23 Plant-Based Tailgate foods
It’s Thursday in South Carolina, which means if you have any ties to universities with football teams, you’re already pondering what you’ll be serving while watching this week’s games (if you’re not a football fan, you probably have a need for some easily transportable and delicious recipe ideas, so read along anyways :).
My family (Casey here) has always been HUGE Carolina fans. I’ve been going to games for as long as I can remember, and I’ve tailgated at every one of those games. Families coming together to hang out, watch some football, eat some good food is my kind of party.
BUT, one thing I know about tailgate food (at least what I’m used to) — tastes delicious, but not so healthy. AND when you have so much time to sit around a table loaded with food, you’re probably eating a lot of it.
So, we thought up a few healthy, plant-based tailgate foods that you can bring along to your own tailgate, serve while you’re watching the game with friends at home, or, if sports aren’t your thing, cookouts are the perfect place to tote these foods, too.
Below is a list of 23 Plant-Based Tailgate foods — your friends won’t even have to know what you’re serving is healthy (rule #1 for getting picky friends to try your food — just make it taste good)!
- Taco bar (black beans, corn, salsa, guacamole, green onions)
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Crockpot chili
- Avocado and veggie pinwheels/wraps or pitas
- Creamy buffalo tofu dip with celery sticks and carrots
- Crockpot veggie “meatballs” in a hamburger bun
- Veggie tray with hummus
- Crockpot baked beans
- Oatmeal raisin cookies
- Dates stuffed with walnuts and topped with coconut and cinnamon
- Air popped popcorn with Bragg’s liquid amino acids, hot sauce and nutritional yeast
- Grilled cajun corn on the cob
- Whole-grain pretzels with mustard for dip
- Apple slices with peanut butter or apple butter
- Fruit tray
- Chickpea salad
- Pasta salad with sundried tomatoes and basil, pine nuts
- Crockpot red beans and rice
- Healthy plant-based cookies
- Whole wheat crackers and hummus
- Burrito bowl bar
- Artichoke spread on open faced whole wheat crackers
- Cans of fizzy water. Flavors include orange, grapefruit, plant (great with a lemon wedge)
As always, our Columbia’s Cooking Question for you is…
What tailgate food from this list are you most excited to try?
Answer in the comments section below. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
PS. Check out our pinboard for some recipes!