23 Plant-Based Tailgate foods 5 comments

23 Plant-Based Tailgate foods


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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)!

  1. Taco bar (black beans, corn, salsa, guacamole, green onions)
  2. Stuffed mushrooms
  3. Crockpot chili
  4. Avocado and veggie pinwheels/wraps or pitas
  5. Creamy buffalo tofu dip with celery sticks and carrots
  6. Crockpot veggie “meatballs” in a hamburger bun
  7. Veggie tray with hummus
  8. Crockpot baked beans
  9. Oatmeal raisin cookies
  10. Dates stuffed with walnuts and topped with coconut and cinnamon
  11. Air popped popcorn with Bragg’s liquid amino acids, hot sauce and nutritional yeast
  12. Grilled cajun corn on the cob
  13. Whole-grain pretzels with mustard for dip
  14. Apple slices with peanut butter or apple butter
  15. Fruit tray
  16. Chickpea salad
  17. Pasta salad with sundried tomatoes and basil, pine nuts
  18. Crockpot red beans and rice
  19. Healthy plant-based cookies
  20. Whole wheat crackers and hummus
  21. Burrito bowl bar
  22. Artichoke spread on open faced whole wheat crackers
  23. 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!


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5 thoughts on “23 Plant-Based Tailgate foods

  • Krista

    The pasta salad sounds good to me. What would you use for a dressing/sauceto keep it from being too dry? I’ll check your pinboard to see if there is a recipe for that and the artichoke dip!

    • Casey

      Hey Krista! I love a pasta salad with whole wheat pasta and any combination of fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, arugula, pine nuts and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar.
      For a creamier texture, you could blend some pasta water (from cooking the pasta) with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and pine nuts in a food processor and toss that with your pasta, fresh tomatoes and arugula.
      Silken tofu and vinegars can be used for all sorts of flavor combinations, mustard and honey too (like in a green bean salad, yum!).