Hosting a [Vegan] Barbecue


Jackie Ford, The Vegan Diet – Whether you live where it is Summer or where you have sunny Winter days, there is nothing nicer than to have friends around for a Vegan BBQ (Braai as it is called in South Africa and Barbie as it is called in Australia).  You can have something as simple as Vegan burgers, sausages and salads, or really get creative with a variety of BBQ'd veggies, salads, summer soups and desserts.


Try some of the ideas out below:
South African Fired and Stuffed Butternut

1 small butternut, the rounder the better (1 small butternut per person)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
1 handful bread crumbs
1 small tomato, grated1
1 small red pepper, chopped
Vegan feta type cheese (optional)
2 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed with salt
a sprinkle of fresh rosemary
a sprinkle of fresh basil
a sprinkle of fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste.
Chop the top of the butternut off, and scoop out all the seeds as if you were making a Halloween pumpkin. Do not peel the butternut. Stuff the butternut with the ingredients set out above.
Make sure that they are well mixed, but put the Vegan feta cheese on the top. Place the top of the butternut back on top, so that it acts as a lid. Wrap the tightly butternut in tinfoil. Place on the open coals of a fire. Turn occasionally. Remove from the fire about half an hour later. When unwrapped, the butternut should be soft, and the skin blackened. Don't forget to eat the skin, as it will be wonderfully soft and sweet.
Stuffed Onions with Vegetables
From The Vegetarian Network Victoria, Australia.
6 medium onions
1 tin corn kernels or fresh kermals from one cob
1 small red capsicum
1 small squash
3 small mushrooms
fresh turmeric grated
pinch cumin, coriander seeds, garamasala

Peel onions leaving root end intact to hold the onion together. Carefully pull centres from onions, leaving about three external layers intact. Drop onions into boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes, drain upside down. Cook reserved onion with oil and spices. Add remaining vegetable ingredients. Mix well until all ingredients take on colour of turmeric. Fill onion shells with mixture. Wrap onions individually in aluminum foil. Barbeque until filling is heated through.

Grilled Seitan With Crisp Apple Salsa

For the Salsa:
2 cups diced Fiji apples
1 Anaheim chile pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup diced yellow onion
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp peeled and finely slivered fresh ginger
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Seitan:
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup apple cider
1/2 tsp grated lime zest
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
2 tbsps olive oil
1 lb. seitan (Try White Wave’s wheat meat.)
For the Salsa: Combine all the ingredients and allow the flavors to blend for approximately 30 minutes.
For the Seitan: Combine the wine, apple cider, lime zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil and pour over the seitan. Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and grill over medium-hot coals, turning once, until done. Serve with the salsa. Makes 4 servings.

Tasty BBQ Corn on the Cob
Submitted by Deann
"This is corn on the cob cooked on the grill with spices and butter. It makes for a yummy side dish to any meal! Try it with fresh garlic and onion."

1 tsp chili powder

1/8 tspdried oregano
1 pinch onion powder
cayenne pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup vegan marg, softened
6 ears corn, husked and cleaned

In a medium bowl, mix together the chili powder, oregano, onion powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Blend in the softened marg. Apply this mixture to each ear of corn, and place each ear onto a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap the corn. Wrap like a burrito, and twist the ends to close. Place wrapped corn on the preheated grill, and cook 20 to 30 minutes, until tender when poked with a fork. Turn corn occasionally during cooking.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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