Labor Day is fast approaching. No matter what your plans are, use the holiday as a chance to try some meatless main dishes. Set the animal products aside for the day and throw these awesome vegan options on the grill instead.
1. Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Grilling some portobello mushroom caps is a great alternative to frozen veggie burgers and hotdogs. Aside from the portobello mushrooms, you only need olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some spices for this recipe.
2. Spicy Italian Sausage
These sausages are tough enough to hold up on the grill. They are very flavorful from the spice blend made with garlic, fennel, black pepper, and oregano.
3. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’Boy with Apple Slaw
This sandwich is sure to please both meat eaters and vegans alike. You’ll want to have vegan mayo and vegan butter on hand for this recipe.
4. Southwestern Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This is not your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich. Make salsa-infused mashed beans with grilled sweet potatoes and use Jalapeño Garlic Havarti.
5. Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs
No cookout would be complete without a hot dog. But you don’t need meat; try using seitan instead. For this recipe, you will need several ingredients to mimic that chewy hot dog texture, including miso, toasted wheat germ and nutritional yeast.
6. Spicy Balsamic Tofu Vegggie Kebabs
This simple recipe makes for a tasty and colorful main dish for your Labor Day bash. You can make the kebabs ahead of time, then grab the tray when you’re ready to grill.
7. Grilled Tofu and Squash with Easy Chimchurri Sauce and Couscous
Chimichurri sauce is an Argentinian condiment that is a simple mixture of parsley, cilantro, vinegar, and garlic. Serve it over vegetables and tofu.
8. Quinoa and White Bean Burger
These veggie burgers are an excellent main course choice for your bash since they are loaded with protein and fiber from the beans and quinoa, and are also very filling. Serve them with ketchup and guacamole.
9. Easy Veggie-Loaded Quesadillas
Want an easy-recipe that goes beyond the simple bean and cheese quesadilla? For this version of the favorite meal, make a vegetable stuffing from onion, assorted chopped veggies, cumin powder, chili powder, and vegetable broth for sautéing.
10. Grilled Artichoke and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
These wraps are gluten-free and provide a nice boost of protein. You can use fresh artichokes or opt for jarred artichoke hearts in the interest of saving prep time.
11. Mushroom Barley Grillers
These flavorful burgers are a great meal option to serve to meat eaters who are skeptical about veggie burgers. This recipe also comes with a beer pairing suggestion.
Lead image source: Homemade Seitan Hot Dogs