Feb 062016
 

Super bowl, meet super food. I know I know, the first thing that comes to mind on game day is not usually cruciferous veggies, but give it a chance. These buffalo cauliflower bites (which are gluten free and vegan I might add) may be my new favorite sports snack.
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Not only do these rival the the best wings out there, they are also super easy to make, with only about 5 ingredients and a half hour in the kitchen.
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You can use any color cauliflower, but when I saw an orange one at Trader Joe’s this week I knew it was fate. Check out this beaut.
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Nutritional highlights: We all know super bowl is typically a pretty epically bad day for our diets, and Americans consume even more calories than on Thanksgiving! Wings, which are on most super bowl spreads, are deep fried, covered in a buttery hot sauce, and you end up eating 1% meat and 99% greasy skin. This substitute is incredibly healthy, and showcases one of my all time favorite veggies. Cauliflower is packed with vitamins (C, K, folate, B5, and B6), fiber, and is is super low cal. This recipe has a very thin batter made of just water and chickpea flour, and then a light coating of hot sauce mixed with a *tiny* bit of butter or oil (because you have to live a little).
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The blue cheese dip I used was store bought, but you could easily make a greek yogurt based blue cheese dip to save even more calories. Serving along with the traditional carrot and celery garnish gets you even more veggie points. Everyone wins. Well, except the team that doesn’t. But who’s really watching the game anyway?
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
makes about 40 “bites”
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What’s in it:
1 medium head cauliflower, broken or chopped into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour (or any flour you have)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon honey (optional, if you like a slightly sweet wing)
1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil if you want it to be vegan)
2/3 cup hot sauce

How to make them:
1. Preheat oven to 450.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, water, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and salt. Whisk together until the mixture is smooth.
3. Toss cauliflower pieces in the batter until each piece has a light, even coating. Spread the battered cauliflower on a baking sheet that has been coated with cooking spray or oil. Roast for 10 minutes.
4. While they cauliflower is cooking, combine the hot sauce, butter, and optional honey and microwave for 30 seconds.
5. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and dip each piece in the hot sauce mixture, and place back onto the baking sheet, flipping each piece in the process. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until cauliflower is browned and crispy.
6. Serve with blue cheese or yogurt dip, carrots, and celery.
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Enjoy!
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