Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hearty Meatless Tailgate Food

Hearty Meatless Tailgate Food
Serve Great Meatless Meals and Still Enjoy the Game

Football season is fast approaching. Did you know that on Superbowl Sunday alone Americans are expected to consume on average 1 billion chicken wings as well as a possible 50 billion pounds of cold cuts.

Based on these two figures, we could save approximately 6 million animals with meatless Superbowl Parties.  151.6 million Americans are expected to watch the Superbowl and if that sounds like a "ton" of meat per person (as my hubby suggested) you are absolutely correct. It is.

One fact that may account for the high number could be the amount of chicken wings consumed; most chickens (at least last I checked) only have two wings. Send a message this year and throw a meatless Tailgate Party. Below are some hearty recipes in addition to whatever veggie tray you may be planning to offer.

Meatless Southwest Superbowl Party Ideas

Mushroom Enchiladas
Veggie Nachos Supreme (topped with black beans and cheese)
Black Bean Chili
Or why not offer a Chipotle style Veggie Burrito Bar

Hearty Finger Foods

Stuffed Mushrooms
Deep Fried Cheese Sticks
Sweet Potato Fries
Twice Baked Cheesy Potato Skins

Hearty Italian Favorites

Baked Alfredo Pasta
Bruschetta with pesto
Egg Plant Parmesan
Veggie Lasagna

Meatless Superbowl Pizza Delivery

You can still patronize your local pizza place; serve deep fried cheese sticks or chips instead of wings. Pizza Hut has a great Veggie Lovers pizza while Papa John's uses fresh mushrooms on their mushroom and cheese. New York Pizza Department serves a hearty egg plant Parmesan pizza.

Something of a Surprise

If you aren't afraid to live on the edge a little, call your local Subway and order a 12 foot Veggie Delight. Deck it out with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo and see what kind of reactions you get.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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