Memorial Day weekend became a BBQ weekend due to a combination of factors. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors and remembers the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May each year.
In the late 19th century, Memorial Day was celebrated with parades, speeches, and visits to cemeteries to honor the fallen soldiers. However, after World War II, Memorial Day became a three-day weekend, and people started taking advantage of the extra day off work to spend time with family and friends.
During this time, backyard barbecues became a popular way to celebrate the holiday. The warm weather, longer days, and the desire to spend time outdoors with loved ones made grilling and BBQs a natural choice.
In addition, the rise of consumer culture and advertising in the mid-20th century helped to promote the idea of Memorial Day BBQs as a social norm and a way to celebrate the holiday. Today, Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with backyard BBQs, parades, and other outdoor activities.
In anticipation of your BBQ plans, here are 10 ideas for a spectacular Plant Based BBQ:
1. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Herbed Quinoa Salad
3. Grilled Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions and Avocado Mayo
4. Sweet and Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob
6. Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce
8. Grilled Peach and Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
10. Grilled Watermelon and Feta Skewers with Balsamic Glaze (use vegan feta for a fully plant-based option)
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