By Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian
Summer is here, and it’s time for warm weather food and fun under the sun! I love entertaining outdoors throughout the season and I am always creating new recipes to please guests whether they are vegans, vegetarians or carnivores.
Serving tasty plant-based meals that incorporate both the look and flavors of traditional fare is first and foremost on my mind this year. My husband and I like to host small gatherings and often invite city-dwelling friends to spend the day with us. This year I have come up with a festive and fool-proof menu that is sure to please even the most discerning foodie at your summer soirée.
This tempting and easy-to-prepare menu salutes the classic burger and fries meal. The star of the party is my robust tasting Mushroom-Nut Burger. For years I tried and tried to come up with a great-tasting vegan burger substitute and this burger has a hearty texture and full-bodied taste that stands in magnificently for the meat-based version. When paired with a sandwich bun and all the classic burger fixings, this burger is a winner!
But what would a burger be without fries? My Confetti Oven Fries are a mouthwatering mix of russets and sweet potatoes that turn into delicious ‘fries’ when coated with a bit olive oil and baked in the oven. On the side, Purple Coleslaw features pretty purple cabbage, adding a beautiful color to this delectable meal. If you’d like to pair a frothy shake with your burger and fries, my Banana Milk-less Shake will fill the bill-of-fare by providing a classic thick and frosty treat! Last but not least, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies impress with their delightfully chewy texture and super chocolaty taste.
So it’s time to celebrate summer with healthy, fabulous food that is totally jazzylicious!
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Meet Laura Theodore
Laura Theodore is the Jazzy Vegetarian, which can be seen on many PBS stations. The show focuses on vegan cooking featuring quick and easy recipes and tips that will make adding healthier choices into your everyday lifestyle a breeze!