Seals and Crofts had it right when they sang, “Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom. July is dressed up and playing her tune…”
Only thing is, they forgot to sing about firing up the grill and letting the tangy, savory scent of BBQ pasture-raised skewers waft by the deck. That’s summer!
Dr. Gundry’s got his own summer recipe that’s going to blow your mind. They’re perfect Plant Paradox BBQ Skewers — and oh man, are they delicious.
What Makes These Barbecue Beauties So Good (and good for you)?
Three words: Cumin. Artichoke. Broccoli.
Let’s start with…
Cumin comes from an herbaceous plant found in the Middle East, India, China, and quite a few Mediterranean countries. And the cumin seed has been used the world over for centuries, for culinary and medicinal purposes.
Cumin has also been widely used in traditional medicine to help treat a variety of health issues, like:
- Fatty build-up and fat deposits in the wrong places
- Issues caused by the uncontrolled division of dangerous, abnormal cells
- Insufficient insulin production and high blood sugar levels1
Cumin is just plain helpful, mostly because it’s chock full of healing polyphenols. Also, it’s one of the best-tasting spices! It’s savory and buttery and a bit peppery. Once you start cooking with cumin, you’ll want to use it with every meal.
Artichokes hail from the Mediterranean and regions with similar weather. They’re beautiful and should be a vibrant, healthy green. If the petals are still closed, you know the artichoke is fresh and tender.
Now, artichokes contain a slew of polyphenols and have a number of beneficial properties.
So they might be able to help with things like:
- Liver function
- Digestive discomfort
- Bowel issues
- Healthier cholesterol levels
- Heart health issues2
But, beyond all that, they’re amazingly flavorful! When you grill the heart of the artichoke, you get a smoky perfection that enhances your dish in the most beautiful way.
Now, some people have a hard time getting excited about this cruciferous superhero, but broccoli adds the perfect amount of crunch to these skewers. And, it’s so good for you. Check it out…
Broccoli is chock full of dietary minerals. For example, broccoli is bursting with:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Furthermore, if you add more plant foods — like broccoli — to your diet, you could potentially:
- Promote healthier skin
- Decrease your risk of obesity
- Improve your blood sugar levels
- Reduce your risk of heart health issues
- Support stronger hair
- Help increase your energy levels4
Now, why wouldn’t you want to stick broccoli on these skewers if it can help do all that?!
So, let’s get started.
Dr. Gundry’s Perfect Plant Paradox BBQ Skewers
What You’ll Need:
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup minced chives
- 2 cups pasture-raised meat of your choice (optional)*
- 1 cup portobello mushroom chunks
- 1 cup artichoke hearts
- 1 cup sweet onions, cut into chunks
- 1 cup broccoli florets
*If you’re skipping the meat, go ahead and double up on the veggies
What to Do:
Before you begin, if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes up to 2 hours. If you’re using metal skewers, no need to worry about it.
- Combine your oil, molasses, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, cumin, sea salt, and chives in a large bowl.
- Next, add your meat and all of your veggies.
- Let it all marinate together for at least an hour, but you can also let it sit overnight to pack your skewers with maximum flavor. Stir occasionally over the course of the marination, so your flavors get evenly distributed.
- If you’re grilling, choose medium-high heat. If broiling, heat over medium-high heat.
- String your meat and veggies onto the skewers (more veggies than meat, please).
- Finally, grill for 10-15 minutes per side, until your vegetables are tender and the meat has been cooked to your liking.
Et voilà! You’ve got a summery, savory dinner that your friends and family will beg you to recreate throughout the rest of your summer nights.
Learn More Lectin-Free Recipes:
Dr. Gundry’s Lectin-Free Plantain Pancake Recipe (for banana lovers!)
Dr. Gundry’s Lectin-Free Muffin Recipe (it’s easy and good for your gut!)
Dr. Gundry’s Tangy Vegan Buffalo “Wings” (Plant Paradox Cookbook recipe)
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