Until a few years ago, BBQ was mainly associated with sausages, pork neck, and meat skewers. Recently, this situation has changed due to the increasing number of vegetarians and the growing awareness of healthy eating. Therefore, no one is surprised to see vegetables or vegetable substitutes of meat on the grill. Let's check how to prepare a delicious and healthy veggie BBQ!
Grilled vegetables or salads are not the only veggie dishes that can appear at the BBQ party. There are more and more vegetable substitutes of meat prepared for grilling in the vegetarian version (e.g., soy sausages) available in stores. However, if we have more time, it is worth preparing your vegetarian dishes.
The vegetarian grill should be not only tasty but also healthy. For this purpose, it is worth choosing products that will be a source of protein, dietary fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols. At the same time, they should be low in saturated fatty acids, trans fats, sodium, and artificial additives (e.g., flavor enhancers). Below are some examples of products that are worth serving during a vegetable barbecue.
The choice of vegetables for the barbecue depends on our taste preferences. When vegetables are put directly on the grill or added to skewers, we often choose eggplant, pepper, and zucchini. On the other hand, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and arugula often appear in vegetable salads. Let’s check the health-promoting properties of the selected vegetables.
Tofu is a product well known to people who follow a vegetarian diet. Since it is made from soybeans, it is a good source of protein – an ingredient that should be paid special attention to in a vegetarian diet. What’s more, it is a source of isoflavones – ingredients that can alleviate menopausal symptoms and also have anti-cancer properties.
When preparing grilled vegetarian dishes, it is worth reaching for olives (both green and black). They can be both an interesting addition to salads and skewers. Olives are a source of vitamin E and other compounds with antioxidant properties (including quercetin).
Vegetable dishes are not only vegetable salads. There are many more ideas for preparing meatless dishes.
It’s a myth that grilled foods are limited to meat-based foods. There are many ideas for making a delicious and healthy veggie grill. We can choose from an increasing number of ready-made meat substitutes and prepare our own dishes (e.g., from vegetables, mushrooms, olives, tofu). Their preparation is not difficult at all, and there is a good chance that even the greatest carnivores will be delighted with their taste!
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