Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Bites

So my Seattle Seahawks lost. Sigh. Oh well. It was a damn good game. Way more exciting than last year's Super Bowl. I always love a close game, regardless if my team wins or loses. And can we just talk about how freakin' amazing that Katy Perry halftime show was?! I'm a little biased since I'm already a KatyCat, but animatronic lions! Sharks! Dancing beach balls! Missy Elliot!

Anyway, enough about the game. Let's talk about the food. Most years, I make some variation on vegan hot wings — seitan wangz (from Cookin' Crunk), tempeh wings, Gardein buffalo wings. But this year, I went the veggie route with these Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Peanut Dipping Sauce from Thug Kitchen.

As soon as I got Thug Kitchen for my birthday back in October, I bookmarked this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday. Buffalo cauliflower is all the rage right now. And I can see why. These spicy little roasted cauliflower florets were so good, especially dipped in the creamy, gingery peanut sauce.

On the side, I had another Thug Kitchen recipe — Cumin-Spiked Pinto Bean Dip. This simple dip is just made with mashed beans, sauteed onions, cumin, and lime.

It was the perfect complement to these new Late July Bacon Habanero Tortilla Chips. Yes, they're vegan. And holy crap, they are amazing. Best tortilla chip I've ever had. Even better than Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, and that's pretty much the highest compliment I can give a tortilla chip. Washed everything down with Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy. Nice seasonal brew with a hint of cranberry without being too sweet.

Here's my full plate. Also had Wholly Guacamole with Pico, Baby Carrots, and Cucumber Strips. Lots of spicy food and my mouth was on fire for most of the second quarter. But it was worth it.


Unknown said...

That was a crazy game! So intense! And I also loved the halftime show. Great vegan eats y'all had there!

Susan said...

I am not into sports, but because I am in love with Seattle and their team was in the finals I was going for them. For some reason the super bowl was actually shown here live on free TV for the first time ever. Though I missed the first half at yoga, sadly getting home just after the half time show. Nooo!
I have no idea what was going on, though I was sad Seattle just missed out on winning.
I have always loved all the super bowl food, but given that it was a Monday morning it was not quite party central. ;)

Kristine @Santanafoods said...

Oh yes i'm a seattle fan too, your super bowl bites looks nice!

Kim said...

Great Vegan Ideas for snacks! We went the traditional route: Vegan Chili and cornbread.

Sarah said...

I was super excited for your Superbowl post...until I read that you used Thug Kitchen for recipes.

I really wish that book wasn't so damned problematic.