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5 plant-based appetizers for this year’s big game


While the big football game is a fun occasion to gather with family and friends, we all know the day’s food and beverage selection is less than nutritious. But fear not! We’ve selected five plant-based appetizers that won’t spoil your 2018 nutrition plan. Here are five healthy and flavorful recipes for the big pigskin showdown:

1. Baked root vegetable chips from Julia Mueller/oh my veggies. Forget the salty potato chips and reach for these crispy baked root vegetable chips. This vegetable-based recipe is both tasty and guilt-free—with or without the dipping sauce. Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, chili powder or grab your favorite spice from the cabinet. Voila—the perfect alternative to the common store-bought snack!

Baked Root Vegetable Chips

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2. Edamame hummus from the Food Network Kitchen. Full of protein-rich edamame (which you can buy frozen and shelled), this dip packs a strong punch with garlic, lemon and cumin. It’s so versatile it can be served with an array of snacks, from pita bread to naan, chopped veggies to steamed artichokes, or on top of your baked root vegetable chips! The best part is takes a simple five minutes to cook.

Edamame Hummus

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3. Mouth watering veggie tacos from Taqueria Los Gorditos/bon appétit. Swap out the greasy finger foods for this hand-held delight. These tacos are packed full of jalapenos, soy chorizo, beans and all the best veggiesAvoid flour tortillas and serve with corn tortillas for a more calorie-conscious choice. This recipe is easily customizable and fits all your guests’ dietary needs!  

Image by Sian Kennedy via bon appétit

4. Stuffed mushrooms from Angie Gorkoff/All RecipesThese stuffed mushrooms will be a sure crowd-pleaser. If you’re looking to go dairy-free, you can omit the parmesan cheese and make your own basic vegan cream cheese. Want a helpful hint? Use aluminum foil to cook the food evenly and keep it from getting dry. It even makes for a quick clean-up!

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5Buffalo Cauliflower Bites from Gal on a Mission. The big game is incomplete without the good old-fashioned taste of that spicy buffalo sauce. This healthy recipe omits the added oil and fats but still offers that flavor you love. Simply toss the cauliflower florets in the suggested ingredients and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes. This recipe is easy to make, whether you’re feeding five people or 20.

Buffalo Cauliflower

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This year you can enjoy the big game guilt-free. We hope these recipes leave your guests feeling happy and healthy – no matter who wins! What nutritious bites will you be serving for this year’s party?