Easy Dinner Side: Artichokes with Vodka Sauce

I was home alone with no one else to cook for except myself, so I whipped up something in 5 minutes. I had some frozen artichokes in the freezer, a jar of Trader Joe’s vodka sauce, and some fat free ricotta. There is nothing wrong with fat free ricotta, by the way. It is actually a natural food. Many companies do not even add preservatives–they just use skim milk instead of whole milk!

Anyway,  I came up with this:

I put the frozen artichokes in a bowl, added a few spoonfuls of ricotta (and then a few more spoonfuls!), topped with a hefty serving of vodka sauce, sprinkled with tomato basil spices and herbs, and then microwaved the whole thing for a few minutes. When it was done I did add a little extra Parmesan cheese and some red pepper flakes for some kick.

It was delicious! A bunch of my favorite foods all in one bowl. The great thing is that the ricotta has a decent amount of protein. So, the only thing missing from this meal is a carbohydrate source. Make some whole wheat garlic bread, and that can be a complete meal.

Did you know: artichokes are loaded with antioxidants and are a great detoxifying veggie. Apparently, they are even good at helping you get over a hangover because they help the liver detoxify. Hah! As an added bonus, artichokes are high in fiber, thiamin, iron, and a good source of potassium and phosphorus.


  1. Sheila says

    This is a great idea! Glad you discovered this brilliant recipe and shared it. There are days when I want to have artichoke but feel lazy to cook a fancy dish with it. So, thank you very much for this 5-minute recipe.

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