Football Sunday – the plant-based way

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I’ll start off by saying that I’m not a football fan. I never really have been, and don’t see it happening in the near future. With that, there’s just something about turning the game on (really any game) in the fall and hanging out with family and friends. I thought I would take the opportunity to put a spin on some traditional football Sunday snacks. Aside from lots of beer, foods that pop into my mind are BBQ wings, nachos, and salty chips.

Mission: Turn traditional fatty and salty snacks into good for you and delicious ones.

Here we go!

  1. First up are the BBQ wings. I recreated this dish by replacing the fatty meat with super healthy cauliflower.

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  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any unsweetened plant-based milk)
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 cup organic (or homemade) BBQ sauce, plus more for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together. Next add the milk and liquid smoke, if using. Whisk together until well combined.
  • Dip cauliflower bites into batter, removing excess batter.
  • Place dipped bites onto baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
  • Cook bites for 15 minutes, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes. While cooking, heat the BBQ sauce over medium heat to warm.
  • When the cauliflower is done, dip bites into the BBQ sauce and bake for another 7-10 minutes until crispy.
  • Cool bites for 5 minutes before serving with additional sauce.

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2. Cashew cheese nacho dip with baked pita wedges

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3. Salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas

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One thought on “Football Sunday – the plant-based way

  1. All these healthy alternatives tasted great, but the “Cashew cheese nacho dip” was AMAZING. In my experience rarely does a plant-based “cheese” substitute taste as good as the dairy original, but in this case the cashew alternative is better than the dairy version. (your mileage my vary)

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