Thyme for a BBQ – Vegan Alternatives

recipes to warm the soul

Let face it, it’s easy to pull together a BBQ with lots of ready to grill meat products available but what if you or your guests are following a plant based diet? We've been focusing on vegetarian and vegan foods over the last 12 months and we're loving how much it pushes us out of our comfort zone to find exciting alternatives to our usual recipes.

Here’s some show-stopping veg based BBQ mains that will impress the even biggest carnivores this summer. As well as being vegan, these veg based BBQ alternatives are also made using no gluten.

 

Grilled Stuffed Avocado Halves

 

Grilled Stuffed Avocado Halves

Who doesn’t love avocado with… everything?

These simple grilled Avos are very versatile and can be filled with anything that takes your fancy but we've gone with a classic Avocado and salsa mix. 

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 4 firm Avocados
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh tomato salsa
  • Small bunch of coriander

Method

1. Cut the avocados into halves, remove the stone and drizzle with the oil, lime and salt and pepper.

2. Heat the BBQ to high heat and grill the avocados for 2-3 minutes or until char marks appear (It takes longer than you think).

3. Fill the centre of the Avocados with the salsa and sprinkle with the coriander. Simple!

 

Tandoori Spiced Whole Cauliflower

 

Tandoori Spiced Whole Cauliflower

This recipe is a real showstopper!

Our Harrisa marinade is also great with our Lamb recipe. Just make double of the marinade to have a vegan and meat option for your guests.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large Cauliflower head
  • 2 tbsp Harissa Paste 
  • 1 Garlic Clove Crushed 
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 
  • 100g Red Pepper Hummus 
  • Small Bunch mint leaves 
  • Pomegranate seeds to garnish 

Method

1. Cut an X in the stem of the cauliflower and carefully stab the all over.

2. Mix together the Harrisa Paste, Garlic and lemon. 

3. Place the cauliflower on a large piece of foil. Rub the mix all over the cauliflower pushing the marinade into all the cuts made.

4. Gather up the sides of the foil to completely cover the cauliflower and marinade for around 4 hours. You can also do this the night before and leave in the fridge. 

5. Heat the BBQ to a medium to high heat. Put the cauliflower in its foil onto the BBQ and cook for 15 with the lid down.

6. Unwrap and cook for a further 15 minutes with the lid down

7. remove from the BBQ and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Do not cover, this keeps all the charred coating crunchy. 

8. Serve and the centre of the table with the Hummus garnished with the mint and pomegranate. 

 

Smoky Grilled Aubergines

 

Smoky Grilled Aubergines

Aubergines soak up any flavours you add to them and this recipe is no different. 

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3 large Aubergines
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 thinly chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Sesame seeds to garnish 

Method

1. Cut the aubergines in half and score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern.

2. Mix the oil with the garlic, herbs, onion and seasoning.

3. Drizzle half over the aubergines and place directly on the BBQ. Cook for 10-15 minutes.

4. Brush one more with the remaining marinade, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.