I have to start this post off by saying that I am a HUGE football fan! I love watching college and pro football. I was excited as we got close to the Super Bowl this year. It’s always exciting to see two teams enter the Super Bowl with a lot riding on it. Both teams really wanted to win for very different reasons. It makes for an incredible game. I can definitely say that this year’s Super Bowl was intense. I always want to see a good game. This year went down to the last second. WOW!
As I was planning meals for the week, I started thinking about Super Bowl snacks. The Super Bowl is not generally known to be a super healthy snack day. I decided to allow it to be a cheat day for me. By cheat day, I mean that instead of eating raw, I would cook a snack or two. I didn’t want to do too much that wasn’t raw because I have seen so many benefits. The last thing I wanted during the Super Bowl was to not feel good. I was craving a few different snacks so I started googling vegan Super Bowl snacks. There were a few helpful blog posts out there that started me off. I have to factor in my allergies, too, so not everything worked. I decided on jalapeno poppers, nachos, and two varieties of cheese. None of these sound like vegan snacks, right? I was hoping it would be turn out pretty good.
Once I got it in my head that I was going to eat jalapeno poppers, I really started craving them. I found a recipe on the Vegan Richa blog that looked pretty delicious. It combines two different vegan cheeses (jalapeno and havarti) to make the inside of the popper. Seemed a little complicated…but I was already craving them so I decided to just go for it. I made the two cheeses per the directions including the bread crumbs on top (I used brown rice bread crumbs). Then I stirred the cheeses together for the inside of the popper.
I recommend not putting the bread crumb topping on top of the cheese before stuffing the jalapeno. It made the cheese a little dry. Even with that being said, it was still delicious. I combined the jalapeno poppers with a yummy “vegveeta” cheese sauce I found. I think the cheese sauce was my favorite ever! I added a little extra nutritional yeast to intensify the flavor. Overall, this cheese sauce was my Super Bowl MVP.
I also made nachos with raw walnut taco meat. I discovered walnut taco meat about 3 weeks ago. Now I make it 2-3 times a week! I used Beanitos Restaurant Style chips for my nachos (gluten free). I added fresh bell peppers, radishes, mushrooms, baby romaine lettuce, and my MVP cheese sauce. YUM!!
I attempted to make a recipe for cheese that was similar to Heidi Ho cheese sauce. I love Heidi Ho cheese but I’ve had a hard time finding it lately. I was able to find a recipe on An Unrefined Vegan’s blog. Again, it seemed a little complicated but I was really craving this cheese sauce. Ultimately, I didn’t end up liking this sauce. It had the same consistency but I couldn’t figure out what it was missing. It just didn’t appeal to me.
All in all, I was able to watch a great game with delicious food. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything from a food perspective. What was your Super Bowl food strategy? Did you decide to take a cheat day too? I’d love to hear from you!