While many celebrate the Fourth of July by slapping pounds of dead cow carcasses on a grill or perhaps hot dogs made from who knows what, vegans have many options available to them for the holiday. Much of it depends how elaborate one wants to be in preparation for their meal or what they bring to the party.
If you are the type that likes to keep it simple and quick, you can simply go to your frozen food section of your grocer and pick out one of the many frozen vegan burgers, hot dogs, or ‘chicken’ nuggets and put them on the grill and enjoy the holiday with little down time. Morningstar, Boca Burgers, Gardein, Yves and Amy’s are the most popular brands with vegan options and there are dozens of others. Another quick option is the Celebration Roast from Field Roast which is delicious and just needs to be reheated. One really needs to test which alternative meat selections appeal to them as many love Morningstar and do not like the taste of Boca Burgers and vice-versa.
Others may want to totally control what ingredients they are putting in their bodies and take the extra time to prep their vegan options. One of the best homemade vegan hamburger options I have found is Morgan’s Veggie Patties and simply replacing the one egg with ¼ cup of blended Tofu (w/ enough water to smooth it out). It is tasty and healthy for you while you control the ingredients – so if you did not want to include the red peppers or chili powder you can leave them out for example.
If you are in the mood for hot dogs, Yves makes an excellent tasting vegan hot dog even meat eaters would like. Hot dogs prepared from scratch are much more difficult than most and usually not recommended, especially for a day that is supposed to be filled with fun.
Another Fourth of July staple is corn on the cob and this can be prepared on the grill as well. Keeping the husks on, soak them in water with a touch of Sea Salt for about 45 minutes. Then simply put them on the grill – husks and all. Turn the corn on the grill about ten minutes and in about 15 to 20 minutes you will have delicious corn everyone will be clamoring for.
It is no longer difficult to use your favorite toppings for your hot dogs or burgers as well by going vegan. For instance there are a large number of alternative cheese options available on the market – most of which taste and melt great. Galaxy Foods has come out with some excellent options. Most cheese options are soy-based, however there are some rice options as well, though they tend not to melt as well as the soy. There are also a large number of different vegan mayonnaise options available to consumers today that were not available just five years ago.