Summer is all about BBQs, firing up the grill, throwing down some hot dogs and burgers while enjoying the outdoors. But for those that prefer to limit or forgo mean and instead enjoy a mostly plant-based style of eating, filling up on those same ol’ side dishes like macaroni salad, potato salad or chips an dips can make for a pretty unhealthy summer. Traina Foods offers easy and creative meal ideals to take to potluck parties or for hosting one’s own…and no one will miss the meat!
• In lieu of a beef hot dog, turkey burger or chicken, hearty vegetables can be grilled almost the same way as these traditional grilled meats. In fact, cauliflower “steak” (a thick slice of a cauliflower head) is becoming a popular vegan and vegetarian meatless mainstay. It can be seasoned and grilled much like a regular steak, and topped with one of Traina Foods new BBQ Sauces, such as the Sun Dried Apricot variety.
• Homemade veggie burgers can be made with beans, rice, vegetables and even some Traina Foods dried fruit medley bits for a little bite of sweet surprise, then grilled up and served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and Traina Foods Sun Dried Ketchup flavors.
• Grilled eggplant, zucchini or sweet potatoes are other great veggie “grillers.” Big chunks of vegetables such as red onion, tomatoes, and summer squash can also be threaded on skewers and grilled up to vegetarians and vegans’ delight.
• For a quick appetizer, grilled mini peppers (think red, yellow and orange for a bright and beautiful presentation), stuffed with dip such as spinach and artichoke, hummus or jalapeno cream cheese and a drizzle of Traina Foods Gourmet Sriracha Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup. Or try Traina Foods new vegan-friendly Sun Dried Tomato Tabbouleh Appetizer for a perfect sharable starter.
There are so many ways to enjoy a plant-based lifestyle, and encourage others to do so as well, when cooking light or grilling for summer. The Traina Foods offers traditional family classics and new inspirational recipes at www.trainafoods.com.