Back when I was young and foolish, I assumed football was just a sport for loud men and people who love eating meat. Never could I love such an activity, I thought. Boy was I wrong. It turns out, it is actually possible to love football and also be a vegetarian. In fact, these vegetarian Super Bowl recipes are actually even better than the usual spread of hot wings and mini hot dogs. Hey, don't knock them until you try them.
Vegetarians have it tough. Outside of big cities and hip areas, vegetarian meals are sometimes limited to different variations of carbs and cheese, or just a bowl of steamed vegetables. And, if you are not a vegetarian yourself, you might be unfamiliar with just how many options and delicious variations of food vegetarians can eat. But, let me just say, you can do some amazing things with vegetables.
For example, you can roast pretty much any vegetable with a little bit of oil and salt, and it will be better than almost any burger you've ever had. Take a look through these veggie recipes below, and you will be a temp, or maybe even a perm, vegetarian in no time.
1. Baked Rosemary Parmesan Chickpeas
This chickpea recipe from A Beautiful Mess is insanely easy to make, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
2. Spicy Guacamole
Who doesn't love guacamole? Try this spicy recipe from My Baking Addiction for game day.
3. Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Quinoa
This veggie dish from Green Kitchen Stories proves that vegetarian dishes don't have to compromise on flavor.
4. Avocado Fries
Of course regular fries are vegetarian too, but if you're going to make fries you might as well make them avocado fries. Try this recipe from Adventures in Cooking.
5. Curried Cauliflower Pizza
This tasty pizza from Naturally Ella only takes about 15 minutes of prep time, which means you can make it when your guests arrive, pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes, and you'll have a great half-time treat.
6. Vegan Caesar Salad
There are few dishes as crowd pleasing as a big Caesar salad. Try this vegan one from Oh She Glows for an easy game day dish.
7. Broccoli Rabe and Pesto Flatbread
This flatbread only takes about 25 minutes start-to-finish, so you can definitely fit it in your menu. Head over to Cookie and Kate for the full recipe.
8. Baked Jalapeno Poppers (Three Ways)
For the vegetarians and meat eaters alike, this guide from A Beautiful Mess has something for everyone.
9. Shoestring Fries
No matter what team you are rooting for, everyone loves fries. Try these heavenly ones from A Better Happier St. Sebastian.
10. Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
It's easy to fall down the carb and cheese hole when prepping vegetarian dishes, but this one from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is worth it.
11. Garlic and Rosemary Hummus
Hummus is so good, and this recipe from Adventures in Cooking can't be beat. Make as much as you can — it's unlikely to last through half-time.
12. Vegetable Lover's Pizza
Pizza is a wonder food that can bridge the gap between the meat eaters and vegetarians. Try this simple concoction from A Cozy Kitchen.
13. Eggplant Parm Bites
Who can say no to eggplant parm? This wonderful recipe from Apron and Sneakers is simple and delicious.
14. Fried Pickles
YASS. Fried pickles! Become the greatest Super Bowl party host ever with this recipe from A Beautiful Mess.
15. Goat Cheese and Thyme Dip
Cheese for days. This heavenly dip from Green Kitchen Stories is sure to be a hit.
For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.
Images: A Beautiful Mess (3), My Baking Addiction, Green Kitchen Stories, Adventures in Cooking (2), Naturally Ella, Oh She Glows, Cookie and Kate, A Better Happier St. Sebastian, A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, A Cozy Kitchen, Green Kitchen Stories