Seven Vegan Grilling Options for Memorial Day
This weekend marks the unofficial start of grill season. But vegans are well aware that a summer barbecue invite carries an unspoken demand: Bring your own food, you meatless weirdo. 'Cuz let's be real -- most folks aren't using their prized Webers for eggplant and portobello, now are they?
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The good news is, whether you're a meatless eater looking for grub to grill or a party host in need of something to impress that vegan hottie you invited, there are lots of options these days. Check out seven choices for this weekend's festivities.
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Note: fake meats generally don't behave like real meats on a grill, natch. So read the directions and keep an eye on your eats. (If you really want to keep things idiot-proof, almost everything grills up pretty well when wrapped in tinfoil.)
7. Field Roast Sausage Links
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This is the stuff for fooling omnivores. These grain meat products come in all kinds of incarnations, from apple maple breakfast sausage, to deli meats, to a Thanksgiving-themed hazelnut cranberry roast. But for grilling purposes, opt for their sausage links. Choose from Mexican chipotle, Italian, or smoked apple sage, all made with healthy foodstuffs like eggplant, apple cider vinegar, and fennel seed. They're made like regular sausage and they taste like regular sausage -- but without the questionable meat byproducts.
6. Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers
You can scoop these veg patties up at Trader Joe's and many a Publix. They're jam-packed with vegetables, including string beans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, edamame and spinach -- plus other recognizable ingredients. Opt for these if you dig produce over faux meat.