BBQ Survival Guide
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning BBQ season.
For new vegans or people looking to eat healthier, a BBQ can be an uncomfortable place. While I can’t stop your friends from asking you questions like, “but how do you get enough protein?” or “You know people were designed to eat meat, right?”
I can give you some tips on how to survive this American tradition.
- Bring a Dish to Share: The line between BBQ and potluck often overlaps. Bringing a unique vegan treat can help combat annoying vegan questions and also gives you a little more variety to your meatless meal.
Having good vegan food at the party gives you an answer to the question, “so what do you eat?” Just point to the Diced Salad you made and say, “stuff like that”.
(3 Memorial Day BBQ Recipes to come this weekend!)
- Bring your own ‘hotdog’ or burger: There’s nothing more disappointing than only eating salad at a BBQ. It’s social traditions like chargrilled burgers that can make going vegan and eating well extra difficult. An easy solution so you don’t feel like you’re putting the host out is to bring a veggie burger or hotdog for yourself.
If you feel weird coming prepared with wiener in hand, tell the host before arriving about your diet. Although it seems intimidating at times, most people just want their guests to feel comfortable and won’t mind figuring out something so you can eat too.
- Suggest Vegetable Kebabs: Just put vegetables on a stick and grill. This is a cheap easy solution for hosts who don’t really know anything about vegan diet. It’s a food everyone knows how to make, that doesn’t stand out in a BBQ setting.
- Throw Your Own BBQ: One of the best ways to teach people is by showing them. If you throw your own BBQ with only veg dishes, people can see first hand that eating vegan is pretty darn tasty. Best part is you’ll be able to eat everything at the party.
Don’t make it a “vegan thing”: Make sure to keep normal traditions alive so people aren’t turned off by the idea of a cholestorol free BBQ. Downplay the vegan label, and hype up the bean bag tournament and beer pong.
Keep posted with Cheap Vegan for BBQ recipes all weekend!