Churrasco Vegano – good for people and animals alike!
Nowadays it’s hard to find someone who has never heard of the Vegans. They advocate for the abstaining of the consumption of animal products and fight against the view that animals are only here to serve us – instead, they see them as living beings as deserving of rights as humans. Veganism is a more strict form of vegetarianism – they also don’t consume any dairy or eggs. You might agree or don’t with their philosophy (While I’m neither a vegetarian nor a vegan, I think it’s still a noble cause), but the fact is they’re around us, as friends, colleagues, romantic interests and so on. So the least we can do is understand and respect them!
A nice thing you could do for your vegan friends is offering them a churrasco vegano! One of the most amazing things about the Vegan movement is their creativity. You might think when you hear the words “Churrasco” and “Vegano” together “How can you have a meat based party without meat?” but the fact is that a churrasco is about flavors and about gathering with people you love, you like or you want to get acknowledged with, and sharing a delicious meal with them, while also sharing great stories, jokes and all sorts of experiences. And let me tell you, vegans, they know how to add flavor to their foods in an splendid fashion. If you ever thought vegetables were not very appealing, I’ll show you otherwise.
The vegetables skewer is probably the most famous vegan dish for Churrascos, in Brazil and America alike. Well, just looking at the picture, you’ll understand why. They are succulent, they smell terrific, and truth to be told, you can get more diversity in a vegetables skewer than you would in a meat one! Grilled potatoes, mushrooms, tofu, eggplants, onions, tomatoes, soy meat, pretty much everything you want.
A valuable hint is to marinate the ingredients for 12 hours in soy sauce, vinegar, lemon, salt, oregano and garlic before grilling them. I’d advise you to cut the vegetables in equal sizes so they cook evenly and so they look good in the skewer as well! The recipe is simple, but as I said, vegans equals creativity, so it’s up to you on how to increment it. And remember: the sauce in which you marinated the vegetables and other ingredients can be used to season salads!
Besides vegetables skewers, a MUST in Brazil for vegan and even average churrascos is Pão de Alho (Garlic Bread). Seriously, if you don’t bring Garlic Bread to a Churrasco in Brazil, as soon as the crowd notices it’s missing, they’ll probably riot and make you go buy it in the closest market ASAP. We already gave a recipe for garlic bread here in the blog (https://churrascoshop.com/typical-brazilian-churrasco-side-dishes/)!
Every Churrasco in Brazil, even the simplest ones, like that one in your grandma’s house with your uncles and aunts, will have the notorious presence of the mayo salad. The traditional one usually has vegetables, but a whole lot of not vegan ingredients (mayo itself contains egg, and the salad usually comes with eggs slashed in cubes). But there’s a great alternative: the garlic mayo. Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground mustard
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons agave
1 cup organic canola oil
Place soy milk, sea salt, ground mustard, garlic powder, vinegar and agave in a blender. Place the lid on the blender and turn to slow. Take the middle part of the blender’s lid out while the blender is still running and slowly pour in the canola oil. Place the lid back on and blend until the mayo is thick and creamy!
These three things will probably keep your vegan friends very busy for a while. But of course, vegan churrascos are not restricted to what I’ve shown here. There’s a whole world of vegan options out there. So go out there and find out if that’s your thing. I guarantee that they’re as tasty as their non-vegan counterparts! Also, let’s not forget that the Churrasco Vegano contains zero fat. So you can eat it through a whole afternoon, without feeling stuffed and guilty about the calories you just ingested. As the title says, it’s good for people, and it’s good for animals.