It’s tough for hardcore meat lovers to go meat-free at any time, but it can feel especially difficult during summer, aka peak BBQ weather. When the aroma of succulent beef patties and sizzling pork sausages is in the air, you are confronted with endless reasons to stick with your current meat-inclusive diet. But perhaps you have to cater for friends or family members who have already completely converted to a vegetarian diet? If so, you should take the opportunity to see what kind of food they eat at BBQs so they don’t miss out on the fun. Ask if you can sample some of their meat-free products. Your may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Veggie burgers and hot dogs
You don’t need to be make your own vegetarian patties to enjoy a burger at a BBQ. With vegetarianism growing in popularity, there are now a wide range of veggie patties and meat-free sausages available in supermarkets to make your burgers and hot dogs delicious and meat-free. Lentil, or chickpea, burgers have a texture that is meaty and rich, and they crumble deliciously in the mouth. There are even a few meat substitute patties that are quite passable for the genuine product. Once they’re in a bun with all the usual fixings, you’d be hard-pressed to find any fault with a veggie burger.
Some people slowly ease meat out of their diet by only eating fish. Instead of indulging in chicken kebabs, they might enjoy a salmon kebab with a sweet chilli and honey marinade. Simply use a sharp chef’s knife, such as Kamikoto, to cut a salmon fillet into cubes. Cover them in marinade, stick them on a skewer, and pop them on the grill; no different to grilling chicken. Some may choose to grill a whole fish and use that to fill their burger buns.
Others that have completely cut all meat from their diets may prefer a halloumi and vegetable kebab. Once grilled, halloumi has a texture that is not too different from chicken, do you might enjoy sampling this instead of opting for a grilled chicken kebab. Try the halloumi with some spicy seasoning to give it a kick, but don’t add any salt as this cheese already has a bit of a salty taste.
Meat is usually the star of BBQs, but that doesn’t mean that they have always avoided including vegetables. No one can resist a freshly grilled corn cob season with a melting knob of butter. Charred asparagus works well as part of a main meal with rice and potato salad. All these vegetables are a lighter food option than heavy BBQ food, so you may appreciate them solely because they don’t make your stomach burst.
Next to a traditional Italian pizza oven, the heat from the BBQ grill is perfect for making delicious pizzas. Prepare some dough in advance, and make a pizza station full of vegetables, so everyone can enjoy their own veggie pizza.