Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner! No matter what team you cheer for (or if you’re just there for the commercials) we know what we’re most excited for: the Super Bowl snacks AND watching Tom Brady, our favorite plant-based quarterback, walk away with another ring. (We are a New England company, after all.)
But if you’re new to whole food plant-based eating , you may worry you’re no longer able to enjoy the food since Super Bowl menus don’t typically follow the tenets of a WFPB lifestyle. Good news -- this couldn’t be further from the truth! There are plenty of healthy AND delicious Super Bowl eats to be had.
We’ve put together a list of our favorite plant-based Super Bowl dishes so you don’t have to go hungry on Sunday. Not a fan of prepping in the kitchen all day? No worries; we’ve also included ready-made dishes from MamaSezz that perfectly translate to Game Day Grub. Just heat and eat! How easy is that? Peep our plant-based menu ideas (ranging from easy to involved) at the bottom of this post.
Before we dive in to delicious WFPB Super Bowl recipes...we have a quick trivia challenge for you:
Which two teams played in the first ever Super Bowl back in 1967?
BONUS: Who won the game?
Find the answer at the bottom of this article.
1. Vegan Nachos
A messy finger food that has Game Day written all over it, these Vegan Nachos from MamaSezz Chef Caroline can be whipped up with either potatoes or oil-free corn chips.
Our dairy-free spinach artichoke dip is dolled up with some lemon and tomato, too! Oh, and fun fact: one artichoke plant can grow to be nine feet wide and five feet tall. Not your average house plant!
Ditch the potato chips and pretzels and try roasting (or air frying) your own oil-free roasted chickpeas instead. That’s right -- you’ll get the savory crunch you’re craving without the oil. Feeling experimental? Explore the endless possibilities of salt-free spice blends and seasonings so you can make multiple versions of these babies.
Continuing with the Tex-Mex theme (even though the game is in Atlanta), taco dip is another Super Bowl classic we’ve taken to new plant-based heights! You won’t believe how creamy this dish is, with no dairy in sight. Soaked cashews for the win!
The crowd-pleasing appetizer originating in Belgium (not France...) is always a hit. Our version is super easy and better yet, oil-free. A touchdown for everyone.
Next, what we’re all here for: the main event!
The obvious classic that never fails to disappoint, our Mama’s Burger comes to your door already prepared, 100% plant-based, and best of all, grillable. Even your most adamant meat eaters will ask for seconds. Pro tip: dollop some of our dairy-free Mac Sauce on top.2. Hearty Vegan Chili
Super Bowl Sundays are usually cold (at least up here in New England), so chili is a hearty and flavorful staple. And our whole food plant-based Millie’s Chili doesn’t get any easier; just heat, pour in your favorite bowl, and enjoy the game. No prep! It also double as a delicious meat-free dip.
Although the origin of Mac and Cheese is unknown, it’s earliest record is found in Northern Europe in 1769. Fast forward to 2019 and we don’t want to brag but...we think we’re perfected the dairy-free version. For a fun baked Mac and “Cheese” dish, use our ready-made vegan Mama's Mac and top with your favorite whole wheat bread or cracker crumbs.
Combine Chef Caroline’s recipe for Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce with cauliflower to make out of this world vegan “wings.”
How to make vegan wings (recipe adapted from PETA):
1 cup water (or plant-based milk)
1 cup whole wheat flour or gluten-free rice flour (or really any flower)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup of this Creamy Buffalo Sauce
Combine the water and dry ingredients in bowl until well mixed. Toss in the cauliflower pieces and coat with the mixture. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (great for oil-free baking) and bake for 18 minutes at 450 degrees. Take "wings" out and coat with hot sauce. Put back in oven for 5-8 minutes and voilà -- wing time!
Yes, you can use fruit to make delicious sliders! Jackfruit is a versatile tropical giant that has a similar texture as pulled pork when cooked. Try our favorite toppings or mix it up and use your own!
Saving the best for last…
Why bother baking cookies when we all know the cookie dough is the best part? Plus, without the threat of salmonella, this chickpea cookie dough is better (and safer!) than the original. For an over-the-top detail, you could put this dough inside these Sweet Potato Brownies.
These Black Bean Brownies have the same texture and chewiness of the ones from your childhood, but are completely WFPB compliant! Bonus: Use a cookie cutter and cut mini footballs out of the pan for an extra themed-detail.
This gluten-free cookies recipe has just three ingredients! And for you trivia buffs: Did you know peanuts were known as far back at 950 BC? Ancient Incas in South America were grinding their peanuts into a paste-like substance (peanut butter lovers, united!).
Looking for a lighter dessert? These vegan coconut bites are for you. Easy to grab as you walk by the food table, they’ll be gone by halftime. For an added twist: throw in some lemon, and coconut flakes too!
A school lunch staple with a plant-based twist? Yes please! Chef Caroline’s refined sugar-free chocolate pudding can be eaten room temp, cooled, or even frozen!
Rather just have us plan your entire Super Bowl menu? No problem! We’ve got you with these three menu suggestions, ranging from how much time (and skill) you have for Game Day prep.
Appetizer: Oil-Free Roasted Chickpeas
Dessert: Black Bean Brownies
Whew! Check menu planning off your plate. Now, let’s go Pats!
***Trivia Answers: The First Super Bowl was played by the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Pack won.
By Monica Brown - Content Creator. Coffee addict, plant nerd, & world traveler