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Meatless Alternatives to Summer Favorites One of the biggest issue for a new vegetarian is giving up the foods that one loved. Summer foods especially are meat heavy. From grilling burgers at a baroque to cooking a hot dog over the fire the Summer can make a vegetarian want to cheat. Thankfully there are many alternatives to these summer favorites. We compiled some of our favorite meatless summer recipes to get you through the whole season!



The Perfect Vegan Burger

Crunchy, chewy, with a crispy outer shell, these delicious veggie burgers have all the right elements we love in a veggie burger. Light on the beans, these burgers aren’t mushy in the middle, but have a nice mixture of veggies, bread crumbs, chopped oats, sunflower seeds, and spices to round them out.


1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 cup grated carrots 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 to 2 tablespoons oat flour



Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the ground flax and water in a small bowl and set aside for about 5 minutes so it can thicken. Into a large mixing bowl, add the drained black beans. With a potato masher, mash the beans until 2/3 of the mixture is a bean “paste” while leaving about 1/3 of the beans mostly intact. In a medium skillet, add the oil and increase the heat to medium. Stir in the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onion softens. Transfer the onion mixture into the bowl with the mashed beans. Stir in grated carrots, parsley, sunflower seeds, chili powder, oregano, and cumin until thoroughly combined. Now, stir in the coarsely chopped oats, until the mixture comes together. It should be easy to shape the dough into patties. Shape the dough into 8 patties (roughly 1/3 cup of dough per patty). Pack the dough together tightly as this will help it stick together. Place onto the baking sheet. Bake patties for 15 minutes,

Vegetarian Hot Dogs Easy to make vegetarian hot dogs that will seriously challenge actual hot dogs. These veggie hot dogs are a much healthier option. Great for summer cook outs. The hot dogs can also be easily frozen to take on camping trips or to save for another day.


Tofu 100 grams crumbled Oil 2 teaspoons or two tablespoons Onions 1 medium size Green Chili 1 chopped finely Salt to taste Chili powder 1 teaspoon Cumin powder 1 teaspoon Ketchup - 2 tablespoon Carrots - 1 medium size grated Bell Pepper 1/2 cup Cornstarch 1/2 cup


Heat oil in a pan, saute onion and chillies with Add in all spices powders and give a toss. Add in carrots Saute for 2 minutes. Remove this to a bowl and let it cool down. Now add tofu. Mix well with your hands. Now take a portion and roll it into sausage. Do this to the remaining as well. Now place this in fridge for 30 minutes. Now roll this in cornstarch and put it in a pan with very little oil. Fry this on medium heat till it is golden. Remove it and set aside. Now take your roll and slit open, place the sausage in and drizzle some of your favorite toppings over it.


Grow Your

Own Food

It’s not to late to start a garden. The summer is ideal growing time to start some plants If it is too late don’t worry because indoor growing allows you to grow all your favorites year round. Gardens are save people on average $150-400 a year. A garden is a great way to avoid the high grocery store prices. This is why the writers at Veggi put together some essential gardening knowledge!



Radishes are a fast growing cold weather crop that should be planted 4-6 weeks before your average frost date. Succession plant (every 2-3 weeks) for a longer harvest period. Most salad varieties take only 30-40 days until harvest.


Beets are another cold weather root crop that are easy to grow. Seeds can be planted in early spring (around 4-6 weeks before average first frost) and can also be succession planted for a longer harvest period. Greens are also edible. Most varieties take 50-60 days until harvest.


This one is an herb not a vegetable, but I think it should be included in every garden for its amazing flavor and ability to keep pests at bay. If you’re new to gardening then I would suggest buying starts (small plants) at your local nursery and planting outside once all danger of frost has past. Continual harvest keeps plants happy and growing all season long.



Peas are a cold weather crop that can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in late winter or very early spring. You want plants to grow and flower before it gets too warm or they won’t produce. Pick pods when they are young and tender. Most varieties take 50-60 days until harvest.



Okra is heat loving plant that is also drought tolerant. Seeds can be planted in the ground once night temps reach 55 degrees. You may have to start seeds indoors if you live in a cold climate. Plants flower in the early morning. Pick pods when they are young and tender (usually around 3″-5″ in long). Pods will become too tough to eat once they get too long.


Peppers are another heat loving plant. If you’re just starting out then I would suggest buying starts at your local nursery and planting in the ground after all danger of frost has past and night temps reach 55 degrees. I’ve had the most success with jalapeños, banana peppers and cayenne peppers. I’ve found bell peppers to be a little bit more finicky. Seeds can also be started indoors 8-10 weeks before transplanting.

Green Bean

You can grow either a bush bean or a pole bean. If you choose the pole bean then you will need to have a trellis that it can grow up. I prefer the pole bean because it can be kind of hard hunting for beans all over the ground with the bush varieties. Seeds should be planted in the ground after the danger of frost has past. Most varieties take 50-70 days until harvest.


Cucumbers are another really easy crop to grow. They’re pretty prolific so unless you plan on canning or preserving them 3-4 plants should be plenty for fresh eating. They are a vine as well so you will need to trellis them. Seeds should be planted in the ground after the danger of frost has past. Most varieties take 5060 days until harvest.


If you have any friends who garden then you’ve probably received a load of free zucchini from them. This is because they are REALLY prolific and grow like crazy. All squash are susceptible to powdery mildew and squash bugs so be sure to check your plants regularly after they start setting fruit. Seeds should be planted in the ground after the danger of frost has past. Most varieties take 50-60 days until harvest.


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