Bonus Post: Vegan Southwestern Zucchini Sauté + 5 Lighter Super Bowl Recipes
I have been making my Vegan Eggplant Sauté on and off for over 10 years, and it never occurred to me to change it around. Then all the sudden I think how I can keep myself from getting bored by changing around the flavors. This recipe is just as simple as the Vegan Eggplant Saute, but I’ve swapped around all the flavors.
Following the recipe, you’ll see a list of 5 lightened up, but still Super Bowl-worthy, recipes for game day. I have never cared one way or another about the football, but I do like watching the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and I like the Super Bowl foods. The rest is just background noise to me.
Southwestern Zucchini Sauté (vegan, gluten free)
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
1 large zucchini, medium diced
1 pinch salt
1 pinch garlic powder
1 pinch chipotle powder or ground cumin
1 ice cube
½ cup salsa
Freshly chopped cilantro
- Add a quick spray of cooking spray to a sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add the zucchini, salt, garlic, and chipotle or cumin. Sauté for a minute or so. Add the ice cube, and cover. Let it steam for 5-6 minutes.
- Meanwhile, microwave the Boca Burger until warm, about 1 minute. Dice into bite-sized pieces.
- Remove the zucchini from heat. Add the Boca Burger and salsa. Mix together.
- Top with freshly chopped cilantro.
5 Lighter Super Bowl Eats
- Skinny Taste: Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili. This is a mouthful! I like all kinds of chili, vegetarian included. I was going to list a vegetarian option, but I think a Super Bowl chili needs some kind of meat. This one is a good middle ground and will make dieters and non-dieters happy. Here are some of my other favorite chilis.
2. The Mediterranean Dish: Avocado Hummus and Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Verde. Another classic Super Bowl food is guacamole. Here’s a lightened up version that you could serve with both chips and raw veggies.
3. A Beautiful Plate: Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas. I love roasted chickpeas! The first time I had them was in this salad. They are a great substitute for salty nuts, and you can switch up the flavor combinations in endless ways.
4. Dashing Dish: Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Poppers. This is on my “must try” list, and of all the recipes I’ve seen for buffalo cauliflower, this one looks like a dead ringer for wings. So, maybe you can’t forgo wings on Super Bowl Sunday in favor of cauliflower. But maybe you can have both?
5. BS In the Kitchen: Paloma. Tequila is my favorite kind of liquor, and the only kind I’ll ever have around the house. The Paloma is similar to a margarita, but with grapefruit. This version contains hardly any sugar, but relies mostly on the tart grapefruit and lime for flavor (plus tequila really has a great flavor too). Each drink only has one teaspoon of sugar, but you could substitute stevia, or you could leave it out altogether.