An elegant member of the Aster family, artichokes are low in calories, a good source of vitamins and minerals, and replete with nutrients that ease digestion and lower cholesterol. Look for firm, heavy, medium-size artichokes. To test for freshness, squeeze the artichoke and listen for a squeaky sound. To prepare artichokes, follow these step-by-step instructions.
Here, artichokes are steamed then grilled, and paired with a zesty tomato compote.
The Swiss chard in this pasta dish is the perfect economical veggie: You can eat both the leaves and the stems.
The whole-wheat pasta in this recipe has almost twice the amount of fiber of traditional semolina pasta.