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Quick veggie and vegan Superbowl eats

Consider a bbq spread for Superbowl Sunday.  Seitan ribs, pineapple, and watermelon will definitely make an impression.
Consider a bbq spread for Superbowl Sunday. Seitan ribs, pineapple, and watermelon will definitely make an impression.
Sheryl Thompson

A game day menu can include standard fare or something unexpected. Go crazy this game day with a spread of vegan eats.

What are you serving on Superbowl Sunday? Chips and salsa, Gardein or Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, veggies and dip, chili, and potato skins are typical game day fare. You can stick with the typical menu or mix it up. Between vegan blogs, grocery store specials, and game day food ads, the ideas are endless!

The net was jumping with meals ideas. Fat Free Vegan Kitchen's Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Nacho Cheese Dip came across my Facebook and Twitter feeds often this week. They look amazing! Happy Herbivore Lindsay Nixon shared a list of plant-based ideas perfect for game day or any day. And Post-Punk Kitchen shared Buffalo Chickpea Pitas with Ranch; a ranch dressing that was inhaled by omni snackers and veggies alike. Did these three ideas spark your creativity? If not, here are more ideas.

Chips, veggies, and dip are standard party goodies. Mix it up and swerve a variety dips and dippers. Go with hummus and get to Earth Fare to pick up free hummus with a $10 purchase and a coupon. Serve with pita or tortilla chips, jicama, cucumber, carrots, pretzels, gluten-free crackers, or any other favorite dipper. If you have Happy Herbivore Light & Lean, the Cheese Ball is an addictive people-pleaser. For sweeter dipping options, snag a few containers of dairy-free yogurt and serve with apples slices and berries.

Serve a hearty vegan chili with or without veggie dogs. A stocked pantry or freezer makes chili a quick and cheap option. Even omnivores go for chili, especially when served with extra raw onion, guac, and a little shredded vegan cheese, and dairy-free sour cream. Chili is also a versatile option perfect for topping tortilla chips, baked potatoes, and pizza. Top a pre-made refrigerated pizza crust with chili and cheese, then top with taco fixings for an almost effortless taco pizza.

Speaking of tacos, have you considered a Tex-Mex spread? Bi-Lo has Haas Avocados for just $.99 and fresh mangoes for two for $3 this week. Taco or burrito bowl with mango salsa and quacamole sound good? If making salsa from scratch makes you nervous, pick up your favorite jar or salsa and serve it on the side.

Try a barbecue spread for a non-traditional game day meal. Baked beans, slaw, cornbread, and pulled BBQ jackfruit sandwiches are a lovely combination. Make it quick and easy by using your favorite vegetarian canned baked beans, pre-shredded slaw mix, and a bottled barbeque sauce. A menu of grilled seitan ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and grilled fruit is another crowd-pleasing menu.

For dessert, a sundae bar featuring a mix of non-dairy ice cream or banana soft serve will fit the bill.

Any of the mentioned options will take one shopping trip and just a few minutes of prep time each. None of them taste like quick meals and just might steal the spotlight on Sunday.

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