I did all my shopping for last nights BBQ at Trader Joes, minus the XL artichokes and prime cuts, compliments of Costco! I love TJ's during the Fall Season, between new pumpkin cranberry pita chips and their new balsamic glaze, I had tons of ideas to BBQ.
Grilled artichokes are so easy to make and super healthy, rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants and dietary fibré! Simply boil the artichokes (2 in picture) for at least 20 Min., halve them from the stem, upwards till they break apart and drizzle olive oil, sea salt and set for 10-15min (allow all oil to seep through to make them extra juicy off the grill. Lastly, BBQ on medium for 15-20 min watching carefully to make sure they do not burn! I served this as an appetizer, alongside manchego cheese, flax water crackers and pumpkin pita chips.
For the dipping sauce-
1/4 C organic mayo
2 Tsp dijon (or any grainy mustard)
2 Slices of lemon juiced
preheat oven to 450 degrees
2 cloves sliced garlic
1 large shallot
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp oregano
Mix all ingredients and roast for 20-30min til golden brown
Side 2- Grilled Asparagus
Rise and cut off the fibrous endings. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, grill for 10-15min (watching closely)
For the Marinade- 3 Tbs balsamic glaze, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 3 Tbs dijon mustard, sea salt. Let sit in fridge for at least 3hrs
Wait for the grill on high to reach 500 degrees. For medium rare, I grilled ~13 min each side (these were HUGE). Perfection....!