Friday, 5 August 2016

Vegan Barbecue Ideas

This summer I have been really enjoying having barbecues in the garden. You might think the BBQ ritual is hardly conducive to a plant based diet but that really couldn't be further from the truth. 

If you fancy the traditional burgers and hot dogs vegans are really well catered for. My favourites include the Fry's range of dogs, VBites and of course the Linda McCartney sausages are a bit of  vegan staple. 
You can still have dogs when you are a Vegan-just meat free ones
The tofurky ranges also offer lots of traditional meat substitutes including  a great BBQ pulled pork style product which is quite delicious on white buns with lots of salad.

Aine Carlin helping make my summer food rather wonderful

If you would rather avoid processed vegan foods then I recommend checking out the wonderful vegan cookery book The New Vegan by Áine Carlin. I made a couple of her recipes last week and they were both simple and delicious. here is one of my favourites:

Walnut Meat Tacos Recipe

Vegan Tacos

 Serves 2-4

130g walnuts
3 sundried tomatoes
1 scant tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
½ tbsp soy sauce or tamari
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
2 little gem lettuces
For the pineapple salsa:
½ pineapple, peeled and diced
1 small yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
2 spring onions, sliced
1 small green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
20g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
For the garlicky avocado sauce:
1 avocado, peeled and stoned
1 tbsp coconut cream or yogurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
2-4 tbsps water

1. Put the walnuts in a food processor or blender and blitz to a coarse rubble. Add the sundried tomatoes, spices, soy sauce or tamari and oil and pulse until it forms a crumbly, ‘meaty’ texture.
How cute are these salad servers
2. For the pineapple salsa, put the pineapple and yellow pepper in a bowl. Add the spring onions and chilli. Squeeze over the lime juice and stir to combine before adding the coriander. Stir and set aside until needed.

3. For the avocado sauce, put the avocado flesh in a food processor or blender with the coconut cream or yogurt, garlic, lime juice and a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. While it’s blending, gradually pour in the extra virgin olive oil until amalgamated before thinning out with a few tablespoons of water, depending on how thick you prefer it. Check for seasoning, adding a little more salt if necessary. Refrigerate until needed.
Two and a half vegans-one big appetite
4. Separate the leaves from the little gem lettuces. Spread some avocado sauce in the centre of each lettuce leaf, spoon over a generous amount of walnut meat and top with the pineapple salsa. Eat, taco style.
There is shop brought slaw and then there is this-amazing

I also made a delicious red cabbage coleslaw from the New vegan book too. Perfect for taking along if you are invited to a non vegan get together. Takes about ten minutes to prepare and is absolutely delicious.

Don't forget your tomato sauce and mustard yet again most tomato sauce is vegan (my fave is the Suma organic one, tastes so rich) and most mustard's are too-but always check the label. 

All the taste, none of the meat

The one thing even Vegans can't create a hack for is a guarantee of good weather so if you are planning a Barbecue make like Baba and be sure to take a rain mac or in Babas case a "Pugcho"


I also filmed a video including some of these recipes over on my Youtube channel-take a look

Thanks to I Just Love It for sending us the fab BBQ items
Cosmopolitan Candle
Engraved Salad Servers
Condiment Crayons
Pug Poncho


Brand New eco and vegan Designs  over at  Nicky Rockets
Printed on climate neutral, fair trade tees in water based ink. 

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