Being a vegetarian/vegan doesn’t mean that one doesn’t like “dirty” food. Any by “dirty” food, I don’t mean food that has fallen on the floor. I mean Super Bowl Sunday, ballpark, county fair food. Smoky, fried or crunchy…strong flavors that just say “dirty.” Yum. (Maybe I am more American on the inside than I give myself credit for.)
Regardless, I love this food. I love corn-dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. I love fried dough smothered in powdered sugar and cinnamon buns. I can go on and on. Instead, I will start adding recipes of my favorite plant-based, vegan, gluten free and ultimately “healthy” dirty food options.
Today I made buffalo wings out of cauliflower with dairy free ranch. “Awesome” doesn’t even begin to describe this meal. Don’t think, just do.
Here’s the recipe for the “wings” and the sauce. Enjoy!
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
For the wings:
- 1 large head of cauliflower. Washed and broken into “wing”-size pieces
For the batter:
- ¾ cup gluten free flour blend (I make my own but store bought works- try rice flour based)
- ½ cup unsweetened non GMO soy milk (or almond milk)
- ½ cup water
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
- ground pepper to taste
For the bbq sauce:
- ½ cup organic tomato concentrate or tomato paste
- ¼ cup raw organic coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- Water (to add at the end until desired consistency is reached. I used about ½ cup)
- Wash and slice the cauliflower into wing size florets
- Create the batter by whisking together all the ingredients
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 230C (450F)
- Dip the florets in the batter. Make sure that they are covered on all sides but that the batter isn’t too thick.
- Place them on the baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned.
- Make the bbq sauce while the cauliflower is baking. Simply whisk together all of the sauce ingredients, adding water at the end to reach the desired consistency (that of ketchup or store-bought bbq sauce).
- Once the florets are done baking, paint them (I used a cooking brush) with the bbq sauce (or pour the sauce over them with a spoon) so that they are covered but not dripping with the sauce.
- Place them back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
Serve with homemade vegan ranch and celery sticks!
Vegan Ranch Dressing
*There are probably better ranch dressings/dips out there. I whipped this together quickly with what I had in the kitchen. It was pretty good, I have to say…and went perfectly with the wings.
- ½ cup vegan mayonnaise (I make my own but can be easily bought…just watch out for refined sugars!)
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ¼ tsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tbsp. dried dill
- sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- Whisk everything together and pour into a dish
- Serve with wings.