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Joyce's Artichoke Heart Stew with Phabulous Philly/ Rice with Toasted Orzo

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For artichoke heart stew
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Yellow onion 1 Large, chopped
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (to taste)
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1 Tablespoon
  Nutmeg powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  All spice 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground beef/Ground turkey 1 Pound
  Tomato paste 10 Ounce (1 can)
  Canned tomatoes 14 Ounce, diced (or 1 cup- diced fresh tomatoes)
  Frozen artichoke hearts 4 Cup (64 tbs), cut into 4, rinsed
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Philadelphia cream cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (or lebni, a Lebanese condensed yogurt)
For rice with toasted orzo
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Long grain white rice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Orzo pasta 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Water/Chicken broth 4 Cup (64 tbs)
For garnish
  Toasted pine nuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

1. ARTICHOKE HEART STEW: In large pot heat oil over high heat. Add onions and sauté until soft. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg & allspice.
2. Put the ground beef and using cooking spoon break it into small pieces. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until fully browned. Add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes, artichoke hearts and water.
3. Stir well to mix and bring to a boil on high heat. Cover the pot with lid, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
4. RICE WITH ORZO: Meanwhile in medium pot heat oil over medium heat. Add the orzo and toast it by constantly stirring till golden brown.
5. Immediately add rice and stir till the rice grains are all coated with oil. Add water, salt and pepper. Stir well to mix.
6. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Then reduce heat to low, cover with lid and let it simmer for around 25 minutes or until the rice is soft and water is fully absorbed. Using fork or chop stick fluff up the rice. Set aside.
7. After 45 minutes uncover the pot and mix the Philly cheese in the beef and artichoke stew until completely incorporated. Mix well and turn off the heat.

8. In a serving plate, put the rice. Spread the artichoke heart stew generously over it. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and serve hot.

To make the vegetarian version of this dish leave out ground beef from the stew and chicken broth from the rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 797 Calories from Fat 377

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 43 g65.5%

Saturated Fat 11.7 g58.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 64 mg21.3%

Sodium 1079.9 mg45%

Total Carbohydrates 84 g27.8%

Dietary Fiber 7.7 g30.7%

Sugars 7.8 g

Protein 25 g50.2%

Vitamin A 54.2% Vitamin C 34.9%

Calcium 9.1% Iron 30.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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