BY ELIZA SCHUETT
Potato salad, banana pudding, and the smell of fresh charcoal in a warm summer breeze after a long day on the water.
These are the ingredients to the perfect summer cookout. Traditionally, meat and dairy have been staples when people gather
for an outdoor barbecue.
In recent years, the popularity of plant-based diets has risen significantly. But what is involved in a plant-based regime?
UNLIKE the stricter vegan diet, a plant-based diet allows consumption of meat and dairy products in small
amounts, although plant-based recipes typically mirror vegan recipes by avoiding animal products.
Those new to this way of eating often wonder: how can I make classic Southern recipes that taste as good
as the original without meat or dairy?
The short answer is substitutes. There is a substitute for nearly every dairy product, from yogurt to milk and even whipped
cream! And yes, your local grocery store carries many of these options.
This fresh cilantro lime potato salad uses plant-based mayo but sacrifices none of the bright flavor and texture. For extra
protein and a light crunch, add a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas.
The sweet and creamy peanut butter and banana pudding uses coconut milk instead of dairy milk and is enhanced by
vanilla coconut yogurt and coconut whip. Not a coconut fan? Try almond, cashew or oat alternatives.
For the main event, grilled veggie skewers pair perfectly with a fresh and nutty cashew chimichurri. Serve them as your
main course with lots of sides, as a complement to grilled meat, or with rice for a quick weeknight meal.
Bring these dishes to your next cookout, or simply enjoy these light and flavorful versions of classic summer fare with
friends and family.
60 july 2021