Heat Up Your Grill for a Vegetarian-Friendly Feast

Barbecue season is in full swing, which is great news for everyone…except vegetarians. For people who don’t eat meat, cookouts can be frustrating. Not only are the main courses usually burgers or hot dogs, but popular sides like baked beans and pasta salad often have bacon or salami thrown in as well. But there’s no reason vegetarians have to be stuck eating corn on the cob and frozen veggie burgers. In fact, now’s the time to let summer produce steal the show. Caprese kabobs, Portobello mushroom burgers, sweet potato skewers and grilled peaches will have everyone at the party—even meat lovers—eating healthier and begging for more.

Appetizer: Grilled Caprese Kabobs
A caprese salad, which is usually tomato, mozzarella and basil, is always a hit. Try this grilled twist on it, which is a great way to use up tomatoes and basil from your garden!

Main Course: Portobello Mushroom Burger
Portobello mushrooms are a good source of fiber, low in calories and are a fantastic alternative to the traditional beef burger.

Side Dish: Grilled Sweet Potato Skewers
Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse and their sweet flavor makes them a favorite of both kids and adults.

Dessert: Sweet Grilled Peaches
When grilled, the sugar in the peaches caramelizes, making them a real treat. Make sure to pick out perfectly ripe peaches that aren’t mushy or have cuts or bruises.

Check out the recipes below.

What vegetarian-friendly dishes do you like to bring to a barbecue? Let us know in the comments below. And read these other posts if you’re interested in more vegetarian-based recipes:

Photo credit: Meal Makeover Moms

(Visited 318 times, 1 visits today)

Ingredients

Serves: 12

24 grape tomatoes
12 mini fresh mozzarella balls
24 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Appetizer: Grilled Caprese Kabobs

Instructions
1. Take 12 wooden skewers and, on each one, place one tomato, one basil leaf, one mozzarella ball, another basil leaf, and another tomato.
2. Drizzle kebabs with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Place a piece of tinfoil on a hot grill and put kebabs on top of foil. Cook until tomatoes are soft and cheese is just starting to melt.
4. Take kebabs off grill, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

Nutritional Analysis:
Amount per serving (yields 12 servings)
45 calories
4g fat
5mg cholesterol
12mg sodium
2g carbohydrates

Adapted from TasteofHome

Print the Recipe

Save to Pinterest

Ingredients

Serves: 4

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sodium-free teriyaki sauce
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon dried thyme
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
Pepper to taste
4 large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
4 whole wheat buns
4 slices of cheese

Main Course: Portobello Mushroom Burger

Instructions
1. Combine olive oil, teriyaki sauce, ginger, thyme, garlic and pepper in a dish and whisk together.
2. Wash mushrooms and pour sauce over them. Let them marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Grill over medium-high heat for 5 to 8 minutes, occasionally brushing with more marinade. The mushrooms are done when they’re tender and slightly charred.
4. Serve on a bun and top with your favorite cheese and condiments, such as lettuce, onion and tomato.

Nutritional Analysis:
Amount per serving (yields 4 servings)
May vary depending on bun and cheese
330 calories
17g fat
6g saturated fat
25mg cholesterol
32 g carbohydrates
14 g protein

Adapted from Whole Foods Market

Print the Recipe

Save to Pinterest

Ingredients

Serves: 8

3 pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ½-inch thick slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Side Dish: Grilled Sweet Potato Skewers

Instructions
1. Assemble the sweet potato slices onto eight 15-inch metal skewers.
2. Brush each skewer with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn skewers over and repeat.
3. Grill over medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. You can add spices such as cinnamon, chili powder, garlic powder or cumin to give these an extra bit of flavor.

Nutritional Analysis:
Amount per serving (yields 8 servings)
217 calories
3.8g fat
162mg sodium
44g carbs
2.4g protein

Adapted from The Yummy Life

Print the Recipe

Save to Pinterest

Ingredients

Serves: 4

4 peaches, cut in half and pitted

Dessert: Sweet Grilled Peaches

Instructions
1. Place peaches on grill, and cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side. They are delicious alone or paired with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or non-fat Greek yogurt.

Nutritional Analysis:
Amount per serving without ice cream or yogurt (serves 4)
59 calories
.4g fat
0mg sodium
14g carbs
1.4g protein.

Print the Recipe

Save to Pinterest
LEAVE A COMMENT

 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *