The animal-lover's guide to barbecuing

It's summer. It's Australia. It's time to get out the tongs 'n' thongs!

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LAST UPDATED: 4 January 2017

The only thing we Aussies love more than a barbie is finding the excuse to throw one (It's warm! It's a long weekend! It's a day ending in 'y'!). But guess what, it gets even better. What you chuck on the BBQ can have a huge impact on not just your own health and the environment — but animals, too!

So, if you fancy the idea of helping all three while throwing an impressive BBQ... you'll be delighted to know that it's actually super easy. Here's how!

For chucking on the barbie.
Get the recipe for this classic Aussie burger.

Animal-free alternatives to chops 'n' snags are SO easy to find these days! And with 1 in 4 Australians now either cutting out or cutting back on meat, demand for cruelty-free options is on the rise. Our mates from Fry's Family Foods offer an impressive range of snags and burgers. Sanitarium also offer animal-free burgers, sausages and felafel patties that are great for the grill. If you'd rather whip up your own barbecue food, grab the simple recipes for lentil burgers or Moroccan eggplant and capsicum kebabs.

Don't forget — some of the best barbecue food is also the easiest! Corn on the cob, asparagus, field mushrooms and sliced onions will add some colour to your plate (oh and they taste amazing barbecued, too).

Snacks to keep your guests happy.
Get the recipe for these morish warm sesame toasted strips.

Because, let's face it — barbecues can go all day (and all night for that matter). Keep your guests happy by making sure you've got nibblies to keep them going! We recommend the Outback BBQ 'ribs', 'Prawn' Cocktails, and Fair Dinkum Damper. Oh, and yes — the Warm Sesame Toasted Strips (pictured) DO taste as good as they look! You can download the recipe for these here.

Great looking AND tasting salads.
YUM! Grab the recipe for honey gold mango and nectarine salsa salad.

You CAN make friends with salad — well, with a good one anyway. Make your BBQ spread complete with these beauties: roast veggie saladEgyptian chickpea salad and rocket & artichoke salad.

For those with a sweet tooth (and are STILL hungry).
Meringue nests with coconut cream and berries recipe.

On the off chance you and your guests have ANY room left after devouring the kilos of food listed above ... we've got you covered. These recipes for peach melba, pavlova, lamingtons and meringues (pictured) are four of the sweetest ways to celebrate a hot Aussie summer!

Oh, and if you have any canine friends joining you for the event, why not bust out the wading pool? Not only will this help them cope if it's a particularly hot day, but there's every chance it will provide additional entertainment for all of your guests too ...

Puppy in Pool

Go forth, be merry, and be very, very full this summer — all while being kind to animals, yourself and the environment.

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