The best resource for vegan game day recipes and tips on planning a super fun party. Vegan gluten free game day food - spicy, savory, sweet.
recipe collection originally published November 13, 2010 and updated every season
Vegan Game Day
Game Day naturally equals football, right?
In my opinion, any gathering to watch a sports event is game day. That is also a good time to make a bunch of comfort food, super tasty appetizers and snacks.
Honestly, this recipe collection is great for all sorts of parties, from game day and girls night to awards season and everything in between. (The big bowl game is really just my practice run for the Academy Awards party.)
These vegan game day recipes are easy to make, and many can be made ahead which equals smooth sailing with party prep.
Tips for throwing a party
- Don't play bartender: make a signature cocktail that can be made ahead, and guests can serve themselves.
- Decor: have minimal decor that is functional – bottles in ice and edible serving bowls are always fun details. using fancy plates and glassware, even for a casual get together, because why not?
- Meal plan the party! plan for foods that mostly can be made ahead! many of the recipes in this game day recipe collection can be made ahead, at least partially, with minimal assembly before the party begins.
- Finger foods and dips: unless every guest has a place to sit, plan for small bite appetizers that can be handheld or dipped. no awkward balancing of plates and glasses while they attempt utensil use…
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Vegan Game Day
the best resource for planning your game day food. these vegan game day recipes are a perfect storm of comfort food and healthy, make ahead or quick and easy.
buffalo dip is the quintessential game day food, right? jackfruit replaces the chicken in the BEST way – most cannot tell the difference. this is a crowd pleaser, for sure.
skip the drive thru and assemble a bunch of these before the party, and bake them all at once or pop a few in the air fryer or skillet. or set up a DIY station for guests to make custom crunchwraps!
the tangy and mildly spiced heat of these cauliflower wings dipped into cool ranch is THE BEST combination! no surprise this is consistently a top recipe at spabettie.
the cheesy star of your charcuterie board is here! this tangy herby spread is great on a cracker or veggie dipper, or to top your chili or salad.
a quick and easy last minute addition to your snack spread: take that vegan Boursin and fill these sweet red peppers – a great combination of flavors in a one bite appetizer.
habanero and mango take this guac to the next level! spicy sweet and creamy cool all at once, a super tasty taco topping or chip dip!
a unique change of pace in dips, and VERY popular! the traditional flavors of your favorite comfort food as a dip IS a great idea!
a longtime favorite of SO MANY spabettie readers, this is a perfect game day sandwich. I batch prep the poppers in advance so I can easily make the sandwiches at the party.
great for dipping, building sandwiches or filling tacos, these vegan chicken nugs are for everyone – gluten AND soy free!
do we all agree that every game day party table needs a salad? you cannot go wrong with this flavor bomb of goodness.
a favorite for holidays AND game days, this is a great make ahead dip that can be put in the oven to warm before the party starts.
another last minute / make ahead favorite! I make a double batch and divide between several small bowls to strategically place around the party.
a tasty alternative to a burger, these cheese stuffed vegan chicken burgers are chicken parmesan in a handheld form.
our unique spin on a classic potato salad never disappoints! the bright flavors of lemon and caper give this side dish a whole new feel!
another make ahead dish that can be popped in the oven before the party!. mildly spicy buffalo jackfruit changes the whole enchilada game.
keep this soup simmering on the stove or warming in a slow cooker for a hearty, healthy bowl of goodness. game day needs a hearty bean soup with all the toppings.
this is a proven fact in our house: pasta salads make people happy. the tangy sweet flavor of this Hawaiian style cold macaroni salad is a guaranteed hit!
a cauliflower based cheese dip AND chorizo come together in a dip that has fooled many a meat eater! I love to serve this at parties and see the shock of "this is plant based?" every single time.
when I say this cheesy dip is so melty and stretchy, it is no exaggeration. the flavor is funky cheesy, and you should probably plan to make a double batch from the get go.
another dish that is always welcome at a game day party, these mushroom burgers are great with all of the classic toppings.
these shots bring an impressive presentation, and they double as a dessert option. easily make the chocolate shot glasses ahead of time, and most of the work is done.
these grain free goodies have all the familiar taste of the classic cookie, without the gluten, eggs, or dairy - not missing a thing!
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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says
There was a game? Really? 🙂
I watched House of Cards on Netflix. Oops. I also didn't have any game day food, unless veggies, quinoa, hummus, and salsa, followed by frozen yogurt in the carton counts as game day food.
I want to lick the screen now though to make up for it.
Kristina Sloggett says
we ate hummus and falafel and more hummus... and just a couple of these things 😉
I'm only in it for the commercials and the hostess role 😀
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I picked up the ingredients for your celery ranch dressing today in honor of tomorrow's Super Bowl party. I tried to get grape tomatoes for your little cheese tomato bites, but they were all out. Oh well, it's probably a sign I'm trying to make too much food anyway. Can't wait to try your dip though...stocked up on my plenty of fresh veggies to go with it, including some beautiful and super skinny green onions. I think they'll be a perfect pairing.
Heather (Where's the Beach) says
Ok, just got in from a long run so I'm kind of drooling right now. I want 1 of everything please. I doubt I'll be watching the game tomorrow. Not really into football and it's a school night so no parties for this gal 😉