The Super Bowl is here! Whether you're into football or not, there's a strong chance you'll find yourself at a viewing party with some of your favorite sports fans. The Super Bowl has a meat-heavy reputation, with many opting for four quarters' worth of chicken wings, burgers, and meatballs. But what about vegetarian and vegan football lovers? There's no reason why abstaining from meat should mean going hungry on game day. Here are six meatless (some of which are vegan!) recipes that will be a touchdown with all the sports fans in your life!
Vegan Soft Pretzels
Nothing goes better with a cold beer than a salty pretzel and some spicy mustard dipping sauce. If you really want to impress your vegan guests, this recipe from La Pure Mama is the way to go. You can even make them in advance and store in the freezer. On game day, just pop them in the oven and sprinkle with coarse sea salt!
Broccoli Cheddar Potato Skins
Ooey, gooey potato skins are a favorite game day snack food, but most are topped with bacon. Give your potato skins a green twist with this recipe from The Adirondack Chick. These skins are gluten free and vegetarian. If you have a vegan guest, just skip the cheese, or use Daiya shreds instead.
Vegan Jalapeno Poppers
If your friends prefer the spicier things in life, these dairy-free jalapeno poppers are going to be a smash hit. Stuffed with vegan cream cheese and deep fried, they taste every bit as indulgent as traditional poppers.
Healthy 7-Layer Dip
There is no such thing as a Super Bowl party without copious amounts of chips and dip, and if you really want to play it traditional, it has to be 7-layer dip. This recipe from Fit Sugar lightens things up a bit for a healthier alternative, swapping greek yogurt for sour cream, and black beans for the usual refried variety. For a dairy-free version, use soy or coconut sour cream and vegan cheese shreds.
Spicy Oven-Roasted Chick Peas
I don’t know about you, but when I watch football, I love to have a snack that I can eat by the handful. Most potato chips are saturated in fat and artificial flavorings, leaving you with nothing but greasy hands and regret. These spicy oven-roasted chick peas will soothe your snack cravings without undoing your diet. And they’re super easy to make!
Slow Cooker Seitan Carnitas
Sometimes appetizers won’t cut it for a hungry crowd, especially if your team is losing at halftime. Take a break from the action to savor these amazing meatless soft tacos. Better yet, you can cook them in the crockpot so you don’t miss a single play.