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Plant-Based Summer Recipes for Picnics and BBQs

The big holiday weekend is almost here, but you don’t have to compromise on taste or health when you hit the picnics and BBQs this weekend, or this summer. Check out my favorite recipes for outdoor events, and know that even if it’s a last minute invitation, you can still bring something great with you because most of these recipes can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. And I have to add that they are loved by everyone, even the kiddos.

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Creamy Millet & Kale Salad

Creamy Millet and Kale Salad

Good for:
Picnics: This recipe is delicious cold, room temperature and hot. It packs up well for picnics and summertime roadtrips (in a cooler).
BBQs: This is a great recipe to try out on your most skeptical family members–kale never tasted better. Go ahead and place some bets with them…

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Impossibly Delicious Raw BBQ Sauce

Raw BBQ Sauce

Good for:
Picnics: Delicious as a dip for easy-to-pack fresh cut veggies—delicious cold and room temp.
BBQs: See above and also use to marinate/baste/top Sliders or as a dip for Mixed Root Veggie Fries.

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Almond Crunch Kale Chips

Almond Crunch Kale Chips

Good for:
Picnics: This recipe is one of those winners that turns “I don’t like kale chips” people into the “oops, I ate the whole bowl” people. Almond Crunch Kale Chips will be a favorite at every picnic this summer, and they are also a crucial travel food for me. It’s difficult to get quality greens in on the road, or at the airport, so I always make a batch of these babies for trips.
BBQs: These are always a winner. Try them, you’ll see.

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Black Bean Buckwheat Burgers
Serve with Ancho Chipotle Sauce

Black Bean Buckwheat Burgers

Good for:
Picnics: Crumble prepared cool or room temp sliders into a big bowl of salad and use Ancho Chipotle Sauce as dressing. Or before you leave home, make a wrap out of these sliders, greens, Ancho Chipotle Sauce, sprouts and any other goodies you’d like to add. Wraps are also a good option for road trips chilled in a tiny cooler.
BBQs: Make at home in your kitchen and wrap in parchment and then foil—toss on the grill to reheat and enjoy.

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Cucumber, Radish & Sweet Pea Shoot Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Sweet Pea Shoot & Radish Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette_MAIN500

Good for:
Picnics: Just keep dressing and salad separate and chilled until ready to serve.
BBQs: A light, fresh accompaniment to most heavy BBQ foods—everyone will be grateful you served this one.

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Hummus 3 Ways—Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Traditional

Hummus 3 Ways

Good for:
Picnics: An easy, nutritious option that works with any veggies you have on hand.
BBQs: A nice gluten-free, dairy-free option for everyone. You can make and serve all three flavors for fun.

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Strawberry Flax Fruit Salad

Summer Flax Fruit Salad

Good for:
Picnics: A tasty, easy to prepare dessert that you can pack up in about 10 minutes. The sooner you can pack up, the sooner you can have your toes in the grass…
BBQs: Serve this as dessert and top with chilled Coconut Whipped Cream.

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Make these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies into Ice Cream Sandwiches using the cookies below and…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

… this Raw Vanilla Ice Cream recipe (or any store-bought faves you may have).

Raw Vanilla Ice Cream

Good for:
BBQs: This is a crowd-pleasing dessert that you can feel good about. Prepare ice cream sandwiches earlier in the day, or the day before the BBQ and freeze. Allow to thaw about 5 minutes before passing them out.

 

Now, I want to hear from YU. Which one will you try first? Tell us with a comment below.

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