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Go For The QB Sneak With These Super Bowl Recipes

February 2nd, 2017

Although it’s not technically a holiday — and I cannot understand why it’s not — Super Bowl Sunday is one of America's most popular crowd-gathering days of the year. If you’ve been to any of these shindigs, you'd have to agree that more often than not, people host and attend Super Bowl parties as much for the camaraderie as for the game.

And what’s the most popular thing people do when they get together? You guessed it. Eat, eat and eat some more! Therefore, if you’re hosting a party on this big game day, your food must live up to the hype of Lady GaGa’s halftime performance!

So, go for the gusto and tackle a healthier spread of snacks without sacrificing the taste. Push the beef and chicken out of bounds, which contain toxins, parasites and cholesterol, and instead, sneak in some great vegan options and watch your guests rush to the table.

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Make fans of your food from the first bite to the very last morsel. And when regulation time runs out, and overtime ensues, don’t break a sweat! There are enough vegan recipes across the internet to have you preparing meals for a lifetime.

Just like no one enjoys watching a boring, lopsided Super Bowl game, no one wants to relish the thought of ingesting boring, bland foods. In fact, bland vegan food is a major foul that could get you thrown out of the league of healthy eaters.

These recipes are sure to put you in the right field position for scoring extra points among your friends and family. Not only are they vegan, but they contain superfoods as well. Superfoods, a couple of notches above vegan on the hierarchy of eating styles, are nutrient-rich foods, primarily plant-based, that are considered to be especially beneficial for one’s overall health and well-being.

Without further delay, here are a few recipes to get you started and the traditional dishes they replace. So come on, man. It’s crunch time. Let’s get these dishes going and prepare for an all-out blitz!

BUFFALO ROASTED CHICKPEAS

Traditional Dish: Buffalo Wings

Nothing says football party like the taste, smell and slight burn on the tongue of buffalo sauce. Here’s how you can bench the unhealthy wings, and allow your guests to still get a kick out of this snack.

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Here’s what you need:

• 15-ounce can garbanzo beans
• 1 tablespoon vegan butter
• ¼ cup hot sauce (Cholula, Frank’s RedHot, Sriracha, Tabasco, and Tapatío are all vegan brands!)

Here’s what you do:

• Preheat oven to 450F.
• Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (optional).
• Drain and rinse garbanzo beans. Pat dry with a towel.
• Spread garbanzo beans onto a baking sheet.
• In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat melt the vegan butter.
• Add hot sauce and stir until combined.
• Pour the hot sauce mixture over the beans.
• Toss to coat evenly.
• Bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, until browned.

Garbanzo beans are rich in protein, fiber, and antioxidants and are classified as a super food. Buffalo roasted chickpeas make a great addition to salads or eaten as a snack all on their own.

SPICY CASHEW CHEEZY SAUCE

Traditional Dish: Nacho Cheese Sauce

Watch the forward motion toward this delicious addition to every party, not just when watching sporting events.

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Here's what you need:

• 1 cup soaked cashews, drained
• 1 large red pepper
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
• 1 tablespoon crushed Thai chili pepper
• 4 cloves of fresh garlic
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon sea salt

Here's what you do:

• Set aside a few slivers of red bell pepper for garnish
• Add all ingredients to a Vita mix or high-speed blender
• Mix until perfectly smooth.
• Garnish with the bell pepper slivers.

Drizzle over organic blue corn chips or a salad. Use as a dip for veggies.

Reference and photo credit: LivingSuperFood.com

JACKFRUIT TACOS

Traditional Dish: Ground Beef Tacos

Serving great tasting tacos is an easy way to defend your title of Most Valuable Party Planner. Now you can make the healthy way and watch the crowd cheer in your favor.

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Here’s what you need:

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 white onion
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 cans of jackfruit
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1/2 tablespoon paprika
• 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
• 8 small corn tortillas

Here’s what you do:

• Sauté onions and garlic using the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until they start to brown on the edges.
• While the onions cook, rinse and drain the jackfruit. Cut the core off the chunks. Shred it with a fork, removing the seedpods.
• Add the shredded jackfruit and all the spices to the pan with the vegetable broth or water. You want enough liquid so the spices evenly distribute throughout the jackfruit.
• Simmer (without burning) for about 10-15 minutes. Not so much that it turns into soup
• Heat the corn tortillas briefly in the oven. Tortillas can also be doubled up to help prevent them from breaking.

Serve tacos with stewed black beans, cashew queso and cilantro. Optional toppings include: cashew, nacho cheese, guacamole, black beans or vegetarian chili and pico de gallo

Reference and photo credit: Veganyogalife.com

RAW CARAMEL SLICE

Traditional Dish: Candy Bars

A guest’s sweet tooth not conquered could easily sideline your ability to make a big hit with your party. Here’s how you can provide a delicious, healthy treat.

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Here’s what you need:

Base

• 1/2 cup Medjool dates
• 1 ½ cups almonds
• 1 tsp vanilla essence

Caramel

• 1/2 cup tahini
• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• Large pinch Himalayan salt

Chocolate topping

• 3-4 tablespoons raw cacao
• 1 teaspoon carob powder
• 3-4 tablespoons coconut sugar or agave syrup
• 1/2 cup coconut oil

Here's what you do:

• Grind dates and almonds in a blender.
• Add vanilla until sticky and then press into a rectangular dish greased with coconut oil.
• Blend caramel ingredients together and pour over biscuit base.
• Set in the freezer for 20 minutes.
• While slice is setting, melt coconut oil for chocolate crunch topping.
• Add all other ingredients and stir well.
• Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour topping over slice.
• Place back in freezer to set again.

Cut into small squares to serve. Makes 15.

Vegan Condiments

You certainly don’t want to create all these wonderful snacks then intercept their benefit by smothering them with unhealthy condiments. Here is a list of common toppings that contain no animal ingredients. Of course, specific ingredients vary depending on the brand, but these brands are usually safe for a plant-based diet.

A.1. Original Sauce
Barbecue sauce
Curry
Hoisin sauce
Hot sauce (Cholula, Frank’s RedHot, Sriracha, Tabasco, and Tapatío)
Hummus
Ketchup
Maple syrup
Mustard
Peanut butter
Relish
Salsa
Soy sauce
Wasabi

Now you see how easy it is for anyone to be an eligible receiver of tasty, healthy party dishes. At the end of the evening, as your peeps are heading home, they’ll high-five you as you delight in your great use of home field advantage. Your post-game activity? Tackling a mile high stack of empty dirty dishes.

By the way, can you pick out all the football terms and references that I used?

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