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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 & veggies
Grilled eggplant & veggies
Veggies on the grill from
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 🙂