Happy June, my friends! The weather lately definitely feels like it is SUMMER. What is happening and about to happen in Summer time? We have lots of gorgeous, colorful, and fresh produce available around this time of the year, and we do a lot of gatherings/cookouts! I don’t know if you all know me, but I am a BIG FAN of fresh fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables are not just packed with fiber and antioxidants, they are also delicious and refreshing! Personally, I feel like here in Stephen County, we don’t have much of an issue with adding meat/animal products to our diet, but it is a real struggle when it comes to incorporating vegetables into our daily life. So, how about we start trying to add some vegetables this summer?! I promise you that vegetables are very tasty by preparing them in different ways, like grilling, stir-frying, baking, and roasting!
A lot of my friends are not big vegetable eaters, but most of the time they are impressed with the vegetarian-friendly dishes that I share with them. All I do is simply prepare those vegetables in different ways and present/plate the dishes in an attractive way.
There are a lot of mouth-watering vegetarian-friendly gathering dishes, and I’d love to share my favorite recipes with you here!
Veggie Kabobs with Harissa Yogurt Sauce (containing Tofu): These veggie kabobs are so flavorful, and brushing generously with the Harissa yogurt sauce takes the veggie kabobs up a notch! I marinate the vegetables and tofu overnight in a ziplock bag, prior to grilling them! Reasons why I love these veggie kabobs so much are, they taste surprisingly delicious even after several days, and the leftovers can be repurposed into many different meals throughout the week, like making them into burritos, or serving them as a side with your marinara pasta. I used the recipe from Feasting at home.
Peruvian Burritos with Aji Verde Sauce: These are flavor-bomb burritos! Roasted sweet potatoes, fresh corn, peppers, and refried beans all rolled up in a soft flour tortilla. We paired these delicious burritos with spicy creamy Aji Verde sauce! I cannot tell you enough how GOOD this sauce is! One more thing you need to know about this recipe is that IT IS ALSO VEGAN! The recipe is adapted from feasting at home.
Baba Ganoush: it is a hummus-like dip, which is made from grilled or roasted eggplants instead of chickpeas! It originated from Eastern Mediterranean. Baba ganoush is smooth, smoky, and creamy, which is a MUST-TRY for your summer dip! Enjoy it with warm pita bread, crunchy veggies! The recipe is adapted from feasting at home.
Spicy Miso Grilled Portobello Burger: Looking for something different to make burgers to impress your friends and family? This spicy miso grilled portobello burger is an asian-inpired, vegan-friendly burger recipe. These delicious umami-flavored Grilled portobello mushrooms are juicy and meaty. To make this portobello mushroom burger even tastier, we slathered on a good amount of asian-style guacamole, ribbon cucumbers, and crunchy carrot salad. The recipe is inspired by feasting at home.
Savory Garden Veggie Tart: The centerpiece of my summer party is going to be this savory garden veggie tart! I love the aesthetic appearance of the tart and the garlicky cheesy flavor! I made my own savory crust for this recipe, just to incorporate an extra fresh herb flavor to the tart. If you don’t have time to make one, or just are not interested in making one, feel free to use the store-bought crust, and maybe add some fresh chopped herbs to your garlic parmesan spread to yield the same flavor of tart as mine. The recipe is adapted from a food lover’s life.
*most ingredients were sponsored by DRH Health Food and Nutrition Department