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10 Plant-Based Super Bowl Recipes

Sharon Palmer

Who says Super Bowl has to be mired in artery-clogging, calorie-laden, meat-rich dishes, which have you feeling heavy and listless by the game’s end? My solution: A lighter Super Bowl menu—strong on flavor, beautiful on color, intriguing on texture, and completely based on plants. I put together my favorite plant-based (vegan) recipes to serve for your Super Bowl party, whether you’re potlucking or hosting the whole shindig yourself. These are easy, delicious, seasonal, and satisfying—in fact, they scream pure winter, comfort food. Try these 10 Plant-Based Super Bowl Recipes and let me know what you think. Let the game begin!

Eat and Live Well,

Sharon

10 Plant-Based Super Bowl Recipes

Appetizers

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Ranch Dip (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

If you love the buffalo cauliflower trend as much as I do, you’ll just fall head over heels for this easy, light recipe. It is an addictive appetizer or side-dish for your party table, and perfect served with this Vegan Ranch Dip too.

Cranberry Jalapeno Hummus (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

The tart-sweetness of cranberries pairs beautifully with the spiciness of jalapeno and the bright flavors of cilantro and lime juice in this yummy, seasonal hummus recipe. Serve with seasonal veggies, like peas and radishes, whole wheat pita, sandwiches, or seeded crackers.

Mississippi Caviar (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I’m sharing one of my mother’s favorite recipes here—Mississippi Caviar. This is a hearty, bean-based dip, perfect for serving with chips, veggie-burgers, or flatbread. Plus it’s just so darn pretty!

Radish White Bean Toasts (Vegan)

You don’t have to limit the main ingredient in your hummus (or bean dip) to only chickpeas. You can call upon just about any pulse to do the trick. And white beans are particularly useful, as this mild, creamy bean pairs so well with other flavors, such as crisp, spicy radishes in these easy open-face radish and white bean toasts. This recipe was inspired by the open face radish sandwiches served in Europe. I am a huge fan of making my own hummus and bean dips, as you can get such powerful flavors and healthy nutrition lineups compared to store-bought varieties. And it’s easy as one, two, three when you have a food processor or blender.

Entrees

Smoky Lentil Chili (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I love a good hearty chili for Super bowl. You can make this in a crockpot, and then just let people serve it up straight out of the crock—set it on low to keep it warm. Just pair this chili with a salad and a serving of rustic whole grain bread or my Cumin Cornbread Muffins, and you have a delicious easy meal planned for your party. I love to garnish this recipe with a handful of fresh cilantro and green onions. Or, let your guests sprinkle it with plant-based cheese, avocado slices, Vegan Sour Cream, and tortilla strips for a hearty, delicious dish.

Instant Pot Chickpea Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Turn to an Instant Pot to make this classic comfort dish—perfect for your hearty, plant-based party, in minutes. This 100% plant-based (vegan) Instant Pot Chickpea Curry pays tribute to the vibrantly flavored, Indian classic comfort food, Chana Masala. And it’s easy to make this rustic, protein-packed dish at home too with a few simple ingredients—chickpeas, canned tomatoes, spices, and cooked whole grains. You can even cook the grains on the tray within the Instant Pot to save on time, dishes, and labor. Pair it with this Kachumber Salad.

Rainbow Veggie Pizza on Cornmeal Crust (Vegan)

Color is all the rage in food…so why not in a pizza? Especially if it’s packed with colorful, nutrient-rich veggies in every shade of the rainbow. I give you my masterpiece: a cornmeal-crust crispy pizza shell, slathered with tomato marinara, and topped with zucchini, yellow summer squash, orange bell peppers, and red onions—with a generous sprinkling of fresh herbs and pinenuts. It’s as yummy as it is pretty. For your party, you can slice it in thin strips or even squares to provide smaller portions. 

Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers (Vegan)

Hand-made veggie burgers are one of my favorite go-to party meals. These simple, flavorful Chipotle Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers are vegan and can be whipped up in a jiffy. Just mix up the veggie burger batter, shape into burgers, and bake on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and serve them when they are browned and cooked through. Serve the burgers with a whole grain bun, avocado and tomato slices, dark green leaves, and condiments, like Vegan Ranch Dressing, or ketchup.

Desserts

Vegan Cowboy Cookies

This is a classic recipe from the 60s, which I gave a modern, plant-based update. You can make these crunchy cookies as healthy as you like by playing with how much whole grain flour you use, too. I love to add them to my Super bowl party table. 

Tollhouse Pan Cookies (Vegan)

These easy Tollhouse Pan Cookies are completely plant-based. Just pat the dough into a baking sheet and slice them into irregular squares for a simple, delicious treat. They’re super served warm fresh out of the oven!

For other plant-based party recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Green Pea Hummus
Vegan BLTA Sandwich
Indian Style Yellow Lentil Stew

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