I like a salty snack in the evening hours, while I read classic literature watch So You Think You Can Dance. Unfortunately, most salty snacks come with a few extra calories I don’t need, not to mention transfats, preservatives, and bleached flour. Enter the artichoke – which always seemed like a daunting treat to make. However, I have found that if I prepare this while I’m making our family dinner and pop it in the crockpot around 5pm, I have a perfect artichoke waiting for me when I ready to assume the recline position once the kids are asleep. And best yet: a large artichoke has approximately 80 calories!


1 large artichoke, tough leaves removed
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 diced shallot (or sub celery)
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp salt

Cut the stalk off the artichoke and place in the bottom of a small crockpot, topside up. Add other ingredients, then fill the crockpot with water to the top. Place lid on and set on high for 4-5 hours.