Are you gearing up for one of the biggest parties of the year? Whether it's a party for one, two, or big bash, we've got your Super Bowl celebration covered with flavorful, satisfying, and fun celebratory food (that also happens to be good for you and your guests!). 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. And, before you run off, every one of these plant-based recipes has been tested and approved by plant-based, vegan, and meat-eaters alike!
The moral of the story here ... plant-based eating can be fun and indulgent without harming your health or the planet. These recipes are definitely a testament to that.
Tip: Make extra of each so you have leftover to heat up throughout the week.
This quesadilla is bursting with sweetness from the onions to 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 Super Bowl party years ago and it was devoured while the meat chili was left behind. (True story!) 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.
Easy to make and teeming with flavor, these cauliflower bites (or "wings" if we're talking about a vegan Super Bowl) are super simple and tasty! They're perfect straight out of the oven, but if you choose to make them ahead of time or same them for later, simply reheat them for 10–15 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees F or for 5 minutes in the Air Fryer. If you're looking for even more inspiration, try making one cauliflower head into three tasty appetizers – teriyaki, buffalo, and sweet chili!
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 into sandwich bites, or serve it with crackers.
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!
Tip: Double the batch of cheese so you have extra for extra creamy mac n' cheese and, if you still have extra, cheesy sauce to use throughout the week.
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 makes a great spread for 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.
This is another crowd-pleaser! When I first made these as a test recipe, I left them in the kitchen close to hungry family members. I left the kitchen to let them cool and came back to an empty baking sheet! Sheesh, they couldn't even wait. But, that's okay, because the true taste test is when a recipe is devoured before you even get to try it! Get creative with this one, if you'd like, and add your own favorite veggie toppings.
This is one of my go-to favorites because the burgers are simple to make, hearty, and grill-able! They stay together well. The combination of beet burger plus smashed avocado plus pickled red onions is so so yummy! And, for those of you who dislike beets, they don't taste like beets at all yet you get the full nutrient-rich benefits of beets (fiber, iron, vitamin C, and phytonutrients).
These are just fun and great for little finger bite snacks. Warning: Brushing maple over top makes them slightly (interpret: very) addictive! If it's a party for one or two, make them as directed. If it's for a larger gathering, double or triple the recipe (especially if you want to keep some for yourself!).
If you just want to put out a party snack, this is the one. Trust me, your guests will ask for the (very simple!) recipe. Another fun way to use these pecans is to place them in a mason jar, wrap some raffia around the jar and gift them to the host!
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