Are you gearing up for one of the biggest (socially-distanced in the times of COVID-19) parties of the year? Whether it's a party of one or a small handful of folks you've been hanging with since March (wow, almost a year, you guys are definitely besties now), we've got your Superbowl celebration covered with flavorful, satisfying, and fun celebratory food that is also good for you! From Sweet 'n Spicy Smashed Chickpea Quesadillas to 10-Minute Prep Vegan Chili to Creamy Mac 'n Cheese, these recipes are made with whole, plant-based foods that transform into comfort-style deliciousness.
The moral of the story here ... plant-based eating can be fun and indulgent without harming your health or the planet. These recipes are a testament to that!
Pro-tip: Make extra so you have leftover to heat up throughout the week.
This quesadilla is bursting with sweetness from the onions and savory from the spiced chickpeas. It was inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks, Power Plates (highly recommend). It's easy to make and perfect as a snack or as a fun appetizer.
This vegan chili will WOW your guests and may even convert non-vegans into vegans. I made this for a holiday party (pre-COVID) and our guests loved it. What's more, it's incredibly simple to make. You can leave it in a large bowl and serve as a dip with whole-grain chips by its side or scoop a spoonful onto chips for a quick bite-size little snack.
Not only is this plant-based protein powered dish bursting with flavor but it only takes minutes to prepare! It's also very versatile. You can add the chickpea salad to a green salad, make it as a sandwich and add sprouts, wrap it in a tortilla or mix it into some healthy whole grains like brown rice or wheat berries to make a complete meal.
This comforting and creamy mac 'n cheese was inspired by Glue & Glitter's Baked Macaroni and Cheese. It’s super creamy from the cashew cheese and crunchy from the tofu croutons. The tofu croutons bake at the same time as the Mac n Cheese — pretty convenient! If you want to use panko crumbs or whole-grain breadcrumbs in place of tofu, that's totally fine. Or, if you want to simplify it even more, skip the croutons altogether. The macaroni and cheese all by itself is still really yummy! (pictured above without the croutons) P.S. The whole family will love this one!
This unbelievably delicious and simple black bean burger recipe was inspired by Minimalist Baker a few years ago. They're so easy, tasty and nutritious that you'll most likely never buy a frozen veggie patty again. Double the recipe below so you have plenty for your guests and lunch for yourself later in the week.
Friends, if you haven't made cashew "cheese" yet, here's your chance. It might be one of the simplest things to make on a plant-based menu and is so versatile. This cheese is great spread on crackers, used as a veggie dip, or made into mini sandwiches with fixings like tomato, basil, radish or whatever veggies you have on hand and want to add for some texture and flavor.
Bonus new recipe that I haven't posted yet, but I've made this a few times for social gatherings and it's always scarfed down quickly by guests! I like to buy mini buns for parties to make bite-size lentil sloppy joe sliders. You can add chopped onion, radish, lettuce or other garnishes to it or keep it simple with just the bun and lentils. Either way, it's delicious!
By the way, the sloppy joe's are also delicious without the bun!