Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vegan Super Bowl Meals and Snacks

I’ll admit, I’m not an avid football fan. I’m not even a partial football fan, but I do love the company and socialization of a Super Bowl Party. Unfortunately, these parties are usually loaded with things like wings, nachos, little sausages, and some bacon wrapped artery clogger. Low fat vegan and vegetarian options are bountiful. Below are a few options that are sure to have you vegan and omnivore friends ready for the big game, whether they watch or not.  
1.       Salsa and Guacamole with Low Fat Tortilla Chips – A standard by most party accounts. Avocados are more expensive for my frugal budget, so mash a can of peas with the avocado and spices to reduce the fat and stretch the quantity.
2.       Bean and Veggie Chili – Mix 3 types of beans such as dark red kidney, pinto, and great northern into your chili for a great color and texture combo. Add extra chopped onions, mushrooms, squash, zucchini, can of diced tomatoes, or frozen corn.
3.       Hummus and Raw Veggies – Hummus is essentially mashed garbanzo beans with seasonings to create a high fiber, high protein dip. Watch prepared versions for excessive added oils. You can always make your own with numerous recipes, but it doesn’t get any easier than mashing a can of drained garbanzos with roasted garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and salt.

4.       Vegan Flatbread Pizzas – Spread pizza sauce on pita rounds or flatbread. Top with assorted veggies like portabella mushroom slices, red bell peppers, onion, or fresh basil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes and cut into wedges for the perfect snacking treat.
5.       Black Bean "meat"balls – Similar to meat balls, find a recipe you like for black bean burgers but roll into balls and bake. You may need to adjust the consistency so they stick together. When done, use a toothpick and serve with various sauces.
6.   Falafel - Similar to the black bean "meat"balls, serve these delicious Mediterranean infused chickpea patties with a non-dairy based yogurt sauce. Even without the dip, these patties can be baked for lower fat, or conveniently bought in your local grocer.
6.       Fruit Kabobs – Using whatever fresh fruit variety you like, thread the chunks onto skewers for a more festive approach to a traditional fruit salad. A sample combo could include strawberries, grapes, apples, kiwi, and blueberries. Cheer for your favorite team by only using those colors of fruit.


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