Summertime is nearly upon us.

After what’s been the mildest spring in many a year, you can bet the summer is going to be scorching hot, so what better way to enjoy it than with a few friends around the BBQ.

Now, you might think that BBQs are the domain of meat-eaters. The marketing certainly would lead you to believe that, with packs of meat made up specifically for BBQ season, but fear not, vegans can get in on the action too.

All it takes is a little thought and preparation, and you can have the perfect summer Vegan BBQ.

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Vegan BBQ Foods

With so many meat replacements available now, having a vegan BBQ has never been easier. The Beyond Meat range at Tesco, Linda McCartney burgers (widely available) and Vivera burgers all grill perfectly and smell sublime in the open air cooking away. Top them with some MozzaRisella (available at The Vegan Kind) and vegan bacon pieces and you have the perfect burger.

For sausages… well, you are inundated. My pick personally is the Heck range available at ASDA and Waitrose, or the Cauldron range available at Sainsbury’s. The Heck range has a better choice of flavours, such as the Super Green (made from quinoa and spinach with ginger, chilli and mint) or the Bollywood Bangers (cauliflower, lentils and spinach with green chilli and ginger). Fry up some onions, jackfruit and chilli, smother over the top of your ‘not dogs’ and you’ve enough options to keep your guests well fed.

What about kebabs? Well, you can’t get any easier than Grilled Sriracha Tofu Skewers. In a blender, combine soy sauce, coconut oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, ginger, Sriracha and salt. Blend until completely smooth. Pour 1/2 cup of the marinade into a small bowl. Chop up some tofu cubes and put them on a skewer along with red pepper, bell mushrooms and tomatoes. Leave the skewers in the marinade for five minutes, then grill. Sprinkle some chopped parsley over the top are enjoy!

Need something sweet adding to the vegan BBQ after munching on these amazing vegan alternatives? You can’t go wrong with frozen smoothie ice pops. Just mix up your favourite smoothie, put them in an ice lolly mould and pop them in the freezer. Alternatively, check out some of the Learner Vegan dessert recipes, there’s enough to keep even the most indulgent sweet-tooth happy.

Don’t want to make your own dessert? Don’t forget that Cornetto and Magnum now have vegan offerings. They are delicious! Find them at Tesco among other supermarkets.

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But what to wash it all down with?

Vegan Summer Cocktails/Mocktails

Now we are talking. What better way to waste away lazy sunny days than with a drink or three?

Alcohol can catch a lot of learner vegans out. Unfortunately, there are some drinks out there that aren’t suitable for vegans. But, we put together a quick and easy guide on vegan alcohol so you can have your favourite beverage at your vegan BBQ.

My personal recommendation for a cocktail is this amazing Watermelon Mojito put together on the My Darling Vegan blog.

Or, if you prefer non-alcoholic, Eluxe Magazine put together 30 mocktails they claim are better than booze!

For me, you can’t go wrong with a good ol’ Fentimans Cherry Cola and a splash of Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack, both vegan-friendly. Don’t forget an ice cube or two!

What’s your favourite vegan BBQ food?

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