If you read or listened to last week's post or episode you know we're right in the middle of our delicious vegan barbecue series, in which I get to teach you some of my favorite plant-based goodies to pop on that grill this summer. Last week we covered vegan meats and marinades, and today it's time for some of my grilling favorites. Those barbecue sides, those perfectly charred veggies and the salads that will round out grilling season. Sides are a thing of beauty and we all know it. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are the perfect proof of that. Sure, we might have loved these holiday gatherings because of the big roast (which of course you can make vegan) at the center of the table, but usually when I ask people what their favorite part of their family's Thanksgiving was, they all mention their grandma's mashed potatoes or their dad's famous sweet potato casserole. Deep down, we're all side dish junkies. Grilling season is the perfect excuse to indulge in such a vice.Read More
Last week, we helped you celebrate 4th of July weekend with some delicious vegan recipes from across the blogosphere, which you can check out here. We had delicious homemade vegan sausages, red, white and blue fruit tarts and bars, crispy no fry onion rings, yummy burgers, the works! It inspired me to create the series you're going to start enjoying today, all with a friend in mind: the barbecue.
I can't tell you how much we love barbecue season. Partly because as Venezuelans we both grew up with family barbecues every weekend. Carlos would go to his grandparent's house, which was also the house he grew up in, and his whole family would get together on Saturdays for some grilling. We don't have seasons back home, meaning this was a tradition held year round. Talk about a lot of barbecues.Read More
One of the things I love most about the summer is cooking and eating outside. We're blessed to have a terrace where grilling is an absolute must while the weather allows, and there are SO many ways to enjoy a completely vegan barbecue. Not only can you indulge in some of the vegan meats available nowadays, which I reserve for special occasions, but the beauty of grilling is actually that you can take very basic veggie ingredients and make them shine.
To me there is no bigger flavor enhancer than the smokiness given by the grill.
If you're a grilling nut like we are, today I have a grilling trick that will help you eat extremely healthy during the week. It's something we've been doing for years every time Carlos fires up that grill.Read More