8

I've found that many pre-made fake meat (vegetarian "burger" or "sausages") products are very expensive relative to other foods. Are these necessary for a vegetarian diet?

What alternatives are used for protein sources or bringing to social occasions (such as barbecues)?

10

No, these fake meats are not necessary for a good vegetarian diet. In my opinion, they are mostly not tasty, fatty and not healthy. Also, heavily processed food, like they often are, reduces the positive effect a vegetarian diet has on the planet.

There are tons of great vegetarian bbq recipes in the net. I especially recommend stuffed mushrooms or pepperoni (add chickpeas or lentils). Most often than not, meat eaters loved them. Or baked (sweet) potatoes for something more classic.

For me, the main downside is that it takes way longer to prepare than simply pulling some (fake-)meat out of a plastic package.

To occasions other than a bbq, I often bring vegetarian "sushi".

| improve this answer | |
1

No, meat substitutes are not necessary nutritionally or socially or otherwise.

Grilled vegetables are great at a BBQs!

The following items are great on the grill. Either put a fine metal mesh over the grill to prevent it from falling through (easy) or put them on skewers:

Onion, tomato, mushrooms, corn (on the cobb), asparagus, squash, zucchini, etc

All of these whole foods have protein that are sufficient to meet the average person's nutritional requirements.

When catering to a huge number of people, I'll often make carrot dogs, which are crazy cheap (buy those 10kg bags of juicing carrots) and cook-up super fast on the grill. It sounds odd, but they're really quite tasty. Most meat eaters that try them love them :) Don't skip the liquid smoke!

| improve this answer | |
New contributor
Michael Altfield is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.