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The Raw Italian Artichoke Toss by GreenChef Natalia

Posted By Natalia On July 19, 2012 @ 4:00 am In Full Recipe List,Recipes / Main Courses | 9 Comments

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When it comes to healthy living, I’m all or nothing. I love raw food, because it keeps me on track and feeling in control. Right before I even knew what this lifestyle was all about, I was a super junk food eating vegan. Like full on dinners of potato chips because, well, they tasted good and they were fairly natural, meat & dairy free. But healthy? Let’s get real. Overnight I decided raw was the way for me and haven’t looked back. Most importantly, I pushed through the transition and pumped my body full of as many greens as I could handle until I craved them as I once craved chips.

My lifestyle is rooted in pleasure—but not the kind of fleeting pleasure a bag of chips used to give me. This is a flow of pleasure. I love to go to the farmer’s market and hand pick every veggie, sniff the herbs and taste the ripe fruits. I adore creating in my kitchen. A little of this and a little of that = magic. As a life long foodie, you know I love to eat and indulge in all of the pleasures of gourmet raw food. But the most pleasure for me? I feel amazing. I don’t get sick, like ever. I’m completely blissed out. It’s deeply empowering.

Though in my own life I’m pretty hardcore, I’m always recommending balance to others. Like when someone tells me “well I tried to eat all raw but then I ate some brown rice” and I’m just like “oh, it’s all good, it’s about balance”. I fully mean that, but when it comes to me, I’m raw, all day, everyday. That’s just where I’m at right now and where I’ve been for close to 3 years. So, I was craving artichokes, like I used to enjoy, either steamed, sautéed, or marinated. If another raw foodie asked me about eating a cooked artichoke, I would say, “what’s the worst that’s going to happen if you eat a steamed artichoke? Seriously, nothing”. Though if you’re anything like me, this would probably lead to a cooked food binge of potato chips and pizza. Balance is a word I don’t really know how to embody yet. That’s just who I am. So, if I want an artichoke, I’m eating it raw. I didn’t even realize this was cool to do, but while searching for inspiration I found that it’s actually quite fancy to serve a shaved raw artichoke salad. Oh la la!

This recipe is a beautiful toss of Italian herbs and spices with salty olives and a sprinkle of hemp seed. Let me know what you think—and if you decide to steam the artichokes for a softer texture, I promise, it’s all good.

Serves about 4

For the Recipe

¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

½ teaspoon Himalayan salt

¼ teaspoon crushed chili pepper

¼ cup red onion, sliced into very thin strips on a mandoline

¼ cup chopped parsley, well packed

1/3 cup lemon juice

3 medium artichokes

2 tablespoons hemp seed, plus additional for garnishing

8 Sicilian olives, sliced

1. Begin by making a marinade, whisking together the olive oil, garlic, salt and chili pepper. Set aside.
2. Prepare the onion and parsley; set aside.
3. Juice the lemons and place remaining rinds in a large bowl of cold water.
4. Prepare the artichokes by removing and discarding all of the sharp outer leaves. Stop when you reach the pale inner leaves. Peel the stem with a vegetable peeler. Place the artichokes in the lemon water bath to prevent browning.
5. Removing one artichoke from the bath at a time, slice the tender parts, including the stem, very finely into thin strips. Remove the fuzzy choke and any sharp inner leaves and discard.
6. Place the sliced artichoke in a large bowl and immediately drench in the lemon juice to prevent browning.
7. Toss with the onion, parsley and the prepared marinade. Mix in the hemp seeds and olives. Top with additional hemp seeds and chili pepper to garnish when serving. Serve immediately and enjoy the pleasure.

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