Plant Based BBQ? Who Says It Can’t Be Done

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One of the biggest challenges for many of us throughout lockdown has been remaining in good spirits and mental health when we’re separated from the people we care the most about. Good food alone is great. Good food shared with the people we care about is even better. And all through the summer, most of us have been bereft of the opportunity to invite friends to our homes to get together over good food, catch up, and share some laughter at a time when we all need it more than ever. Still, keeping ourselves and those closest to us doesn’t mean that we need to keep our delicious quarantine treats to ourselves. While there aren’t the same opportunities for get togethers, BBQs and tailgating that there used to be pre-lockdown, it is still possible in most areas for people to hang out in modest numbers for garden-based socials. And with more people than ever eschewing meat, plant based BBQ is surging in popularity.

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And while fall may be upon us, there are still a few warm, sunny days left in the year for us to see our friends, share the gift of good food and  good company. What we know of COVID-19 tells us that it’s much less communicable outside and with a little choreography a socially distanced BBQ can be done with aplomb. If you’ve just invested in a new grill (and if you’re looking for a new one why not try these out?) You’ll likely want to give it a workout before winter settles in and we all declare 2020 a write-off. 

And, because we’re all adjusting to the new normal, why not try a completely plant-based BBQ this fall? After all, we all need to get our fill of veggies with their vitamins, minerals and immune-boosting phytochemicals now more than ever. Sure, there are lots of soy and gluten based meat substitutes out there. But if you’re looking for a truly spectacular meat-free BBQ try…

Black Lentil And Quinoa Burgers

A protein packed burger that’s completely plant-based and bursting with nutrition? Sign us up! Black lentils and quinoa act as the base, while portobello and shiitake mushrooms add a pleasantly meaty texture and prevent the patty from getting too mushy. Roasted onions add richness and depth of flavor while soy sauce black pepper and kosher salt keep add piquancy.  This recipe uses an egg white to bind, but if you want to go vegan just substitute it with tofu or aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas). 

Paleo Broccoli Cashew Salad

Have anyone coming to dinner who’s vegan and paleo? This delicious recipe will more than satisfy grain-haters. Broccoli, cranberries, and cilantro bring a whole lot of antioxidant goodness to this dish while creamy cashew sauce stands in for mayo and sunflower seeds substitute for crispy bacon.

Grilled Avocado With Chickpeas And Tahini

Protein, fiber and healthy fats combine with a whole lot of deliciousness with this Mediterranean treat. If you’ve only ever had avocado raw, you’re missing out on the rich and buttery flavor they bring to the table when heated up.

Cauliflower Sloppy Joes

Hey, it’s not a BBQ if everyone goes home wearing a clean shirt! These fluffy buns are loaded with a rich chili that uses minced cauliflower instead of beef. Saucy, satisfying and 100% plant based!

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