With Labor Day coming up, I want to give you some tips (& recipes) on how to be a vegan at cookouts.

Check out the vegan tip of the week, where I share 3 tips on my Instagram

A post shared by Monique (@brownvegan) on May 24, 2017 at 1:19pm PDT

Since the time limit is only 1-minute for Instagram videos, here are a few more tips:

  • Don’t feel like you have to bring up the fact that your dish is vegan. Just put your food with the rest of the dishes.
  • Eat after you leave – I’m the queen of hitting up Chipotle on the way home from any social event. You can also stash nuts, fruit, and seeds in your car to hold you over until you get home.
  • Don’t preach! Just chat with those who want to know more (and people will) in the most loving way possible. Try not to get defensive when someone has a sly comment. It happens! *sigh*

Check out these recipes you can bring to the cookout:


Pasta Salad



Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Corn & Avocado



Spinach Artichoke Dip


You can also take pre-made vegan hotdogs & hamburger patties with you to throw on the grill. Field Roast & Beyond Meat are brands with great options.

Also, I love this homemade vegan burger that’s perfect for the grill.

I hope this is helpful!