By Jean Hanks | July 9, 2015
Whenever I’m invited to a summer barbecue, for a few seconds, I panic: What am I going to eat? As a pescatarian, I know I’m going to be one of the few people, if not the only person, not partaking of the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs. I also know that it’s unlikely, especially if it’s a potluck, that the table will be overflowing with healthy salads. And I don’t relish the idea of taking up space on someone else’s grill for my veggie fare. So before I even RSVP “yes,” I’ve accepted that I’ll be eating a lot of chips and salsa.
When I’m in the privacy of my own backyard, though, I love to grill portabello mushrooms . They’re easy to prepare, and their meaty texture reassures me that I belong next to the grill, even if I’m not cooking meat.
Delicious as mushrooms are, though, there are many ways to get creative with meatless summer meals cooked on the grill. I’ve always wanted to make homemade veggie burgers, but the task seemed way too daunting. I did some research, looking at a number of recipes, to figure out the most essential ingredients. I used Melissa Clark’s “Ultimate Veggie Burger” as somewhat of a model, but switched out a bunch of ingredients to suit my own taste. The preparation was surprisingly simple, and the end product was delicious.
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