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The Lazy Vegetarian


Attending a Cookout

If you are a newer vegetarian (which I know many of my regular readers are), you may wonder how to handle an invitation to a party where the host will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. We usually bring along a box of frozen veggie burgers (Gardenburger) or hotdogs (Boca Smoked Sausages). Just ask your host to cook them first, before the grill is covered with meat drippings.

Another good thing to bring is skewers of diced veggies (squash, peppers, mushrooms, onions, etc) and tempeh (like one from Lightlife). You can marinate the tempeh for a few hours before assembling your skewers in your favorite vegetarian marinade (or a simple mixture of olive oil and lime juice). Then brush the skewers with the marinade before grilling. Again, grill these first.

An easy side dish to bring along that will be very welcome is a fruit salad. Include some combination of apples, pears, nectarines, peaches, kiwi, seedless grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and pink grapefruit (or oranges). Mix plain non-fat yogurt, honey, and lime juice (to taste) for a dressing. I've never had any of this salad come home at the end of a party!

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Another thing that might work, if you're not going to be early enough at the cookout to get your food cooked first, is to bring one of those small counter-top grills. My parents actually use one of those for all their cookouts, since it's just them two. :)

By Blogger Stephanie, at 7:56 PM  

This sight is awesome because I am a lazy vegetarian as well. What surprises me is that you live in Texas...I did not think there were any vegetarians there!

By Blogger Jackie Bolen, at 6:46 PM  

That fruit salad sounds scrumptious, Annie!

By Blogger Kate, at 4:55 AM  

I'm the queen of lazy vegetarian. I dont really like to cook most of the time so I search high and low for easy recipes. If anyone is interested, I have a Yahoo group called EasyVegCooking with many, many easy veg recipes that I have found over the past 6 months.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:21 AM  

So, I guess that I'm the Uptight Vegetarian. If the people don't have a separate grill for my food, which my sister does, and it's small enough to travel, then I just cook my food in the microwave. No, I don't get that grilled taste, but I don't feel that people clean their grills enough to get the charred meat bits off.

By Blogger Pam D, at 3:22 PM  

Pam, I won't eat off a grill that meat was cooked on either. If I go to a BBQ, I take my small portable grill for my stuff.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:53 AM  

i am not a vegetarian by any means however i have to sing the praises of the morningstar brand. for those how like the taste of beef and like their veggie burgers to resembule meat morningstar is the way to go. not only do they taste good unlike gardenburger they actually look the real thing unlike said brand above. for a meat lover morningstar is one of the few meat altrnatvies that i would gladly eat

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:05 AM  

i am a vegetarian and LOVE the morningstar brand! the spicy black bean burgers are amazing - and work well in any tex-mex style recipe.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:22 PM  

I'm a very lazy vegetarian, so your blog is the height of awesome for me. I'm always looking for recipes that are easy for me to cook individually as my family eats meat, so thank you for all the easy recipes.

By Anonymous Steph, at 11:57 AM  

What amazes me most is that a host wouldn't be considerate enough to adjust for something a guest feels is so important. My wife has been a vegetarian for a few months. Long before that change we had a vegetarian friend come to a cookout. She told me she could bring something for her to eat. I told her "no way". She is a guest like everyone else and I see no difference between accommodating this and someone asking for chicken because they dislike the taste of beef. We like people to be at home with us. My wife and the friend are not concerned about grill residue but if they were I'd accommodate for it as I did for a friend who had serious MSG allergies. This same vegetarian friend who came to the cookout told me that she has had people offer her the hamburger garnish as her meal and that once someone tried to trick her into eating meat. I am a long way from the most sensitive guy but this stupidity amazes me.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:14 AM  

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