How to reduce your meat consumption during BBQ season using vegan cheeses on the grill
Whether for environmental, health or even ethical reasons, everyone becomes more aware of the importance of modifying our dietary habits.
Reducing meat and animal product consumption benefits many, regardless of the motivation. To adopt a more conscious and responsible approach, there are several vegetarian and vegan alternatives available in the market. The summer season is the perfect time to try new recipes and reduce your consumption of animal products. Although BBQ season is traditionally associated with meat, dare to add a modern twist to your receptions and enjoy a grill night with plant-based cheeses.
Vegan cheeses: a delicious alternative to replacing meat on the BBQ
Vegan cheeses are an excellent alternative to meat for meals during hot summer evenings. They are made from plant-based ingredients such as almond milk, coconut milk, cashews and sunflower seeds, providing a delicious option for those following a vegan diet or looking to reduce their dairy consumption.
These cheeses can be prepared in many ways. Their textures resemble regular cheeses and can be crumbled, grated, grilled and even melted! Plant-based cheeses from Plant Ahead offer a variety of delicious flavors that can enhance many dishes, including BBQ recipes:
- Vegan Feta: Plant Ahead’s vegan feta offers a rich and slightly salty taste reminiscent of traditional feta cheese;
- Vegan Mozzarella: Plant Ahead’s vegan mozzarella has a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a mild, creamy flavor. It can be used to add a touch of delicacy to your dishes;
- Vegan Cream Cheese: Plant Ahead’s vegan cream cheese is smooth and offers a delicate, slightly tangy flavor, perfect for spreads or recipes that require a creamy texture;
- Vegan Parmesan: Plant Ahead’s vegan parmesan offers a distinctive umami taste and a coarse texture, perfect for sprinkling over pasta, salads, and other dishes to add a flavorful note.
Plant Ahead’s vegan cheeses are crafted to provide delicious alternatives to traditional cheeses, using plant-based ingredients to recreate similar flavors.
To learn more about Plant Ahead’s vegan cheeses, visit our Product page.
How to replace meat with vegan alternatives on the BBQ?
You can have an exceptional vegan BBQ party! There are many options available, ranging from bean burgers and marinated tofu skewers to sausages made from plant-based proteins and vegetables—there are options to suit everyone’s taste.
Replacing meat with these alternatives is easy! Use the same grilling techniques you would use for meat. Preheat the BBQ, lightly oil the grill and cook the substitutes until they are hot and slightly charred. You can season them with marinades, sauces or spices and serve them with different sides like a fresh salad or roasted potatoes.
Plant-based cheeses can be used to add flavor and creaminess to your BBQ dishes. Whether in your burgers and hot dogs, added to a salad or used as a topping for grilled vegetables, vegan cheeses will bring a delicious and rich touch to any of your culinary creations.
BBQ recipes with vegan cheeses
Don’t be afraid to present your guest’s vegan cheeses during BBQ parties! Several recipes will impress them with their delicacy. Adding PlantAhead cheeses to your dishes will make them tasty.
Here are a few recipes that might inspire you, and we are confident your guests will love them:
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
- Marinated Vegetable Pizza with Mozzarella cheese
- Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan
- Vegan Sausage Foil Pack with Roasted Pepper Sauce and Cream Cheese
- Stuffed Potato Skins, Baked with Tex-Mex Cheese
We recommend selecting the appropriate cheese based on the chosen recipe, as Plant Ahead cheeses have different textures when cooked.
Fully enjoy the vegetarian BBQ experience with plant-based cheeses
You can fully enjoy BBQ gatherings even as a vegan. Many recipes have simple alternatives to avoid consuming animal products. It is even possible to use vegan cheeses as the primary protein source.
Explore the possible flavor combinations with Plant Ahead cheeses. Whether you are a host or a guest, there are so many ways to serve and share dishes made with vegan cheeses during events and meals.
The key is to be creative when designing your dishes and to be guided by the desire to experiment with new flavors. Create your recipes and dare to share your creations with others.
Reducing meat consumption during BBQ season helps reduce your environmental impact and promotes a healthier diet while discovering new recipes and flavors! Using plant-based alternatives during BBQ gatherings will introduce you to new tastes enriching your gastronomic journey. Exploring plant-based options allows you to try new recipes and stimulate your creativity in preparing delicious and balanced dishes. Adding vegan cheese to your meals will delight your taste buds. Don’t hesitate to replace regular cheese in your favorite recipes with Plant Ahead vegan cheeses. They will surely add flavor to all your grilled dishes.