Monday, July 22, 2013

meatless mondays - vegan bbq'n

Last Saturday, I BBQ'd.

I've only ever BBQ'd three times in my life, last week being the fourth. I got the weber brand charcoal barbecue from a friend at her moving sale. It was $10, and she threw in a chimney starter.
oooh fire
Still, every time I put the charcoal in, wrap the newspaper around the bottom and light it on fire, I'm amazed. I always remember starting the barbecue to be such a production when I was a kid - and it always seemed to take forever. I remember it constantly going out, and having to be re-lit. And those matches! Those foot long matches that never lit after striking on the box. But I've had some good luck with this barbecue and chimney starter so far (knock on wood.) 

veggies with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and thyme 
Now that I'm no longer eating what the majority of people put on their barbecue, I was a little bit at a loss for what to cook. I knew I could do diced veggies (above) in the weber wok (best purchase ever), and corn on the cob. The veggies were lightly mixed with olive oil, spices, and a splash of lemon juice. They took about 20 minutes on the grill (medium heat I think?), mixing every 7 minutes or so. The corn had the silk removed, and was rubbed with olive oil too. Took about 15 minutes, away from the coals. 

bbq! boca burgers, foil wrapped potatoes, corn, and mixed veggies. 
But beyond that I've only ever barbecued chicken. Can you believe it - vegan boca burgers were the first type of "burger" that I barbecued - and they're quick. 5 minutes a side and they're good. The grill marks are fake though. :-) And the last item was the foil wrapped potatoes. I chopped the baby red potatoes into quarters and boiled them for a few minutes to make them soft, then put them on the foil with some olive oil and whole cloves of garlic. They stayed in the corner, off the coals, for about 15 minutes. 

nectarine cake!
For dessert, I made a nectarine cake, from this strawberry cake recipe. It's a quick, go-to dessert of mine, and it works to use flax seed egg instead of real eggs. 


1 comment:

  1. That's awesome, Tracy. I'm dying to experiment with vegetables on the grill. Did you see this?