Gluten-free eating means avoiding foods that contain the protein gluten, which is found in many grains like wheat, barley and rye. Being gluten-free typically means avoiding breads, pastas, cereals and other products made with wheat. Luckily, there are other great grain alternatives such as rice, quinoa, corn and buckwheat, as well as gluten-free versions of your favourite breads and pastas. Eating gluten-free has some major health benefits. It can reduce bloating, improve digestion, balance hormones, reduce chronic inflammation and even improve energy levels. It’s important to remember to eat a balanced diet even without gluten, as it’s essential for good health. If you do choose to go gluten-free, be sure to follow a well-rounded diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and plenty of healthy fats.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
•1/3 cup olive oil
•2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
•3 cloves garlic, minced
•1 teaspoon sea salt
•1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
•1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
•1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
•1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
•2 zucchini, sliced into thick rounds
•2 red bell peppers, cut into 2-inch pieces
•2 red onions, cut into wedges
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the parsley, cilantro, and mint and mix to combine.
2. Place the shrimp, zucchini, bell peppers, and red onions in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the vegetables and shrimp and toss to coat. Place the ingredients on 8–10 metal skewers.
3. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Place the skewers on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred and the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 5–7 minutes.
4. Serve with cilantro-mint chimichurri. Enjoy!