Being a Vegetarian During BBQ Season – Nutrilicious

It’s that time of year! Barbecue Season!

Barbecue season is upon us!  Can you be vegetarian and still enjoy all the joys that barbecuing in the great outdoors bring? Absolutely!

 

While you know the ins and outs of cooking vegetarian foods like preparing tofu stir fries and pasta with beans but the barbecue has always been a bit of a mystery. Though we traditionally think about the barbecue for burgers, steaks, chicken and fish, there are lots of options for those who choose a vegetarian or plant-based diet.  Yes, you can always buy prepared veggie burgers or hot dogs. The food companies that make these burgers and dogs have been finding ways to make these products more and more appetizing, gaining acceptance from some meat eaters and fueling the growth of the global meat alternatives market. However, they are highly processed, contain many unfamiliar ingredients and are usually loaded with salt. I will admit though, I do keep a package of frozen veggie dogs in the freezer over the summer for when we get invited to a barbecue and I don’t have much time (or feel like) preparing something from scratch. Once in a while is okay.

Are you worried you won’t be included in any backyard bashes because your friends and family don’t know what to feed your vegetarian daughter? Worried she will be stuck eating just the salad? Well, fret no more. There are loads of options for us vegetarians.

Beyond just grilled vegetables, the natural, easy-to-prepare option is barbecue tofu or tempeh.  If you have a favourite marinade, it will also work well.  For our family, some good quality prepared barbecue sauce and organic tofu usually does the trick. We simply cut the tofu into ½ inch thick blocks and marinate in the sauce for a few hours. The same can be done with tempeh, cut it into thick strips, though I have found that kids usually prefer tofu.

You can really grill more than the typical barbecue-type foods. You can use the grill as you would the oven or stove.

Here are a few options for fun, vegetarian-friendly grilling:

. Make veggie kebabs with cubes of tofu or halloumi cheese

. Grill veggies to make vegetarian quesadillas and then cook prepared quesadilla on the grill

. Prepare homemade pizza and cook on the grill

. Buy a vegetable basket or use a wok to make a stir fry on the barbecue

. Grill portobello mushrooms and use them as a stand-in for burgers

. Grill sandwiches – try using flatbreads, panini or even pita

. Make homemade veggie burgers using chickpeas, black beans or quinoa

. Cut cooked polenta into thick slabs and grill

When we are invited to barbeques, I usually ask for our meal to be cooked first, before the animal proteins hit the grill. I most often bring the vegetarian option to alleviate any stress from our host. That way I know exactly what we are going to eat and don’t worry about cross contamination. Though some people aren’t fussed, I personally don’t like to think my food has touched meat.

Summer is a great time to expand your veggie-loving barbecue skills. So turn that grill on, and start experimenting!  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter!

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These Smoky-Sweet Stuffed Grilled Peaches are the Best BBQ Dessert

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Here’s how to win at every summer barbeque: whip up these grilled peaches stuffed with granola and served alongside vanilla ice cream – in less than fifteen minutes. Hello sweet, smoky, and delicious goodness.

How to Elevate Peaches: Grill Them!

Peaches are nutritious summer treats. These fuzzy fruits are good sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E, C, and K, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. Peaches also contain ample antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These plant compounds are known to reduce free radical damage and lower inflammation.

While delightful raw and bursting with juice, peaches are also amazing grilled. The sugars in peach naturally caramelize on a hot grill, which makes the fruit even more fragrant and delicious.

When selecting the perfect peaches to grill, look for firmer fruits. Too soft of fruits can result in mushy grilled peaches, and can oftentimes stick to the grill.

The recipe for these grilled peaches couldn’t be easier. Simply cut peaches in half and twist gently to separate. Remove the pit of the peach, lightly drizzle with coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill peaches on a clean grill over direct grill heat for five to eight minutes, or until peach flesh caramelizes and grill marks appear.

To make sure the remainder of the peach softens and warms, move the peach to indirect heat and cook for five minutes more. Serve peaches straight from the grill with homemade granola, coconut flakes, and a scoop of ice cream.

Granola provides a sweet and salty crunch and is a delicious balance to the warm and fragrant fruit. If you don’t have any batches of homemade granola lying around, pick up a grocery store version with minimal added sugar and ingredients.

This grilled peach recipe is summer simplicity is at its finest.

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Photos by Kate Gavlick

Kate Gavlick

Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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BBQ Vegan Pizza Recipe with Pineapple and Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Karissa Bowers

Karissa Bowers

Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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