This is a weekend celebrating freedom and independence and struggle. What better time to go vegan and extend those liberties and desires to live free of suffering and fear towards all animals.
But that doesn't mean that you need to feel left out from all the yummy summer foods. In fact some of the best foods are not animal based or can include some easy substitutions.
Cow burgers = veggie or black bean burgers.
Easy to find, easy to grill, tastes just as good with all the ketchup, mustard, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.
Personally I've always found hot dogs to be disgusting in theory. Do you know what goes in those things??? Gross! Gag! But hey, I'll eat a SmartDog. Topped with ketchup and onion; those are the best! And no bug bits.
Coleslaw and Potato Salad
Use a non-egg based mayo (Vegenaise is the best!) or make a vinegar-based version. Same thing for potato salad
Apple pie and ice cream
Purely Decadent ice cream comes in a ton of flavors and is, in my opinion, better than cow's milk ice cream. I love the coconut milk options better than the soy ones, but that's just me. Apple pie can easily be made with soy milk and Earth Balance sticks instead of cow's milk butter and milk.
Corn on the cob
Slather on some Earth Balance spread and you are good to go!
All of the best sides are vegan ready - salsa and chips, roasted veggies, corn salad, Popsicles
There is no reason to cause suffering when we eat. Not to the animals, and frankly, not to us. Remember, only animal-based foods like meat, eggs and dairy have cholesterol but on top of that, grilling animal flesh is a huge cancer risk.
The Cancer Project has listed the Top Five Worst Foods to Grill and they are:
Don't risk it! Grill a delicious portobello mushroom instead! Celebrate your freedom from poor health and Happy Fourth of July!
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