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It's time for a vegan Super Bowl

Flickr: Wally Gobetz

That probably sounds heretical to a lot of people. No chicken wings? No chili cheese fries? 

And to others, it probably sounds impossible. I mean--do grocery stores even sell vegan things on the Super Bowl?

That's a legitimate question. 

Not only is going vegan very possible, it's also a very delicious. And healthy. And great for the planet. If you want to know how veganism can save the world, check out this piece.

For now, football. The Super Bowl is a big event and a lot of people have very strict rituals that they follow. But since it's such a special day, it makes sense to do something out of the ordinary--so go vegan for the day.  

Here are 5 ways you can switch out standard Super Bowl fare with vegan food: 

Instead of chicken wings, buffalo cauliflower

What you'll need: 1/4 cup hot sauce ( such as Frank's), 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, Kosher salt, 8 cups cauliflower florets (from about 1 medium head). Toss all the ingredients together, roast until they start to brown, about 20-25 minutes at 400. 

Get the spicy and savory flavor of regular chicken wings with significantly less mess. They're actually really good and easy to make. 

Instead of hamburgers, vegan burgers

Here's a great recipe. It's sensational. This patty is made with sweet potato, black beans and quinoa, and, to be honest, it's way better than the vast majority of regular burgers out there. Add some guacomole, chipotle aioli and other toppings and it's good to go. 

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Instead of nachos, vegan nachos

Head over to the Food Lab and, as chef J. Kenji Lopez says, "Make vegan nachos so damn good that everybody will want to get in on the action, vegan or not."

20140212-vegan-nachos-recipe-primary.jpgImage: J. Kenji Lopez

Instead of beef chili, sweet potato chili

Here's a great recipe. Beef chili is pretty heavy. It just sits in your gut and makes you want to conk out on the couch. Sweet potato chili has a nice bright flavor and will keep you energized throughout the night. 

Instead of pizza, vegetable platter

Another gut-buster, pizza will just make you want to fall asleep. Red peppers, carrots, olives, etc., on the other hand? You'll be feeling fresh all night. 

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There you have it--blueprints for a vegan Super Bowl. When you think about it, Jaguars eat meat and Broncos are basically vegan. So, if you're on the fence, you also now have a team to root for.