Here it is just a day or so away from the BIG day...
You’ve committed yourself to hosting the first kick-off to a summer of barbeques — Memorial Day. That’s quite courageous of you because you have the daunting task of setting the standard for the rest of the summer. No pressure.
The usual suspects may grace your buffet table – hotdogs, burgers, ribs and maybe store-bought veggie burgers for the party anomaly aka Vegan or Vegetarian guest.
That being said, you have a problem on your hands. You’re worried about pleasing all of your guests without creating more work for yourself. Yes, there is the potato salad (loaded with eggs), coleslaw (doused in mayo), pasta salad (topped with feta), and baked beans (laced with pork). A few of these may satisfy your Vegetarian guests, but unless your Vegan guests plan to bring sides that they can also eat (this is what I always do) that leaves them with the rubbery veggie burger and feta-less pasta salad you set aside in a separate bowl.
Why not make everyone happy with food that will please any and all dinner guests and alleviate the need to create so much work for the gracious host?
This Memorial Day, scale back on your workload by creating all-inclusive sides. Start by nixing the eggs and replacing the mayo in your potato salad with Vegan mayo or mashed avocado. I promise they won’t know the difference, especially if you select the right Vegan mayo (like cholesterol-free Follow Your Heart’s Veganaise). Swap out the mayo in your coleslaw, too. Next, serve up a Easy Balsamic Corn Salad recipe that will become a permanent resident in your Vegan recipe repertoire.
It’s a light, refreshing, tangy, and perfectly seasoned side dish in a white balsamic vinegar/Dijon dressing. Lightly pan-fried fresh summer corn kernels are complimented with tomatoes, sweet basil, and peppery arugula. Easy Balsamic Corn Salad is easy to pack and go when you need a item to bring to a party.
And what’s the veggie burger situation in your house? Do you make your own from scratch or buy them remade? Yes, a few companies make a pretty good store-bought burger when you’re in a pickle, but why not make a homemade veggie burger that’s actually grillable (won’t fall apart on the grill), tastes superior compared to its processed counterpart, can be frozen (making it your new go-to when you’re short on time) and just might upstage the usual beef burger. Grillable Veggie Burgers are the answer to delicious, smoky, moist, black bean patties.
Grillable Veggie Burgers only have 1 gram of saturated fat compared to the 12 grams found in traditional beef burgers.
Take pride in knowing that this barbeque kick-off holiday, you’ve set the standard pretty darn high. Go ahead– it’s appropriate to drop the mic or in this case, the spatula.