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I'm keeping things simple today. The weather is warming up and I am so excited for summer, which is by far by favorite season. One of my favorite parts about summer is grilling and eating meals outside. I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years, so I've been asked ALL the "But what do you eat?" and "Where do you get your protein?" and "What can you grill besides meat?" questions. The basic gist of what I've learned from two decades of these questions is that a lot of people lack creativity and imagination. There are SO many options for yummy vegetarian grilling.
Below I put together a list of five options that I think will appeal to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Two of the recipes are vegan and the other three can easily be made vegan. Or hey, if you don't want to give up your meat (I'm not the boss of you; do what sounds good!) simply use these recipes as a base and add whatever meat you like. Add steak to your sandwich. Add shrimp to your pasta. Pair your corn with a burger or chicken. The possibilities here are endless.
Chipotle Portobello Burgers from Pink-Parsley are bliss: peppers, onion, pepperjack, and avocado with "meaty" portobello patties for those days when you're looking for a spicy kick.
Grilled Summer Squash Boats from Healthy Seasonal Recipes take freshness to a new level by topping grilled squash with veggies, herbs and cheese.
This Grilled Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Halloumi from Closest Cooking goes to anyone who still thinks that skipping meat on a sandwich means dainty salad on bread. The combination of eggplant, roasted peppers and cheese proves that vegetarian food can be hearty, too.
Spinach Fettuccine with Tangy Grilled Summer Squash from Food and Wine pairs yummy squash with an ingredient that's not always the first to come to mind when you think of grilling: pasta.
Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli from Minimalist Baker puts a yummy vegan twist on a dish that traditionally includes cotija cheese.