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A vegan BBQ that everyone will enjoy!
Member Name: sun-is-shining
Advantages: Healthy, tasty and cheap
Being vegan is not easy in any form, way or shape. Depending how strict you are milk chocolate, wine and even some brands of sugar can be off-limit. Not being vegan myself my typical BBQ would include burgers, bangers and chicken wings - maybe the occasional mushroom and tomato to give it some colour. Coming from Germany BBQs are quite a serious business for me with my father introducing me from childhood on how to grill the perfect steak, how to keep chicken moist and how not to burn sausages.
Having vegan friends and loving BBQs put me in an interesting position this summer - how to create the perfect BBQ menu that would be suitable for them to eat as well as taste delicious and satisfied my meat hungry housemates. Read on the get a taste for healthy yet delicious vegan food that is as healthy as it is tasty!
- - - - - Grilled Spring Onion - - - -
All you need for this simple dish is
- fresh spring onion
- olive oil
- a tiny bit of vegetable stock powder
- tin foil
Prepare the spring onion by washing them thoroughly and removing the roots at the bottom. Do not peel off the outer skin but do chop off the top bits of the green leaves as they can be fairly bitter. Place the spring onion on the tin foil, sprinkle with the vegetable stock powder and olive oil; let it marinate for 10min.
Remove the spring onion from the tin foil and place on the BBQ until the outer skin starts to brown. Depending on how thick the bulbs are this should take not more than 7 to 10 min.
To serve, simply remove the outer skin and dip the spring onion in a spicy salsa sauce of houmous. The slow roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the spring onion that goes very well with both mild and spicy sauces.
- - - - Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with houmous topping - - - -
Portobello mushrooms are a popular ingredient for any kind of vegetarian BBQ and often served with stilton. the blue cheese version is delicious but unfortunately not suitable for vegans. A tasty yet cheap alternative is houmous which can be either shop-bought or home-made.
- Portobello mushrooms (2 per person)
- Olive oil
- tin foil
Place each mushroom in a small nest made out of the tin foil and drizzle olive oil on top as well as coating the sides and bottom. Season with salt and pepper if you use plain houmous. Spread some of the houmous on top of the mushroom, close the tin foil and place on the grill. After 10 to 15min you will be rewarded with a delicious mushroom dish that is not as heavy as the conventional version with blue cheese.
- - - - Banana & Chocolate - - - -
This is such a simple and genius BBQ dish that everyone will love! For a non vegan version you can easily substitute the dark chocolate with any other type. My favourite is milk chocolate but that's just a question of taste.
- Bananas ( 1 per person as it is quite a rich dish)
- Chocolate of your choice - dark chocolate without milk for vegan
- tin foil
Slice the bananas lengthwise through the peel to form a small pocket but tale care not to make the cut too deep and do not remove the peel. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place inside the pocket. Wrap the banana into tin foil and place on the grill. Let it heat up for roughly 5min, open the tin foil and sprinkle some cinnamon on it before serving. This dish is very simple but always the highlight of every BBQ.
To create an adult version of the pudding simply add a shot of Amaretto or Baileys into the banana peel instead to the chocolate.
Summary: Some lovely ideas for a vegan BBQ