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Green Game Day Recipes!

When I sat down to write for Keen for Green today, I was originally going to do a piece on the top tips for greening up those fall tailgates this year, but upon a little perusal, I think they’ve already got that covered!  Between advising you to find local beer, or even better, brewing your own and an awesome article on the best tips for how to throw a fantastically green barbecue, there’s not much left!  (Of course as long as you can get yourself to the game with a barbecue in tote and a cooler full of your beverages, that is.)  In light of that, I thought I’d take a different direction and go strictly food.  Because, truth be told: I don’t drink nor do I watch football, so game days are, for me, 100% about the food.  And to be completely honest, I’d much rather “watch” from the comfort of my own home with a bowl of chili and a hunk of freshly buttered cornbread than stand outside in unpredictable weather with a possibly semi-burnt hotdog in hand.  In case I’m not alone (c’mon ladies!), here are some of my very favorite green game day recipe recommendations.

Oh, but wait!  First, one of the best suggestions I can give you: Before you go to the game (or stay home to watch the game,) I highly suggest you catch the early morning Saturday/Sunday farmers market.  In the first place, there’s nothing like farmers markets in the fall, and secondly, it’s pretty tough to beat those freshly baked pitas and local salsa.  Alright, now on to recipes.

 

The Best Appetizers

Three-Pepper Feta Roll-Ups: Just 7 easy ingredients rolled up in a lettuce leaf and tortilla.  Umm, yes please.

Opposing Sides Two-Bean Dip:  Two kinds of beans, green chiles and cumin with some parmesan cheese to boot? 

Baked Sweet Potato Fries:  A little cayenne, paprika and olive oil, baked to a crunch… Bring on the ranch!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:  Oh. My. Gosh.  This stuff will probably become your go-to appeptizer for every party you ever hold in the future.  Roasted red peppers, a hint of sesame oil and a splash of lime.

Baked Pita Chips:  A ‘lil olive oil, chervil, basil salt & pepper and you have your salty/crunch fix ready in 15 minutes!

 

The Best Main Dishes

What else but… Vegetarian Chili!  This recipe actually has you sauté the potatoes, onion, peppers and carrots till carmelized before they go in the chili.  Divine.

Vegan Nachos:  Go here for the best cheesy nacho sauce, a guac recipe, a vegan sour cream recipe and a salsa recipe!  This is about the ultimate when it comes to creating to-die-for nachos vegan style.

“Bars”:  Wanna go for a smorgasbord style?  Have a baked potato bar, taco bar or nacho bar.  One potato per plate or one plate of chips per person, and then a table filled with the stuffings and toppings.  Super fun (and super filling…!)

And, yes, Dessert!

Nothing will do for a football game than a giant batch of warm, gooey, fresh-out-of-the-oven vegan brownies!

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Freelance Jocelyn would rather write about green food than almost anything else, but when she's not writing about that, you'll currently find her promoting green, eco-friendly fireplace heaters for the winter months.