The Super Bowl is coming up quick. Even though I’m not the biggest sports spectator on this side of the Mississippi, I get excited about cultural events like this because it’s an excuse to play hostess. I love having people over and getting to play catch up, eat good food, drink good wine, and step away from my everyday routine for a few hours. When it comes to the Super Bowl, you probably either show up for the sport itself, the commercials, the food, or some combination of the three. A lot of classic American Super Bowl snacks revolve around meat, but as a vegetarian, I’m not exactly eligible for a heaping plate of saucy wings anymore. Luckily, I’ve experimented with some healthy vegetarian alternatives that are just as mouthwatering without the meat or fat content of your average appetizer. These are three of my favorite game day dishes, guaranteed to be a hit with carnivores and herbivores alike.
Vegan Mexican Tortilla Roll-Ups
Recipe and photo by: The Stingy Vegan
Serves: 8 | 15 minutes
5 large whole wheat tortillas
1 ½ cups hummus
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 small can corn, rinsed
½ red onion, finely diced
3 tbsp chopped jalapenos
Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
Slather each tortilla with hummus, spreading all the way to the edges. Sprinkle about 1 ½ tbsp of each topping being stingier with the jalapenos.
Roll up the tortillas tightly, starting from the bottom. Gently slice into bite-size pieces, about an inch in thickness.
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Recipe by: Damn Delicious
Serves 8 | Time: 20 minutes
3 zucchini, sliced into rounds
1 tbsp olive oil
⅓ cup marinara sauce
½ cup finely grated mozzarella
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to broil
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini in batches, cooking for about 1-2 minutes on each side, and flipping once golden. Season with salt and pepper.
Then, place zucchini on a large baking tray. Top with marinara and mozzarella. If you wish, substitute mozzarella with vegan cheese. Place in oven and let bake for about 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, and serve!
Photo by The Comfort Kitchen
Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders
Recipe and photo by Chocolate For Basil
Serves 8 | 25 minutes
8 mini sesame seed burger buns, gluten-free, potato bread
1 large head of cauliflower
3 tbsp Ghee butter
3 tbsp hot sauce roasted jalapeno
Lettuce for topping
¼ cup non-fat greek yogurt
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup broccoli slaw
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Then remove the stems from the head of cauliflower, chop into florets, and slice the florets so that they’re somewhat flat. Place florets on a tray, drizzle with olive oil and salt, and roast for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat when the edges turn brown and set aside.
In a small bowl whisk greek yogurt, blue cheese, and ⅛ tsp of cracked pepper. Set aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, and then add hot sauce. Remove from heat, add cauliflower and stir.
In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, lime juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add the broccoli slaw and toss. Set aside.
Split and toast the buns. Then assemble your slides: lettuce, cauliflower florets, slaw, and buffalo dressing. Voila. A vegetarian-friendly, culinary delight.
Whether you’ll be the game day hostess with the mostess, a party attendee, or you’re just kicking it at home, these snacks are fantastic, healthier alternatives for your traditional fare. Snack it up.