I really love meat!
And I do love vegetables too. So when we agreed to put on a series of three BBQs featuring products from Aldi we had to make one of them a vegan/vegetarian fayre! In all, we have shown that it is possible to spend £20 at Aldi and purchase the ingredients (and coal) needed to put on a BBQ for 6 people! Result!
You know what? I’m glad that we did one for vegan/vegetarians because many people are choosing to lead a healthier lifestyle these days and think that cutting out meat from their diet will enhance this. They have to hit the right balance however as they must ensure that they must get sufficient protein from plant sources.
So this week’s BBQ was a lovely spread (if I must say so myself!) and I can say that it was absolutely delicious. We were a bit worried that the kids at this BBQ would not fancy the vegan fayre but they ate it all up. One child even commented ‘the burger doesn’t taste like meat but it does taste good!’ Result!
One striking difference in a vegan/vegetarian BBQ as opposed to a meat BBQ is the array of colours and differences in shape. Definitely as well, there is an array in terms of taste and texture. Not to mention the fact that the more varied natural colours in food, the more nutritious it is.
Included in the BBQ this week were:
Vegetable skewers including courgette, aubergine, sweet red onion, peppers and cherry tomatoes,
Stuffed Portobello mushrooms
Corn on the cob
Roasted sweet potatoes, and
This was complemented by the refreshing drink Shandy, watermelon and a fresh pomegranate avocado and mandarin segments salad. The inspiration for that salad came from a visit to our local Aldi. I would never have come up with such a combination for a salad but it was really very good. You must try it. It just goes to show that you can enjoy the adventure of putting together food items that on the first impression would not seem to go together but which absolutely would.
We would love to see ideas of what you come up with. As for us, as long as the weather remains this awesome, we certainly will be making use of the outside cooking and dining experiences. Sun, food and good company go so well together.
Until next time, take care.
Jo and Leisa