Roman Style Stuffed Artichokes

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $2.10
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1Lemon, juice and zest
1/2 cupBreadcrumbs
2 tbspWheat Germ (optional)
2 tbspParmesan or Pecorino Cheese, grated
1 tbspMint, finely chopped
1 tbspParsley, finely chopped
1 tbspOregano, dried
1 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut about half an inch off the top of the artichoke and remove a few of the outer leaves. Trim the stem with a paring knife so that it sits flat on your cutting board and place the artichoke in a bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice. 
  3. Separate the leaves slightly without removing them, making access to the choke (centre) much easier. Using a small spoon, carve into the centre of the artichoke and scoop out all the fuzzy bits.
  4. Add breadcrumbs, wheat germ, cheese, mint, oregano, lemon zest and about 1 tsp of olive oil to a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Press a couple tablespoons of the stuffing into every leaf and crevice of the artichoke. Place artichoke flat on its base in a baking dish or Dutch oven. Add the juice of half a lemon and 2 cups of water to the dish, for about 1 inch of liquid in the bottom. Drizzle the tops of the artichokes with olive oil. Cover the dish with a lid or with tightly-wrapped foil. Bake for about 35 minutes. Remove lid and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Eat artichoke by plucking off a leaf dipping it in the aioli,and scraping the meat off the leaves using your top and bottom teeth. Discard the remains. Dip the artichoke leaves in some lemon garlic aioli for extra flavour.


  • ​Would you like to recharge with healthier snacks or add more vegetables to your diet? Artichokes are an antioxidant-rich option. They rank #7 on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) top 20 list of high antioxidant foods.
  • Artichokes are also a good source of the B vitamin folate, fibre and vitamin C. Folate may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, fibre may help prevent colon cancer, and vitamin C helps promote a healthy immune system.
  • Parsley is more than a garnish – it is packed with antioxidants and other healthy compounds. It contains an oil called myristicin that has been shown in animal studies to prevent tumours from forming, particularly in the lungs.
  • Wheat germ is the centre part of the wheat kernel and contains most of the plant’s nutrients and essential fats. Wheat germ is one of the best food sources of vitamin E, an antioxidant which promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.