How to Enjoy the Barbecue Season as a Vegan

credit sharonstoned flickr vegetarianIt’s a time of much outdoor cooking wherever grills are available, and often vegans feel saddened over all that cooking of carcasses going on nearby. I’ve become pretty good at ignoring it all, with having a double barbecue area just outside my condo. Hot dogs and burgers are the mainstays, but this nice lady in the photo is a vegetarian, sharonstoned on flickr. Sure, the happy hot dog man doesn’t have his grill marks, but you get the picture.

Anyhow, just below are some mainstays of vegan grilling: a beautiful vegetable cart in India full of great things for grilling, and freshly made tofu in a market, still between drying boards. Grilled tofu is best marinated or with a bit of bbq sauce brushed on.

VegCart Vuntur India

Tofu_stacked_01On that ages-old smoky odor

Back to the meaty gatherings down at the outdoor grills; rather than making me envious, the smells that waft up from there (and the sights) have only more solidly confirmed my commitment to being vegan. That smoky charred flesh scent used to make us, as “omnivores” of the past, hungry, but now it only causes sorrow and an urge to go out and show our neighbors footage of where their “food” came from. But of course we don’t do that as that would be “obnoxious and offensive.” Right? Hah. So say the Kings & Queens of obnoxiousness and offensiveness anyway, out searing those body parts, sharing that death smoke far and wide. I’ve come to consider it as the odor of their shame, something I have no control over, not that I don’t have my own shortcomings. And guess what? The smoke from grilling seasoned veggies smells even better… no blood. Clean. No shame. Very tasty as well, not to mention the health benefits. (Of course there are those who say cooking ruins food, but I’m not one to say that. Eat both, raw and cooked, and enjoy.)

To no more cadavers on the grill!

Anyhow, just thought I’d post some nice photos of vegan barbecue ideas, pretty self-explanatory, no recipes needed, just to show that we can have our good times at the outdoor grills as well, barring the knowledge of what else is cooked there anyways. Perhaps try some or all of these ideas this Spring, Summer and beyond… show the carcass eaters how human(e) Cute_Pigletbeings eat, and maybe they’ll catch on and quit messing around with cadavers. (People will likely say “cadaver” only refers to human bodies. To that I say… well, you know, I don’t want to swear here.)

Another favorite of “theirs” is to say vegans are spoiled by civilization and couldn’t survive in the wild like they could. But they buy their dead bodies killed by others…bled out, butchered, cleaned, plucked, skinned, and packaged all ready to cook. Give them a whole dead animal to prepare from scratch and most people would look at you as if you were insane, wouldn’t know what to do, many would actually vomit once they tried to begin. It takes a very particular sort of person to be able to kill and prepare whole dead bodies for any uses. And in stark reality, those “qualities” are in no way desirable in human beings.

But I’ll not continue rambling, here are the vegan eats…

All pics are either public domain or credited as required:

 Tofu & potatoes grilled - Yuanyang, Yunnan-province, China

Tofu & potatoes grilled – Yuanyang, Yunnan province, China

chef christina pirello Grilled_Soy_Cheese_Sandwiches

Chef Christina Pirello’s grilled soy cheese sandwich (she used a stove grill but the brave can try outdoors?)

Grilled zucchini

Grilled Zucchini

Grilled_Eggplant_Over_Miso_Tahini_Green_Salad

Grilled eggplant over miso tahini green salad

grilled eggplant & veggies

Grilled eggplant & veggies

epicureanvegan.com

Veggies on the grill from epicureanvegan.com

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Credit: Moria on flickr – Grilled seasoned eggplant – Oh my, so good!

credit sharontroy flickr broccoli pesto gnocchi w:grilled tofu

Credit: sharontroy on flickr – Broccoli pesto gnocchi with grilled tofu

credit crystalflickr Spicy grilled tofu, Grilled vegetable salad, and Quinoa with pistashios, parsley, and mint

Credit: crystalflickr on flickr – Spicy grilled tofu, Grilled vegetable salad, and Quinoa with pistashios, parsley, and mint

sweet potato hash on the grill

Sweet potatoes, onions, corn

Credit: maxkiesler on flickr - Grilled tofu vegetariana arepa with sweet plantains, black beans, ajo alio, avocado

Credit: maxkiesler on flickr – Grilled tofu vegetariana arepa with sweet plantains, black beans, ajo alio, avocado

Credit: ironchefbalara on flickr - Sweet potatoes grilling

Credit: ironchefbalara on flickr – Sweet potatoes grilling

Take those ideas and run with them, and enjoy 🙂

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2 thoughts on “How to Enjoy the Barbecue Season as a Vegan

    • Thanks; me too. And eggplant can be one of the most delicious foods on the planet when prepared/seasoned right. Things that make me want to pig out are pastry cooking shows like this British bake-off thing I’ve been watching lately; of course I only want veganized versions of things. And you don’t even need all that preparation and cooking, simply some granola and banana/lemon/coconut cream pudding in layers can beat some of those labor-intensive pastries, and be so much healthier as well. Take care Patrice 🙂

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