2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of Agave nectar
1 1/2 full cup of dark raisins
4 fresh tomatoes diced (in the winter used canned diced tomatoes that have been drained)
3 cups of water that you have stirred 2 tablespoons of “No chicken chicken base” into
Two tablespoons of mixed herbs (freezed dried chives, dried minced onions, dill, chervil
2 extra large globe artichokes
3 cups of cubed butternut squash
Fresh shredded 3 cheese blend (Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina)
2 cans of cannellini beans
Fresh sage leaves for garnish
Place the artichokes in the bowl of a slow cooker and add tomatoes, raisins and the broth into which you have stirred the garlic ,cinnamon and herbs and 1 tablespoon of the cheese blend.
Drizzle the agave nectar over the artichokes and then the olive oil, cover and cook on slow low heat for 8 hours, adding the beans after the 6th hour.
Periodically open the slow cooker and baste the artichokes with the sauce that is being created.
Steam the butternut squash until tender and set aside.
In individual bowls, place 1 cup of cooked squash and ladle the bean, tomato and raisin mixture over the top. Garnish with the cheese and fresh sage.
The artichokes can then be sliced in half and eaten separately with your favorite dipping sauce. Mine consists of 1 cup of mayonnaise (or veganaise) with 2 tablespoons of good vinegar and lots of chopped fresh tarragon!