Vegetarian Cookout Options

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins and minerals. Nutrition is important for everyone.

With summer in full swing, grilling is on most people's minds. However, this can leave folks who want a vegetarian option feeling left out. Barbecues don't have to be a wasteland of salads and fruits. Classic cookout foods can be had with a quick vegetarian offering. 

You can find meat free burgers and hot dogs in most grocery stores. If you'd like to make you own, you can make homemade burgers out of beans, rice, grains or tofu. Marinated and grilled portobello mushroom caps are not only tasty, but they offer a meaty texture that's appealing to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. 

If your guests enjoy kabobs, skewer mushrooms, peppers, squash, onions and grape tomatoes and grill them until slightly charred. Grilled asparagus and corn on the cob are always a guest favorite. Just remember, your summer fun and grilling will only be limited by your imagination.