Labor Day 2015 — Vegan Recipes and Guides for a Plant-Based Farewell to Summer

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It’s time to fire up the grill again for that last hurrah of summer. Yep, it’s almost Labor Day!

Like Memorial Day is often considered the unofficial start of summer, Labor Day marks the unofficial end. College students have headed back to campus, and most kids are about to return to school. But for one more weekend, it’s party time here in the US! You know what that means: another recipe roundup!

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By Kathryn Decker from United States of America (Feast!) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But with Memorial Day and the 4th of July already behind us, what hasn’t been suggested in terms of vegan grilling? Is there something yet to make that isn’t your standard burgers-and-side-salads fare?

You bet. Vegans are nothing if not creative, resourceful people. And we love to eat. So grab your apron, light the grill and get ready for one last chance to wow your guests with a completely plant-based cookout.

Mains

If you’re aiming for a traditional barbecue, check out this guide from Happy Cow on how to veganize favorites like hot dogs, burgers and pulled pork sandwiches.

Or you can mix it up with Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes from Vegan Yack Attack! Stuffed with homemade pico de gallo, “cheese” sauce and coconut bacon, these are certainly hearty enough to be the main part of your Labor Day meal. Try baking the potatoes in the coals under the grill for a more robust flavor!

Vegan Heritage Press shares BBQ Sweet Potato & Chili Peanut Tacos for those of you looking for something really unusual. Serve these “buffet style” and let everyone build their own delicious tacos!

Too hot for anything complicated? Go light by taking this Simple Fennel Saute off the stovetop and onto the grill and offer whole-grain wraps to serve it in.

Kona Coffee Chili offers heartier fare for a hungry crowd and can be made the day before to cut down on cooking time. Grill up a few ears of corn to go with it and savor the combination of sweet and earthy!

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By Liz West from Boxborough, MA (grilled veggies) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sides & Salads

The refreshing crunch of raw zucchini wraps is a healthy way to complement grilled main dishes. If you’re looking for something simpler, but just as delicious, pick up some heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market and try this simple sliced tomato salad from Healthy Happy Life!

Get freaky with Freekeh Kale Salad to add some green to your barbecue spread and introduce people to this little-known ancient grain.

Of course, you could always go totally crazy and serve Vegan Yack Attack’s Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Tots with Chipotle Ailoi. Everyone will be too busy stuffing their faces to notice that these are baked, not fried.

Desserts

Nothing says summer like this stunning fruit pizza from Vegan Heritage Press. It even has raspberry coulis “sauce” and bits of macadamia nut “cheese.” If you can’t find all of the recommended fruit fresh and ripe, substitute what’s in season–it will taste just as good!

Or take advantage of the early apples and make this truly decadent Caramel Apple Pie. (Healthy Happy Life always delivers with these types of amazing recipes.)

Just in case you need more…

This list is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to vegan Labor Day eats. Vegan Yack Attack offers an amazing roundup with even more–so many that I had to share the whole post!

Do you have another favorite vegan Labor Day dish? Share it in the comments!

About The Author

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read, play silly card games and knit socks.

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