I’m no stranger to summer days that make people gather around a grill and breathe in the deep, smoky smell. As a kid, I remember feeling proud while helping my dad deliver freshly grilled sausages, chicken legs, and butter covered corn inside to my mom. Every summer I can hear the kids playing in the pool and the adults laugh while drinking my mom’s famous sugary lemonade.
Looking back on those times, I don’t miss the food as much as I miss gathering together. After choosing to eat a plant-based vegan diet, my family was sure that it would be the death of me. “What can you even eat?!”. Let me show you what I love to bring with me to a barbecue.
The Golden Rules
- If it’s a party, eat before you go.
- Bring your own food.
I will always bring my own food to a barbecue with enough to share. For some reason, the food I bring ends up disappearing into other people’s stomachs. My goal is always to share how good a plant-based diet can taste. It isn’t to turn anyone vegan or to push my lifestyle on to anyone. Go into this experience with the best intentions and an open mind. Do onto others and all that goodness.
5 Grillable Vegan Barbecue Recipes to Bring
- Corn on the cob: Smother corn on the cob with any vegan butter! My favorite tip is to bring a simple herb butter to spread on the cobs fresh off the grill. My favorite seasoning blend to mix into butter is Grilling Herbs.
- Veggie Burger: I typically eat a veggie burger made out of whole foods like black beans. On special occasions, I like to have a Beyond Meat burger on a vegan bun (check the ingredients carefully). I like to season my burgers with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and cumin. You can find 1/2 oz sizes of different seasonings and herbs to try in our Kitchen Witchery Herbal Sampler.
- A Colorful Chop Salad: The best summers are when my body feels taken care of. To continue nourishing myself, even on celebrations, I create a huge chopped salad for me to munch on. My energy is higher and I feel ready to take on any drama that comes my way.
- Grilled Peaches with Vegan Icecream: This one I rarely share! Grilled peaches with cinnamon sprinkled on it are satisfying on their own. Pair that sucka with vanilla ice cream and you have a mini peach cobbler on your hands. You can learn how to grill peaches below! My preferred ice cream is the Non-Dairy Vanilla Bean Archer Farms at Target. You can use whatever brand is your favorite.
- Pinwheel wraps: A wrap filled with hummus and refreshing veggies that are sliced into perfect appetizers. You can stack them into shapes to add an extra hint of fancy.
How to Grill Peaches
- Heat the grill to medium-high.
- Cut your peaches in half and remove the pits.
- Brush plain or cinnamon butter onto each half. You can make cinnamon butter by taking a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to one stick of melted butter and mix till fully incorporated.
- Grill peaches with the cut side up about 3 minutes, then cut side down between 3 to 5 minutes. Grill them until the peaches are tender and the sugar is caramelized. Top with a non-dairy ice cream of your choice!
Please enjoy your barbecue with whoever you have around or rock it out alone. Be safe and enjoy yourself. If you are on a plant-based diet, please remember: You are adding to your life, not losing it. Always choose what is truest to you, because that’s your business. Bring what you enjoy wherever you go. You may be surprised by how you feel and who tries it.
My Favorite Black Bean Burger from "The Everything Vegan Cookbook"
- Food Processor
- 15 oz black beans canned
- 2/3 cup flour
- 3 tbsp red onions minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp chili powder
- Oil for frying
- toppings of your choice I put guacamole and lettuce on mine. Don't judge me!
- Use your food processor to combine the black beans until halfway mashed, or mash with a fork. If you do not have
- Add minced onions, salt, garlic powder, parsley, and chili powder and process to combine.
- Add flour, a bit at a time, while blending together to combine. You may need a little bit more or less than 2/3 cup. Beans should stick completely together.
- Form into patties and panfry in a bit of oil for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Patties will appear to be done on the outside while still a bit mushy on the inside, so fry them a few minutes longer than you think they need.