Summer is on its way, and therefore so is barbeque season, but barbeques don’t have to be all about greasy burgers, hotdogs, and potato salads laden in thick mayonnaise. There are healthier and more compassionate foods you can make which your guests will love.
1) Spice it up! Spices and seasoning bring our flavors and it's much better than using animal fat. Think black pepper, cilantro, herbs and Indian spices which can be added to all kinds of grilled vegetables such as artichokes, peppers and mushrooms.
2) Vegetables aren’t the only thing to throw on a grill. Grilled fruit such as pineapple, peach, apples and strawberries also taste great.
3) There are plenty of delicious veggie alternatives like sausages and burger patties where you can't tell the difference. You can burst them with additional flavor if you add seasoning of your own.
4) Salads don’t have to be boring, typical or just made of potatoes. Think beans, lentils, quinoa in there, raisins, grapes and lots of delicious egg-free dressing.
5) A barbeque wouldn’t be complete without extras and side dishes. Cold or warm pasta with pesto, stuffed peppers with rice, filled mushrooms or grilled vegetables with pine nuts with penne with olive oil goes down a treat.
6) If thick juicy burgers are what you’re after then easily create your own. With many natural recipes available online, you’ll only need to add the toppings and seasonings.
7) Charred flatbreads are always a winner at barbeques. They can be served with veggie burgers, tomatoes, or rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil and rosemary, aubergines or chopped herbs.
8) You can create tasty skewers by using mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, baby marrow and tofu. If using wooden skewers remember to soak them in water first so they don’t catch alight!
9) Theme your barbeque! Will it be Italian? Thai? Or Indian? Have a look at traditional animal-friendly dishes to bring the feeling of holidays to your home.
10) Potatoes are a staple at barbeques, however instead of the typical potato salad, grill sweet potato with coriander and lime, or bake potatoes with pesto or tomatoes. There are many animal-friendly sauces and spreads which could also be added and served warm.
Don’t forget your dips, sauces and condiments. You can buy many ready-made sauces such as plant-based ranch dressing and pesto, but simple tomato dips and nutty spreads also work.
It's easy to make a tasty, animal-friendly barbeque! A little bit of imagination and preparation will ensure you can create simple and fast meat-free food.