Attention, vegans and vegetarians: There's a certain etiquette to be observed when you're invited to an end-of-the-summer BBQ. You want to stay true to your plant-based lifestyle, but you also (we hope) don't want to offend your hosts and fellow guests with comments such as "Ewwww, I wouldn't eat dead cow" and "OMG, I can't stand the smell of sizzling animal flesh." Instead, quietly bring a dish that honors your own lifestyle, such as:
- Vegan ratatouille with quinoa: Get the recipe by clicking here.
- A vegan homemade dessert, such as the Banana Oat Bars recipe below.
- Vegan tortilla chips with salsa, such as Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips, Simply Beyond Black Bean.
- A heaping platter of vegan cookies, such as Enjoy Life Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of the popular plant-based guide "Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss," is also a fabulous chef. Sample a recipe for Yummy Banana Oat Bars from Dr. Fuhrman below.
- 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup finely chopped apple
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Press into a 9-by-9-inch baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut into squares or bars.