As you know, eating light meals during the summer is good for you. The reason is not only because you’ll have fewer cravings. Light meals can also help keep your body temperature low, plus your body will not have to work as hard to digest the food you ate. Additionally, eating fruits and veggies aid in keeping your body hydrated during the hot summer days. So, what are some of the best light vegan meals for summer?
BBQ Tofu Burger
Aside from being light, a BBQ tofu burger is one of the best light vegan meals for summer because it is appetizing and nutritious at the same time. The best part is that this recipe is easy to do.
- Smoked tofu, preferably the tofu should be extra firm
- Vegan BBQ sauce
- BBQ spice mix
- Vegan mayonnaise
- Plant milk, preferably oat milk
- White flour
- Burger buns
- Vegan cheddar cheese
- Onion and garlic
- Oil, salt, and pepper
1. Making the BBQ Tofu Burger
The first step in making a BBQ tofu burger is to cut the extra firm tofu into half. Afterward, poke tiny holes in the tofu using a fork to help with absorption. Then, cover the sliced tofu with some BBQ sauce, and let it sit for at least ten minutes. Finally, you can fry the tofu on medium heat until both sides are crispy.
To make the BBQ sauce, combine 2 tbsp of BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp BBQ spice mix, and 2 tbsp oil.
2. Making the Garlic Mayonnaise Sauce
To make the garlic mayonnaise sauce, you can combine the 8 tbsp mayonnaise, 4 tbsp plant milk, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp salt, and pepper in a blender. Afterward, blend the ingredients until you get a smooth consistency.
3. Making the Fried Onions
To make the fried onions, start by cutting a large onion into thin slices. Afterward, dip the sliced onion into the plant milk, then the flour. The next step is to fry the breaded onions until they are golden brown. You can also sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.
Finally, the last step is to layer the ingredient to create a burger. You can do this by putting garlic mayonnaise sauce on the burger buns, then add the lettuce, fried tofu, vegan cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fried onion.
Zucchini Noodles with Pesto Sauce
Zucchini noodles are among of the most popular light vegan meals for summer because it’s fresh and nutritious. Once you combine the noodles with some pesto sauce, the result is a healthy and delicious meal you enjoy during a hot summer day.
- small onion (yellow), chopped
- basil leaves
- pumpkin seeds, toasted
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- large zucchini
- pint cherry tomatoes
- Fresh basil leaves (garnish)
1. Making the Pesto Sauce
To make the pesto sauce, you can combine the 1/2 small onion, 1 clove of garlic, 2 cups basil leaves, 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, 1/3 cup olive oil, and 2 tsp red wine vinegar in a food processor. Then, blend the ingredient until they smooth. Afterward, add some salt and a tsp of red wine vinegar to taste.
2. Making the Zucchini Noodles
The first step in making zucchini noodles is to spiralize the 3 large zucchinis. To do this, you can either use a julienne peeler, spiralize, or a large grater box. Afterward, toss the noodles with the pesto sauce until all the noodles are coated, then season with 1/4 tsp of salt.
3. Combine the Ingredients
Finally, you can transfer the pesto-coated noodles to a large platter. Add some sliced cherry tomatoes (1 pint), and place some fresh basil leaves at the corner of the platter.
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