Wings, sliders, and delivery pizza have long been the go-tos of game day festivities, but there's no reason your love of healthful, delicious food needs to get sidelined on the big day. Inventive plant-based and low-carb recipes designed to feed a crowd are the perfect way to satisfy cravings and impress your guests during the big game.
1. Cauliflower Hot Wings
Chicken wings aren't the only things that taste 100 times better with Buffalo sauce. These cauliflower florets get seasoned with tons of spices before being roasted in a very hot oven to get crispy and caramelized. Toss with your favorite Buffalo sauce, and a low-carb, vegetarian-friendly version of this game day classic is ready.
2. Eggplant Pizza Bites
Forget those frozen mini pizzas loaded with artificial ingredients. This plant-based, gluten-free pizza bite recipe loads a fried eggplant base with all-natural toppings like homemade marinara, vegan Parmesan, and vegan ricotta.
3. Thai Chicken Meatball Wrap
Instead of more traditional sliders, why not serve up these creative, colorful chicken meatball wraps? Infused with Thai basil, lime, cilantro, and garlic, the meatballs are tender and juicy. Wrap them in bright purple cabbage leaves and serve with a homemade Thai dipping sauce.
4. Black Bean and Plantain Arepa Sandwiches
For another internationally-inspired slider alternative, consider these gluten-free, plant-based arepas. The cornmeal arepas are filled with a flavorful combo of spiced black beans, guacamole, and fried plantains. A crunchy, colorful topping of red cabbage and cilantro add flavor and texture.
5. Spiced Sweet Potato Quesadilla
Who doesn't love a gooey, cheesy quesadilla? This recipe pairs spiced and roasted sweet potato slices with fresh mozzarella cheese, poblano peppers, cilantro, and lime for a delicious bite that's perfect to share.
6. Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Mayo
Whether you call them taquitos or flautas, these crispy Mexican specialties are favorite game day finger foods. This version is a bit lighter than most, with a sweet potato filling and a drizzle of vegan mayo spiced with chipotle and a touch of lime.
7. Vegan Nachos with Sweet Potatoes and Tofu Sour Cream
Nachos are one of our favorite game day snacks to share with a crowd. This recipe replaces the tortilla chips with crispy sweet potato rounds, the perfect foil for a black bean and avocado topping.
8. Roasted Veggies with Goddess Avocado Dip
Serving dips on game day is a total no-brainer, and this goddess avocado dip is lighter than most. A simple combo of avocado, herbs, olive oil, and lemon makes this creamy dip the ideal accompaniment for an assortment of colorful roasted winter veggies.
9. Cheesy Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Speaking of dips, is it even game day without spinach and artichoke dip? This plant-based version boasts great flavor and texture thanks to zingy nutritional yeast and creamy puréed cashews. The gluten-free breadcrumb topping adds a great crunch.
10. Green Superfood Popcorn
There's perhaps no better TV snack than popcorn, and this one gets all dolled up with spirulina and adaptogenic reishi mushrooms. A touch of garlic and cayenne finish off this recipe and help make it as delicious as it is beautiful.
11. Vegan Refried Beans
More often than not, refried beans get a lot of their flavor from a heavy-handed dose of lard. But this plant-based version is a whole lot lighter and just as tasty. Beans are simmered with bay leaves, then refried in a reasonable amount of sunflower oil with onion, hatch chiles, and spices. Serve as a dip with crudités or your favorite non-GMO tortilla chips.