Barbecue and picnic food

If you fancy being creative, below are some ideas to get you started. If you're in a panic because you've just found out you've got a vegan coming to your barbecue and have no idea what to provide for them, buy a pack of vegan sausages and don't pre-butter all the bread rolls. Sorted!

It's a good idea to have a separate barbecue for vegan and vegetarian food if possible - a disposable one is fine - as most vegans and vegetarians prefer not to eat food with meat fat splashed on it. Foil-wrapped food also keeps the meat juices at bay if you're cooking it on the coals.

Barbecues

Shop-bought vegan sausages

Portobello mushrooms served in a bread bun with ketchup, vegan mayonnaise, BBQ sauce or salad

Grilled vegetables such as aubergine slices, courgette slices, bell pepper quarters, butternut squash slices or asparagus, either cooked on the grill or wrapped in foil and cooked on the coals

Home-made spicy beanburgers or shop-bought vegan burgers with lots of extras - tomato salsa or ketchup, vegan mayonnaise, vegan cheese slices or grated cheese, jalapeños, salad, grated carrot and beetroot

Stuffed mushrooms cooked in foil

Corn on the cob served with vegan margarine

Skewers with a combination of bell peppers, mushrooms, courgette, cherry tomatoes, mangetout or tofu

Potato skins stuffed with mashed potato flesh, black pepper and vegan cheese

Whole baked potatoes or sweet potatoes cooked on the coals wrapped in foil

Pineapple rings wrapped in foil with melted vegan margarine, brown sugar and cinnamon

Foil-wrapped bananas stuffed with vegan chocolate

Picnics

Couscous and roasted vegetables

Avocado, tomato and pesto mayonnaise sandwiches

Tortillia wraps of various kinds

Individual-sized pizzas

Potato salad made with vegan mayonnaise (or without mayonnaise)

Sharing fruit such as grapes. strawberries and cherry tomatoes

Marinated tofu pieces

Nice fresh bread and vegan pâté or houmous

Crisps (but read the labels first)

Salads

Crunchy vegetable sticks and vegan dips