Artichoke Dip - Seed-Free
400g jarred artichoke hearts
1 small clove garlic
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 t lemon zest
2 T red onions, minced
1/2 t ground cumin
salt to taste
1 T chopped parsley - for garnish
Drain the artichoke hearts from the liquid and get out as much of the residual water as possible. Place into food processor.
Add garlic clove, cumin, salt and lemon juice to food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor.
Turn the food processor on and slowly stream in olive oil.
To serve, scoop dip into a small bowl and top with chopped parsley, minced red onion, lemon zest and drizzle with olive oil.
Serve with raw vegetable sticks or beet chips for dipping. Alternatively served on top of top of grilled chicken.
Benefits of Artichokes
Good for creating good bowel motions. Increase faecal mass and/or stool frequency due to the type of fibres: oligofructose and inulin, both are prebiotic. Prebiotics work on the non digestible component of fibre, which beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of colonic bacteria, thereby improving the health of the host.
Traditional medicinal use: Digestive liver insufficiency, dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, gall stones, cholecystitis, gall bladder dysfunction, hypercholesterolaemia, elevated triglycerides, nausea, flatulent colic, constipation, flatulence, anorexia, abdominal bloating, gout, chronic skin conditions, food allergies/sensitivities, liver damage