Lean Mean Grilling Guide: Healthy Vegetarian Recipes
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Are you living a vegetarian lifestyle and having difficulty converting that diet to the grill? Well, Cave Tools is back again for another helpful guide. We’ve already talked about some vegan bbq ideas, and today we are covering vegetarian grilling to help you take your vegetarian meal prep to a new level and give you some new recipes for healthy vegetarian dishes. Hopefully this article will help you vary your healthy breakfast recipe go-tos, lunch recipes, vegetarian dinner recipes and more.. This easy guide will break down step by step on how to make some healthy barbecue meals for the average vegetarian.
Additionally, this guide will help educate you about different types of vegetarians and their diet constraints. So get your pen and paper ready because we are grilling vegetarian style!
Is that really vegetarian?
Those of you may be unfamiliar about what it takes to be a vegetarian.
A vegetarian is someone who has structured restraints in their diet when it comes to consuming red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.
Basically, it revolves around any food product that has to do with the treatment of animals. There are different types of vegetarians that put their own level of restraint on what they consume. Ovo-vegetarian consumes eggs, but do not consume dairy or meat. Lacto-vegetarian consists of dairy products, but no eggs or meats. Ovo-lacto vegetarian includes dairy, eggs but no meats.
This diet is completely more lenient compared to a vegan diet but it depends on what the individual finds more harmful during the process of making the product.
Easy vegetarian Appetizers – Healthy Recipes
Potato Chips with Guacamole
Ingredients for Potato Chips:
- Three tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Three potatoes (sliced paper thin)
- Half teaspoon of salt and pepper
Directions: Wrap the potato chips with a paper towel (you might have to do this twice, depending on how many potatoes you slice) and cook them in the microwave for 5 to 6 minutes. You want your chips to be nice and crispy.
Ingredients for Guacamole:
- Two creamy avocados
- Small onion (Finely Chopped)
- Clove of garlic (minced)
- Ripe tomato
- Lime (juiced)
- Teaspoon of salt and pepper
- Half a jalapeño
Directions: Mix all the ingredients listed above in the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour before serving to let flavors blend.
Mini Grilled Eggplant Sliders
- One eggplant (halved and sliced)
- Tablespoon of olive oil
- One fourth of a cup of mayonnaise
- Two cloves of garlic (minced)
- Two brioche buns
- Tomato (sliced)
- Half a cup of crumbled feta cheese (for lacto-vegetarians)
- One fourth of a cup of basil (chopped)
- Step 1: Brush both sides of the eggplant with olive oil and place the eggplant on the medium-high temperature grill for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Step 2: Mix the garlic with the mayo.
- Step 3: Toast your buns and dress them with tomato, feta cheese, basil and the mayo.
- Step 4: When eggs plant has finished cooking, place the eggplant on the bun. Cut the sandwiches into fours and put a tooth pick to hold it in.
Vegetarian Barbecue Ideas
Grilled Portobello Sandwich – This vegetarian idea is healthy, lean and delicious. This sandwich will change the way you see a mushroom!
Grilled Zucchini Pizza – Perfect for the charcoal grill, so make sure to add this item to the menu!
Southwestern Corn Salad – This fresh take on salad will bring some major flavors to the table! I hope you find this Lean Mean Grilling Guide helpful for generating delicious and nutritious vegetarian ideas. A great aid for this lifestyle will be our next
Hopefully this guide was interesting for you. There’s so many different ideas for vegetarian healthy recipes, sych as soup recipes, quinoa salad or kale salad, cooked brown rice with a twist, quick snacks with peanut butter or almond butter, black beans, brussels sprouts or red pepper. You can turn any cuisine vegetarian: indian, mexican, greek, it doesn’t matter. Stir fries is always a good idea. You can serve it as a main dish or appetizers – the possibilities are endless!
A great aid for this lifestyle will be our next guide for grilling vegetables!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you serve at a vegetarian BBQ?
There are so many great vegetarian options when it comes to grilling. We offer up a few great recipes in this article, including zucchini pizza, eggplant sliders, and mushroom sliders. You can also grill tofu to make vegetarian tacos, or make a ton of vegetable skewers and serve them up with delicious dipping sauces. The possibilities are endless!
What kind of vegetables can be grilled?
Almost any vegetable can be cooked on a grill (with the exception of a few very tender green leaf lettuces). Our absolute favorites for healthy vegetarian grilling are corn, eggplant, bell peppers, asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, and mushrooms.
Are veggie burgers healthy?
Most vegetarian burger patties are made with whole ingredients, like beans, lentils, and whole grains. These types of ingredients are very healthy, so the burger patty is also good for you. Check the ingredients label to make sure there are no added sugars or high fructose corn syrup. If you’re uncertain about any of the ingredients on the list, you can always make your own veggie burger.
Can you BBQ veggie burgers?
Most store-bought veggie burgers are designed to be cooked on the grill. In fact, most of these burgers can go from the freezer straight to the grill without being thawed! You can also create your own vegetarian burger with a better flavor and texture by making it yourself. Most people combine black beans and quinoa to create their vegetarian burger patties.
Is BBQ sauce vegetarian?
Check the label on your store-bought barbecue sauce, but most of these recipes are completely vegetarian friendly. If you make your own BBQ sauce, you’ll know it’s 100 percent vegetarian because you control what goes into it! Keep in mind that some BBQ sauces contain honey and Worcestershire, both of which are not vegan ingredients.