Cookouts are no longer simply the place to prepare meat on the grill. There are any number of other foods that can, and are, cooked outside, and these include anything that vegetarians enjoy. Veggie burgers have become very popular with both vegetarians and those that are simply watching their fat intake. Grilled outside, they are especially tasty, especially when basted with a sauce such as a chili sauce or ranch dressing. Grilling these on a bed of onions and green peppers also adds flavor and appeal. In fact, anything that can be added to a hamburger, can also be added to a veggie burger. Veggie burgers can be added to the old camp ground favorite, hamburger and vegetable packets, by placing the patty on foil, on a bed of sliced potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery, sealing the packet, and slow cooking on the grill.
For those who will eat seafood, there is no better place to prepare fish or shrimp than on the grill. These both cook quickly, and taste wonderful when prepared with lemon juice, seasonings, or sauces.
Almost any vegetable tastes twice as good when cooked on the grill, and they aren’t necessarily difficult cookout food to handle. Kabobs are a perfect way to solve the problem of how to cook any number of vegetables, and all at the same time. Onions, green peppers, small sections of corn on the cob, potatoes, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes are great additions. Cook these directly on the grill, basting with a little olive oil, or butter, or let simmer on a layer of foil. Onion powder, garlic, powder, or seasoned salt add flavor to these as they cook.
For those vegetarians that eat dairy, grilled pizzas and bread lightly grilled with melted mozzarella, and topped with a grilled tomato, are delicious additions to the meal. Pizza dough can be grilled directly on an oiled grill, topped with some cheese, and pre grilled veggie slices. When the cheese melts, the pizza is done. Grilled tomatoes, alone, or added to grilled Italian bread with mozzarella cheese is delicious, especially if the tomatoes have been grilled with the addition of some basil and a little olive oil.
Of course, not all cookout food needs to be prepared on the grill. Fresh fruit bowls, watermelon, and garden fresh salads are also popular for vegetarians as well as non vegetarians. Not all foods at a cookout have to be meat. In fact, most of the sides that are served consist of fruits, vegetables and breads, so vegetarians should have no problem finding what they like.
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