4 large artichokes
2 quarts of water
1 lemon, halved
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1/8 cup salt
1/2 cup Quinoa cooked according to package instructions. I like Earthly Choice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons assorted fresh chopped herbs (such as parsley, basil and oregano)
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and black pepper
Cut off the stem, trim the tips from the leaves and cut off the top quarter of the artichoke. In a large pot bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and add artichokes. Squeeze juice from the lemon halves into water, then add the bay leaves, garlic cloves and salt. Cover, reduce heat to simmering and cook until artichokes are tender, and base can be pierce with a knife, about 25 minutes. Drain artichokes. Placing the artichokes on their base, spread apart the outer leaves and carefully remove and discard the center section and fuzzy choke, leaving outer leaves intact.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine Quinoa, cheese, herbs and oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Carefully spread apart leaves of artichoke, leaving them attached. Pack Quinoa mixture into all available spaces. Place on a baking dish and bake 25 minutes or until golden.