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5 Ways to Win with Vegetarians on Game Day

Game day fare is traditionally meat-centric. But there's no reason your vegetarian and vegan friends should suffer from grumbling stomachs during the big game. Just about every indulgent, craveable dish — from dips to sliders to chili — can be replicated in meat-free form. Get ready to wow the veggie-lovers in your life with these game day winners!

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Dips

No sports-viewing spread is complete without at least a couple of dips. Fortunately, just about all of your favorite dips are already vegetarian-friendly. Get the tortilla chips ready for this top-rated guacamole recipe. Kick up your dip game with a bar of guacamole toppers like pepitas, roasted pineapple, diced tomato or pomegranate seeds. Go old-school with this vegan take on French onion dip. Or, give the viewing party a Mediterranean flair with protein-packed hummus and veggie sticks.

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Sliders

Make up a bunch of slider-sized patties of these popular Quinoa Black Bean Burgers. Don't forget mini buns and an array of toppings like cheese, onions, tomato, lettuce, peppers, ketchup and mustard. Even the omnivores will grab a couple of these.

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Nachos

Put out a platter of cheese-topped nachos and watch them disappear. This meatless version (sub veggie broth for the chicken) features lentils and black beans for added protein. It's easy, comforting and the perfect addition to a game day spread. Or, go wild, and swap out the tortilla chips for tater tots for a veggie twist on totchos.

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Buffalo Bites

Craving the spicy kick of Buffalo wings, but without the meat? Get the same flavor profile and crunchy texture with cauliflower. These baked, gluten-free poppers are great with blue cheese dressing and crispy celery.

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Chili

Nothing says game day like a big bowl of stick-to-your ribs chili. Get all the flavor of traditional chili in this beloved, fiber-filled bowl. Serve with corn chips, shredded cheese, sour cream and diced onions. Be sure to make enough for everybody to have seconds.

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About Heather Lalley

Heather Lalley is a Chicago-based food writer and mother of two. She has degrees in journalism and baking & pastry, and is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," a farm-to-table book about Chicago chefs who work closely with local farmers. She's a vegetarian, so she won't steal your hamburger -- but you'd better watch your fries and tater tots. Follow her on Twitter @flourgrrrl.