Put down that celery stick! Vegans and other vegetarian life-forms are well aware that chicken wings and bacon everything are staples at any Super Bowl party. But don’t let that confine you to the veggie platter when the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks take the field. We’ve compiled six easy, last-minute game-day appetizers you can bring to or serve at any Super Bowl XLIX festivity.
Eat ribs without eating any actual animal. MorningStar Farms offers Hickory BBQ Riblets in the frozen-food aisle of your local grocery store. The ribs take 30 minutes to cook in the oven or 2-3 minutes in the microwave. MorningStar suggests serving its Hickory BBQ Riblets with mango-pineapple salsa. Click here for the recipe.
Vegetarian-friendly nachos are easy to whip up without running to the store. Top tortilla chips with any combination of olives, diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, black beans and cheese (vegan or regular). Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, which takes about 8-10 minutes. Don’t want to wait that long? Pop it in the microwave for about 1 minute.
Baked Potato With ‘The Works’
Shhhh! Don’t tell your carnivore party-goers, but Betty Crocker Bac-Os Bacon Flavor Bits are vegan, according to Peta.org. Add the delicious topping to a baked potato, but just remember that sour cream and cheese are not vegan. For those who don’t eat any animal products, seek out an alternative from your local food store, with one described at Follow Your Heart. Click here for directions on how to create easy Double Stuffed Potatoes via the Food Network’s Rachael Ray -- with the vegan bacon bits, of course.
Black Bean Dip
Amy’s is one of many brands providing vegan and vegetarian chilis and soups. Pick up a can of Amy’s Black Bean Chili to make a meat-free black bean dip. The only other ingredients needed are a small onion, a small tomato and water. Click here for the recipe.
Guacamole can satisfy everyone at your Super Bowl party. The dip is meat- and dairy-free and easy to make. The Food Network suggests letting the dip sit at room temperature for an hour before serving, so make sure you leave enough time. Click here for the recipe.
Vegetarian Buffalo Wings
Who said buffalo wings had to contain chicken? There are alternatives out there that still provide the mouth-watering, spicy flavor. The Lean Clean Eating Machine Blog suggests cauliflower buffalo bites, which take just 35 minutes to whip up. Click here for the recipe. For something even easier than that, MorningStar Farms offers premade “buffalo wings” that take only about 18 minutes in the oven.
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