If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2018 is to take a more eco-minded approach to eating, then it’s time to cut back on your red meat consumption. Beef is particularly taxing on the environment, requiring 28 times more land and 11 times more water than chicken or pork. But cutting out your favourite cut of beef doesn’t have to mean an end to barbecue season. Instead, try one of these seven Asian beef alternatives for a full-flavoured grill that’s kinder on the environment.
For a meat-free barbecue, try these vegetarian yellow curry skewers, which get a protein hit from cubes of paneer (an Indian cheese) or firm tofu.
Your neighbours will be popping their heads over the back fence when the scent of this country-style Thai barbeque chicken starts to waft through the street. Serve with sticky rice and som tum salad for an authentic taste of Thailand.
For an Asian twist on rissoles, whip up a batch of Hanoi-style grilled pork patties, then serve with vermicelli noodles and a tangy chilli, fresh herbs, and papaya dipping sauce.
Summer and Thai beef salad go hand in hand, but if you’re making a conscious choice to cut back on beef, you can still create a satisfying salad from your barbecue using ‘meaty’ vegetables, such as grilled eggplant with somen noodles and lime dressing, or choose prawns as your protein source, like this spicy grilled shrimp salad recipe.
Ok, so this one is a little more time-consuming than simply bunging a few bangers on the barbie, but we promise the effort is worth it. Once you try these Indonesian-style grilled fish parcels, you’ll never look back.
For a luxurious take on the backyard barbecue, splash out on a couple of lobster tails for this Thai grilled lobster with spicy basil garlic sauce.
For more grill ideas, try these flame-grilled Asian favourites for summer barbecues.
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