The Superbowl is looming ever closer, and our fridge is PACKED. Aside from the holiday season, the Superbowl is a great excuse to cozy up whilst cooking up a bunch of delicious food.
But we don’t have a TV.
We aren’t even hosting a party.
We’re planning to stream the game on our (shared) laptop, all snuggled under blankets, eating our hearts out – just the two of us.
It’s not the size of the party that matters. It’s the company…and, perhaps more importantly, the FOOD.
With that in mind, here’s a roundup of 10 delicious (mostly secretly-healthy) vegetarian recipes for your Superbowl celebration. Whether you’re hunkering down at home, hosting a party, or attending a party, you’ll find something on this list to please everyone, from starters to desserts.
- Kale Chips by Oh She Glows
- I know we’ve all heard about kale chips, and you may have tried a batch or two without being sold on the idea. But this summer, with our abundance of kale thanks to our CSA, we perfected this simple snack. Angela’s tips on preventing burns and soggy chips will have your entire crew crunching in no time. Our batches barely made it to a plate before we polished them off. Experiment with seasonings – we kept ours simple with salt and pepper, but you can get really creative here.
- Cashew-less Vegan Queso by Minimalist Baker
- Full disclosure: we have not yet tried this recipe. But you better believe we picked up an extra eggplant this week to try it out. We love cheesy snacks here but try to limit how much dairy we eat, for both health and sustainability reasons. Cheese is pretty high in calories and I could easily eat my daily caloric needs in cheese. Thankfully, I stumbled upon Minimalist Baker’s queso recipe this week, and we can’t wait to try it out. Creamy queso-y goodness, without the calories, with the added benefits of eating more veggies? Yes, please!
- Maple-Roasted Chickpeas by A Pastry Affair
- I had this recipe bookmarked for months but kept forgetting to actually make it. How I “forgot” to simply empty a can of chickpeas onto a sheet and forget about it for 40 minutes is beyond me, but I finally remembered to make them, and I’m so glad I did. Much like the kale chips, you can experiment with flavors here. I’ve omitted the maple syrup and simply baked them with cinnamon and sugar too.
- Mozzarella-Stuffed Rosemary Pretzels by Baker by Nature
- We made these delicious soft stuffed pretzels for the Superbowl last year. They’re soft, chewy, and flavorful, and you can customize the herbs and cheese to your liking – or omit them entirely for a plain soft pretzel. I let Travis handle all things yeast-based in our house, thanks to his years of beer-brewing, and these came out so well, we’re having a repeat performance. This year we’re using cheddar instead of mozzarella. Yum!
- Vegetarian Baked Potato Nachos by Sarah Goes Places
- This is one of my favorite simple veggie recipes. You can use any type of potato, sliced super thin, and top with any combination of beans, veggies, and optional cheese, to create your preferred nachos. I almost always include tomatoes and peppers along with black beans, but the rest is up to you. Bake the potatoes, toss on the toppings, and bake until the cheese is melted.
- Easy Eggplant Pizza Bites by Sarah Goes Places
- Another easily-customizable veggie recipe, these eggplant pizza bites are a great way to get delicious pizza flavor for a fraction of the calories. Using eggplant slices as the crust means they won’t be super crispy, and you may need a fork to eat them, but they’re still a great party option. Plus, you can make a few batches with different toppings – even including meat if you have some omnivores present!
- Hearty Veggie Mac and Cheese by Julia Moskin, NYTimes Cooking
- The official title for this recipe is the decidedly-classier “Hearty Whole-Wheat Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Cheese, and Potato,” but I think “Veggie Mac and Cheese” covers the topic just as well. It’s a warming way to sneak in a few extra veggies with a creamy classic. We made this with sweet potatoes and omitted the parmesan on top, and it was perfect for a cold winter dinner. You could also bake it into muffin cups to easily create single servings for guests.
- Lightened-up Protein Cheesecake Cupcakes by Sarah Goes Places
- We may not all be NFL players, but we could all use a nutritional boost from a dessert that’s low on sugar and high on protein. Baking the cheesecakes into cupcakes makes them easier to serve a crowd (if you don’t eat them all first). And who doesn’t love cheesecake?
- Dessert Hummus by Sarah Goes Places
- We probably make this close to once a week these days. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often we make it, but it’s just SO GOOD! If you’re serving to a crowd, you can spoon it into shot glasses for a fancy presentation, or have fruit/graham crackers handy to scoop it up.
- Chocolate Brownie Breakfast Bars by Chocolate Covered Katie
- I’d be remiss in my healthy vegan and vegetarian desserts if I didn’t include a post from Chocolate Covered Katie. I’ve tried a ton of her recipes and been inspired by many others. Her classic black bean brownies are on our regular rotation list, and the dessert hummus above is inspired by one of her recipes. These chocolate brownie “breakfast” bars are tasty as-is, although we took it a step further and subbed out the cocoa powder for chocolate Orgain protein powder to give them an extra boost.
Travis told me I couldn’t choose sides in this post, but I know my grandma reads my blog, so, for my family back in New England – where I grew up – this cocktail is for you:
Winter Tea Julep by We Are Not Martha
This Boston-based blog cooked up a cold-weather cocktail sure to keep you and yours warm whilst watching the game. You’ll need to boil some water to create the simple syrup, but, as the name implies, it’s simple. Then you just brew some tea and add the bourbon.
If you’re not in the mood for peppermint tea, I’ve had great success making Hot Toddies with ginger tea, honey, lemon juice, and bourbon too. I’ll leave the amounts up to you.
And there you have it – our 2017 Superbowl Snack Recipe Roundup. If you try any of these, let me know! GO PATS!!