Vegan Game Day Snacks (Super Bowl)

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Vegan Game Day Snacks

For many vegans, going to Super Bowl parties means munching on french fries, dry crudités and downing copious amounts of alcohol to help you deal with all the corny vegan jokes.

After you scroll through these vegan game day snack recipes you’ll be able to sneak your own delicious vegan food onto the food table and….

FOOL. EVERYONE.

Seriously though…I highly doubt anyone will complain when they find out that the delicious macaroni, fried ‘chicken,’ ‘bacon,’ buffalo and lemon pepper wings, and the loaded cheese fries that they just ate were all vegan. If they do, tell them to send their complaints to me 😉.

Check out recipes for vegan mac & cheese topped with bacon, vegan air fried cauliflower, buffalo cauliflower wings, lemon pepper cauliflower wings, and loaded cheese fries after the jump.

Tempeh Bacon Mac & Cheese

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Last year, I perfected my vegan baked macaroni and cheese recipe. I’ve cooked this for a couple Thanksgiving functions and received great reviews and have even had people tell me that they prefer this vegan version to traditional mac and cheese.

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Tempeh Bacon Mac & Cheese

Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, plantbased dairy products
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Macaroni and Cheese Sauce (part 1)

  • 1 box pasta
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Baked Cheese Ingredients (part 2)

  • 1 bag Daiya shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5-6 slices Field Roast slices (Chao flavor)

Instructions

  1. Mix Part 1 ingredients in a bowl and then transfer to saucepan on low heat. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes. 

  2. Add 1 cup Daiya shredded cheddar cheese and 3 slices of Field Roast Chao slices, cook until both cheeses are melted. 

  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 and prep baking sheet with coconut oil to prevent sticking. 

  4. Pour cheese mixture over cooked pasta in a baking dish, stir. Sprinkle 1/2-1 cup (more if desired) Daiya shredded cheddar cheese over pasta. Cut 2-3 slices of Field Roast Chao slices into 1 inch wide strips and place evenly over pasta.

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Just until cheese is melted. You can tell when the Daiya is melted by when it starts to bubble. Mix melted cheese into the pasta with a melted spoon for a more ‘natural’ looking cheese effect.

  6. Add chopped tempeh bacon over macaroni and serve.

Vegan Air Fried Chicken

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This 👏🏽 is 👏🏽 the 👏🏽 best 👏🏽 fried ‘chicken’ 👏🏽 ever. I promise.

I bought my airfryer on Amazon. It’s generic, the instructions are in terrible English, and the box sat in my apartment just for two weeks just in case I hated it. Vegan fried chicken was my air fryer’s final exam and it passed with flying colors. It cost me $56 and you can purchase it here. Air fryers work by circulating air at extremely high temperatures in order to fry foods without using oil. Air frying uses 80% less fat than traditional frying and there’s less waste and easier cleanup.

The results were a-maze-ing! Marinating the cauliflower made the ‘meat’ so juicy and tender and it even pulled apart the way chicken tenders do. The air fryer perfectly crisped all sides of every piece. However, please, please, please make sure your shaking off-excess-batter skills are on point so you can avoid having random mushy pieces. Also, tongs! You will definitely want to use them for this recipe instead of getting thick, sticky batter all over your fingers. I will definitely be doing more air fryer recipes, so stay tuned!

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Vegan Air Fried Chicken

Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Wet Batter/Marinade

  • 2 medium sized mixing bowls
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 4 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt

Dry Batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (Panko if possible, I used Trader Joe's)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt

Creole Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut cauliflower into medium/large sized pieces. Combine wet batter/marinade ingredients into two separate medium-sized mixing bowls. 2 cups almond milk, 2 tbsp poultry seasoning, and 1 tsp seasoned salt in each bowl. Mix ingredients well,  saturate cauliflower, and then refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Combine dry batter ingredients. Add in Creole Seasoning mix. Mix well. 

