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As far as Super Bowl Sunday is concerned, gridiron-inspired get togethers tend to take the whole pigskin tradition a little too seriously (pork rinds are still a thing?!). As a growing number of Americans, including athletes — yes, evenfootball players! — are increasingly ditching meat, Super Bowl spreads are being redefined with “meaty” plant-based foods that are every bit as hearty and flavorful but without all the cholesterol or cruelty.
So this year, why not host your own party? Buck tradition and whip up some crowd-pleasing, cruelty-free eats for game day. You’ll save some animals, have fun with friends — and maybe convert a meat eater (aka pre-vegan) or two. Here are five amazing veganized Super Bowl snacks that’ll keep everyone on your guest list in a good mood:
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Blu Cheez
Chicken wings are among the oldest and most hallowed of game day traditions. But there’s no need to sacrifice a chicken to please meat eaters. These buffalo bites by Edible Musings have the tangy, succulent flavor of the real thing — minus the animal suffering and unhealthy additives.
Queso is always a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe is packed with nutritional yeast (B-12, baby!) which makes for some seriously cheesy deliciousness. Pair it with tortilla chips, carrots, broccoli, pretzels or other little snacks, and watch your guests gobble it up.
Forks Over Knives offers a ramped up version of the traditional eggy hors d’oeuvres they’ve dubbed “Smoky Little Devils.” Guests will love the pairing of red potatoes and smoky hummus (plus paprika, of course).
These customizable, completely scrumptious nachos a la Minimalist Baker might be the most popular thing at your game day soiree. Pile on the black beans, salsa, eggplant-based queso (yes seriously), guacamole, red onions, cilantro — and anything else that floats your boat.
Pigs in a Blanket
As far as we’re concerned, the only way to enjoy pigs in a blanket is like this. However, it is possible to make an animal-free version of the popular finger food — and fool your friends and relatives while you’re at it. Make this easy version from The Loving Forkful using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and veggie dogs.
Stay tuned for more Super Bowl snack ideas that are as easy as heat and eat!