Happy Super Bowl Season!
For many in the United States, the Super Bowl is more like a holiday than a sporting event. With so much excitement and anticipation after months of watching (and possibly crying over) our favorite team finally culminating in a great game, spectacular halftime show, and a parade of hit-and-miss commercials.
But most importantly: it’s really about the snacks.
Your viewing party is sure to be penalized if you haven’t perfectly strategized your starting snack lineup. And since you’ve committed to cutting back on meat, dairy, and eggs, chicken wings are likely off the table. (Did you know Americans eat enough chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday to circle the Earth 3 times? The chickens thank you for saying no to factory farms.)
So in light of all that, we’re here to coach you through some creative ideas to prevent your hungry guests from throwing a flag on the play. Ready? Hut Hut, SNACK!
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
We're getting this one out of the way right from the start! Not only was buffalo cauliflower one of the trendiest foods of 2018—but it's also delicious. With these, your guests won't even remember what chicken wings are.
Prepared Plant-Based Meat
If you want to lighten your workload, pick up some pre-made options from the grocery store! Several brands available nationwide make plant-based wings, breathing new life into the sports bar favorite. (Plus, be on the lookout for plant-based corn dogs—yum!)
Everyone loves finger sandwiches, right? Stay veg-forward with these southwest roll-ups. They're sure to be a slam dunk! (Oops, wrong sport...)
Salty, savory, acidic. What's not to love?! Get your crunch on with this fried pickles recipe. (We suggest making a lot of these.)
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Dips take center stage at social gatherings (or at least they should). Satisfy everyone with this creamy, salty, delicious spinach artichoke dip recipe! Pro-tip: add some toasted breadcrumbs on top.
Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
We know we already told you about this jalapeno popper mac and cheese recipe, but here it is again, just in case you missed it last time. It's too perfect for Game Day not to share again!
Whether eaten with a fork, toothpick or piled on a sub, plant-based meatballs can be filling and delicious. Pick up some ready-made rolls and some plant-based mozzarella and you're sandwich game will wow the crowd. (Bonus: this recipe is gluten-free!)
Fried Pasta Chips
Wait, what?! You read that right. It's pasta, but also chips. (GAMECHANGER!) Stick with plant-based parm or nutritional yeast, and these are sure to impress your plant-based, Italian food aficionados.
These platters are easy to make and a great way to bring some healthy options to the table! (Not that we think that's necessary—it is the Super Bowl, after all.) But that doesn't mean you shouldn't think about how to make one like a pro! Or keep it simple and grab a pre-made platter that comes with plant-based ranch.
Baked Potato Skins
These simple, handheld appetizers are tried-and-true staples. And potatoes are a plant-based eater's best friend! (Well, at least in our playbook!)
Speaking of keeping it simple, you have to have plenty of different pre-packaged munchies to keep everyone happy. Luckily there are plenty of tasty plant-based options, chips and snack mixes that come in a variety of flavors, from sweet and spicy chili to barbecue.
Creamy Onion Garlic Dip
We all know this one. But did you know it could be so easy to make plant-based? Think of all the chip and dip flavor combinations!
Dips on dips on dips on dips! We love dips.
Tofu Tacos/Taco Bowls
Whether to make these handhelds or super bowls (wink!) is up to you—but either way, they'll be delicious. Every game day deserves a taco moment, coach!
A sports classic that needs no further explanation, really. Who doesn't love nachos?
These tater totchos also need no further explanation. But did we maybe just blow your mind?
If you have nachos, you need guac. For this all-around crowd-pleaser, it's easy enough to find a ready-made version at the store. For those that would rather make it at home, use this simple recipe!
BBQ Jackfruit Sliders
In the mood to get really creative? Break these out at half-time to go full-on showstopper!
Instant Pot Chili
Homemade chili doesn't have to be hard, especially if you have an instant pot! Cozy and comforting, chili is a perfect food to stay warmed up for the game. Plus, heat up some frozen French fries and shredded plant-based cheese and wham! You can have chili cheese fries with minimal effort.
Buffalo "Chicken" Dip
In case you have no interest in wings but still want that buffalo goodness, check out this sensational buffalo "chicken" dip recipe! There are a variety of buffalo dip recipes out there that use cauliflower, chickpeas, or jackfuit—so don't be afraid to make a few.
With these plant-based options on your roster, you're ready for the big league! Send us photos of your plant-based spread by using #EatPlantsForAChange and tagging us @CompassionUSA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!