Lightened-up, vegetarian comfort food to kick off football season


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Are you ready for some football? Regular season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 5, and with it comes the tempting smorgasbord of football foods. A typical spread features nachos, sliders and oh my god, delicious chicken wings.

But what if you want to be able to cheer your team while keeping your waistline trim? And what if you’re a vegetarian? Vegetarians watch football, too, you know. Well, here are three vegetarian and healthier versions of these season favorites.



We found this great recipe from Warm Vanilla Sugar for skillet black bean nachos made with cheddar cheese. Top them with jalapenos, chopped scallions, olives, corn, goat cheese and sautéed onions and pop them in the broiler. Once they’re done top with avocado and chopped tomatoes. Leave out the extra salsa and skip the sour cream to keep them healthy. If you still miss the meat, no problem. Use some Quorn Chili in place of the black beans.



We found this recipe on Vegetarian Times for smoky baby Portobello sliders that are sure to put a smile on the faces of vegetarian football fans. The recipe calls for herbes de Provence, which sounds fancy schmancy, but you can find it in the spice aisle at your local supermarket. The Portobello texture makes it an ideal substitution for a regular beef burger, or slider in this case, and also absorbs the flavors for a juicy result.


Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings are arguably a gift from the football gods themselves. They score a touchdown in our bellies every time, and still can do for vegetarians — who need not go wingless this football season. Quorn offers Buffalo Chick’n Bites and Gardein offers spicy buffalo wings with sauce. You can combine these with a healthier ranch dip, which uses nonfat plain Greek yogurt, so you can enjoy those wings completely guilt-free. We didn’t forget the vegans, either. Check out this recipe for vegan-friendly ranch dip.