The Super Bowl is quickly approaching and planning an interesting party menu can be difficult enough, but if someone in the crowd is a vegetarian or vegan, it can be that much harder. If you ‘re looking for some assistance, here is a list of 10 tasty Super Bowl dishes that vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike will love.
(To learn more about vegans and vegetarians, read The Difference Between Vegan And Vegetarian Diets.)
Guacamole is one vegetarian dish that everyone can love. Guacamole is even appropriate for vegans as well, since there is no animal product in it at all. Use the freshest ingredients for the best results and feel free to personalize it. For spicier guacamole, add some jalapeños. Want some tomato or extra onion? Go for it…the possibilities are endless. The best news is that as long as it isn’t overloaded with salt, guacamole contains lots of vitamins, minerals and good fats from those delicious avocados.
One game day favorite that may be off limits is deviled eggs. While they may be perfectly fine for casual vegetarians, to strict vegan dieters, they aren’t. Potato angels basically replace the eggs with small potatoes. These can be made with regular mayonnaise for vegetarians or if the eggs in the mayo are a concern, there are egg-free options available as well. Simply boil potatoes, cut them in half and scoop out the insides. Mash up the insides and season, finishing the same was as deviled eggs. The taste is remarkably similar without the eggs. And the best part is that there is no peeling involved.
Italian coleslaw is a deliciously light alternative to the creamy, mayonnaise based variety. It is seasoned with vinegar, olive oil, herbs, spices and just a hint of sugar. The creamy version of coleslaw is fine for guests without any dietary restrictions, but because mayonnaise is made with eggs, this coleslaw is a great alternative for vegetarians and vegans.
Buffalo wings are the quintessential Super Bowl food, but for vegetarians and vegans, they are off limits. However the same wonderful buffalo flavor can be used with tofu for a tasty Super Bowl snack. Simply fry up some extra firm tofu and coat it in buffalo sauce. Extra firm tofu has the same consistency as cooked meat, but it takes on whatever flavors are added to it, making it perfect for this meat-free alternative.
Every party has to have dessert, even Super Bowl parties. Cupcakes are remarkably versatile and there are a surprising number of vegetarian and vegan recipes out there. Many specialty food stores have cupcake mixes for every diet, from gluten-free to vegetarian and vegan. In addition, a simple online search will turn up hundreds of cupcake recipes for every taste. Decorate cupcakes with the colors of your favorite football team and get ready to party!
Sweet potato fries are a tasty treat for everyone, carnivore and vegetarian alike. Sweet potato fries are particularly popular in the southeastern United States, and they are made in the same way as regular French fries. Simply cut them up, fry them and sprinkle with salt. The advantage that sweet potato fries have over regular fries is that sweet potatoes contain more nutrients than regular potatoes do. And of course they are vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Corn dog bites are a great Super Bowl party favorite. However, vegetarians and vegans must respectfully decline, unless of course the dogs are made from tofu. Depending upon personal preference, corn dog bites can be made with the whole tofurky frank, or the frank can be cut into smaller pieces for a bite size treat. Simply coat the dogs with a vegetarian corn bread mix and fry in vegetable oil. Serve these with spicy mustard.
Stuffed mushrooms are enjoyed at parties everywhere throughout the year. Mushroom caps just beg to be stuffed with all sorts of delicious fillings. These mushrooms can be stuffed with seasoned bread crumbs, vegetarian cheese and even tofu based sausage or tempeh bacon. The possibilities are endless. Another advantage to these stuffed treats is that they can be made in advance of the party.
There are a number of different vegetarian burger options available. Black bean burgers are among the most popular and they are super simple to make. Another great thing about black bean burgers is that they are much cheaper to make for a crowd than regular burgers made from meat. Keep in mind, black bean burgers wouldn’t be appropriate for a vegan, because egg is required to bind the mixture together into patties.
Whether coated with barbeque sauce, marinara sauce or made Swedish style, meatballs are often a staple at Super Bowl parties. There are a number of options available for making vegetarian meatballs, including making them with black beans, like the burgers above, or making them with tofu or some other meat substitute. They can be seasoned to suit a variety of tastes and recipes. It is even possible to make a version suitable for vegans, but it will require some specialty ingredients to make, like mock meat, vegan bread and egg substitute.
(For other ideas on vegetarian-friendly alternatives to meat, read 10 Healthy Meat Substitutes For Vegetarians.)
No matter what someone’s dietary preferences are there are plenty of dishes available to please every palate. Give some of these a try and party goers might be surprised to find that they don’t miss the meat.