So, you’re vegan, and you’ve probably started to notice the recent shift in weather as well as Facebook party invites. The sun is out which means you should be too. If you’re still getting invited to BBQ’s and Grill-Outs as a Vegan, Embrace it! (Tip: If you do attend a BBQ/Grill-Out, try not to scold people or preach about veganism or it’s unlikely you’ll be invited back. Note: Stating you are vegan to someone trying to hand you an animal based product is not preaching, no matter what anyone says.)
If you live in Texas, like me, these events mean a lot of beer drinkin’ and meat eatin’. So this article is to explain just how a conscious vegan can survive while still participating in the activity.
General Cooking Tip: Be prepared, don’t assume the party will have a designated ‘meat only’ side of the grill. So either cook your items in advance, bring your own grill brush, or ask the host beforehand if they could hold a small area for you on the grill.
What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor?
"Make me one with everything…"
I’m excited to say that vegan products are really starting to come a long way as far as variety is concerned. We’ve got imitation brats, imitation sausage, imitation jumbo, and you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
My personal favorite though would have to be smart dogs. The texture is pretty accurate, they’re very simple to make, and each link is fat free and 45 calories. Hot dog eating contest anyone? (Cooking Tip: Do not let the dogs touch as they tend to stick together once heated.)
How did the jury find the hamburger? Grill-ty as charred!
Okay, remember the comment I made about 30 seconds ago about vegan products coming a long way? That may or may not apply to our options for vegan ‘burgers’. I’m really into texture when it comes to hamburger alternatives, and your run-of-the-mill Black Bean or Boca burgers really don’t do it for me.
Of course, my good ol’ friend Amy usually has me covered, yet again. Now, I know what you’re thinking: It’s vegan AND it doesn’t have gluten OR soy - how on earth could it be any good? I don’t know, but they’re fabulous and friendly for everyone as long as they don’t have a nut allergy.
Why was the farmer arrested? He was caught beating an egg!
It’s usually a good idea to bring a couple of your own vegan snacks as well. Below I have included two of my favorites.
Potato Angels (Vegan Alternative to Deviled Eggs)
a bag of new potatoes, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
dash hot sauce
dash garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
dash turmeric , optional, for yellow color
paprika, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a cookie sheet. Coat all sides of each potato with olive oil. Place potatoes face down on prepared cookie sheet and bake until soft (time varies based on size of potatoes).
2. While the potatoes are roasting, mix the rest of the ingredients (except paprika) together. When the potatoes are done, allow to cool a bit, and then use a sharp knife to cut into the flat side of each potato and then hollow it out with a spoon. You want to be left with a little cup-shaped potato.
3. Add the scooped-out potato to your mayo/mustard mix and blend well. You can then fill the hollowed out potato shells with the mixture. Dust each potato with paprika.
You can refrigerate them for later, or eat them right away like we did! Bring to a potluck and watch your friends grin with delight!
French Onion Dip (Pair with favorite chips)
Tofutty Vegan Sour Cream
Simply Organic French Onion Dip Mix
1. Mix until well blended. Place in fridge until ready to serve.