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?