Football season is in full swing, and if you're a fan, you're probably doing some serious tailgating, either at home or at a game. But tailgating doesn't have to be all about the chicken wings, brats and burgers! In fact, there are plenty of meatless options that are excellent pre-game snacks. So whether you're a vegetarian, just looking to curb your meat addiction or trying to add some variety into the tailgating fare, here are three awesome vegetarian recipes that everyone will love:
Caprese salad skewers
- Grape or cherry tomatoes
- Mini fresh mozzarella balls
- Fresh basil leaves
- Balsamic vinegar
- Toothpicks or plastic party picks
These are so easy and quick to make! First, cut your tomatoes in half width-wise so they will have a flat surface to sit on. Skewer a tomato, flat side down, followed by a basil leaf and a mini mozzarella ball. Set each skewer on a sheet or serving plate with wax paper. When you're done, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top of them, et voilà!
Vegan potato salad
Ingredients (for 10 to 12 servings)
- 12 medium potatoes
- 1 cup eggless mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Every American party needs a good potato salad, and this one happens to be both vegan and delicious! Cut the potatoes in cubes before boiling them – the smaller the cubes, the quicker they will be done. Drain them and let them cool before mixing them with all of the other ingredients in a bowl. Season with paprika, salt and pepper, and refrigerate until tailgating time!
Easy celebration chili
Ingredients (for eight servings):
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1-2 jalapeños, chopped
- 16-ounce can of black beans
- 16-ounce can of pinto beans
- 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (for thickening)
- Chili powder to taste
- Salt to taste
If you're in the mood for something heartier, you can whip up this quick and easy vegan chili in no time. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large pot until the onions become soft – about five minutes. Add the peppers to the mix and saute for a few more minutes. Then mix in the tomatoes, black beans, chia seeds and chili powder, simmering it for 30 minutes. Salt to taste and serve with vegan sour cream and cheese.
It happens every fall and it never seems to get old – people go wild for pumpkin-flavored everything, from cupcakes to soup. If you've jumped on the pumpkin train – and really, who could blame you – here's an excellent pumpkin protein smoothie recipe to incorporate into your fall repertoire for a delightful breakfast or after-workout boost:
- 1/2 cup of pure canned pumpkin (unsweetened, not pie filling)
- 1 scoop VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake – Vanilla powder
- 3/4 cup almond or rice milk
- 6 to 8 ice cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Natural sweetener, to taste
Put all of the ingredients in the blender, mix until smooth and enjoy!
There are also several variations to try to customize this recipe. Rather than adding a bunch of spices, some people like to substitute VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake – Chai for the vanilla powder to spice it up! Another option is to make the shake heartier and sweeter using a slightly overripe banana, or getting your grains in by blending in 1/2 cup of oats. The pumpkin and protein are the important parts, so add whatever you like to make it the smoothie your own!
Fudge is typically an indulgent treat – sugary, buttery and downright rich. When we think of fudge, many people think of state fairs in the Midwest or quaint seaside vacations on the East Coast. As such, fudge is a completely guilty pleasure, able to be indulged only a few times a year, especially if you're concerned about eating healthy foods and staying trim. But what if fudge were a little less sugary, a little more protein-packed and still completely delightful? We'd probably eat it much more often! If you want a treat that has some good-for-you elements, check out the following recipe using Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate protein powder for brownies that are about as guilt-free as they come:
- 1/2 cup of natural or organic peanut butter
- 4 scoops of Naturade Total Soy – Chocolate
- 1/3 cup pure cacao powder
- 1/4 cup milk – almond, rice or dairy
- chopped walnuts and dates (optional)
- sea salt (optional)
This is a no-bake recipe. Line a 9-by-9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix in the peanut butter, soy powder, cacao and milk until fully blended. If so desired, chop walnuts and dates in a food processor. Walnuts will add more protein and healthy omega-3 oils, and dates can add a nice natural ingredient if you find the mixture needs a bit more sweetness. Pour the mixture into the parchment-lined pan – it should be between the consistency of cookie dough and cake batter. Sprinkle sea salt on top if you wish for that perfect salty-sweet mixture of flavors. Place the pan in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours to harden and then serve. It makes 12 guilt-free servings!
