SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!! It’s almost Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!! It’s that time to get down and dirty with friends and family. It’s time to scream at the TV or the radio, (or even at the other side’s fans)! It’s time to EAT, and drink, AND EAT!!! But wait! You’re vegan and you never have many options at your friends’ parties. Throwing your own Super Bowl party will ensure that you can make vegan food for you and your guests! If you only have time for one super vegan Super Bowl snack, be sure you make this, and if you’re not throwing your own party, bring it to the party you’re going to!
This is my vegan take on a 7 layer dip! Usually 2 things stop a vegan from eating the traditional 7 layer dip: the cheese and the sour cream. Luckily, I found great cheese substitutes, and make a pretty damn good vegan sour cream:
Ok, so, first give yourself 3-4 hours of prepping for the sour cream. You’ll need a cup of cashew halves soaked in water for 3-4 hours. Then once that’s done, throw those cashews in a blender or food processor and purée those nuts after they are nice and creamy add some non-flavored almond milk, tofu, chickpeas, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a little hot sauce (the hot sauce is optional, I just like my food with a little added kick), and blend that mixture all together until it is mixed to your liking and consistency.
Now that your sour cream is made, all you need is a platter. Then start with laying down your vegan refried beans (which you can purchase at the store), then you lay down guacamole (you can make your own or buy from a store), then lay down black olives and top that layer with your sour cream mixture. After the sour cream, you lay down some chopped tomatoes, then top that with your shredded vegan cheese (I use almond brand but Diaya is also pretty good. I also use both the shredded cheddar and mozzarella style).
After the cheese, I top that with a little bit of cilantro (optional) and then I dive in with my chips and enjoy the hell out of the game!!!!

 

Sour Cream Ingredients
1 cup soaked cashews
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2 block extra firm tofu
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
1/2 lemon for juice
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Dip Ingredients
Refried Beans
guacamole
2 cans of black sliced olives
2 tomatoes chopped and diced
Vegan sour cream mixture
1/2 bag of almond mozzarella cheese
1/2 bag of almond cheddar cheese
Cilantro (optional, and to your liking)
Feel free to add to or subtract from these layers. 7 is always fun, but rice can be added making an 8 and so much more can be added to make a 12 layer dip! The choice is yours! Just make sure you don’t eat it all while preparing it so you can save some for your friends and the game! Peace, Love, Grub!

MY STORY

A little bit about myself: I am The Cheatin’ Vegan. I call myself this for two very big reasons:

 

    1) I am actually a vegetarian who tries to stay on a steady vegan diet, however I do have “cheat” days. These “cheat” days are still a vegetarian diet of course, but i do try to eat as vegan as possible. 
   2) I like to “cheat” the system and show people that you still can eat great comfort food, almost exactly like you remembered when you ate animal products. I take old classics I remember enjoying (or classics people request from me) and I try to replicate them in a fully 100% vegan way! It can be fast food I once enjoyed, or one of my mom’s classics growing up; whatever it is, I like to take the challenge and turn that dish cruelty free! 
 
 
I was a big meat eater at one point in time: I literally would eat anything and try anything once. It is how I was raised and I’m very thankful for that because man oh man have I had some delicious food. I then went pescatarian (eating a vegetarian diet while including fish) then I went back to meat for a short time, then I became a full vegetarian. It’s helped me with my stomach issues I once had, and makes me feel good! Even though I am a full vegetarian, I try to eat vegan as much as I personally can because with stomach issues, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Because of my many diet changes I’ve been able to experience so many types of amazing food! It’s opened up my palate to amazing flavors and meals that I can now try to replicate in a vegan fashion. Food can be an art, even when it’s messy and looks abstract, it’s all about flavors and taste. All food can be good, I’ve just found a diet that works for me and my health, as well as helps animals well being. I don’t judge a person’s way of eating (as I hope I’m not judged for mine), but I do feel good showing what can actually be made in a vegan way so the food can be cruelty free and save animals lives. Even if an avid meat eater has one vegan meal in his lifetime, then that’s one meal an animal didn’t have to suffer for, and if I could be that inspiration for one meal, then that makes me happy, because I’d like to think I’m reaching at least someone once, and made a difference once. Anyway, I am The Cheatin’ Vegan, and I hope you enjoy my cooking, my food, my product reviews, my creations, my replications, my restaurant reviews (when Im too lazy and don’t want to cook and I dine out), and a slight look into my crazy little mind! Peace, Love, Grub!
 
Sincerely,
The Cheatin’ Vegan
 
 
 
PS people may say “well why make this when I can make it with meat?!?” Well as a foodie I’ve learned we are all looking for new things. A burger started out a burger, then it became a cheeseburger, then a turkey burger, then a chicken burger, to a fish burger, to a veggie burger… We as foodies can never have enough options, and that’s a great thing, because my blog is just about that, other options!