With the Super Bowl right around the corner, my brain can’t help but look forward to the big day with excitement and enthusiasm; and not because I’m a Falcons or Patriots fan. Nope, I’m looking forward to the snacks.
And I’m not talkin’ your run of the mill snacks, either.
I don’t want to eat a gallon of melted Velveeta with way too salty chips. I don’t want soggy nachos. I don’t want greasy, limp pizza. I don’t want overly frosted brownies.
Then what the heck do you want, you crazy pregnant lady? You sure are sounding like a food snob.
And, well, I guess I am. Don’t get me wrong, gang. I love all of those game day foods. I just DON’T love how unhealthy and unnecessarily processed they can often be.
If I’m having some pizza, I want it on my sweet potato crust. If we’re talking dessert bars, I’d be happy with my Magic Bars. If I’m having chili, I want my sweet potato chili.
That’s why today I’m showing y’all how to embrace and healthify one of those game day indulgences: the buffalo chicken wing.
We’re keeping a little of the butter and hot sauce, but we’re swapping the greasy chicken legs for CAULIFLOWER.
Blasphemy, you say?
Don’t knock it until you try it, y’all.
Cause it’s one of those dishes that will be winner for your taste buds. I promise!
For years now, I’ve developed an appreciation for all things buffalo. That tangy, spicy sauce can be worked into just about any dish to improve upon it. From buffalo burgers to buffalo chicken pizza to my own paleo recipes like buffalo chicken dip and buffalo chicken chili, I’m buddies with the buffalo. You can put that stuff on just about anything.
And today, we’re really putting the emphasis on ANY thing.
Yup, I’m putting a buffalo spin on broccoli’s lesser liked cousin, cauliflower.
I know, I know, this should be chicken wings, not cauliflower.
The irony of my buffalo consumption is I love it on just about anything BUT chicken wings. In fact, I really don’t care for chicken wings at all. I don’t like chicken skin, and I don’t really like getting messy sauce all over my face (similarly, I’m not crazy about BBQ ribs).
So what’s so special about this recipe? Why should you make it over traditional chicken wings? Well, despite its bland appearance and taste, cauliflower is a nutrition champ. Here are the highlights:
This recipe has all the hype of chicken wings sans the unneeded grease from frying and fat from the skin PLUS all of those benefits I just mentioned. Because these are coated in a cornmeal/coconut flour mixture, they still are crispy. By roasting them at a high temp, that mixture oven-fries the florets into crunchy snacks. To prevent them from getting soggy, I added the buffalo butter sauce during the last 5 minutes of roasting.
Why not elevate your Super Bowl spread this year with my Paleo Buffalo Cauliflower Bites? Paired with my Paleo ranch or your own blue cheese dip, these will be a winner no matter the game’s outcome (though come on? Who really wants the Patriots to win yet another Super Bowl? Go Falcons!).
Healthy Happy Texan
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