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Vegan/Vegetarian Super Bowl Sunday, New Orleans Style

Want to be authentic and also healthy on Super Bowl Sunday? Here are five New Orleans style dishes with a vegetarian and vegan twist.

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The Baltimore Ravens and San Fransisco 49ers will be competing in the Super Bowl in New Orleans today.

As the 2013 football season culminates in today’s Super Bowl, we want to celebrate the traditional food of the game’s host city — New Orleans. Here is a recipe round-up of signature cajun and creole dishes. The catch is all these recipes are vegetarian and vegan!

Easy Red Beans and Rice

  • Sarah Voisins recommends using sugar-free canned red beans. Purée them in a food processor to help speed up the cooking process.

Cajun-Spiced Tempeh Po’ Boys

  • Tempeh is a soy-based patty. Its meaty texture means chances are you won’t miss the traditional roast beef or fried shrimp in this sandwich.

Okra Gumbo with Chickpeas and Kidney Beans

  • The vegan dish has a shorter prep time than other recipes and uses beans, giving the plate a rich color. If you’re not a fan of okra, replace it with eggplant or green beans.

Roasted Winter Vegetable Jambalaya

  • This may not be your traditional New Orleans jambalaya recipe, but gardeners will appreciate being able to use up some staples from the root cellar — parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes and whatever other root veggies you have laying around.

Vegan Beignets

  • Beignets are deep-fried French pastries. This recipe substitutes the milk and eggs used in traditional recipes with Egg Replacer and coconut milk.

Caroline Hoven

Caroline Hoven is studying journalism at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning how to cook.

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