July 4th is fast approaching, and with it come a slew of barbeques with meat, meat, more meat, and maybe a mayonnaise covered potato salad. How can a gal or guy be vegan (or even just healthy) and keep her/his social calendar? Easy!
If the barbeque is at your place get creative: not only meat can be skewered. Chop some good-sized chunks of all of your favorite vegetables: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes (I know that’s a fruit), zucchini, onions whatever you like, lightly season with salt and pepper (or any other seasoning that makes you happy), line them all up on skewers, and grill away.
In charge of dessert? Watermelon! I like to bring a whole melon and chop it up when it is time for a sweet treat: I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone pass that up.
If the barbeque is at a friend’s place, call your host and ask what you can bring, maybe mention that you would love to make your famous (fill in the blank). You can always make or bring crudités with guacamole or hummus, or any other healthy dip you love, make a bean or pasta salad – there are so many options, my personal fave: Kale Slaw!
How to make Vegan Kale Slaw:
(Based on my friend Jordan’s recipe- thanks, Jordan!)
-1 Bunch of Kale chopped
-1/2 a Green Cabbage chopped
-1 or 2 Carrots chopped
-1 Cup Vegenaise (I like Follow Your Heart)
-3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
-1/3 Cup of Ginger
-Dash of Salt
-Dash of your favorite All-Natural Sweetner (Agave, etc.)
Add-ins (use any or all):
-Handful of Toasted Sesame Seeds
-1/2 Cup Raisins
First mix the sauce, get it to a smooth, even consistency, then use about three-quarters of it to mix into the other ingredients, and keep the rest for dipping!
What’s your favorite dish to bring to a barbeque? Please share your recipes and ideas in the comment section below! Happy 4th of July!