Give a boost to your digestive system with this simple recipe for artichoke vinaigrette.

Artichoke is simple and delicious as well as having many health benefits! It stimulates the gallbladder and liver, it is antioxidant, facilitates the removal of urine and regulates the bowels.

Does this vegetable-flower with prickly spikes intimidate you? Here's an easy way to prepare and cook it:

• Cut a part of the stem, then remove the bottom leaves that tend to be harsh.
• Using a sharp knife, cut the top third of the artichoke. Using scissors, cut the tips of other leaves that could be prickly.
• Make sure to rub with half a lemon the sides that were cut, to prevent them from oxidizing.
• Use a pot large enough to hold your artichokes arranged side by side, with the stems at the bottom (standing). Fill with water halfway up to the artichokes.
• Put the cover on the pot and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the artichokes.
• To check for doneness, pierce the stem with a sharp knife. It should be able to enter without resistance. It may be necessary to add more water to the pot if cooking must continue.
• Remove and let cool the artichokes. They will be delicious with a dressing of your choice or Dijon mustard.

Here's an original artichoke dressing idea:

• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
• 1 tsp tahini
• 1 small garlic clove
• 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon of strong pepper paste (sambal olek)
• 1/2 cup olive oil

Place the first 6 ingredients together in a small mason jar, cover tightly and stir vigorously to mix well. Add the oil, cover and mixwell again.

Enjoy your meal!