Memorial Day vegan and gluten-free mains, side dishes, and no-bake desserts that are perfect for a plant-based cookout or BBQ this summer!
This past weekend I went camping for the first time in a tent.
The first night I hardly slept, tossing and turning on our air mattress, amazed that nature could be so deafeningly loud.
The second night, I slept much better, maybe because I grew more comfortable in my surroundings or maybe just because I was too darn tired.
Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the whole experience.
I never grew up camping, so I just kind of assumed camping wasn’t for me.
But, man, was I wrong; I loved it.
Sitting around the campfire telling stories, eating chili reheated over a camp cooktop, watching the flames lick the wooden logs.
I felt totally unplugged and yet left recharged, surrounded by friends who feel like family against a comforting backdrop of nature and community.
And since this was my first real camping trip, it was also my first ever real s’mores.
My friend Anna showed me how to brown the marshmallow on all sides before smushing it on a square of dark chocolate between graham crackers.
We captured my post-s’mores smile in a photo to commemorate the moment; my eyes closed in marshmallow rapture.
With all of the excitement of my trip last weekend, I almost forgot that next weekend is Memorial Day.
In this Memorial Day Recipe Round-Up post I’m sharing some of my favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes for a cookout.
Mix and match these plant-based mains, sides, no-bakes desserts, dips, and drinks to create your own cookout menu!