Grilling for Vegetarians
Publisher： YRYM HT
Vegetarianism has been a very popular diet choice since the 1960’s, and continues to gain momentum, even within meat-eating households, with menu choices that change up tried and true meals by swapping vegetables for meat, meatless Mondays, and smoothies instead of sausage for breakfast. People are getting wise to the ways of healthy eating, and realizing its many benefits to the mind, body and world around us.
There are so many options for meat substitutes in grocery stores, and endless options for preparing them. I would like to share a few tips and tricks for keeping up with the Jones’ for those backyard BBq’s, grilling everything BUT meat and killing it!
As mentioned earlier, the meat substitutes and all natural ingredients isles have expanded exponentially in your local grocery store the last few years. It’s awesome! It can also be difficult to wade through all those choices and pick what’s most delicious. Everyone is going to have a different opinion on which veggie brat tastes the most authentic, but I can say with certainty that you should always, always, steer clear of the vegan cheese. Just don’t do it people.
As for veggie brats and hot dogs, they don’t have any fat or juices to help them cook evenly over and open flame, and tend to bubble and burn. You can remedy this by taking a paper towel dipped in oil and rub it thoroughly over the grates. You could also use a non stick grill mat, or lay some foil over the grate. Non stick grill mat is better as it can prevent from sticking to keep no mess so that it can keep grill clean. They don’t need to reach a specific internal temperature, so just heat to your liking and pop them in a bun! Veggie burgers and chicken breasts are also sans fat, but fare much better on the open flame and do pick up that nice grilled flavor. Since meatless foodstuffs don’t need to reach a specific internal temperature like their meat counterparts, they take much less time to prepare. It is still important to read the package and follow safe handling instructions.
Fresh and Fun Veggies
Some folks would rather steer clear of meat substitutes, and enjoy nature's bounty in all its glory. Hooray! The grill is still a great way to prepare a meal and enjoy some fresh air while doing so. The lovely thing about grilling vegetables, is that most of them when sliced correctly will lay flat and hold their shape on the grates, or they can easily be spiked onto bamboo skewers and grilled that way. The water content allows for a longer grill time to pick up some nice char marks and flavor. Speaking of flavor, the sky's the limit when seasoning vegetables.
Salt and pepper goes a long way whatever you’re grilling, and it never hurts to add a couple of cloves of garlic to a skewer or roast a whole head in tinfoil to kick it up a notch. Another favorite seasoning trick is to marinate in a dressing or homemade sauce for at least 20 minutes before cooking. Squash and tomatoes are especially delicious when done this way.
So that’s it! Enjoy testing out new things on the grill and sharing food adventures with friends and family.