Cookouts are always so fun and include a lot of great recipes! Baked beans, veggie burgers, kebabs, and pie–the variety is fantastic. There’s something for everyone. While a lot of classic cookout recipes include animal products, it is totally possible to have a vegan cookout that is fun and full of tasty foods! Just pick out your favorite meat substitutes, get some veggies and you’re good to go! This Memorial Day is the perfect time to try out some vegan cookout recipes. Or just make them when you want to change things up a bit! Whatever the occasion, you will love these vegan cookout recipes!
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1. Sticky BBQ Ribs
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Vegan BBQ ribs are a staple at family dinners and barbecues. There are so many different ways to make a meaty barbecue plant-based dish like mushrooms, lentils, tofu just to name a few. Seitan is such a great meaty substitute. You can buy seitan in the grocery store, but it’s actually quite easy to make your own. Then just slather it in barbecue sauce and fry it for delicious vegan BBQ ribs. Stephanie Davies‘ Sticky BBQ Ribs are fantastic!
2. Marinated Tofu Veggie Kebabs
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3. Meat-Free Haute Dogs
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Casual comfort food at its best — the iconic hot dog has been transformed into a healthy sausage link of deliciousness using plant-based ingredients: Meat-Free Haute Dogs by VEGANIZE IT! These meat-free dogs are made from tofu, wheat protein, and oat flour seasoned with a blend of savory spices to make them taste just like the American classic. Serve with mustard, ketchup, and plenty of relish.
4. Simple Basil Citrus Salad With Balsamic Jam Dressing
Making a big salad helps a lot in making sure all your produce gets used before it gets all squishy and gross. Fruit salads are perfect for eating with breakfasts or for a snack throughout the week. Try this Simple Basil Citrus Salad With Balsamic Jam Dressing by Abby Thompson!
5. ‘Lamb’ Burger
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Vegan lamb burger. Yea, you read it right. Hearty, savory, and super delicious, this vegan ‘Lamb’ Burger by Molly Patrick will make your mouth water from just thinking about it. The only other thing you need to know is that this burger is meat eater tested and totally approved. With a lentil, mushroom, and oat base, this plant-based burger has a shockingly meaty texture. Add all the seasonings in and mwah! A vegan lamb burger that can help you turn meat-eaters vegan, one tasty meal at a time.
6. Blueberry Pie With a Heart-Healthy Crust
There’s nothing much different about my blueberry pie filling – nearly everyone uses blueberries, sugar, lemon, and a thickener, and there’s no reason to change that. What is different is my crust. It’s tender with a nice crunch on the edges, and is super flavorful. So people can never believe there’s no butter, shortening, or lard in it. I know there are people out there who are skeptical about such a crust. When this recipe for Blueberry Pie With a Heart-Healthy Crust by Cathy Elton was published on Salon.com once, the rants against it were unbelievable. If I could only feed those people my pie, they would change their tune. Go ahead, try it out on your butter-loving friends and you’ll see. The other great thing about this pie crust is that it’s nearly foolproof. The only caveat is that the texture of the dough is quite wet, so making it into a lattice crust is quite a challenge. If you do it as a regular crust, you’ll have no problems.
7. Raw Strawberry Shortcake Nice Cream Bars
Everyone remembers the rush of excitement when you heard the first notes from the ice cream truck floating around the corner on a hot summer day – knowing that soon, you would be clutching a melty Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar in your grubby fist. You can relive your childhood with nice cream bars that were inspired by those long-lost childhood treats. The creamy strawberry and vanilla nice cream is coated with a crumbly shortcake shell and stuck on a stick – just like the ice cream man served them back in the day. You have to try these Raw Strawberry Shortcake Nice Cream Bars by Larice Feuerstein!
8. Proper Baked Beans
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Baked beans are always something to get excited about. Sweet, saucy beans served on white toast slathered with margarine: so delicious, but hardly the most nutritious start to the day. This Proper Baked Beans recipe by Olivia Andrews has a few veggies snuck in for a slightly healthier version!
9. Potato Salad
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10. Garden Picnic Pasta Salad With Veggies, Herbs, and Orange-Miso Tahini Dressing
This Garden Picnic Pasta Salad With Veggies, Herbs, and Orange-Miso Tahini Dressing by The Whole Foods Diet is a creamy umami bomb of earthy deliciousness that’s perfect for dinner or lunch — and for leftovers the next day! Pasta is tossed with shredded kale, blanched broccoli and zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and plenty of fresh herbs, then topped with a simple, healthy, and citrus-y dressing. It’s easy to prepare and can be done the day before so it’s ready to go when you want.
11. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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12. Whisky Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Get your grill ready for these Whisky Portobello Mushroom Burgers by Natalie Tamara! The whisky marinade, full of warm spices, makes these burgers perfect for any time of the year. They’re served alongside some grilled peppers and tucked into seeded rolls with mixed baby leaves, avocado, and a drizzle of light tahini.
13. Greek Salad With Homemade Feta Cheese
The Greek salad is a typical recipe of the cuisine of Greece that is made with the typical ingredients of this country and the Mediterranean diet in general. The basis of this rich and easy salad are tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, pepper, olives and feta cheese. Traditionally it is seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano. You have to try this Greek Salad With Homemade Feta Cheese by Yana Chistyakova!
14. Apple Pie
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Delectable, with a nutty, buttery flavor and delicate texture. Don’t pass up this Apple Pie by Dreena Burton, thinking it will be brittle and difficult — despite being gluten-free, this crust does not crumble apart, is very easy to work with, and is very forgiving.
15. King Oyster Skewers With Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Food on sticks: we’re into it. This is a wicked easy and delicious way to use this type of mushroom! King Oyster mushrooms are great shrooms because of their versatility and meaty texture. Slice ’em and you’ve got plant-based scallops. Bread and fry these beauties for a beautiful appetizer. Slice them the other way, and you’ve got something to thread onto a skewer for a perfect, plant-based shroom dish! Try out these King Oyster Skewers With Spicy Peanut-Ginger Sauce by Wicked Healthy!
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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
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- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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