It’s that time of year again.
Football game-days and tailgates have become an American tradition. The air is crisp, the TV is on and the food is made for gathering. Some feel the same way about their favorite game day food as they do about their favorite team: dedicated and devoted.
Unfortunately, most game-day staples aren’t friendly to fans with dietary restrictions. So how do we keep our favorite game-day eats (un-noticeably) gluten-free, vegan or dairy-free, and make even the pickiest of tailgaters clear their plates? It might be easier than you think.
If You Love Chicken Wings…
No tailgate is complete without a plate of wings. With a variety of flavors and sauce options, entire sports bars revolve around this savory treat. They’re perfect for mindless munching and just messy enough to make eating them fun.
The only problem with chicken wings is that they’re full of fat—and, of course, meat. The sauces can also include gluten and dairy, unfit for certain dietary restrictions. However, there are some creative and equally tasty substitutes. Try replacing chicken with some cauliflower heads in your favorite chicken-wing recipe. It seems like a Hail-Mary, but trust us, cauliflower wings score a touchdown every time.
Check out our recipe for Curried Cauliflower Fritters; it may just give that favorite wing recipe a run for its money.
If You Love Dips…
Another snack you’re unlikely to find a game-day get-together without: chips and dip. We all have our favorites: buffalo chicken, spinach dip, french onion … the list goes on and on. Their popularity is rooted in convenience. Dips are easy to make, easy to transport and even easier to eat.
Dairy-free, gluten-free or vegan dips may be hard to come by, but they do exist! And in yummy versions that don’t taste any different than their original counterparts. Mix it up a little with some fun dippers to make your addition to the food spread one your friends won’t soon forget. And, of course, check out our Gluten-free Spinach Dip, French Onion Dip or Polenta Fingers with Marinara Sauce.
If You Love All Finger Foods…
Finger foods complete the game-day experience. Give your food spread a little spice — try adding some new, fresh and fun recipes.
We recommend Chickpea and Zucchini Fries to plunge into your favorite dips, Eggplant Rounds with Goat Cheese instead of crackers and cheese, or Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus in place of the usual pigs-in-a-blanket.
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