9 Delicious Vegan Cookout Recipes, Planet Friendly and Cruelty-Free

 

All over America, grills are being readied as backyard chefs are gearing up for another weekend cookout. The summer barbecue season is upon us and  preparing healthful and delicious meals has never been easier!

Choosing a meatless menu can be one of the most important choices you can make for yourself, your family and for the planet.

Check out our green grilling tips and choose from these delicious dishes made with wholesome and heart-healthy foods that please the palate and satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

Throw a party for the earth this weekend. Choose plant-based and planet-friendly, it most definitely does a body good!

Green Grilling Tips

Be aware of the risks to your health and the environment and check out these tips before you fire up the grill.

Grilled Veggies 101

Shop your local Farmer’s Market for the freshest ears of corn, eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes and herbs.

Hearty Tempeh Kebabs in Roasted Chile Marinade

Tempeh is a fermented soyfood with a slightly nutty, smoky flavor and a tender, chewy texture that most meat-eaters can appreciate.

Marinated Tofu on the Barbie

Grilling Marinated Tofu is especially delicious and gives it an interesting “meaty” texture. When grilling tempeh or tofu, it’s a good idea to use a grilling rack to prevent the cubes from falling through the grill.

Dilled Potato Salad

Much lower in fat and cholesterol-free, this tasty Dilled Potato Salad is made with Yukon Gold Potatoes, fresh dill and Marukan Rice Vinegar

Shelled Edamame in Sesame Marinade

A terrific choice for side dish or starter, this dish comes together quickly and is made in advance.

Hawaiian Baked Beans

One cup of cooked beans can provide 15 grams of cholesterol lowering fiber and more than 250 mcg of folate, a valuable B vitamin. This tasty dish is accented with crushed pineapple and diced Veggie Canadian Bacon.

Sassy Salsas!

What’s a party without chips, salsa and guacamole? Plant based and planet friendly, salsas come together in a snap and are a delightful garnish for many dishes.

Luscious Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-free and sugar-free, this creamy, rich-tasting pudding has one gram of fat, no cholesterol and is made with just four ingredients!

Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV, Follow Marie on Twitter