While vegetarians do miss out on many different foods, such as grilled burgers and hot dogs, a holiday turkey on Thanksgiving and french fries cooked in animal fat, they also dodge a lot of health problems. According to research, vegetarians tend to live longer than meat-eaters, and they’re more likely to avoid heart-related ailments.
If you or someone in your household is a vegetarian, it’s important to know that there are still plenty of tasty options available. Below are mouthwatering vegetarian barbecue chicken alternatives to try the next time you’re entertaining or having a delicious dinner at home.
Tofu, with its ability to absorb flavors, is a versatile and popular choice for vegetarians. Marinate cubes of firm tofu in your favorite barbecue sauce, thread them onto skewers with colorful veggies and grill until they develop a deliciously smoky crust. The result? Tender and flavorful skewers that are sure to impress even the most ardent meat lovers.
Cauliflower wings are a plant-based spin on traditional chicken wings. They are packed with flavor and you can eat them on their own or dip them in a vegan ranch dressing. To make, dip cauliflower florets in flour, cornstarch and spices, bake them in the oven and brush on barbecue or buffalo sauce. Put them back in the oven and bake until the coating is dark and crispy.
Portobello mushrooms are known for their robust flavor and meaty texture. Marinate these large mushrooms in your favorite barbecue sauce and grill them until tender. The result is a savory “steak” that can be enjoyed as a main course or in burgers. Add some grilled vegetables and a dollop of sauce, and you have a satisfying, meat-free meal.
Jackfruit, with its fibrous texture, is a fantastic alternative for pulled chicken. Cooked and shredded jackfruit mixed with barbecue sauce creates a filling that remarkably resembles pulled chicken. Pile it onto buns, add some coleslaw and you have a delectable pulled “chicken” sandwich that will leave your guests asking for seconds.
A blend of chickpeas, spices and breadcrumbs can be molded into drumstick shapes and grilled to perfection. These chickpea “chicken” drumsticks have a crispy exterior and a tender interior, making them a delightful and protein-packed addition to your barbecue spread. Serve them with a side of barbecue sauce for dipping, and you won’t miss the real thing.
With these delectable vegetarian barbecue chicken alternatives, you can enjoy the thrill of grilling season without compromising your dietary choices. Whether you opt for tofu skewers, cauliflower wings or chickpea drumsticks, your taste buds are in for a treat. And if you need a night out, dine in or place an order at La Rosa Chicken and Grill. We have fresh salads loaded with vegetables and greens - just ask to omit the meat and cheese!