  3. Grease the entire inside of the air fryer basket and rack (if applicable) with coconut oil. 

  4. Take one bowl of the marinated cauliflower out of the fridge and removed cauliflower from bowl. Using tongs, take each piece of cauliflower submerge in marinade mix. Shake off excess liquid and then toss in the dry batter mix. Once cauliflower is completely covered, shake off the excess and then dip back into the liquid. Dip the cauliflower in the dry batter again and then once more into the wet batter. Place cauliflower in greased air fryer basket. Repeat for all pieces and the second bowl of cauliflower. 

  5. Do not overfill the air fryer. Do not stack caulifower on top of each other. This might cause the pieces to stick together, not sure. I placed about 4 pieces into the basket at a time. 

  6. Cook at 392 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn cauliflower. 

  7. After cooking all the pieces, you can toss them (stacked) back into the air fryer for 5 minutes if you need to reheat them or if they've been sitting out and you need to make them crispier. No need to turn them once cooked. They will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. 

  8. Serve with honey mustard. Recipe below. 

Vegan Buffalo Wings

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What’s a Super Bowl party without buffalo wings? Tender and flavorful on the inside with a bit of a kick on the outside, dipped into homemade vegan ranch dressing…what more could you want? Oil and cholesterol free and they’re made of cauliflower so it’s technically a serving of vegetables! Don’t sell it that way at the party lol just let the flavor speak for itself.

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Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Batter

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Buffalo Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Tabasco buffalo sauce (purchased at Sprouts)
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance butter

Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup Veganaise (or any vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley (preferably dried)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

  2. Cover cauliflower in batter, shake off excess batter and place on a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper

  3. You can turn over the wings and bake for another 20 minutes if desired. 

  4. In a sauce pan, combine the vegan butter and buffalo sauce and bring to a slight boil, remove from heat and set aside. 

  5. Once wings are cooked, toss wings in buffalo sauce, cook for an additional 6-8 minutes. 

  6. Remove from heat and let cool. 

  7. Mix ranch dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

  8. Serve

Vegan Lemon Pepper Wings

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If you want to go full on vegan evangelist, you might as well bring buffalo cauliflower wings and these juicy lemon pepper wings. I made these before I discovered air fryers so this recipe is not oil free but I will definitely try this in the air fryer one day and when I do, I’ll link that recipe here.

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Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Wings

Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4-1/2 cup sunflower oil (can use oil of choice)

Wet Batter

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour

Dry Batter

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp arrow root powder

Instructions

  1. Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Keep separate. Dip cauliflower in wet batter and then coat each piece in dry batter. 

  2. Fry in about 1 inch of oil (I used sunflower) on medium heat for about 25 minutes. 

  3. Toss and cook on the other side until desired crispiness.

  4. Place cooked pieces on a plate covered with a paper towel to soak up the extra oil

  5. Sprinkle with more lemon pepper seasoning.

Vegan Bacon Cheese Fries

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Whether you need an easy dish to serve at your next game day bash, or you simply want to jazz up your french fries, this vegan bacon cheese fries recipe will hit the spot for sure. You can tweak this recipe a bit by maybe adding a spicy cheese or using a chipotle ranch dip instead of regular ranch. Get creative with it! There’s really no wrong way to cook as long as it tastes good to you.

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Cheesy Bacon Cheese Fries


Course Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized potatoes (toss with desired seasonings)
  • 1 package vegan shredded cheese (I used Daiya)
  • 3-5 slices Field Roast sliced vegan cheese (I used their Chao flavor)
  • 1 chopped bunch green onion

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes and toss with desired seasonings ( I used seasoned salt and black pepper). Place fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking pad (better alternative to aluminum foil). 

  2. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes on each side (can increase baking time depending on desired crispiness). After cooking, move fires to a rectangular baking dish. Leave oven hot.

  3. Add layers of both cheeses to the top of the fries. I laid the shredded cheese down first and then added the sliced cheese. Place the dish back into the oven until the cheese is melted. Remove dish from oven and set aside. 

  4. Add chopped tempeh and green onions to the dish and serve with vegan ranch dressing.

This should be a good jumping off point for you to get cooking this Super Bowl Sunday. Let me know if you try any of these in the comments below or if you have any questions!

Watch the video I made on how to cook all of vegan game day snacks here:

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