Dust off your grill and fire it up! There are lots of vegan options for the BBQ. Here are a few easy recipes you can enjoy at your next party!
Peel the husk down to reveal the silk strands. Remove all the strands. Put vegan margarine on your hands and slather the cob. Salt it sparingly. Put husks back up and tie with kitchen string. Soak cob in cold water for at least an hour. Put on a medium hot grill wrapped in the husk for 20-30 minutes, turning as needed. To eat, peel husks off, and enjoy.
Take a ripe banana and cut a slit down the center from end to end. Fill the slit with vegan chocolate chips and vegan marshmallows. Wrap the banana in aluminum foil, and place on the grill for at least 5 minutes or until the chocolate is melted.
Prepare a pound of asparagus and cut off ends. Dip asparagus in boiling water until it takes on a bright green color. Drain and cool in cold water. Place in a marinade bag of half a cup olive oil, a tablespoon each of soy sauce and seasoned vinegar, and a teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder. Grill on grill topper to keep them from falling through rack. Grill on medium heat and turn as needed.
Grilled Red Peppers
Red peppers will char on a grill and take on a great flavor. To prepare, cut red, yellow, or orange peppers into quarters. Clean out seeds and brush both sides of pepper with oil marinade. Grill pepper quarters on grill rack or on grill topper. For another pepper idea, cut peppers into large bite size pieces and place on skewers with chunks of zucchini, onions, and mushrooms. Brush with marinade and place on grill or topper. Carefully turn as needed. If you use wooden skewers, first soak the wood for 30 minutes in water to keep the wood from burning on the grill.
Slice eggplant sections at least half an inch thick. Cut away the peel. Lightly salt the slices and drain in colander or rack for half an hour. Rinse and then drain. Brush marinade on both sides and grill until golden brown and tender, about 15 minutes total.
Veggie Dogs and Veggie Burgers
Veggie dogs and veggie burgers are a convenient and easy barbecue meal and a realistic substitute for hotdogs and hamburgers. The taste is close with fewer calories and no unhealthy saturated fat. Look for vegan on the package when you buy a meat alternative or you might get added cheese, milk, or egg proteins.
You will need to find a clean spot on the grill for grilling vegan foods or use a separate non-stick grill topper. You will also need to be sure to lightly oil the rack or your veggie burger will tend to stick.