So we’re a month in on this whole ‘clean eating-detox life’ and most days, I’m totally into it. I’m getting more sleep, my skin is better, I’m and slowly shedding some weight – all great things. But every now and again – like last Friday, for example, when my office ordered 5 pizza’s – I want to scream, shove my face in a bowl of carb filled cheesy goodness and just put an end to it all….
Instead, I’m trying to hold together my dignity and prepare for such moments with little bits of reprieve. I am using this weekend’s Super Bowl as a way to create one of those said bits. Over the last week I’ve tested out a few recipes that mimic our classic snack faves and wanted to share my top pick with you.
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wangs stood out as a favourite among the recipes tested. They’re packed with flavour and don’t leave you with that wanting – but it’s Vegan – feeling that you get from many food alternatives like, say Vegan cheese…. This recipe is rather simple and takes around 40-45 minutes to prepare. I used rice flour instead of wheat flour to keep it gluten free.
For the batter:
1 head of cauliflower
1/2 cup of almond milk (or your fave dairy milk substitute)
1/2 cup of water – more if it’s a bit thick
3/4 cup of white rice flour
2 tsp of garlic powder
2 tsp of onion powder
1 tsp of cumin
1 tbsp of paprika
1/4 tsp of sea salt and ground pepper
For the ‘Wang Sauce’
1 tbsp of Earth Balance butter spread (or your fave butter alternative)
1 cup of Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
Set oven to 450
Cut cauliflower into smallish florets and wash
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Dunk florets into batter once at a time making sure to cover each piece completely (knocking off excess on the bowl)
Place battered cauliflower on the parchment paper as you go
Bake the cauliflower for around 25 minutes or until they’re starting to appear crispy and golden brown
While the cauliflower is baking you can get all ambitious and make a Vegan ranch dip which goes quite nicely with these bad boys. This recipe is good
Once that is done, melt the butter in a small pan along with your Franks
Remove the cooked cauliflower from the oven and place it in a medium bowl.
Toss the cauliflower with your Franks mixture and coat completely
Once coated, put those cauliflower bits back onto your baking sheet and bake them some more – around 10-15 minutes or until they looking nice and crispy
Once all crisped up, plate and enjoy!