Have a Healthy Summer with our Easy Gourmet Recipes for your Barbecue

Ever find that on barbecue day you tend to forget the vegetables? Or the all important relishes, dips and dressings? If so, prepare to leave that forgetful streak behind, because our gourmet diet delivery gurus have put their heads together and come up with some easy gourmet recipes and tips to make barbecuing healthy, and not all about the meat.

Gourmet Barbecue: Asparagus


Barbecued Asparagus with Mint & Lemon Oil
(Serves 4)
With a short British season, asparagus is not to be missed at this time of year. It is at its best just after it has been picked and is a rich source of folic acid, fibre, potassium and anti-oxidants. With the lovely spring weather we’ve being having, this easy and healthy barbecue recipe is the perfect excuse to have a few friends round for lunch – and it only takes 5 minutes.

Ingredients

2 bundles of British asparagus
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped 
50g parmesan shavings


Method:


  1. Cut the white, woody ends off the asparagus and place on a baking tray and toss with half the olive oil. Season with some sea salt. 
  2. Grill the asparagus over the barbecue for about 2 minutes on either side.
  3. Using the remaining oil add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and chopped mint and stir well.
  4. Place the asparagus on a serving plate, drizzle over the lemon & mint oil and top with the parmesan shavings and some cracked black pepper. Yum!
Gourmet Barbecue: Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto‚
(Serves 4)
Basil is originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia, and its oil has potent antioxidant, anti-cancer, antiviral and anti-microbial properties – perfect for a healthy barbecue. This is a really light and summery pesto from our gourmet diet delivery chefs that can accompany potato salads, barbecued chicken, beef fillet and of course pasta.

Ingredients

40g fresh basil leaves‚
20g raw pine kernels‚
20ml extra virgin olive oil
30g parmesan, grated
A few whole basil leaves for garnish

Method:

  1. Add the basil leaves, pine kernels and olive oil into a food processor, and whiz until smooth. If you like your pesto slightly runnier/thicker add more olive oil/basil and pine kernels to suit.
  2. Add the grated parmesan and whiz further until fully incorporated.
  3. Serve with whatever you fancy and garnish the dish with a few whole basil leaves.
Gourmet Barbecue: Beetroot


Beetroot Hummus‚
(Serves 4)
Beetroot is a great mood boosting vegetable, helping to you keep calm, relaxed and upbeat. It’s low in fat and bursting with antioxidants, folic acid, fibre, potassium, magnesium… the list goes on. This hummus is so bright and colourful it’s bound to get the table talking, and is great with raw vegetables as a healthy barbecue starter or served with beef fillet.

Ingredients
110g chickpeas, canned‚
230g beetroot, cooked‚
60g tahini‚
clove garlic, crushed
3g ground cumin
A squeeze of lemon juice

Method:
Blend altogether adding some of the reserved chickpea liquid to get the consistency you want. Serve with raw vegetables.

Did you add to any of our gourmet diet delivery barbecue recipes to make them extra special? Want advice if any of our easy gourmet recipes flopped for some reason? We’d love to know how you got on. Feel free to leave us a comment below, or tweet us @Pure_Package.

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