Whether you stopped eating meat as part of your 2022 New Year’s resolution goals, or you’ve been plant-based for years, parties (like the Super Bowl) can be difficult unless you’re prepared. Game day foods tend to be stuffed with all manner of meats. But it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. There are far too many delicious ways to make Super Bowl party style comfort food without having to involve any animal proteins.
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Vegetarian Chili with Grains and Beans
You can make this meat-free chili ahead of time in your slow cooker, and then serve it in the same pot so it stays warm throughout the party.
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“Mostly” Loaded Nachos
Though the fully loaded version of this has chorizo, it’s easy to skip it—or use a soy alternative—to keep this classic Super Bowl food animal-free.
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Everything Bagel Dip
This simple dish has it all: It’s a snap to make, it’s incredibly delicious, and you’re sure to have friends and family asking for the recipe.
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Skillet Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Fire-Roasted Bread
This classic app gets a smoky treatment when cooked on a grill. To keep the fat content down, use lighter versions of sour cream and cream cheese.
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Serve this creamy, crunchy guacamole with freshly sliced vegetables for healthy dipping.
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Herbed Cheese Ball
This isn’t your average party cheese ball. With creamy goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and lemon zest, you’ll never want to make another kind again!
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Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese
You’ve got to have a classic mac and cheese dish at any football party. This one has all the comforts of the baked cheesy dish, but also adds cauliflower to the sauce for a richer (and healthier) taste.
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Ritzy Ranch Mac ’n’ Cheese
Lest you think, however, that vegetarian recipes can’t be indulgent, take a look at what some crumbled butter crackers and powdered Ranch dressing can do.
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Lemon-Herb Cheese Bites
Sure, they look really elegant. But the real draw is that they’re why-can’t-I-stop-eating-these tasty.
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Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs
Take a page—or two—from the Southern Hospitality Playbook: Upgrade classic deviled eggs with the caviar of the South.
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Spicy-n-Sweet Snack Mix
Crunchy chickpeas and sesame sticks, and a variety of spices like aleppo pepper and lemon zest turn a handful of nuts into an irresistible snack.
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Parmesan Tots With Dipping Sauce
A sweet-chili-and-pickle sauce is the perfect sweet and salty complement to these tater tots.
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Caramelized Onion Dip with Crispy Shallots
The crispy shallots take this already-better-than-storebought dip and turn it into something just extraordinary.
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Football Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream
Everyone will feel like a winner when these festively shaped sweets are served.
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Sliced Radish and Radish Leaf Toasts with Lemon Butter
These radish toasts are a perfect finger food. They’ve got a crispy, bold bite without a ton of calories.
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Marinated Squash Tart
Fresh veggies, creamy cheese, and a good puff pastry. What more could you want?
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Bake these crispy fritters in the oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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Dill Scallion Dip
Warning: Your game day guests will be scraping the bowl clean with this creamy dip. It’s that good.
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Oven Avocado Fries
Dip these avocado fries in our creamy chipotle-lime sauce and get ready to go to snack heaven.
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Sunchoke Chips with Warm Blue-Cheese Dip
This seasonal take on chips and dip is full of deep, rich flavors and perfect for a Super Bowl bash. If sunchokes — also called Jerusalem artichokes — are difficult to find, potatoes work too, of course.
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Crispy Rosemary Potato Chips
…and here’s an easy potato chip recipe that’ll knock their socks off, and have you reconsider buying bags off the shelf ever again.
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Mini Portobello Burgers
Grilled mini portobello burgers offer vegetarians a savory option for the main course. But you might want to make extra—they look so good that meat lovers might snag one, too!
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Of course, a veggie burger is the go-to vegetarian party food. This recipe puts the emphasis on “veggie” with pinto beans, edamame, and shredded carrots, so it’s healthy, too!
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Corn Fritters with Yogurt Dip
Made with everyday pantry staples and kernels cut straight from the cob, these airy fritters will get eaten up as fast as you can fry them.
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We recommend making this divine Italian classic with fresh mozzarella and hand-torn basil leaves—it’s worth it.
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Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
These colorful spring rolls are packed with fresh veggies and smothered in a deliciously creamy peanut sauce.
Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.
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Get all the delicious flavors of Mexican street corn in this full-bodied dip that’s mixed with fresh corn, Cojita cheese, and Greek yogurt.
Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.
Chris is the Senior Food & Garden Editor at Country Living, where he covers all things edible or growable.
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