It’s barbecue season, which means one thing: meat, meat, and more meat. But as more and more Canadians are proving, plant-based diets are an increasingly popular lifestyle choice, which means come grilling season, bloodier isn’t exactly better.
Whether you’re hosting a summer shindig or heading out to a special backyard soiree, here are 11 vegan products that are bound to leave all plant-based eaters on your contact list full and satisfied.
Grab these 11 products for a killer vegan barbecue
PC Roasted Red Pepper Cashew DipCreamy, packed with protein, and the perfect vegan substitute for other dips out there, this flavourful offering is one of the first vegan plant-based dips to launch in Canada. The spread is 100 per cent cashew-based and is perfect for dunking fresh veggies or pitas into, which makes it an ideal outdoor app. Not a fan of red pepper? Go for the original or cucumber & dill flavours instead.
$6 at President’s Choice stores. PC
Mother Raw Organic French Onion DipCold-pressed extra virgin olive oil gives this dairy-free, nut-free dip loads of creaminess, without compromising any of the flavour of traditional onion dips. This adornment is perfect alongside some crisp veggies or chips, or it makes for a great grilled veggie marinade too.
$9 at Mother Raw. Mother Raw
Beyond Meat BurgersWe can thank A&W for popularizing this vegan meat brand here in Canada, but they really are that good. The patties are made from pea protein and get their colour from beets, and after years of development we can finally buy them in grocery stores across the country.
$8 at selected retailers. Beyond Meat
Field Roast Italian SausageFresh eggplant is punched up with fennel, red wine, garlic and sweet peppers to make this vegan rendition of your traditional Italian sausage. Want to switch up the flavours? Go for a package of Mexican Chipotle or Smoked Apple Sage instead.
$7 at selected retailers. Field Roast
Gardein Crispy Chick’n PattysThese protein filled patties look and feel like a crispy chicken patty, but without any of the actual poultry. Sub them in for an indulgent chicken burger, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and a bit of vegan mayo for a pretty on-point substitute.
$5 at selected retailers.Gardein
Earth Island Cheddar SlicesWhat’s a good vegan burger without a melty slice of cheese on top? Unfortunately most vegan cheeses aren’t so good in the melting department, and they leave a gelatinous feel on the palate. Enter these slices, which melt just enough to make us feel like we’re enjoying the real thing.
$6 at selected retailers.Earth Island
Gardein Golden FiletsNothing screams summer like fresh fish tacos, complete with slaw, mango, a little sauce and of course freshly barbecued fish. Except now that these golden filets exist, you can make your “fish” tacos 100 per cent vegan.
$5 at selected retailers. Gardein
Follow Your Heart Vegan Bleu CheeseWhether you’re looking to dip veggies, faux wings, or even top a salad with something a little heartier, this 100 per cent natural, vegan dressing is impressive AF. Add in the fact that it’s high in heart-healthy omega-3s and this bottle (or any of the company’s equally impressive ranch-based ones) is our top pick for a creamy, dairy-free dressing.
$6 at selected retailers. Follow Your Heart
Jonny Hetherington BBQ sauceYou’d think barbecue sauce itself would be vegan, but as it turns out many brands count anchovies on the ingredient list. Enter Jonny Hetherington’s trio of sauces, which include smoky original, smoky pineapple, and smoky craft beer. Smokin’ indeed.
$9 each at Vegan Supply. Jonny Hetherington
PC Vegan CheesecakeWhat’s a summer barbecue without some kind of indulgent (and ready-to-go) dessert? This New York style cheesecake is made from a white bean base with dairy-free sour cream and cream cheese, and can be enjoyed on its own or topped with all of your favourite fresh summer fruits.
$8 at President’s Choice stores. PC
Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Half BakedHalf the fun of being outside in the summer is enjoying all of the ice cream before it melts. And finally, thanks to the Non-Dairy line from cold concoctions experts Ben & Jerry, we can have all of the delicious flavours, like Coffee Caramel Fudge, Coconut Almond Fudge and Cherry Garcia, too.
$6 at selected retailers. Ben & Jerry’s