Vegetarians' and Meat Lovers' BBQ

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Vegetarians' and Meat Lovers' BBQ | How Can Vegetarians and Meat Lovers Have a BBQ Together?

Well, summer is in full swing and you know what that means…..grilling! I know for me, I look forward to grilling all year; but for others this may not be the case. Vegetarians and Vegans often get the short end of the stick when it comes to eating BBQ. A typical BBQ contains hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and other meat-filled favorites. Vegetarians are often stuck eating the measly side items which can be far less exciting and leave their tummies growling. How can you get your meat-loving and veggie friends to come together for this summer event? Serve an irresistible menu with fan favorites from both worlds!

Starter: Start with grilled kabobs and include both veggie and meat optional choices. A simple strawberry walnut salad rounds out the starting lineup and would be sure to entice any guest. NOTE: be sure to clean the grill before kicking off this feast to ensure the meatless options stay meatless! Tips for cleaning your grill can be found here.

Drinks: Serve up a refreshing summer drink like raspberry lemonade or fruity sangria along with the typical beer and wine. Serving up fun drinks will let guests cool down and chill out.

Sides: Of course you have to include the all-time favorites like watermelon, vegetarian baked beans, and potato salad. But why not mix it up a bit? Food + Wine magazine recently featured a mouth-watering recipe for Potato Salad with Hummus-Yogurt Dressing, which you could easily make vegan by substituting soy yogurt.

Main Event: A Hamburger and “Hamburger” bar. Serve dolled up beef and veggie burgers where guests can select their burger of choice and load it up with yummy toppings like grilled onions, avocado, grilled pineapple, jalapeños, portabella mushrooms, cheese (make sure to include a soy variety!), tomatoes, or meatless chili. Some great veggie burgers include: barley, lentil bean, quinoa, and millet.

Dessert: Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, who can say no to dessert? Why not set up a dessert table and include yummy goodies such as a homemade apple pie, sorbet, or an easy to make cheesecake from Vegan Pandemonium.

So how do you get your guests to come to this summer soiree? Make sure to send out your BBQ invitations early!