When you think of Father’s Day dinner, steaks, burgers, and BBQ spreads probably come to mind. Green bean vermicelli with an avocado salad or teriyaki tofu sliders with tangy vegan coleslaw? Not so much.
Well, not so fast. This Father’s Day, it seems more dads than you’d expect will be dining on vegan cuisine—to the tune of some six million British pops. That is, at least according to a poll by The Meatless Farm, which makes plant-based burgers, sausages, and more.
“There’s been a new wave of meat alternatives that are satisfying the protein pangs of our nation’s dads, so much so that over a third will be dusting off the BBQ, come rain or shine, and tucking into a meat-free burger this weekend,” said a UK spokesperson for The Meatless Farm, per Plant Based News.
During the coronavirus crisis, there’s been a growing interest in the plant-based movement as a way to protect one’s health and potentially even bolster immunity. In fact, in recent weeks, sales of plant-based meats have skyrocketed 35% amid the pandemic outbreak.
For the dads and father figures that do so much for us day in and day out, helping them embrace a vegan or partially vegan diet is a great way to inspire them to make healthy choices and ward off diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
If you’re inspired to cook a vegan feast for dad this Father’s Day—or any day, really—try these jackfruit carnitas, slow-cooker vegetarian chili, or easy vegan split pea soup. Or, make it a team effort and buff up your arm muscles by making this vegan risotto with asparagus and mushroom for a meal you’ll recall fondy for a long time to come.
Who’s ready to celebrate their old man with a vegan buffet for the books?