Being vegan does not mean that you have to skip the summer barbecues. Grilled vegetables, baked lentils, and fresh produce are all summertime staples. You could also try these four types of bread for your next summertime barbecue.
Corn bread is a tasty, textured option to enjoy with vegan baked beans at a summer barbecue. Make it with the traditional cornmeal and vegetable oil, but replace the dairy milk with soy milk. Instead of butter, use one-quarter of a cup of silken tofu as the fat. It has a similar texture as the butter. For the best results, bake corn bread in a cast iron pan with impressions for miniature loaves.
Many backyard gardens grow copious amounts of zucchini during the summertime. After baking, steaming and stir-frying the zucchini, you might still have piles of it leftover. Use it up in a tasty loaf of zucchini bread and bring it as a dessert to the summer barbecue. Locate your favorite zucchini bread recipe and swap out the butter with an equal amount of applesauce. Replace each egg with one tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water.
Bananas ripen quickly in the summer, which could lead to a bunch of brown bananas and fruit flies circling them. Use up those bananas in some vegan banana bread. Choose your preferred banana bread recipe. Instead of dairy milk, use coconut milk. This adds some sweetness and about the same amount of fat and protein. Substitute eggs with one tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water per egg.
Foccacia bread could be an entree of its own, especially if you top it with fresh summer vegetables. To make the bread, mix two teaspoons of quick yeast and one and one-quarter cups of warm water to activate the yeast. Add up to four tablespoons of turbinado sugar to make the yeast grow. Add four cups of flour of your choice, one teaspoon salt and three tablespoons of the oil of your choice. Mix the dough, form into flat pieces one-inch thick. Certain businesses, such as Klosterman Baking Company, know that you can then top with chopped onions, dill, tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, chives, or basil. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.
These recipes make the most of your garden produce or goodies from the farmer's market. You could also freeze shredded zucchini and try these recipes at other times of the year. These recipes are quick and affordable enough to share with your friends.