I have my favorite parts of summer: swimming, the first warm night and lightning bugs, to name a few. Another favorite part is the smell of grilled food and eating said food.
A person might think that there is nothing worthy of grilling once someone goes vegetarian or vegan, but I say not true!
First, there has been some advances in the fake meat industry that there are now products that are widely sold that make great substitutes, such as veggie dogs and veggie burgers. You also can make your own veggie burger with rice, beans and a few other ingredients. Marinated, grilled tofu might convince those that dislike the product that it’s not so bad after all. These products are worthy of that wonderful grill taste.
A more healthy approach might be vegetables. Skewers are a great way to incorporate a variety of veggies, such as zucchini, summer squash, cherry tomatoes and carrots, to name a few. Also, if you slice zucchini or eggplant vertically instead of chucks, they can make great accompaniments in sandwiches or wraps. Vegetables can be marinated just like meats; they just require less sauce and less time to soak. Try an olive oil-balsamic blend or get a bottle of your favorite veg-friendly marinate.
As many know, a grill is not just for the main course. Dessert can be delightfully grilled. Slice rounds of pineapple or chucks of peaches and pears and place on the grill. Just keep an eye on these sweet treats!
I have another favorite grilled treat: chocolate bananas.
Ingredients and tools:
- 4 medium bananas
- a bag of vegan-friendly chocolate chips or a bar, cut into long pieces
- foil for wrapping
- a knife
- Take each banana and make a slice length-wise down it.
- Open it wide enough to slide some chocolate inside, then close it back up.
- Wrap completely in foil.
- Place on the grill. I would say no more than 10 minutes, but it depends on the heat of your grill at that point.
- Take off, carefully, and let cool for 5 minutes. Peel off the foil and then the banana peel.
- Eat and enjoy!
Another tip for those who are accommodating vegans at a party: Clean off the grill before placing veg-friendly food directly onto the grill, or have special grill racks for the goods. Your veg friends will greatly appreciate this.