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Big Flavour Vegan Snacks for the Big Game
Sunday, February 7 isn’t too far away, and the day of the pro football championship has turned into one of the biggest events of the year – one that’s as much about the celebrations surrounding the game as much as it is about football. It’s actually the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S., after Thanksgiving. What kind of foods come to mind when we say game day snacks? Odds are, you’re thinking of foods that are probably loaded with salt and sugar, and heavily processed. Not that there’s anything wrong with indulging! But just because it’s a big day for snacking doesn’t mean you need to serve your guests unhealthy foods. We’ve got you covered with crowd-pleasing vegan recipes that cover all the snack bases for the big event.
Whether you’re having a crowd over for the big game or just sitting down in front of the TV with a few family members or friends, these recipes will fill everyone up without weighing them down. Making a variety of dishes all at once can seem daunting, but with a little planning and preparation, you’ll be ready by kickoff. Many of the ingredients can be prepared in advance so you can simply assemble them on game day without missing out on any of the action. Whether your guests are vegan or not, we can guarantee there’s no way they won’t devour these crunchy, cheesy, gooey, rich recipes. We just can’t guarantee that there’ll be anything left by halftime!
So snack away on Sunday, and feel good that you’ve fed your guests healthy, delicious vegan food! Bookmark this page to keep it handy – we might not be betting on the game, but we’re betting that they’ll be asking for you to share the recipes once they’ve tried everything.
Tempeh burger with smoked rose salsa
This recipe uses blocks of tempeh cut into burger-size patties, but we recommend making them into sliders by slicing them smaller! Both kids and grown-ups will go crazy for them. Look for slider-size buns at your local grocery store, or use small round cookie cutters to slice slider buns from your favorite type of bread! Thesalsa rosa served on these burgers is a smooth, creamy, smoky, absolutely addictive sauce that can be made in advance and kept in the fridge.
Nachos are, without a doubt, the quintessential game day food. Our version of nachos is served with delicious home-made dairy-free “cheese” dip and sour cream. Sound complicated? It’s much easier than you think. Both are made with soaked cashews, which when blended with liquid and seasonings create super-creamy, super-rich accompaniments to crispy, spicy nachos hot from the oven.
Maca sweet potato fries
These sweet potato fries get a boost from maca powder, one of our favorite superfoods. They’re a bit crispier, a bit spicier, and a whole lot more delicious than regular fries made in oil. These fries go great with ketchup or vegan mayo, but if you’re making tempeh sliders, make a double batch of the salsa rosa to serve as a dip for the fries. Nothing goes better with sweet potatoes than the smoky flavour of chipotle!
Tempeh kabobs with chimichurri sauce
While wings are considered a game day classic, these delicious tempeh kabobs are a great vegan substitute in the “hand-held food” category. The chimichurri sauce adds a great burst of fresh flavour that we so often miss in the winter. While the sauce needs to be prepared just in advance of serving for it to taste best, you can chop the cilantro and store it in a tightly-sealed container in the fridge up to 24 hours in advance.
Dark chocolate & sea salt almonds
While the big game is known for being a time to have an array of savoury snacks, these chocolate and sea salted covered almonds are great to bring out post-halftime when everyone’s a bit full, but starting to crave something sweet. They can be made in advance, of course, and put out in bowls in your living room, or given to guests in mason jars to take home after the game. For an extra bit of flavour, mix in some of Prana’s organic shredded coconut when making them.
Chili Con Chocolate
If nachos are the ultimate food for the big game, chili is probably the close runner-up. Nothing beats a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter day, and when it comes to feeding a crowd, there’s nothing easier. The juxtaposition of flavors like chocolate and cinnamon with chili powder and tomatos in this recipe creates one of the richest-tasting chilis we’ve ever tried. While this recipe calls for the chili to be simmered for about 20 minutes once all the ingredients are in the pot, you can prepare it anytime and leave it on the stove on low or in a slow-cooker on warm. The flavours only get better with time!
Bonus recipe: Hibiscus Chia Fresca
While a cold beer might be the go-to drink on game day Sunday, this chia fresca made with dried hibiscus flowers makes a refreshing counterpart to the array of rich snacks in this recipe collection. It also makes a fantastic cocktail! Just add 1oz. of your preferred spirit and a lime wedge to your glass. We think it goes great with tequila.
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