Inflate the pigskins, throw up your team banners and start those slow cookers, because one of the biggest days in the sporting world — and the food world — is finally here. Whether you’re actually into football and Super Bowl Sunday (which airs February 4 at 6 p.m. on CTV) or not, it’s no secret that most of us love celebrating the big day because of the delicious spreads of dips, wings and nachos that come with it. Well, that and the halftime show, of course.
But if you’re trying to stick to a vegan diet, your willpower will probably be tested on game day. How could it not be with all the melted, cheesy goodness and fabulous, meaty, fried fare on full display? Luckily, there are plenty of delicious, plant-based versions of all your favourite snacks you can whip up instead; snacks so good that you won’t miss the meat, but you may miss the kickoff from your subsequent food coma.
It’s easy to sub vegan cheese into your regular, old jalapeno poppers, but if you’re looking for a snack with a little more substance, these stuffed portobello mushrooms will certainly do the trick. Meaty portobellos are rounded out with hearty vegetables and canned artichokes, then baked together to create a beautiful medley of flavours. Be sure to use vegan cheese instead of the Parmesan, or sprinkle nutritional yeast into your mixture for the same flavour effect.
We can’t get enough of this creamy yet hearty veggie burger. It’s chock-full of protein and vitamin C, and still tastes great with all of the traditional burger toppings.
There are kale chips, and then there are kale chips smothered in spices like garlic and sea salt. If you want to add a little extra crunch to your Super Bowl spread, bust out this chip substitute fresh from the oven.
What’s better than home fries? Gussied up dirty fries, of course. This sweet potato riff has a little extra fiber and features classic meat substitutes like jackfruit and black beans. Just be sure to use a vegan Worcestershire sauce instead of a regular, anchovy-laden one.
Who needs chicken wings when you’ve got a head of cauliflower at your disposal? This beautiful veggie — which is known to replace rice, pizza crust and mashed potatoes — can mimic the texture of killer chicken wings. Just be sure to use vegan butter and cashew ricotta cheese when you’re whipping them up.
If you’re seeking a sweet and sour chicken wing-like experience, this recipe combines cauliflower with classic Asian flavours, guaranteed to score a touchdown with your guests.
Who doesn’t love eating dip on game day? Guacamole is a classic vegan dip that’s also super easy to whip up with very little prep — just make sure you’re working with ripe avocados. Meanwhile, chili, paprika and cayenne are baked onto these pita chips, which are perfect for scooping up all that guac-goodness.
Who needs cheese when you can create this creamy artichoke and bean dip instead? Loaded with protein and fiber, this dip isn’t just low in fat, but it’s also just as creamy as any other cheesy dip.
We all need something a little sweet come game day, so why not serve up a batch of brownies featuring one of the best flavour combos around? The peanut butter will give everyone a little extra protein, and the addition of coconut oil will ensure that the brownies come out smooth and creamy.
Get your slop on with this perfectly delicious riff on an old-fashioned classic. This meat-like mixture also refrigerates well for leftovers all week long. (Just make sure to use a vegan Worcestershire sauce.)
We’re nuts about this chili’s secret ingredient: peanut butter. Add butter beans and potatoes into the mix, and you’ve got a “super” bowl of hearty goodness. Be sure to eliminate the yogurt and cheese toppings, or use vegan versions of those staples instead.
Jackfruit, a tropical food that grows on jackfruit trees, is a growing vegan staple in North America. Buy it canned or sub in some hearts of palm, and jack up the recipe even further by using taco shells in place of lettuce.
We know, we know – there’s no substitute for actual bacon, which is the perfect topping for plenty of Super Bowl foods. If you find yourself seriously missing it, try this recipe, which combines flaked coconut, maple syrup and tamari for a bacon-inspired snack instead.
Catch the Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4th at 6 p.m. ET on CTV!