How to have a plant-based july 4th bbq
July 4th is right around the corner, and if planning your BBQ menu has been on your to-do list, we have you covered.
Ahead, we’re sharing how you can have a plant-based July 4th BBQ that even your meat-loving guest can get on board with. From veggie kabobs to vegan desserts, you’ll have your guests wondering why they haven’t made the switch to plant-based eating!
5 Hacks to Having the Most Delicious Plant-based July 4th BBQ
#1 Use Tofu vs. Chicken
Instead of serving chicken kabobs, use tofu and veggies instead. Use the same seasoning you would for the chicken and cook on the grill for that traditional BBQ flavor.
#2 Go Dairy-free With the Cheese & Cracker Plate
Cheese plates often make an appearance at BBQs as they make for a convenient snack or appetizer option. Try making things plant-based by choosing vegan cheese vs. the dairy varieties.
Most stores offer vegan cheese options now, making it easier than ever to make this appetizer plant-based.
Serve the dairy-free cheese with some almond flour crackers, and you have yourself an appetizer or snack plate all of your cheese-loving guests will enjoy!
#3 Go Heavy on the Veggies
When planning out your side dishes and appetizers, go heavy on the veggies. Serve a large salad bowl with some balsamic vinegar dressing, and have a side of grilled veggies like zucchini, onions, and bell peppers to serve alongside dinner (like a yummy veggie burger).
#4 Grill Up Some Veggie Burgers
Speaking of veggie burgers, swap out the meat burgers for a plant-based option instead. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own, if not, pick a few options from the huge selection most grocery stores now have in the freezer section.
Grill the burger up and serve with the traditional burger toppings like avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, vegan mayo, and ketchup.
#5 Make Dessert Delicious
When you think about July 4th BBQ desserts, what comes to mind? For many of us, it’s cheesecake or even ice cream sundaes. Good news, you can make both vegan.
- Try vegan ice cream like coconut-based or almond milk varieties.
- Try making a vegan cheesecake using cashews!
- You can also make a festive whipped “cream” and berries bowl using coconut whipped cream (you can even find this at many grocery stores) and some blueberries and strawberries.
Happy 4th of July!
Here’s to a safe, happy, healthy, and plant-based 4th of July! With these five hacks, your plant-based BBQ is sure to be a total crowd pleaser.
Hey, you may even get one of your friends or family members to jump on the plant-based bandwagon after seeing just how delicious a vegan BBQ can be.