Attending a CookoutIf 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!