Vegan Game Day Recipes From Gardein

February 4, 2011 by Keri

You may not have guessed it about me (okay, you probably would), but I’m not a huge football fan. I can rarely sit in one place long enough to watch a whole television episode, and if I do I’m probably doing something else and not fully paying attention, so watching people run up and down the field for a couple of hours just doesn’t sound like a good time to me. I did enjoy going to football games in college, but that was really more of a social thing. I can’t say I really pretended to care what was going on.

I can, however, understand this whole Super Bowl thing;  I mean, it’s all about the commercials, right?! And this year, Gardein has some fun recipes for your commercial-watching party!  I admit I just love their photos. I’m all about the photos. I’m half posting these because I think you’ll want to try the recipes and half because I just want their sexy food photos on my site. I haven’t tried any of them myself yet, but Gardein is honestly the only vegan meat I endorse serving to a non-vegan crowd. You have no idea how many non-veg people I’ve served their products that now buy them for themselves and their family. It’s a lot!

Mini No-Meat Balls

  • 1 package Gardein beefless tips
  • 1 cup your favorite tomato sauce
  • 5 sprigs fresh basil
  • 5 skewers

Thaw beefless tips. Take 4 beefless tips in the palm of your hand push and form into a ball. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of oil. Add beefless tips beefless meatball and cook 4-6 minutes until crispy and brown on all sides. Set aside for one minute. Meanwhile heat tomato sauce to a simmer, and add beefless meatballs, toss beefless meatballs well in sauce to coat. Skewer each meatball, cover with remaining sauce and fresh basil sprigs.

BBQ Chick’n Pizza

  • 1 package Gardein bbq chick’n wings
  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lime wedge

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Thaw chick’n wings and cut into ¼” strips. Spead the sweet and tangy bbq sauce on pizza crust. Top pizza with red onion, red pepper, vegan mozzarella, and sliced chick’n wings. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted, and crust is golden and crispy. Garnish pizza with fresh ground black pepper, chopped cilantro and a lime wedge.

BBQ Pulled Shred Sliders

  • 1 package Gardein bbq pulled shreds
  • 1 cup coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup vegan ranch dressing
  • 6 slider buns

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add canola oil, and add bbq pulled shreds to sauce pan and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until hot and sticky. Mix coleslaw with ranch dressing. Assemble sliders.

Sticky Sesame Chick’n Wings

  • 1 package Gardein chick’n wings (sauce not needed)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegan hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • Cayenne to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, bias cut

Add garlic, agave nectar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, asian sesame oil, cayenne and cornstarch to a bowl and mix to combine. Meanwhile in sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add frozen chick’n wings and cook 4-6 minutes until crispy and brown on both sides, being careful not to burn. Add sauce to the pan and cook until sauce is thick and sticky coating the wings. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.

Chopped Steakless Sandwiches

  • 1 package Gardein beefless tips
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon jalapenos
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheddar cheese
  • 8 small dinner rolls
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Thaw beefless tips and cut into quarters. Mix together the ketchup, dijon, jalapenos, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add canola oil, and caramelize beefless tips well on all sides 2-3 minutes. Set aside. Saute onion, and cook until caramelized. Add mushrooms and continue to cook until mushrooms are also caramelized. Then stir in the caramelized beef tips, ketchup, dijon mustard, jalapenos, and vegan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and hot throughout. Lay beefless mixture on your bun and garnish with baby arugula.

Spicy Chipotle Chick’n Kebobs

  • 1 package Gardein chick’n wings (sauce not needed)
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

Soak bamboo skewers 1 hour prior to preparation. Thaw one bag of chick’n wings. Take 2 wings in the palm of your hand and push together. Form chick’n wings around bamboo skewer and set aside. Heat a non-stick pan over medium high heat , melt the vegan butter, and add the garlic and onions. Cook, stirring frequently until golden. Add the chipotle chilies, agave nectar, ketchup, vegan worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes until sauce is thick and sticky. In sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add skewers and cook 4-6 minutes until crispy and brown on both sides, being careful not to burn. Brush liberally with spicy chipotle sauce. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Do you watch “the big game”? If so, do you made any special snacks?

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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Those recipes look so damn awesome. And I know any meat-eater would love them! Gardein is the best.

    I won’t be watching the game because I have a birthday party to go to! I actually don’t remember the last time I watched a Superbowl… I think it sounds kinda fun to make (and eat!) a ton of delicious snacks, but football just isn’t my thang. I don’t even understand the rules & am always confused by what the heck is going on! 😉

  2. chrysta says:

    Beautiful photos!! So creative and inventive. I really enjoy your site too btw!!

  3. veganlisa says:

    Your photos are incredible! Gardein is the only vegan faux meat that my brother and his kids really enjoy. Just like you mentioned, they actually buy them at home now. I love the versatility of the products you profiled.

    I don’t plan to watch the superbowl – but I’ll probably make something super…in a bowl.

  4. Stefanie says:

    I’m not a big faux meat eater but the seasame chik’n wings sound good. Football is boring to me. Most sports are unless I am playing in the game. The best thing about the superbowl is the Puppybowl on Animal Planet.

    • Keri says:

      I like to try the faux meats, but rarely do I find one I will buy again. I love gardein, though. It doesn’t have that overly processed and salted flavor!

  5. Sarah (Flavoropolis) says:

    These all look really good, especially those sesame chicken wings. They are making me hungry right now. I try not to eat too many processed faux meat products, but I have a weakness for Gardein.