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Labor Day Vegan Steaks

Here’s a recipe that will allow your vegan friends to enjoy Labor Day barbecues just as much as the meat eaters do.
By Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Memorial Day Grilled Vegan Steaks

Many families will be hosting gatherings and cookouts this weekend in honor of Labor Day. Foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, ribs, chicken will all be grilled and barbecued. My family being Mexican meant that we also served the obligatory carne asada, grilled onions and frijoles charros (Mexican cowboy beans), along with our “typical” American dishes. Don’t forget all the side dishes like coleslaw and potato salads. Is anybody hungry yet?

Nowadays there are more and more vegetarians and vegans in our society, we all have at least one in our families. For vegetarians and vegans obviously gatherings with foods mentioned above means that your choices will be very limited. But there is a scrumptious alternative you can bring along with you to have your host grill up, or if you are hosting can offer to your vegetarian and vegan guest. Portobello mushrooms.

Portabello Mushrooms

Portabello Mushrooms

Portobellos are a large or mature standard button mushroom. The taste is mild and so, very versatile. They can be grilled, sautéed, roasted, fried and why not – barbecued. They are quite large and when cooked the texture is firm and a scrumptious alternative to meat. I can tell you as an omnivore, with a love of vegan food, portobellos taste fantastic. My carnivore husband will also attest to their phenomenal taste. My favorite ways of preparing and enjoy Portobello mushrooms are prepared like a steak and as a hamburger. So this Labor Day weekend offer your Vegetarian and Vegan friends a great grilled dish that they will truly enjoy. Happy Memorial Day weekend to all our American readers!

Memorial Day Vegan Steaks
 
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Vegetarian and Vegan dish for this Labor Day weekend.
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Recipe Type: Main Course
Ingredients
  • Portobello Mushrooms (1 large per person)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • any seasonings of choice
  • grilled onions, to top
Instructions
  1. Rub the mushroom top with olive oil, then season whole mushroom as desired. Grill, barbecue or fry the mushrooms for 6 minutes on each side. The mushroom should be soft and moist. Top with grilled onions.

Looking for the perfect mushroom sauce for steaks? Check this lovely recipe out.

Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a food blogger, photographer and author of "An Epiphany of The Senses" cookbook.

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Originally Published: August 31, 2013

3 Responses to Labor Day Vegan Steaks

  1. Tamara Novakoviç

    Tamara Novakoviç Reply

    May 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

    It’s always great to have vegan/vegetarian version of barbecue treats :)

  2. Mo Reply

    May 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Delicious! Looks set to satisfy all veg guests’ grill cravings. To be a truly gracious host to veg guests, don’t forget to offer them some protein, too. With a meal like this, it could be just a side or snack: nuts or salad with boiled egg or cheese will prevent tired-out veg guests eating supplementarily at home.

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