Eating for Health

What to Bring to a Barbeque?

What do you do for a barbecue if you don’t eat meat?

You can bring your own veggie burgers; either the ones you buy, or your homemade version. I haven’t found any in the store that don’t have cheese or a pretty big list of ingredients that don’t belong in my body, so far. I also haven’t taken the time to explore different recipes, as I know it’ll be a bit time-consuming to do so. If you’re comfortable being you and not worrying about what others think of your food choices, then try this.

Last weekend, at a bbq dinner with family, I brought my own lovely veggie dish. It was pretty simple and pretty quick:

1. I mixed some veggies in a bowl (broccoli, mushrooms) with some soy sauce and sesame seeds, a bit of sesame oil, lime juice along with some herbs/spices; I used garlic, ginger and ground black pepper.

2. I threw it all in a Ziploc bag, sealed it up and packed it in a cooler with my cans of club soda that I planned to drink.

3. At the bbq, I poured my dish into a baking pan and set it on the top, rear part of the barbeque, while the rest of the party cooked their pickerel in the front area. It doesn’t take too long to cook because I like my veggies al dente. This way, I’m getting more nutrients per bite than I would eating overcooked mushy veggies.

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Now, in all honesty, fresh pickerel is delicious, and I did have a piece of it.

I hadn’t planned on it, but I decided two weeks ago that while I’m on this journey, I’m not going to pressure myself about being perfect. I allow what I would call an “indulgence” now and again. I also happened to know the person who caught the fish and the lake from which it came. So, I know the fish wasn’t farmed. Do I know what kind of pollution/toxins etc. might be in the fish? No. But for a once-in-a-while treat, I can live with my choice.

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