A good protein bar is instantly energizing when you've had a long day or need some healthy fuel. While protein bars are delightful, they are often expensive and occasionally have ingredients with which you are unfamiliar. Why not save some money and know exactly what's in your pumped up snack? Make your own no-bake protein bars with this simple and amazingly tasty recipe using the protein powder you already have at home:
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats, divided
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
- 4 scoops VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake, Vanilla
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pulse 1 cup of oats in the food processor to make oat flour. Mix together the flour, remaining oats, peanut butter, protein powder, dry milk, flax seed meal, vanilla and 1/4 cup water. Pour the mixture into a wax paper-lined 5-inch by 8-inch loaf pan and press down with another piece of wax paper. Press the chopped almonds into the mixture, then carefully melt the chocolate chips and pour them over the almonds. Put the pan in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, then cut the firm mixture into six bars. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in wax paper for up to one week or in the freezer for three months.
Eating enough protein is important, especially if you're on a diet and looking to muscle up a bit. But if you find yourself in a time crunch or you've had a really intense workout, it can be difficult to muster the time or energy to even get out the blender for a protein shake, let alone make an omelet. Skip the need to wash dishes with these excellent, easy protein powder peanut butter balls, which you can prepare ahead of time and grab for breakfast or a post-workout snack:
- 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
- 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 scoops Naturade Pea Protein, Chocolate
Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Using your hands or a melon-baller, shape the mixture into about 25 walnut-sized spheres. Then, place the protein balls onto a parchment- or wax paper-lined container so they are separated between layers and won't stick together. Freeze for at least two hours before enjoying. These high-protein snacks don't keep well if left out, so keep them frozen until you are ready for a post-workout protein boost. You can use any of your favorite protein powders in this recipe, but a great option is Naturade 100% Whey in Chocolate.
If you're always on the go and don't usually have time to eat a big breakfast, there are other delicious ways to get your protein. Why not try an icy, blended protein drink that combines sweetness and a caffeine boost for a dessert-like breakfast to keep you full until lunch? Check out our quick, easy recipe for a vegan protein chocolate blended drink:
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of ice (about 10 cubes)
- 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk
- 1 scoop VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake, Chocolate
- 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and combine thoroughly. If the consistency seems too thin, add more ice. If it seems too thick or chunky, add more milk. For a more smoothie-like consistency, substitute the milk for 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. If you don't feel like making coffee or espresso, instant coffee is an easy substitute – just add 1 tablespoon or more depending on your preference. You can also vary the recipe by leaving out the coffee and adding frozen fruit and substituting VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake in Vanilla.
Football season is upon us! Die-hard football fans have been waiting weeks for watching games with friends on Sunday afternoons, but so have serious snackers. Let's face it, for those of us who feel ambivalent about football, it's still a win-win situation – hang out with good friends and eat tasty foods. If you're a hardcore snacker but want to find some healthy options so you can eat to your heart's content, look no further. Here are some of the most delicious football snacks that won't leave you feeling guilty and that definitely don't lack in flavor:
Rather than getting your fill of veggies as a pizza topping or with a creamy, bad-for-you dip, one good way to enjoy them is roasted or baked, and slightly salted and peppered. Edamame is an immature soybean that is packed with protein and fiber and low in fat. It also contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as vitamin K and folate, which are good for heart health. The easiest and one of the most delicious ways to prepare soybeans is to buy them shelled and frozen. Give them a good rinse, pat dry with a clean kitchen towel and then spread them out on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet, making sure there is no overlap. Drizzle them with grape seed or olive oil, sprinkle with salt and a generous dose of pepper and toss them with your hands before sliding them into a 400-degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes until the edamame are slightly brown and crispy, and serve right away. Roasted edamame makes an excellent, easy party snack. You can also roast protein and fiber-packed chickpeas in the same way, using salt and drizzling them with honey.
