During the summer, the smell of grilled food wafts through every backyard in the neighborhood. If you’re a vegetarian or want to offer meatless options to your friends and family the next time you cook, try some of these tips.
1. Pay attention to your vegetables. Wash and dry your vegetables and cut them into even-sized pieces to ensure even cooking. Coat them with heat-resistant oil to prevent them from burning or sticking to the grill.
2. Choose seasonal local products. Your guests will appreciate the extra freshness and flavor of locally grown vegetables. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing you’ve supported producers in your community.
3. Vary your cooking methods. If sliced thick enough or threaded onto skewers, many foods can be cooked directly on the grill. However, you can bake small foods en papillote by wrapping them in parchment paper. You can also consider adding a grill basket or wok to your outdoor cooking arsenal. Use a cast iron plancha on your barbecue to cook a la plancha.
4. Diversify flavors. In addition to serving a variety of vegetables, you can include meat alternatives like lentil patties, tofu burgers, and sausages made with tempeh or textured vegetable protein (TVP). Cheeses like brie and halloumi are also delicious when grilled.
5. Prepare a dessert. Serve frozen treats combined with succulent grilled fruit on skewers. Pineapples, melons, bananas and peaches are excellent choices.
Visit a home supply store near you to stock up on barbecue accessories and find the freshest produce at your local farmer’s market.