Although (veggie) burgers and beers most likely weren’t on the menu in 1776, Americans nonetheless will gather this Wednesday to celebrate our Independence Day around the grill with friends, family and fireworks. While many of us grew up with hot dogs, hamburgers and other animal foods around our 4th of July table, there has never been a better time to challenge the status quo, re-write traditions, and retell stories that include animals as friends not food.
Long gone are the days of tasteless veggie hot dogs and boring vegetable sides. We are entering an era where vegan cuisine is all the rage, and it’s proving itself to be an endless journey into exotic flavors and unique dishes. Vegan diets open your eyes to an amazing variety of grains (quinoa anyone?), vegetables (kale salads!), fruit, legumes and more. And luckily with brands like Field Roast (run and try their apple and sage sausage now) and Tofurky you now can fool the most avid meat eater with barely any cooking at all.
We encourage you to leave animals off the menu this 4th of July and begin new traditions. We can celebrate our Independence and at the same time show our support and hope for the day the animals celebrate theirs.
Some recipes to help you and your family celebrate a compassionate 4th of July:
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Basil Sauce (Courtesy of Meatout Mondays)
Creamy Avocado Potato Salad (Courtesy of Post Punk Kitchen)
Cole Slaw (Courtesy of Happy Healthy Life Blog)
Beet and Tofu Burger (Courtesy of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen)
Vegan Apple Pie (Courtesy of Baking with Lisa)