How To Include Vegetarian Guests In Your Next Barbeque
Just under 10% of people in Canada are vegetarians, and with more options for meat alternatives than ever before, it’s most likely that you know a vegetarian or two yourself. If you’re planning your next big neighbourhood backyard barbeque and you’ve invited a few vegetarian guests, don’t worry! Team Harding has a few expert tips to make sure your vegetarian guests are fed and happy!
Try Hosting A Vegetarian Barbeque
When many meat-eaters think of vegetarian food they think of quinoa, salads, and tofu–also known as a food that isn’t very barbeque friendly. If you’re hosting a barbeque with vegetarian guests, think outside just cold veggies. Baked potatoes, grilled cheese, french fries, pizza, and many more backyard favourites are all vegetarian. You might end up having so many options that a whole vegetarian barbeque could be not only doable but also delicious!
Cook The Vegetarian Food First
If you only have one or two vegetarian guests coming to your barbecue and you don’t want to forego steaks, burgers, and hotdogs, that’s totally understandable. A great way to prevent cross-contamination on the grill is to just cook the veggie burgers first. Sure, the vegetarian guests may eat their main course first, but there are still sides, drinks, and company that they can share with the other guests.
A great way to serve vegetarian guests at your barbeque is to get creative with vegetarian sides, appetizers, and non-grilled foods. Sides like mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, potato salad, caesar salad (sans bacon bits), and sandwiches are all great options for vegetarian guests. Plus, there are a lot of amazing vegetarian desserts for everyone to share!
Use A Spacious And Quality Grill
When having vegetarian guests, many home grillmasters choose to make a designated space on the grill for vegetarian food, this way, everyone can eat together and there’s space for vegetarians to have seconds without having to wash down the grill grates. What makes grilling meat and vegetarian options on the same grill without cross-contamination doable is having a large grill with spacious grill grates and a non-stick surface. Investing in a large, high-quality grill will ensure that everyone at your barbeque can eat comfortably without having to worry about their dietary restrictions.
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