Doctor Gundry’s latest Youtube Channel video shows us how to cook Beans and Nightshades with a Pressure Cooker. 

“Beans and nightshades are two of the worst things that you can eat. They are packed with tiny proteins called ‘Lectins’, and Lectins trigger low level inflammation in your body. This inflammation ultimately leads to chronic disease and aged related health problems.

Now, many people who follow my plan just give up e beans and nightshades entirely. If that works for you, great! But let’s be honest, sometimes it is hard to give up that Caprese salad or or that big bowl of chilli. Well fortunately there is a way around all those lectins, and it involves the humble pressure cooker.

Now, chances are you grew up with one of these in the house. Now don’t worry now, today’s pressure cookers aren’t the scary ones your Grandmother had in the house that blew up across the ceiling. The new ones aren’t prone to explosions, and the digital ones are especially easy to use.

So how do you prepare these lectin-rich foods so that are safe to eat?  Well, today  I’m going to give you a quick walkthrough. It will be enough to get you started.

For a more in-depth look at how to prepare Gundry compliant beans and nightshade recipes, keep an eye on the Youtube channel. We’ll post some very detailed recipe videos shortly. 

And remember, even when prepared correctly, beans and nightshades shouldn’t be a huge part of your everyday diet. So first, let’s talk about how to prepare beans. 


Step 1: Soak the beans in two changes of water – 3 to be safe. Change it out every couple of hours or better yet, do it overnight or 24 hours. The water starts removing the lectins, because some of them leach out into the water.

Step 2: So, next you put the beans in the pressure cooker, along with salt, pepper and oil. Consider adding an onion or a bay leaf too. It gives great added flavour. 

Step 3: Then add the appropriate amount of water on the recipe. If you’re cooking say a pound of beans, just add six cups of water. Remember, your pressure cooker should never be more than half-full.

Step 4: Now you pressure cook for about 20 minutes once the pot reaches the pressure. As few as 10 minutes for smaller beans like lentils, or up to 30 minutes for larger beans like kidney beans. 

Step 5: So you release the pressure with the instructions that came with your pressure cooker. 

Now we move on to the Nightshades. 


Step 1: Peeling and de-seeding them. Now I’m not going to get into the how-to for every single nightshade but let’s talk about the three most common. 

  1. Eggplant: Peel the eggplant with a vegetable peeler. There’s serrated vegetable peelers now that are just fantastic. Then you cut it in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Peppers: First, cut the peppers in half, scoop out the seeds and white membrane and throw them away. Roast the peppers in a very hot skillet or over an open flame until the skin is charred. So then you place the now roasted peppers in a paper bag and let them sit for five minutes. Then you can just remove the skin by rubbing it with a paper towel. You can also try peeling the skin with a very sharp knife or that vegetable peeler, but its a lot more difficult
  3. Tomatoes: You want to peel the tomato with a serrated vegetable peeler, and they’re really better on soft fruits and the straight blade. Or score an X onto the bottom of the whole tomato then drop it in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Then, take the tomato out of the water, please use a spoon, and peel where it is beginning to peel away naturally, where you made the X. Then you cut the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. 

Step 2:  Put your nightshades in your pressure cooker, put in some salt, pepper, minced garlic and onions, throw in a couple of cups of water, pressure cook for about three (3) minutes once the pot reaches the pressure.

Step 3: Then you release the pressure as per the instructions that came with your pressure cooker, and you’re all set.

Now just remember, this is not an everyday thing, but a special occasion treat. For when you  need that bowl of chilli, or tomato sauce. After all, I want you to feel healthy and not deprived. Because I’m Doctor Steven Gundry, and I’m always looking out for you. “