Whether or not you watch the Super Bowl, it’s the end of January and, here in New England, we still have two cold ,long months of winter. In Boston, post-holiday winter means sports, bars (and sports bars), skiing and comfort food. Juno is bearing down on us as I type this and, even though I don’t care so much about the outcome of Sunday’s game (go Seahawks), I always enjoy trying healthy game-day alternatives.
These sticky sesame cauliflower wings are a flavorful, addictive alternative to traditional chicken wings liked by both vegans and meat eaters. For other healthy Super Bowl food inspiration, I’ve created a “Game Day Makeovers” Pinterest board, so follow us there.
Links + Photo Credits (Top to bottom, left to right):
- Baked Chilaquiles with Black Beans | The Bonjon Gourmet
- Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips | My Darling Lemon Thyme
- Paprika Parsnip Fries | A House In The Hills
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip | Our Four Forks
- Smoky Chickpea Croutons | My New Roots
- Roasted Fennel and White Bean Dip | Sprouted Kitchen
- Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado | Cookie and Kate
- Vegan Gluten Free Fried Pickles | Our Four Forks
- Vegan Nacho Cheese | Our Four Forks
- Vegan Jalapeno Poppers | Minimalist Baker
- Za’atar Spiced Chickpea Crackers | Dolly and Oatmeal
- Nachos with Cashew “Cheese” | Love and Lemons
WHY IT’S HEALTHY// Sticky sesame cauliflower wings are vegan and gluten free. Since they’re baked, they’re relatively low in calories and fat. Cauliflower is relatively low in carbohydrates and high in glucosinolates, compounds containing sulfer, that may help lower the risk of cancer. Cauliflower is also high in Vitamin C, which your body needs to produce collagen (think healthy skin, teeth and bones). Cauliflower also adds vitamin K to your diet, an essential vitamin. The sticky sesame sauce on these cauliflower wings are made with honey, a natural sweetener with many health benefits, which you can read about in our post 5 Health Benefits of Honey. //
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
- ½ cup gluten free all purpose flour
- ½ cup water
- pinch of salt
- pinch of granulated garlic powder
- oil to grease the pan
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, water, and salt and mix thoroughly.
- Dip cauliflower pieces in the batter until coated evenly, then place on a greased, non-stick baking sheet.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the batter hardens, then flip with a spatula and bake for another 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix together the pressed garlic and salt, mashing into a paste with the back of a spoon.
- Add the remaining sauce ingredients and mix well.
- When the cauliflower is finished, evenly brush each piece with the sesame sauce mixture.
- Bake coated cauliflower for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until cauliflower is crispy and sauce looks absorbed.
- Remove from oven and let stand to cool a bit before serving. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions.