How to Score With Vegan Super Bowl Party Guests

For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium will set some historic records on February 2, including by becoming the first outdoor Super Bowl to be played in a cold-weather city and the first to be co-hosted by two states, New York and New Jersey. Now, PETA is encouraging Super Bowl party hosts to set a record of their own: Make this the first year to put out delicious meat-, egg-, and dairy-free dishes—in addition to naturally vegan foods such as pretzels and chips—not only for vegan guests but also for rookies.

If you want to show off your chef skills, there are a myriad of vegan foods that will even have the meat-eaters in the crowd asking for instant replays, including, Game-Day Potato Skins, Royln’s Super Vegan Cheese Dip, Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” with ranch dip, Enchilada Bake, Slow Cooker Chili, and surefire Beer-Basted “Brats” with caramelized onions and hot mustard. For dessert, you’re sure to score with deliciously moist peanut butter−chocolate chip cookies or mouthwatering fudge brownies. For tips on making almost all your favorite baked desserts vegan, try PETA’s handy baking cheat sheet.

And there’s no need for Tex-Mex lovers to fret about the reported Velveeta shortage. Just follow this easy recipe for vegan nachos or stick to your own time-tested recipe and use delicious Daiya cheese wedges in place of dairy cheese.

For hosts who don’t want to feel like they just got knocked back into their own end zone, ideas for vegan dishes run the gamut, from the simple to the sophisticated. If cooking isn’t your thing, just dash to the nearest supermarket and pick up some chips and guacamole or hummus and pita chips. Or check out the freezer case for heat-and-serve original vegan Boca burgers, Lightlife Smart Dogs, Gardein Buffalo Wings, or Gardenburger’s unrivaled riblets.

Because PETA’s 2012–13 recipes page for vegan guests at Super Bowl parties hit pay-dirt with hosts from California to the Carolinas, the group is leaving it up through Super Bowl XLVIII. Check out these delicious foods—including the Kickoff Chick’n—here.

“Not everyone can play in the NFL, but football devotees can block serious health problems and animal suffering at the same time by going vegan,” says PETA Associate Director Ryan Huling. “In fact, everyone at the party should try going vegan if they want to make sure that they’ll be around for many more Super Bowls to come.”

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