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Blog Article: Celebrate the 4th In Patriotic Plant Style!

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

As the July 4th holiday approaches, many of us are excited to gather with friends and family to celebrate our freedom and independence. In addition to fireworks and patriotic decor, food is often a central part of our festivities. While traditional American favorites like hot dogs and burgers may be popular, there are many plant-based options that can be just as delicious and satisfying. Here are some ideas for vegan foods to enjoy this July 4th.

BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches:

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit that has a meat-like texture and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

In this recipe, jackfruit is shredded and simmered in barbecue sauce and then served on buns with vegan slaw for a hearty and flavorful dish. Check out Chef Amberlee's recipe post here!

Vegan Cole Slaw:

Speaking of vegan slaw, this is a classic side dish that can be enjoyed with many different foods. To make a vegan version, simply substitute vegan mayonnaise for regular mayonnaise in your favorite recipe, or check out Chef Amberlee's easy and delicious version here. Other good options for the dressing include tahini, avocado, or a mixture of mustard, vinegar, and maple syrup. For the slaw itself, you can use shredded cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables like bell pepper or celery. You can also add some sweetness with apples, raisins, or pineapple. Experiment with different combinations to find your perfect slaw!

Other Plant-based Food Suggestions:

In addition to BBQ sandwiches and slaw, here are some other vegan food ideas for your July 4th celebration:

- Grilled veggies (zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, onions, etc.)

- Corn on the cob

- Watermelon

- Vegan potato salad (find Cindy's recipe here!)

- Veggie burgers (store-bought or homemade)

- Grilled tofu or tempeh

- Fruit salad

- Pasta salad (check out Cindy's Vegan Ranch recipe here!)

- Hummus and veggies

- Homemade salsa and tortilla chips

With these delicious and satisfying plant-based options, you can enjoy a festive July 4th celebration while also feeling good about the food you're eating. Whether you're a born-again eater like us, or you're just looking to add some healthier options to your holiday spread, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Happy Fourth of July!


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