Artichoke hearts are a common ingredient in many recipes, but they can be expensive and difficult to find. This article will tell you about 9 of the best artichoke heart substitutes that you can use instead. If you’re cooking something with artichokes in it, try one of these substitutions!
Artichoke hearts, in particular, are a great choice because they can be eaten raw or cooked. Some people like to use canned artichokes for the convenience of being able to pull them out and eat them at any time.
You can either steam, grill, roast, fry or braise them raw depending on your taste preference but if you don’t have artichoke at hand use cardoon (the base is tough so it needs to be boiled first), Jerusalem Artichoke (add garlic and rosemary before frying in hot oil) Brussel sprouts (steamed for five minutes then add brown sugar before roasting).
But if you’re looking for something more flavorful, check out these 9 substitutes that will leave your taste buds satisfied!
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Health Benefits of Artichoke hearts
Artichoke hearts are a great, low-calorie food to include in your diet. They contain vitamin C and iron which help boost your immune system.
Artichokes also have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other joint disorders.
Artichokes are a very popular food for their nutrient density and high fiber content. They have been shown to be effective at reducing blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels as well as aiding in digestion.
Artichoke hearts are easy to incorporate into your diet by adding them into salads or as a side dish for dinner!
Artichoke Hearts Substitute
The artichoke is a vegetable that can be used in various ways, so it has many substitutes depending on the dish. Let’s explore some of these different types of substitutes for you to try!
1. Chayote (Cooked)
Chayote is not only edible but can also be used to replace other vegetables like zucchini, artichoke, and eggplant when cooked since it has a similar texture.
It’s low calorie content makes it great for dieters looking for substitutes that are lower in fat and calories than some of their favorite dishes.
Chayote is also full of health benefits including vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, calcium, and fiber which make it a good option for people who want to eat healthier without sacrificing taste or flavor.
2. Jerusalem Artichoke
The Jerusalem artichoke, previously thought to be a type of edible thistle and sometimes called sunchokes by those who are not aware that it is actually a sunflower.
It has been discovered as an almost identical substitute for regular artichokes when cooked. Slightly nuttier in taste with the same texture, yet sweeter and delicious due to its freshness; you’ll fall head over heels in love with this new ingredient!
3. Kohlrabi (Cooked)
The Cardone is a vegetable that looks like celery and tastes similar to an artichoke heart, but it’s harvested from the cardoon plant. It cannot be used in sauces or gravies because of its inconsistent texture when cooked, so it can primarily serve as a topping for dishes where you’d use other vegetables instead- such as soups or salads.
5. Bamboo Shoots
Bamboo shoots are a delicious and nutritious substitute for artichokes. They taste similar to artichoke hearts, but they have fewer calories and are much easier to prepare.
Bamboo shoots can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of different ways. After reading this blog post you will be able to choose the best bamboo shoot recipe for your next meal.
Asparagus is a healthy vegetable that can be substituted for artichoke hearts in many recipes.
Why did I decide to use asparagus in place of artichoke hearts? It’s because I wanted to create a dish that would be vegan and gluten free.
Asparagus is naturally gluten-free, so it was an easy choice for me. I am not accustomed to cooking with asparagus, but the process was surprisingly simple.
All it took was some olive oil on a skillet with a little salt and pepper sprinkled over the top before baking the spears until they were crisp-tender.
7. Brussel Sprouts
I love Brussel sprouts and I love artichokes. Turns out, they are not that different! With a few simple substitutions, you can make Brussel sprouts into faux artichoke hearts for your next meal.
Brussel sprouts are typically seen as an undesirable side dish during the holidays, but I’m not going to teach you how to turn this holiday staple into an artichoke heart substitute yet.
Brussel sprouts are a great source of Vitamin C and Iron for your diet, so it’s important that we enjoy them!
8. Heart Of The Palm
The Heart of the Palm is a vegetable that looks like an artichoke heart. In fact, it can be used just like one in recipes for salads and pasta dishes.
9. Broccoli Stems
Broccoli stems are a healthy, inexpensive and versatile vegetable that can be used in many ways. One of the most interesting is as an artichoke heart substitute for pasta dishes or appetizers. Stems have a similar texture to hearts and can be boiled like them too!
They’re also great roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.
Broccoli stems are not only a delicious substitute but they’re also packed with vitamins C & K essential for bone health, iron to keep you energized all day long and fiber to help manage your cholesterol levels!
If you’re looking for an artichoke substitute, there are a few options that might work well in your recipes. Have you tried any of these?
Artichokes are such a delicious treat for the taste buds. However, not everyone has access to them or wants to bother preparing them when they can eat something else that tastes just as good and is much easier!
Let us know which ones and how they turned out!
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips for storing fresh artichokes at home
The first step in storing fresh artichoke is by washing them thoroughly with cold water and cutting off the stem end of the leaves so they don’t decay at their base. After you have washed your artichoke thoroughly, place it upside down on paper towels until it has drained out most of its moisture from being wet all day long. You can then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 10 days!
What are artichoke hearts, and why do we eat them?
Artichokes are a vegetable with a unique outer leaf that is edible. The heart of the artichoke is what we eat, and it’s typically dipped in a dressing or eaten raw. There are many different ways to cook artichokes, including boiling, steaming, and frying. Artichokes have many health benefits such as being high in fiber and vitamins A and C.
Why is it hard to find artichoke hearts in stores these days?
Artichokes are in season from February to June and can be purchased fresh or frozen year-round. The hearts are usually found canned or jarred and may also come with other parts of the artichoke such as leaves and stems.
The reason why it’s hard to find them at stores these days is that they’re not in season during most of the year. This means that you will have to get them canned or jarred if you want any type of artichoke heart during this time frame which might make grocery shopping more difficult for some people who don’t want to buy pre-prepared food from their local grocery store.