Skip the meat this year, not the grill. These vegetarian grilling recipes are delicious and perfect for grilling season. No boring recipes, just amazing food.
It’s spring in Oklahoma and time to get out the grills! As long as you can brave this terrible allergy season it’s the perfect time to start cooking outside.
Doctors and environmentalists are telling us to reduce our meat intake to improve our health and the health of the planet. Even if you aren’t a full-time vegetarian you can help out by taking part in Meatless Mondays or just having more meatless meals each week.
The health benefits are high even if you just lightly reduce your meat intake.
“Even reducing meat intake has a protective effect. Research shows that people who eat red meat are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Processed meats also increase the risk of death from these diseases. And what you don’t eat can also harm your health. Diets low in nuts, seeds, seafood, fruits, and vegetables also increase the risk of death.” – Mayo Clinic
And when it comes to the environment it’s clear that reducing our consumption of meat and dairy can have a big impact.
“The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing.” – The Guardian
With vegetarian growing in popularity more and more delicious dishes are being created, even ones that are perfect for the grill. You don’t have just go with some boring and tasteless pre-made veggie burger, there are so many wonderful recipes to try this grilling season. Like a grilled eggplant antipasto recipe or grilled halloumi burgers.
It’s also a great time to visit the farmers market and get some seasonal produce to have on the grill or on the side of your grilled food. Summer is a great time in Oklahoma for eating locally. Corn, watermelon, eggplant, mushrooms and more are all in season and great for some summer grilling.
Be sure you also opt for a more environmentally-friendly grill when you purchase a new one. Solar is the most environmentally friendly option followed by propane and electric, especially if you get your electricity from a natural source.
Another thing to keep in mind before grilling is fire safety. Avoid grilling on days with high fire danger, watch for burn bans, always monitor your grill while it’s in use, don’t keep your grill too close to a structure, and have a hose nearby in case of a fire.
Enjoy these delicious vegetarian recipes and the beautiful weather! If you are in Oklahoma you know the hot summer is well on its way.