Super Bowl or Party Snacks and Recipes: Mama's Vegan Seven Layer Dip (or Eight)
by Lyn Lomasi; Co-Owner of Intent-sive Nature & the Brand Shamans network
It's party or Super Bowl time and you need snacks and appetizers to feed all those hungry people in your living room. Seven layer dip is a great way to fill up bellies. Many Super Bowl recipes are not vegan. This one is! This is one of those great party snacks that really could be a meal to some. I've tasted many varieties of the seven layer dip. Some have been good, some have been alright, some have been not-so-good, and none ever had anything really special that made me want more. So, I came up with my own Super Bowl or party dip: Mama's Seven Layer Dip (or Eight).
Ingredients for Mama's Seven Layer Dip (or Eight):
The first step in making Mama's Seven Layer Dip (or Eight) for your Super Bowl or other party is to make Mama's Spicy Guacamole. Leave some extra pico de gallo for one of the dip layers. This creates the eighth layer and is optional. You'll also need to heat up some refried beans. Adding in some salsa can create a nice flavor. Now that you have those two steps done, you're ready to make Mama's Seven Layer Dip (or Eight). From this point, it's actually pretty easy.
You will now need to get out a 9 x 12 glass cake pan. The bottom layer in Mama's Seven Layer Dip is the refried beans. Spread those across the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle some shredded vegan cheese and black olives atop the refried beans and put it in the oven for a couple minutes, until the cheese melts.
Next comes the guacamole and then the vegan sour cream. After that, comes the salsa. If you want homemade salsa, follow the pico de gallo recipe, except at the end, place all the ingredients into a blender. Now take the pico de gallo, mix some shredded lettuce (or your favorite leafy greens) in and sprinkle that atop the other layers. You can also sprinkle some extra shredded vegan cheese and add some extra vegan sour cream to the top for effect. That makes the layer numbers change though, so if you're a perfectionist, go with the first option!
That's it! Now serve with your favorite tortilla chips and eat!
* This recipe serves 8, but can be doubled, tripled, etc.
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Kid and Adult Tested and Approved
by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
This isn't your ordinary meatloaf recipe. I have tried many meatloaf recipes and some were good, but none were what I was looking for. A good meatloaf recipe seemed hard to come by (as did finding one without milk as an ingredient), so I had to make my own. It is a combination of my mom's meatloaf recipe and my own added adaptations. Some meatloaf recipes I tried would turn out dry or be lacking in flavor. Not this one. In fact, this meatloaf is pretty tender and also has a bold, somewhat spicy kick to it. To get the full effect of this spicy meatloaf recipe, be sure to follow the instructions exactly.
Being that we have a large household to satisfy, not every meal is enjoyed by every single family member. There is generally a complaint from someone about some ingredient contained in the recipe (or one that is missing). However, this meatloaf recipe has been requested by every family member at least a few dozen times. So, in our house, this meatloaf is a sure bet for avoiding complaints.
- 3 pounds fresh ground beef (humane and organic)
- 2 eggs (humane and organic)
- 1 diced organic roma tomato
- 2 diced organic green onions
- 2 tbsp organic chicken broth
- The following spice blend to taste: garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, chili powder, paprika
- 2 diced organic carrots (for tenderness and flavor)
- 1 diced organic potato
- 2 slices of toasted bread (crushed)
- Your favorite non-GMO BBQ sauce (optional)
- Non-GMO Ketchup (optional)
In addition to the ingredients, you will need a glass rectangle 9 x 12 cake pan and a large mixing bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
The first step in making your meatloaf is to place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Throw in all the ingredients, except for the BBQ sauce and ketchup. Mix it up by kneading the ingredients in with your hands. For the sake of those who will be eating this, be respectful and wash your hands before preparing this dish. Once all the ingredients have been well-blended, take your raw meatloaf concoction and place it inside the cake pan.
Smooth out the raw meatloaf mixture so that it neatly takes up the whole pan. If your oven tends to cook quickly, cover the meatloaf with foil. Stick it in the oven for about an hour or until it is browned and there is no pink in the middle. Then, if desired, spread ketchup over one half of the meatloaf and BBQ sauce over the other. The reason for both is simply because everyone has a different preference here, so everyone is covered. You can also opt not to use either. If you use one or both of those, put the meatloaf back in for about 5 minutes and then take it out and serve. Be careful not to eat too much.
Side Menu Suggestions:
I suggest picking two of the items below as side dishes. In our house, these would be homemade as well.
- Mama's Easy Country Soul Food Cabbage
- Southern Potato Salad
- Mashed Potatoes
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Green Beans & Potatoes
- Southern-Style Greens
*Note: In case frequent readers notice inconsistency, it is true that some household members no longer eat meat at all. But this is still used for those who do.
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