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A Vegan 4th of July

A vegan 4th by Mike Shaffer- Store Manager of Buffalo Exchange Philadelphia

Since the 4th of July is upon us, I’d thought I’d share some photos of a vegan barbecue I had this past weekend to pre-celebrate the 4th of July and the beginning of the fabulous summer season.

ingredients including celery, seasonings, and fruitMy partner Eric and I started out by creating an area for drink and food garnishes for our friends to enjoy.

We got some festive plates to celebrate in style:

paper plates with red, white, and blue colorsBeing vegan, we obviously eat lots of veggies. We made skewers with mushrooms, pears, red onions, peppers, potatoes marinated in olive oil, pineapple, tofu, and Tofurkey vegan Italian sausage. We were excited to start grilling!

man with skewers of fruitThe skewers take about 10-15 minutes on the grill to cook well, so we relaxed and enjoyed a cold beverage.

man holding bloody mary drink with celery After the skewers were complete, we put on some Boca vegan burgers topped with pepper jack flavored vegan rice cheese, and I had mine with a salad consisting of lettuce, cucumber, avocado, red onion, bell pepper and radishes topped off with blueberry pomegranate dressing, I also made my famous-with-my-friends vegan macaroni salad! This salad is delicious and so easy to make with Vegenaise, black and green olives, shredded carrots, coarse black pepper, salt, red and yellow onions and celery.

meal with beer, macaroni salad, burger width= My friend Andrew made some awesome marinated eggplant (not pictured) and last but not least we had a summertime favorite, corn on the cob. It was grilled in the husk with a little Earth Balance vegan buttery spread and some pepper. Delish!

corn cobs on grillman holding corn on cob Even though many of my friends are not vegan like me, they still enjoy the food we eat since it can be healthier and delicious. We all had a fun time. three friends holding drinks

I hope you all have a great 4th of July and barbecue all summer like I will be! Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for tips on vegan and eco-friendly fashion, food and grooming!

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