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January 28, 2009

Super Bowl Fans--Tackle This Recipe

The Humane Society of the United States

by Josh Balk

Super Bowl XLIII is getting a lot of hype. There's no reason to think this year's game can't match the excitement of last year's nail-biting finish when the New York Giants ended the New England Patriots' undefeated streak by becoming Super Bowl champs.

And of course, countless Americans will be going to a Super Bowl party to watch the Bruce Springsteen half-time show and judge which commercials are the funniest.

Whatever your reason for enjoying the Feb. 1 game, you're mostly likely going to do the same exact thing I'll do—sit in front of the TV with a bunch of friends. And like me, you're going to feel the pressure to bring some food that's tasty and easy to cook.

Rest easy.  On a day where snack-style foods are king, it's surprisingly easy to fix animal-friendly fare that'll keep the party going. And if you've been digging into ways to introduce more vegetarian foods into your diet, Super Bowl Sunday's not a bad day to start.

Here's one of my favorite vegetarian game time recipes from my friends over at Turtle Island Foods.

Tofurky Sweet Italian Sausage Sauté

1 carrot, sliced
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/2 cup of onion, diced
3 Tofurky Sweet Italian Sausages, sliced
balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Sauté carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion and Tofurky Sweet Italian Sausage. Mix together all the ingredients, toss with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and serve with pasta or on a bed of lettuce and garnish with tomato and/or avocado.

Will Arizona's 2006 passage of Prop 204 that helped pigs and calves inspire the Cardinals to an upset victory? Or will the Pittsburg Steelers have a little more spring in their step knowing their home state of Pennsylvania recently passed legislation protecting dogs from puppy mills?

We'll find out together. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

Josh Balk is outreach director for The Humane Society of the United States’s factory farming campaign.  

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