Crisp, Italian seasoned, baked polenta fries served with spicy marinara sauce are the perfect meat and dairy-free appetizer to serve during the big game!
Football is back in season and that means Monday nights are reserved for watching the big game. This is my husband’s opinion anyway. I can take it or leave it. If the Broncos are playing, you bet I’ll stick around and watch! If it’s any other team I usually find myself hanging around just long enough to have some of the food, then I end up with my iPad out and putzing around on that until I’m tired enough to go to bed. Thrilling, I know.
Football food is something I do look forward to no matter what team is playing. Sure I enjoy the creamy dips and even a few chicken wings every now and then, but to be honest the chicken wings usually frustrate me. Somehow I always end up with the messiest ones that have more fat and skin on them than actual meat and they leave me wondering why I even bother.
The other problem with chicken wings and many other football food favorites is that they don’t exactly fall under the category of meatless if you follow Meatless Monday. Today I’m sharing one of my new favorite game day recipes that not only tastes great, but is meat and dairy-free! Baked Polenta Fries with Spicy Marinara Sauce are where it’s at for your meatless Monday night football snacking needs!
On top of being meatless I also made these polenta fries dairy-free by using Silk Cashewmilk. I absolutely love using cashewmilk as a dairy-free and plant-based substitute because it’s so creamy. I was a little nervous about not using parmesan cheese in the polenta, but it turns out that the creamy Silk Cashewmilk, and Italian seasonings eliminated the need for it. Instead of being fried like french fries, I baked my polenta fries. They turned out super crispy without all the extra calories you get while frying. Obviously this means I’ll be eating more of them. If you’re like me you’re probably craving something to dip these polenta fries in and this spicy marinara sauce was the clear winner! I made a big batch of the sauce so that I could freeze the leftovers for the next the next football night or the next time I needed marinara sauce for a recipe. If you’re in need of more meatless and dairy-free recipes for your Monday night football spread be sure to include Baked Polenta Fries with Spicy Marinara Sauce and also check out many more recipes on the Silk Sideline Meat website.
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