7-Minute Artichokes

One of my daughter's favorite vegetable snacks is steamed artichokes.  Because they are such a great, healthy, allergy-free snack I try to make them for her on a regular basis, but steaming artichokes is a time-consuming task, especially at high altitude!  I recently found out that you can quickly prepare a steamed artichoke in the microwave, and it only takes 7 minutes.  That means along with the time it takes to trim them, you can be indulging in delicious steamed artichokes in less than 10 minutes! 

The process is simple.  You just wash off the artichoke, cut the top inch off, and then snip off all of the pointy tips.  Then put it in a microwave-safe dish (I used a covered Pyrex dish), along with a small amount of water.

Cover the dish and cook it on high for 7 minutes.

That's it!  Take it out of the microwave, let it cool off and start eating! (note: this next photo exposes my true lack of photography experience.  Don't you love how the background is clearly in focus while the foreground is blurry?  I'm sure you'll forgive me.)

My daughter like to dip her artichoke leaves in balsamic vinaigrette.  What's your favorite artichoke dip?
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  1. Hi Angie,
    I'm glad to have found my way to your blog (through Chowstalker). My son does not have allergies but is very picky (no fruit/veg), so I am acquainted with your challenges and your need to become a creative cook. I usually end up cooking twice. Anyway, thanks for posting this recipe. Artichokes are my favorite vegetable, and I have never tried making them in the microwave. What a great idea. Thanks! Hope you check out my blog too: eclectic-domestic (dot) com.

    1. Thanks for reaching out, Bouqui, and for your kind words. You're welcome! I will definitely check out your blog as well!

  2. We were just talking about better ways to cook artichokes and this looks super easy.

    I don't have a bowl with a glass cover, therefore, what do you suggest? Placing a glass plate on top? I'm assuming a paper towel won't help.

    1. Well, you need to find a way to capture the steam. I would use either plastic wrap or a plate. Good luck!