There is nothing more fun in the summer than lighting up the grill for a delicious BBQ! We love spending the day at a beach or park that permits grilling with our friends and family. You must be thinking, “Don’t summer barbecues involve a lot of burgers, hot dogs and overall a lot of meat? How can I continue to eat a plant-based diet while enjoying the grill?”
There’s actually a ton of delicious and nutritious meatless alternatives that go beyond the basic vegetarian patties that you find in the freezer aisle! Here are a few of our simple favorites that will have your mouth watering just reading about it:
Corn on the cob
Corn gets a bad rap because we now associate it with high fructose corn syrup, but corn by itself is a great source of fiber! It’s a great source of fiber, as well as vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins and carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. They’re delicious when eaten off the cob without any flavoring or grilled with your favorite spices and herbs like garlic, cilantro, lime or cayenne pepper. You can also add grilled corn into a zestful salad!
Mushrooms are one of the healthiest foods. Not only are they low in calories and sodium, they’re incredibly rich in nutrients like protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, B vitamins, selenium and potassium. Traditional Chinese medicine relies on thousands of different mushrooms for their medicinal properties! Portobello mushroom is especially tasty as a burger patty substitute!
Grilling vegetables help bring out their natural sweetness. It’s no different with turnips! Grilled turnips have a relatively soft flavor that takes on that smoky charred taste really well. They’re also high in fiber, calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K and calcium. You can grill turnips either as slices or on skewers—simply toss them in olive oil and your favorite seasoning, like garlic, parsley, pepper and lemon zest and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite meatless BBQ alternatives?
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