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Artichoke hearts with baby broad beans cooked in Olive Oil – with love from Antalya â¤ï¸

April 1, 2015



Today’s recipe is a classic Mediterranean dish made exquisitely by my mother. It is extremely healthy and just as delicious. It uses the meaty artichoke hearts, onions, baby broad beans and Extra Virgin olive oil.

Artichokes are one of the oldest medicinal plants dating back to 4th Century BC. Artichokes are not actually a vegetable, infact they are an unusual variety of thistle! They are consumed not only for their delicate flavour but also because they protect against various forms of cancer, increase the strength of the immune system, lower cholesterol, and protect against diseases such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

In Antalya the ‘artichoke hearts’ are cut and cleaned at the local markets ready to cook. In the UK you can buy them precooked in jars, lucky you if you can find them fresh! The jarred variety can be used just as well in this recipe. Here is a picture showing the ‘heart’ I found online at


Now the science bit is over lets get cooking! 


– 1 bag of frozen baby broad beans

– 500gr jar of artichoke hearts 

– 1 large onion (diced)

– 2 tablespoons Olive oil

– 3 teaspooons brown sugar

– Sea salt 

– Freshly squeezed lemon juice

– Handful of fresh chopped dill


– In a large saucepan cook the chopped onions in the olive oil, add the sugar and mix on a medium heat until caramelised.

-Wash and drain the cooked artichokes and add to the caramelised onions. Add half a glass of warm water to the pan and leave to cook on a low heat. Add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice, this will prevent the artichokes from discolouring.

– In a seperate pan boil the frozen broad beans in water until very tender. Drain and add to the artichoke and onion mix. Add a little sea salt to taste.

– Mix well and add another half a glass of water. Cover the lid and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables are tender.

– Leave to cool. Place in a glass lidded dish, and place in the fridge. Serve cold as a salad. When serving sprinkle on some fresh chopped dill. Serve with fresh crusty bread, so you can dip into the gorgeous juices.

Its so delicious! Afiyet olsun! xxx


From → Food, Staying healthy

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