Vegetarian Barbecue? Is It Possible?
When most people hear the word "vegetarian", they think vegetables, as well as grains, and fruits…but mainly just vegetables. I grew up in, but am no longer a part of, the Seventh-day Adventist church, which is very well known for being a church of vegetarians. I never was, but I knew people who were, as well as ate at church potlucks, and I can tell you from experience that the vegetarian diet is not just about vegetables. There are many products that were available back then, as well as today, which mimic meat that are made from soy protein, such as soy burgers, soy hot dogs, soy ground burger, and much more. So much so, that you could potentially have a cookout every weekend of the summer, and not run out of options to put on the grill.
If you have a soy allergy, or if you have an objection to using soy products, there are also other recipes that you can try that will give you the protein you need, as well as a great option for cooking outdoors with your friends and family. While vegetables can still be part of your menu, just know that you are not limited to having only salad or other vegetables. Keep reading to find out what other options are available to you.
Sample 4th of July Menu
The most popular time for cooking outdoors is on the 4th of July, when people get together to eat, drink, and watch fireworks. Nothing is more American than grilling up a few burgers and hot dogs, especially on a day that is specially set aside for celebrating our nation. At least, if you are not a vegetarian…but hey, I promised you options, didn’t I? Here is a sample menu, including some great recipes to try.
4th of July Cookout Menu
Soy Burgers or Black Bean Burgers with all the trimmings, including whole grain buns, spinach or lettuce, tomatoes, etc.
Oatmeal patties (recipe to follow)
Grilled summer veggies, seasoned well, and in foil pouches. (Examples of great summer veggies include summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.)
Patriotic Fruit Salad (A mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries layered with whipped cream.)
As you can see, not everything must be unhealthy or meat based to enjoy a summer cookout. In fact, you can eat very well without having to have meat at every meal…
Oatmeal Patties Grill Recipe
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup cottage cheese
1 small onion, diced
1/3 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1 packet dry George Washington broth
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover and let set for at least one hour. In the meantime, heat up the grill as normal. Place aluminum foil on top of the grill platform, and brush with olive oil, or your favorite cooking oil. When the grill is hot, bring out the patty mixture. Form mixture into patty sized balls, flatten, and place on grill. Cook like you would a regular burger or pancake.
Use as a burger with all the delicious, yet healthy trimmings.
Enjoy the summer with healthy and fun vegetarian food, and get back to grilling with your meat eating family and friends! And don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot get enough protein…if you feel great, then you are getting enough protein!