It’s the height of fig season, and in honor of that, I thought I’d post this sweet and savory rosemary chicken, bacon and fig skewers recipe on the blog for you all to enjoy.
We made this a few weekends ago (another experiment) and it turned out perfect. It’s also really easy to make! It’s not keto (because, figs), but it is paleo! And one of the defining characteristics of the Paleolithic diet is to eat seasonally, because that’s how our hunter-gatherer ancestors did it. They didn’t even have access to some foods depending on where they were geographically living, so they ate what was available to them throughout the year.
Modern agriculture, manufacturing and transportation has made it very easy to have access to all types of foods year round. We just fly oranges to the midwest, or ship mangoes over from Mexico like it’s no big deal, but it is actually very costly and has a significant impact on our carbon footprint when you think about how much gas/fuel, manpower, money, etc. it takes to transport produce across the country (and world).
This was something I was totally ignorant to before I started the Paleo diet, but it absolutely makes sense. I read Eat Local for Less by Julie Castillo and it completely changed my outlook on eating patterns and our broken food system. I highly recommend it if this is something you’re interested in.
Regardless of your beliefs on global warming and our carbon footprint, it’s still fun to eat seasonal foods because it’s something to look forward to (think about how nuts people go for ALL things pumpkin), and it tastes incredibly fresh, flavorful and amazing because the produce is in peak ripeness!
Have you ever gotten a tomato that is pale, dry and generally tasteless? That’s because you’re likely eating it out of season and it has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles and days (or weeks) to get to your plate. Things just taste better in high growing season!
I’ve actually never been a huge fig eater, especially since starting the ketogenic diet, but my boyfriend snuck them into our cart during our last grocery visit, and I’m so glad he did.
Figs are nutrient dense, and relatively low in calories (about 74 calories per serving of 100 grams). They have about 3 grams of fiber and 19 grams of carbohydrates per serving and contain essential vitamins and nutrients our bodies need such as manganese, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin K, among others.
Since I’ve started carb cycling where I have 2-3 high carb days mixed in with my usual ketogenic days of high fat, low carb, moderate protein, I’ve been able to enjoy delicious and healthy fruits again.
I had to do it, and I am not even sorry about it 🙂 Now, for the recipe, which is — like most of my recipes — very easy, full of nutrient-dense foods and flavorful and satisfying all in one.