5 Vegetarian-Friendly Dishes to Lighten Up Your BBQ
Barbeque season is officially upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking of what dishes and desserts to make for your next outdoor gathering. Whether you live a plant-based lifestyle or you’re just looking for ways to eat healthier, we’ve got some easy-to-prepare, vegetarian-friendly options that are so delicious, everyone in the neighborhood will be asking for the recipe. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Cauliflower Rice and Beans
What barbeque would be complete without the staple of rice and beans? While this dish in and of itself is already good for you, our recipe lightens things up even more by replacing carb-heavy starches with fluffy, delicious cauliflower rice. To make it vegetarian-friendly, simply tweak the recipe by swapping out the chicken broth for a plant-based broth alternative. Here’s the full recipe.
Tired of the same old boring options at the salad table? Chances are, everyone else is tired of them too. Kick things up a notch by whipping up a batch of broccoli salad. This gem features the complementary tastes of sweet raisins, savory almonds and zesty white wine vinegar for a flavor explosion that’ll have everyone heading back for seconds. Simply omit the bacon if you’d like this one to be vegetarian-friendly. Get the full recipe here.
Spicy Spinach Bean Dip
If you’re looking for a real crowd-pleaser to bring to your next cookout, block party or summer celebration, look no further than this zesty dip. Made with wholesome ingredients, like spinach and northern beans, it’s a great healthier option to place on the appetizer table. And with flavorful seasonings, like garlic, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese, it’ll delight the taste buds of everyone in attendance. Serve it alongside your favorite chips, crackers or veggie slices. Here’s the recipe.
Hanover Green Beans
Think this dish is reserved for cold-weather holidays, like Thanksgiving? Think again. It’s hard to imagine how a simple green bean recipe could be such a hit, but one bite and you’ll be hooked! (Spoiler alert: the secret lies in the shredded cheddar!) Give this one a whirl and don’t be surprised if it becomes your go-to plate for future gatherings. And feel free to use vegan bacon so everyone can enjoy! Grab the recipe here.
Black Bean Chocolate Dip
Liven up (or should we say lighten up) the dessert table with this creamy, decadent chocolate dip. It goes perfect with everything from fresh fruit and cheese to pretzels, cookies, crackers – you name it! The best part is the secret healthy ingredient. But trust us – nobody will ever even suspect that it’s made with black beans! Find out how you can make your own black bean chocolate dip here.
No summer gathering would be complete without plenty of delicious food. Keep things on the lighter side and provide a few vegetarian-friendly options with these tasty, easy-to-make and even easier-to-devour recipes.