Greek yogurt dips
If you can't imagine throwing a football get-together without having some sort of creamy dip, you can make a delicious and healthy one with nonfat or lowfat Greek yogurt. Here are three delicious dips you might want to try:
- Something sweet: Mix Greek yogurt with nut spread, and top with a drizzle of honey and chopped walnuts. For an extra boost of protein, mix in Naturade Pea Protein (vanilla). Serve it with sliced apples and strawberries.
- Something savory: Make an avocado dip to serve with whole wheat pita chips. Mash two avocados, stir in one 6-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt, some chopped cilantro one tablespoon of lime juice and chopped jalapeno and coarse salt to taste. If you want a smoother consistency, combine these ingredients in a food processor.
- Something for veggies: A sun-dried tomato dip makes an easy, spicy addition to any football party, and you can serve it with sliced veggies or multigrain crackers. In a bowl, mix 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup of chili sauce. In another bowl, pour 1 cup of bowling water over a 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes and let them sit for 10 minutes. Then, combine the yogurt mixture with the tomatoes, 1/2 cup of diced red bell pepper, two to three chopped green onions, one clove of minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed and cayenne pepper to taste.
Mozzarella di bufala
Fresh mozzarella is incredibly delicious, high in protein and lower in fat than many other cheeses. Serve it with fresh tomato slices or cherry tomatoes, chopped basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a classic Caprese salad. For a twist, serve the mozzarella on top of a tomato slice with avocado on top. It's a bright, healthy and delicious snack that your football friends are sure to enjoy.
If you're trying to pack in the protein to build lean muscle, you don't have to eat only salmon, chicken and other meats. Aside from the prep work to make your high-protein meals tasty, you might actually be craving something sweet. So, skip dinner altogether and go straight to dessert. Here's our recipe for a sumptuous, high-protein, almost-healthy cheesecake to get your sweet fix while staying on track with your diet plan:
- 1 cup of almond meal
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon date paste or nut butter
- 1/2 cup of fat free cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake (vanilla)
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup milk, any kind
- 2 tablespoons sweetener
- Fruit toppings, if desired
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and prepare a 9-inch spring form cake pan by lining it with parchment paper, or use 10 liners in a cupcake tin for miniature cheesecakes.
- Combine the almond meal, almond milk and date paste in a bowl. Use a spoon to press the crust mixture into the cake pan or lined tins.
- In a mixer, blend the cream cheese, cottage cheese and milk until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the eggs.
- Blend in the VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake (vanilla) and sweetener until the mixture is silky smooth. Mix all ingredients for about 1 minute.
- Pour the filling into the pan and bake the cheesecake for about 30 to 40 minutes.
- The cheesecake is done when the top looks set but it jiggles a bit in the middle. Don't worry – it will set as it cools!
- After it rests, serve with your favorite whipped cream and berries or other fruits.
Total Soy Best Recipe Contest
Second Prize Winner
Submitted by A. Parsons of Parkersburg, WV
1/4 cup cold water, ice cold, 3/4 cup ice cubes, 2/3 cup peeled cucumber, seedless, 2/3 cup honeydew melon, Zest of half an orange, 1/8 cup fresh mint, 3 scoops Naturade Total Soy Vanilla Flavored Meal Replacement Mix. In blender or smoothie maker, combine water, ice cubes, cucumber, melon, orange zest, and mint and blend. Halfway through blending mix in two scoops of vanilla flavored Shake Mix. Process until very smooth. Garnish serving glass with additional orange zest curls, orange slices, cucumber slices or honeydew slices. Enjoy!
- 6 oz raspberries
- 9 oz strawberries
- 100gms acai frozen bar or 4oz blueberries
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 cup almond milk