Celebrate Fourth of July, Vegan-Style
Party like its 1776 and celebrate Americas independence with vegan funnel cake and picnics.
When the Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they probably never imagined that someday Americans would celebrate their freedom by drinking Budweiser while grilling veggie burgers in their backyards—but hey, we’re not complaining. As with every holiday penciled into our planners, the Fourth of July offers the perfect chance to throw a fabulous, patriotic fête complete with vegan spare ribs, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches, and fantastic firework displays. You can be super sneaky and not mention that any of your cookout cuisine is cruelty-free, or do the darn thing right and share your recipes for everything from plant-based potato salad to vegan apple pie. Before you tear into boxes of fireworks—purchased legally, of course—remember that if you live with companion animals, it is essential to keep them away from loud, dangerous fireworks. Not feeling the family-gathering love? Trek to your nearest animal sanctuary and gather together with furry friends in need of love and attention. However you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a very happy, healthy holiday—Happy Anniversary, America!
Reveling in our nation’s revolutionary past is easy with the right barbecue menu. First, brush up on your summertime grilling skills. Second, prepare to cook yourself into a warm-weather frenzy. VN’s Assistant to the Publisher Frankie McGee is a vegan cooking legend at the VNHQ, and her homemade take on tender, savory Vegan Spare Ribs is only made better when slathered with a heaping helping of her signature tangy, flavorful Barbecue Sauce. So, lets just say it’s pretty essential to save space in the oven for these savory standards. If you’re not one for barbecue sauce-covered everything, whip up a batch of Spicy Black Bean Burgers or Homemade Vegan Sausages to throw on the grill, or fry up a pan of crispy Country Fried Seitan topped with cool, refreshing Vegan Ranch Dressing. Get a healthy dose of greens by throwing Roasted Brussels Sprouts alongside your burgers and veggie dogs. Round out the Americana feast with tried-and-true traditional side dishes such as BBQ Baked Beans, Rustic Macaroni Salad, and Tantalizing Twice-Baked Potatoes.
Yankee Doodle Dessert
An elemental part of planning the perfect Independence Day soirée is preparing decadent, seasonal desserts. Dairy-free takes on American classics such as Flaky Apple Pie, Luscious Lime Cheesecake, and Crispy Funnel Cakes will leave your guests awestruck, while kid-friendly fare such as Vegan Fudgsicles and Frosty Summer Popsicles will offer temporary relief from scorching temperatures. Finally, for snack-size treats to tide guests over well after dinner has ended, keep a fresh batch of Fluffy Brownies on hand to top with scoops of rich, Silky Strawberry Ice Cream. Or, simply create a lavish ice cream bar brimming with the very best cruelty-free toppings. For foolproof how-to help making homemade holiday treats, check out Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s recipes for Seasonal Berry Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Whipped Crème and Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Click here to watch Chef Chloe prepare her Chocolate-Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches and Seasonal Berry Cobbler.
5 Ways to Create a Great Vegan Picnic
Beat the heat with memorable outdoor meals that can happen at a moments notice.
Read More »
The VegNews Guide to Vegan Milk
Need milk? Our ultimate, up-to-date guides to vegan products give you everything you need to know.
Read More »
Going Vegan: How One Meat-Serving Restaurant is Catering to the Meat-Free
VegNews talks to acclaimed Washington DC's Equinox restaurant about its evolution to a more plant-based menu.
Read More »
Sneak Preview: What's on the Menu at Chloe Coscarelli's NYC Restaurant?
The 27-year-old chef is the latest to make the leap from cookbook author to restaurant owner, with her first New York eatery opening this month.
Read More »
14 Reasons Why Pitchfork Music Festival Is Vegan Paradise
Vegan beer, meat-free fare, and popsicles galore headline the catering line-up at Chicago's annual summertime festival.
Read More »
- Vegan Meringue Has Arrived
- Morrissey Uses NYC Concert to Promote Veganism
- Top 10 Male Vegan Bloggers
- How to Veganize Any Recipe: Sweet Edition
- 10 Foods You Never Thought Youd Eat Again
- 5 Ingenius Ways to Eat Chocolate Chips
- Subscriber Appreciation Month Giveaway: Miyoko's Kitchen
- A Vegan Mothers Day Your Mom Will Love
- A Vegan Cinco de Mayo Brunch
- Why Red Meat is at the Root of Americas Health Epidemic
- 14 Game-Changing Avocado Recipes
- Virgin America to Launch Vegan Airline
- 10 Foods to Help Get Rid of Stress
- Vegan St. Patricks Day 101
- The #1 Way to Make Sure You Eat Your Greens First
- 10 Creative Ways to Use Nut Butters
- 6 Delicious Ways to Get Vitamin C
- 3 Raw Vegan Desserts
- Valentine's Dinner for Two
- 4 Mouth-Watering Vegan Super Bowl Recipes