free! I’ve learned to listen to my body on days I feel like I need to eliminate dairy or gluten & switch between different ‘mayos‘! However, if you use another “mayo” of your choosing, please read the ingredients: Again, a good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Spicy Brown Mustard
For this recipe, I use Primal Kitchen: Organic Spicy Brown Mustard which has only five ingredients! This sauce is an excellent option for a variety of uses, including air-fried chicken tenders, fries, or as a combination with other ingredients to create your favorite dishes! However, if you choose another product, please make sure you check the ingredient label! A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Artichoke stimulates the flow of bile from the liver, helping to relieve symptoms of heartburn & alcohol hangover. Artichoke also helps to lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol & increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
The pulp, rind, & juice in lemons are rich in vitamins that stimulate immunity & reduce disease risk. Lemons also contain high dietary fiber levels, decreasing risk factors for heart disease by lowering LDL or bad cholesterol.
Red Pepper Flakes
Red Pepper Flakes give relief from digestive issues, pain, & inflammation. Antioxidants such as vitamin C & carotenoids found in crushed red pepper can also help lower blood sugar levels.
Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K, a nutrient that supports bone & heart health. Additionally, parsley is packed with vitamin C, a nutrient that improves heart health & is vital to your immune system.
Garlic can enhance the production of serotonin, a brain chemical responsible for signal transmission & mood regulation. Raw garlic also contains allicin, which is believed to have antibacterial & anti-fungal properties.
Goat Cheese fights inflammation & contributes to a healthy gut. It also has lower allergenic properties than cow’s milk & is much lower in sodium.
Get creative & have fun with this recipe! Figure out what you enjoy & what works best for your body! Listen & observe how your body feels before, during, & after a meal – this will help bring awareness to what you consume & the effects different foods have on your body.
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