I love artichokes but I hate preparing them from scratch. It's a lot of work for only a little nibble. So for a while I was really into jarred artichoke hearts in oil. But I just didn't need a piece of produce in all that fat when I like them just as well plain! When I met the crew of Monterey Farms Artichoke Hearts at Expo East in Baltimore this year I was hooked. They provide fresh, preservative free artichoke hearts that are ready to eat. And they are delicious with the best texture I've had. Zero mush factor. 

 

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ArtiHearts come in several flavors including garlic and lemon, herbal, grilled and buffalo. You can eat them warm or cold: in salads, with pasta, on a cheese plate and definitely as a vegetarian alternative in a meat dish thanks to their texture. There are so many applications for a good artichoke heart.  Artichokes are naturally high in fiber and iron and they're also a good source of vitamins A and C. Bottom line, they're great for you when they're not packed in oil! 

Check them out for your holiday entertaining. And obviously, serve them on small plastic swords.

 

Disclosure: I was sent artichoke hearts in the mail. And they were delicious. I was not asked to write about these or compensated in any way for spreading the word! 

 

Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.