Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Recipes We Love: Artichoke Puree

Inspired From the 7Gen Blog by Robin

Artichokes were born in the Nile Valley and came to the U.S. in the 19th Century. Researchers say that the blossom of this thistle plant can be good for your heart, and offer a great source of fiber, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamin C.

Here's the quick, no-cook recipe for Artichoke Puree:

Ingredients:
1 14 oz jar of Cara Mia Artichoke hearts in water
2 teaspoons good olive oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Squeeze out extra water and put artichokes and other ingredients into a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
Serve as an appetizer or side dish.

We love this on crackers or a nice crusty bread.
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Artichoke & Avocado Stuffed Tortillas

California Artichokes are coming to the end of their season.  What a great season it was and we have really enjoyed cooking with them for the last few weeks. This great vegetarian stuffed tortilla recipe makes a quick delicious meal.

PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts, coarsely
chopped plus 2 Tbsp marinade
• 1 (15-oz) can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1/2 large, ripe California Avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
• 1 medium lime, quartered
• 1 medium garlic clove, minced
• 1/2 tsp ground cumin

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine artichoke hearts and black beans in medium bowl, add avocado and squeeze 1 lime wedge over it. Gently toss the black bean mixture with the marinade, garlic, cumin and half of the cilantro. Spoon equal amounts down the center of each tortilla. Roll slightly and place seam side down in a nonstick 13” x 9” baking pan. Combine enchilada sauce with olive oil and spoon mixture over the tortillas, being sure to cover tortillas completely and bake, uncovered, 20 minutes to heat thoroughly. If desired, top each tortilla with equal amounts of cheese and sour cream. Squeeze lime wedges over all and sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

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Recipe provided by the California Avocado Commission and Cara Mia Products
Friday, August 12, 2011

Summer Lentil Salad


Recipe provided by the California Avocado Commission and Cara Mia Products

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 25 MINUTES SERVES: 4
INGREDIENTS
• 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
• 1 cup Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts,
coarsely chopped plus 2 Tbsp marinade
• 1/2 large, ripe California Avocado, peeled, seeded and
chopped
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, or to taste
• 1 cup spring greens or baby spinach, coarsely chopped
• 1/2 cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
• 2 1/2 Tbsp STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 2 Tbsp STAR Balsamic Vinegar
• 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
• 3/4 tsp dried rosemary
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/8 tsp dried pepper flakes (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
Bring 2 cups water to boil in medium saucepan. Stir in lentils, reduce heat, cover, simmer 20 minutes or until just tender. Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, rosemary and salt in medium bowl. Fold in remaining ingredients, except spring greens. Drain lentils in colander and run under cold water to cool quickly. Shake off excess liquid and stir into the artichoke mixture. Fold in spring greens until slightly wilted. Serve as is or in Boston Bibb lettuce cups or on whole romaine lettuce leaves.
TIP: For even faster preparation, use one cup of pre-cooked lentils.
Friday, August 5, 2011

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Avocado

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Recipe provided by the California Avocado Commission

PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 25 MINUTES SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS
• 3 Tbsp STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 2 Tbsp loosely packed fresh dill
• 1/2 lb orecchiette or small pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
• 1 large, ripe California Avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into
1/2” cubes
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
• 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
• 1/2 medium hot house cucumber, cut lengthwise in quarters
and sliced
• 1 (6.5-oz) jar Cara Mia Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained and
cut in half

INSTRUCTIONS
Place olive oil, lemon juice and salt in a food processor or blender;
blend until creamy. Add dill and pulse just until incorporated.
Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Add remaining ingredients and
toss to combine.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Calories 300; Total Fat 19 g (Sat 2.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2 g, Mono 13 g);
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Cara Mia brand was started by an artichoke grower co-op in 1955, in the “artichoke capital” of the world, Castroville, CA. The co-op opened as a freezer operator with the intent of providing consumers another means to enjoy the edible thistle all year around. The venture proved so successful that a marinating line was added in 1958. Soon sales of the marinated produce far surpassed the frozen line as consumers enjoyed the proprietary marinade that dressed the tender leaves. The Borges Group acquired Cara Mia and its proprietary spice mix/marinade recipe in 2001. Today Cara Mia is the #1 selling brand of marinated artichokes. Look for them, and the other Cara Mia marinated vegetable items, in the Produce Dept.
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