Summer is officially upon us! And I’m pretty sure if you looked up “summer” in any credible dictionary, you would find the words “barbecue” and “grills” as suitable synonyms (ok, maybe not exactly). But the thing is, the stuff we typically encounter on the grill are of the meaty-kind, which invariably means lots of red meat of all descriptions and that yucky saturated fat stuff. In my drive to get summer-tastic, I’ve pledged to make more meatless dinners and incorporate more veggies in my mains. I know I’m not alone in this, so I’ve put together a list of non-meat dishes I want to try when firing up the grill.
Wanting to eat well and make healthy food choices is one thing; the practical know how of it is another matter. Preparing vegetarian-based meals in a tasty and satisfying way isn't hard at all, it's just that information about doing so is woefully lacking, despite the upsurge in the numbers of people opting for a plant-based diet. Searching for recipes is time-consuming, and when the hunger strikes, without having the know-how already, and the right ingredients to hand, you're likely to resort to what you know, what information is readily available on- whipping up some good ole meat. The challenge is particularly hard during the summer, because people usually go to and host barbecues with the expectation of having meat, meat and more...you guessed it...meat!
But thinking ahead and preparing to make some less meaty options can make a big difference. I've taken away some of the hard work for you, and compiled a list of a few grilled veggie-laden recipes to get your inspiration going. These sound so good, I bet I can tempt you to give them a try!
This recipe incorporates what has recently become one of my favourite things in the whole world- halloumi. Who knew it was so darn tasty?? I’ve been trying it in things like roasted peppers, but will be sure to give this one a shot.
What's there not to like about avocado in all its forms? It’s so versatile, and I’ve not come across any recipe I haven’t loved it in, so this one’s got me all kinds of excited!
Tofu’s long been a vegetarian staple. But let’s be real – it can be a tad bland sometimes. I can’t wait to see how one of my favourite herbs transforms these tofu chunks into heavenly bites.
I’ve tried tuna steaks as a healthy alternative to beef steaks, and have been pleasantly surprised as to how the meaty texture tuna has when it’s cooked does wonders to trick my meat-craving brain into thinking I’m chowing down some solid carne, all while getting all those good Omegas in. I’m thinking this recipe bound to be a winner.
Ok, I’ve already confessed my halloumi addiction, but I must say I’ve got a strong affinity to pesto too! Egglant when done right is so creamy and delish, this recipe sound like a guaranteed yum feast.
Well, you know I’ve got to sneak a jerk recipe from my homeland in there. If you like spicy food, I think this one will be right up your ally too.
I’ve never tried grilling fruits before, and this recipe sounds amazing, can’t wait to try. Talk about impressing your friends with a non-ice-cream dessert!
I’m excited to invite round some friends for some healthy alternative to traditional bbq foods. I think these will be fairly straight forward to make (because I’m all about keeping it simple when I’m cooking for big numbers), so not too challenging.
By the way, if you don’t have a real deal grill, or can’t be bothered to fire it up for a small family meal, why not give these disposable ones a shot? They’re super economical and are bound to cut down on your clean-up time.
So, move over fatty hamburgers; hello healthy grilled treats. Let me know how you get on with your meat-free summer fiestas!