Game day prep time! Make these 10 plant-based recipes for the crowd to share, that everyone will love, whether they eat meat or not – and no matter which team they’re rooting for. Because good food is something everyone can all agree on!
Whether you’re watching a college or pro game, one study found that football fans can consume up to 8,083 calories before, during, and after the game (those nachos add up). Ouch. The good news is you can make snacks that are both delicious and healthy, combining the best of both worlds (traditional dishes with better-for-you ingredients). We kept the fun food but made them with healthier meatless and-dairy-free ingredients that taste great, and won’t send you to the medical tent.
So invite the gang over, and start making all the foods you love to eat while rooting for your team. These classics with healthier-for-you swaps (like cashew-based queso, jackfruit buffalo dip, and bean chili that’s full of fiber) will help you stay in the game, without overindulging since fiber foods help you stay full for longer and avoid eating all the bad stuff (like chips!) You’re on your way to the healthiest football party yet with these recipes.
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1. Vegan Taco Bowl Dip
This Mexican-inspired taco bowl dip is all sorts of delicious. Made with layers of creamy refried beans, guacamole, cashew cream, salsa, veggies, and dairy-free shredded cheese, it packs a flavor punch. Pair it with some crunchy tortilla chips, veggie, pita chips, whatever and you’ve got a touchdown dish on your hands!
2. Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip
Step aside buffalo wings, there’s a new kid in town. Say hello to this quick, easy, and healthy buffalo “chicken” dip! Superbowl Sunday won’t be complete without it on the menu. Made with meaty pulled jackfruit, creamy cashew-based cheese, and spicy red-hot sauce, this dip delivers big, bold flavors that will have everyone lining up for seconds! Serve it with your choice of bread or chips. For an even healthier option, add carrot sticks and celery to the side.
3. Fig & “Goat” Cheese Crostini
A tray of fig and “goat cheese” crostinis is just what you need to feed a large party or Super Bowl gathering. This appetizer is simple, elegant, and (most importantly) delicious!
It all starts out with golden-brown crostini smeared with creamy cashew cheese. Add slices of juicy figs to balance out all those salty and savory flavors, and tie everything together with a garnish of basil, toasted pistachios, and a drizzle of agave.
4. Tom Brady’s Chunky Guacamole
This chunky guacamole is a staple of the TB12 diet as Tomy Brady swears by his mostly whole-food plant-based approach to eating for better performance. The recipe calls for onions, jalapenos, basil, garlic, coriander, a pinch of salt, and of course avocados. “A daily intake of an avocado provides a nice boost of unsaturated fats and can raise your body’s level of good cholesterol. Avocados also contain fiber, potassium, folate, as well as B, C, and E vitamins,” says Brady in the TB12 Method cookbook.
5. Tom Brady’s Healthy Hummus
This recipe is made mostly with chickpeas, a hearty source of plant-based protein and fiber. Hummus is a great snack to mindlessly munch on because at a certain point you will feel satiated and stay fuller longer, due to the high fiber content which slows the digestion process. If you want to eat healthier, enjoy this dip with sliced celery, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, and more fresh vegetables that have the perfect ‘scoop.’
6. Dairy-Free Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce
Instead of buying dairy-free cheese at your local grocery store, here is our favorite vegan cashew cheese sauce recipe that’s made with whole-food plant-based ingredients, and has an incredible umami flavor.
7. Vegan Chili
This recipe is perfect if you have some veggies in your fridge you’re trying to get rid of. Whether it’s mushrooms, celery, bell peppers, etc, just toss it in your chili and you’re good to go. The recipe uses three types of beans: kidney beans, chickpeas, and black beans but you are more than welcome to use whatever beans you want in your chili. You can even toss in some crumbled tempeh or vegan “beef” crumbles to get more of a meatier chili. Think of this recipe as a basic chili recipe that you can customize into whatever you want.
Recipe: Vegan Chili Everyone Will Love
8. Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
These delicious Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches are hearty, smoky, meaty, juicy, and so delicious. Perfectly tender jackfruit is tossed in BBQ sauce and tastes so convincing that you won’t believe it’s not pork.
Recipe: Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
9. Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
This dish is quick and easy to make, and they are totally kid-friendly. Plus, they are always a crowd favorite at parties. Serve Pigs in a Blanket hot or at room temperature with our creamy mustard dip or your favorite condiments.
Recipe: Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
10. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
In 30 minutes or less, you can dip into the rich, creamy, cheesy flavors of a plant-based spinach artichoke dip.
Recipe: Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
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