These six tasty vegetarian options make it possible to indulge in great food but still keep things healthy.

By Laura Rege
January 05, 2021
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Tackle this year's game day spread with plant-based Super Bowl Sunday fare that places vegetables front and center, leaving dairy and meat on the sidelines. While football might be playing in the background, the main event is the food, right? We like to think so. If you're going to indulge in endless grazing, it might as well be with vegetable-filled recipes that you can feel good about eating. Vegetables lend a range of colors, flavor, and nutrition to bite-sized appetizers and snacks, yet these dishes still honor the festivities and taste indulgent. Read on for recipes along with a strategy for getting everything out on the coffee table, leaving plenty of time to watch the game.

Beet-and-Tahini Dip

Every Super Bowl party starts with bottomless bowls of chips and dip, which are arguably one of the easiest elements to put together and to have ready at any moment throughout the game. A spin on a fan favorite, hummus, this dip blends colorful beets rather than chickpeas with creamy tahini for a sure win in flavor and appearance. This stunning colored dip stands out on the spread and goes wonderful with any dipper like chips, crackers, or crudités. For crudités inspiration, check out our guide to making an epic crudités and dip platter.

Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks

Kick off the finger foods and satisfy the wing craving with make-ahead buffalo-style celery sticks. Load up crisp celery with creamy blue cheese spread and top with a pinch of cayenne pepper or a drizzle of Frank's Buffalo Sauce. The contrast of cool and crunchy with a tad of spice makes these celery sticks refreshing and irresistible, which is perfect since they are so easy to make. Prepare the sticks up to a day in advance and store covered in the refrigerator, then just refill the platter from the fridge as they start to disappear.

Bean-and-Veggie Sliders

Transitioning from cold to hot bites, shrink veggie burgers down to slider size for convenient party snacking. Slather bean, broccoli, and carrot patties with an indulgent chili mayonnaise, and top with a pop of color and sweetness from mango, red onion, and cilantro. Put all that between a bun and it's a snack that you can eat while cheering or just socializing and one you can go back to for seconds. Cook the patties up to two days in advance and store covered in the refrigerator, heat through in the oven before serving.

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Samosas with Potatoes and Peas

Spiced potato and pea samosas are crispy, irresistible, and pre-portioned, individual pockets of dough, ready for quick grabs in between plays. Serve with at least one flavorful chutney for dipping, use good quality store-bought chutneys as a short cut. For some make-ahead action, fry the samosas earlier in the day and let cool in an even layer on a wire rack or paper-towel lined plate. Warm and crisp them back up in the oven before serving.

Loaded Sweet Potato-Skins

Superbowl snacks don't hold back, and that's why no food spread would be complete without something fully loaded. Swap out regular potato skins for more nutritious sweet potato skins and then start filling them up with your favorite toppings. Steering clear of dairy and meat, buy vegan sour cream instead of regular and replace the bacon with Shiitake Bacon. Bake the potatoes and stuff them up to step two up to two days in advance, storing them covered in the refrigerator. On game day bake and stuff them following the recipe directions in step 3.

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Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Cream

Whether tailgating outside or just watching the game in your living room, a warm bowl of chili is essential football fare. This vegetarian chili marries sweet potato, fennel, lentils, black beans, and black-eyed peas with dried chiles and spices for one of the richest and most full flavored plant-based chilis we have ever tasted. It takes a bit of time to put together but can be made up to four days in advance of the big game. Reheat the pot over low heat as the game starts and then ladle out bowls at half time. Serve each portion with a dollop of avocado cream and fresh cilantro.

To finish off the game with a sweet bite, try one of these Super Bowl dessert recipes.

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