NFL season is almost here and we want to make sure you’ve got all of your tasty game day meals ready to go! Some people wonder “does going meatless make a guy less manly?” We’re gonna go with a “HECK NO!” David Carter, defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars and a powerlifter, is a perfect example of the term “plant-strong.”  When asked what drives him to compete, Carter responded, “At first it was just my love for football, but now that I have made the lifestyle change of becoming vegan I feel like I am fighting for a better world. I play the biggest baddest positions in one of the biggest baddest sports in the country. I feel that a successful vegan 300 pound defensive lineman will make people think twice, and begin to create some important discussions.”


Less manly? Guess we’ve completely trumped that statement – now let’s move on to some delicious meatless meals for your next game hosting event! Guys… don’t worry…we’re pretty much experts at how to get those tastebuds cheering with recipes like: vegan potato skins, dip (cuz you can NEVER get enough) and meatless meatball subs for you to chow down on as you cheer on your favorite team during Sunday Funday!

Whether you’re a guy looking to shake up your diet with some healthier options or a significant other trying to show your boyfriend or husband that eating meat-free doesn’t sacrifice flavor, we’ve got some manly meatless meals for you!

Homemade Family Friendly Pizza

meatless pizza


Servings: 8


1 pkg gardein teriyaki chick’n strips

1 pizza dough, prepared

1 can pizza sauce

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 oz mozzarella, grated (or vegan cheese)

1 oz asiago, grated (or vegan cheese)

Garnish fresh greens


Cooking Instructions:

1. Cook gardein teriyaki chick’n strips (without sauce), meatless meatballs, or beefless burger (crumbled), according to package. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 450 F or according to pizza dough package directions. Place dough on pizza pan or cookie tray and top with pizza sauce, spices, garlic, mozzarella, asiago, and crumbled beefless burger, meatless meatballs, or teriyaki chick’n strips.

3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven.

4. Place on cutting board, sprinkle with fresh greens, and cut into slices. Serve immediately.


Meatball Sub



Servings: 2 Subs


8 Meatless Meatballs

1/4 cup marinara sauce

2 hoagie rolls, sliced in half lengthwise

1/4 cup grated mozzarella (or vegan cheese)


Cooking Instructions:

1. Preheat the broiler to low.

2. Heat the meatballs and the sauce in the microwave or on the stovetop until warm.

3. Place four meatballs on each hoagie roll, top with half of the marinara and grated soy cheese, and place on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

4. Place under the broiler until the bread is toasted and the soy cheese has started to melt, about 3 minutes.


Potato Skins



Servings: 6


6 potatoes

1 cup of vegetable oil

8 ounces of. shredded cheese (or vegan cheese)

1/8 cup meatless bacon bits

4 tablespoons of thinly sliced scallions Sour Cream (vegan option available in recipe)


Cooking Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and microwave on high until soft, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.

3. Remove from the microwave and cut in half vertically. Scoop out the inside, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell.

4. Heat the oil to 365°F in a deep fryer or a deep saucepan. Fry the potato shells for 5 minutes.

5. Remove and drain on paper towels.

6. Fill the potato shells with the “cheese” and vegan bacon bits. Arrange on the prepared baking pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the “cheese” has melted.

7. Top with the sliced scallions and the vegan sour cream, if desired.


Gardein Layered Taco Dip



Servings: 8


1 pkg gardein ultimate beefless burger

1 tblsp chili powder

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1 tblsp vegetable or olive oil

1 1/2 cups sour cream (vegan option available in recipe)

1green pepper, diced

2tomatoes, diced

2 cups cooked mixed beans

2 tblsp chopped fresh cilantro

1ripe avocado, diced

1 cup grated cheddar cheese (or vegan cheese)

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup sliced black olives


Cooking Instructions:

1. Thaw gardein ultimate beefless burgers and crumble into a bowl. Add the chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano and salt until well combined.
2. With a non-stick frying pan, warm oil over medium heat to sauté the seasoned gardein burger mixture. Sauté until browned and hot, approximately 4-5 minutes. Allow mixture to cool slightly.
3. To assemble, spread sautéed gardein burger mixture over bottom of a serving dish.
4. Layer with sour cream, green peppers, tomatoes, beans, cilantro, avocado, cheese, scallions and black olives.

5. Serve alongside tortilla chips.

Chef Tip:
To make this party dip even more decadent, melt cheese under the broiler before garnishing with scallions and black olives. You can also give this dip a spicy twist by adding some pickled jalapeno peppers or a few shakes of your favorite hot sauce.


Vegan Cheddar Bacon Dip



Servings: 2 cups


2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15 ounce can, rinsed and drained)

½ cup nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1 teaspoon white miso

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon turmeric

2/3 cup coconut bacon


Cooking Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the coconut bacon, in a food processor and process until smooth.

2. Add the coconut bacon and pulse 2 to 3 times or until incorporated but still chunky.

3. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with golden round (Ritz-style) crackers or crudite. Enjoy!