Tonight was the Super Bowl. If you are a red-blooded American, you will most likely have watched the game tonight. Even if you aren’t interested in football, you probably attended a Super Bowl party. And social eating is usually a concern for us vegans.
We generally watch the game with a small group of people; we’re usually ten in all. This year, Jane and I hosted. The typical Super Bowl fare includes a number of dishes that are easily “veganizable,” and are often not detectable as vegan fare. So everyone is happy.
So, what did we serve? The item of most concern for us was the beer. Jane stumbled across a vegan beer guide, and we were able to determine that Heineken, Corona, and Beck’s were all good choices.
For appetizers, Jane served home-made vegan onion dip and Trader Joe’s potato chips. Jane also made guacamole and paired that with flax seed tortilla chips. We also had a platter of cherry tomatoes, sliced carrots and celery, radishes, and sliced red and orange peppers with another tofu-based dip.
Dinner was chili, of course. In our pre-vegan days we used to make our chili with ground turkey. Now we use Textured Vegetable Protein, or TVP, in place of meat. Jane also uses a mix of black beans, white beans, and kidney beans. I love Jane’s chili. It’s delicious. We served that with brown rice and Tofutti Vegan Sour Cream. We also had shredded vegan cheese, which didn’t melt well, as expected, and got some strange comments from some of our friends.
For dessert we had the Double Rainbow Very Cherry Chip Soy Cream and So Delicious Chocolate Velvet Frozen Dessert.
At the very end of our gathering, we outed ourselves. Everyone was shocked that they had a completely meatless meal and hadn’t had a clue! It was a Giant success (yes, pun intended).