Holiday Recipes

Published on July 2nd, 2010 | by Heather Carr


July 4th Grilling

Vegetables on the GrillThe July 4th weekend is a big one for grilling. There’s nothing like getting the family or a group of friends together, playing ball with the kids, and grilling up some grub.

But grilling also has its problems, environmentally speaking. All that heat produced at the same time and particulate matter thrown into the air can actually raise the temperatures of cities on that day. Charcoal is often produced unsustainably. Lighter fluid, instant-light charcoal briquettes (which are only partly charcoal), factory-farmed beef – all these things contribute to a less than green grilling experience.

Grilling has several appealing features besides the tasty food. Cleanup is easier. No pots and pans to wash, and since many barbecued foods are finger foods, fewer plates and utensils to wash. Cooking outdoors keeps the heat out of the kitchen, lowering air conditioning bills.

Gas and electric grills are the greenest options, using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gases than charcoal. But many people wouldn’t consider food grilled without the smoky flavor that charcoal provides. Try looking for eco-friendly charcoal. And skip the self-lighting briquettes. Those make the food taste like it’s also self-lighting.

Ultimately, all actions have environmental consequences. But it is possible to enjoy your tasty barbecue while minimizing your impact on the environment.

For a few grilling recipes, try these ideas:

All-Star Veggie Kabobs (with an awesome marinade)
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
Halloumi Cheese — Three Ways (for an interesting change)

Creative Commons photo courtesy of passer-by

Keep up with the latest sustainable food news by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Tags: , , , ,

About the Author

Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .

One Response to July 4th Grilling

  1. Pingback: What to Eat When You’re Dying of Heat : Eat. Drink. Better.

Back to Top ↑
  • Support our Site!

  • Advertisement

  • Let’s Connect!

  • Advertisement

  • Popular Posts & Pages

    Whether you are looking to completely give up animal products or just want to try eating vegan some of the time, we want to support you! Below, you’ll find articles answering some common questions about vegan cooking and nutrition. If you don’t see your question answered below, please get in touch with us! We are happy to investigate for you!

    Find out what's in season now, plus get plenty of recipe inspiration to help you make the most of every season's beautiful, local fare.

    I love infographics. When I came across this one about what, how, and when to plant vegetables, I thought I’d share. Keep reading after the pic for a few of my own lessons learned.

    Top Sustainable Food Jobs of the Week.

    Looking for an all vegan grocery store? Even if you’re not lucky enough to have one in your town, there are lots of online options for vegan grocery shopping.

  • Advertisement

  • Search the IM Network

  • The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by, and do not necessarily represent the views of Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc., its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.