Artichoke and Cashew Aioli
Updated: May 6, 2019
One of my favorite vegetables is the artichoke. When they are available sometimes I eat one every night! And then I discovered this cashew aioli from the Medical Medium and now it’s even better.
Artichokes are a bit scary looking, and I know people get intimidated by the way they look, but they are actually very easy to prepare, and so worth the effort of learning how to do it. It's really very easy, see the video below.
Anthony William, otherwise known as the Medical Medium, says in his book Life-Changing Foods that artichokes are "one of the most abundant sources of nutrition, filled with phytochemicals such as lutein and isothiocyanates; vitamins such as A, E and K; amino acids; and enzymes. They are B12 enhancing stars, wonderful for bringing balance to the gut". I love it when one of my favorite things is actually good for me.
How I Cook an Artichoke
Trim the stem and about 1 inch off of the top of the artichoke leaves. Steam/boil with the juice of one lemon for 45 min. Serve with the aioli below, or seasoned olive oil for dipping.
Blend 1 cup of cashews with the juice of 2 lemons, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cup of water (or more if you wanted a more liquid consistency).
Spiritual Lesson of the Artichoke
(from Life-Changing Foods)
"Artichokes teach us that while connection doesn't always come easily- sometimes it takes work to peel back the spikes- it is worth the work to get to the tender, true and loving centers of ourselves and each other."