10 Products You'll Need for a Vegan Cookout
Your guide to start substituting common dishes!
My parents are incorporating more plant-based dishes into their diet, and it’s fine when trying weeknight dinners or a quick breakfast. But it’s summertime — the height of outdoor cooking season — and I’m not so sure I’m ready to try to replace traditional cookout fare. I’m pretty skeptical about substituting non-vegan foods, but I searched for options and found some top-rated products that might help convince me.
I started with the star of the show: burgers. These patties are made with rice and a variety of vegetables. They can be cooked in a skillet, in the microwave and, of course, on the grill, which is great because is it really a cookout without burgers?
While you have the mayo out, add some sour cream to make a good dip for chips and crisp veggies. It can even be seasoned with herbs to take it up a notch. Everyone knows you can grill vegetables, but next time try grilling fruit to unlock fun summer flavors.
At this point, it’s indisputable that bacon is a champion of the food world. It’s used as a main dish, ingredient, garnish and seasoning. For the cookout, these vegan bacon bits can be added to patties, pasta salad and dip for a salty crunch.
It’s a tight race with bacon, but you could argue that cheese is the conqueror of the food world, and in this case, nothing beats a slice of cheese perfectly centered on a hot patty. Luckily, you can still create that same combo with vegan cheese slices.
A little goes a long way, especially when corn-on-the-cob is involved, but according to some recipes, a lot of butter goes further when it comes to baking something special. It’s always good to have some on hand, including this vegan alternative made from oak milk.