The following article was written by Keegan Baur.
Most vegans I know
absolutely adore food, regardless of the season, meal, or time of day. This means that we
get pretty excited whenever there's a reason to plan, shop, and cook for celebratory
occasions with family and friends. Now that summer is officially here, I'm geared
up for the season's impending barbecues and cookouts, and I'd like to share
with you some of the foods that I can't wait to feast on!
No barbecue would be
complete without a veggie burger or veggie dog, right? (I prefer the
former, while my beau prefers the latter.)
As previously shared with ya'll, my personal favorite veggie burger is Amy's All
American Burger topped with hummus, avocado, and a few thin slices of cucumber.
However, there are countless different brands of vegan burgers to
try, including Boca, Gardein, Gardenburger, and Morningstar Farms. If
store-bought ain't your thang, you can also make your own patties!
I haven't yet tried
Ashley's "Spring Into
Summer" Pasta Salad (I know, I know—I've
been totally slacking), but it sounds just as easy to make as I'm sure it is
hearty and satisfying to eat. I'm bound to use red peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and tomatoes in my version of this
dish, but you can add any veggie that your heart desires.
Corn on the cob is a
staple of any cookout. Again, it's simple to make (I don't know about you, but
simplicity is key for me when I'm preparing food for large get-togethers), and
everyone agrees that it's delicious. For a little extra flavor, try our Grilled Garlic-Herb Corn
Mmm, watermelon is refreshing and
light and says "Summer!" like
no other fruit. I get especially excited when this treat is served in its very
own watermelon basket. For an "adult"
twist on the typical watermelon snack, consider serving these Watermelon Mojito Popsicles. (Perhaps you should
also bring a virgin version to keep the kids at bay—and make sure you remember
which is which!)
In July, August, and
September, nothing makes me happier than s'mores. I make mine with vegan
marshmallows from Sweet
& Sara. The sticky, gooey, chocolate
mess created by these heavenly little sandwiches always brings me back to my
childhood. However, this year I'm considering classing it up with PETA's Mini S'mores Pies instead. Or I just
might make both!
These are some of the
dishes that I'm excited to partake of in this season. If you're looking for more ideas
on what to serve at your own cookout, peruse our red-hot grilling recipes. And don't forget
our tips on how to
enjoy a nonvegan barbecue!
What vegan treats
will you enjoy this summer?
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