I have a confession: lately, I’ve been completely consumed by the takeout monster. Chipotle, Thai food, pressed sandwiches from Publix, Whole Foods hot bar, sushi– you name it, we’ve eaten it at least a few times per week over the past few months. I hate to think that I’ve fallen into the habit of making excuses, but I totally have. I just feel like I’ve had NO time to spend hours in the kitchen. That part IS true, but we all know cooking good, whole foods doesn’t need to take hours. So, in the list of goals I have for 2015, one of them is to make a conscious effort to cook more regularly and stop relying on takeout. Not only is it healthier for the body, but it’s healthier for the budget! Nothing makes you reevaluate your life like spending $15 on a salad from Whole
Paycheck Foods three times per week– OUCH! LOL! 😉 I’m doing my Bad Yogi Cleanse to get myself back in the habit of eating at home, and adding snacks and meals here and there to test their worthiness for adding in the future.
The past two days, I’ve had a hankering for spicy buffalo wings (so random!) but since they’re SO bad for you, I wanted to find an alternative. So I looked for a recipe that would satisfy that craving and I totally found one (thanks, Pinterest)! Don’t get me wrong– I wouldn’t classify this as a legitimate health food, but it’s FAR better than the hormone-laden, chemically packed bar menu’s version 😉 And hey, if you’re also doing the Bad Yogi Cleanse for the New Year, this isn’t a terrible snack idea to add in to the mix!
I tweaked it a little, but it was based on a recipe by The Lean Clean Eating Machine who seems to have some pretty good meal ideas if you’re looking for inspiration! I’m not vegan or gluten-free, so I used the ingredients I had on hand, but it can easily be made to fit either of those lifestyles.
– 2 cups cauliflower, chopped in to bite sized pieces (Whole Foods to the rescue! They had organic cauliflower chopped and prepped in the produce section for the same price as a whole head of the stuff. Same amount, too!)
– 1/2 cup unbleached, all purpose flour (I think any flour except oat or almond would work here)
– 1/2 cup water
– pinch of salt
– pinch of garlic powder
– 1/3 cup hot sauce (I used Whole Foods organic 365 brand because it was inexpensive and I’m no connoisseur)
– 1 tbsp butter, melted
1) Preheat oven to 450* F.
2) Whisk flour, water, salt and garlic in a bowl until fully incorporated. It’ll look like pancake batter!
3) Dredge the cauliflower pieces in to your batter until fully covered and arrange pieces on a baking sheet.
4) Cook approximately 10 minutes, or until the batter looks dry. Mine took 10 on the dot! Then flip the pieces over and cook for another 5 minutes. Again, the times might vary, but this is what worked for me.
5) Remove from the oven and set aside while you make your buffalo sauce, for which you’ll…
6) … whisk your hot sauce and melted butter until combined and then brush the sauce generously over your cauliflower pieces.
7) Put back in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce looks dry.
8) I ate mine after they’d been sitting out for another 10 minutes or so, and they definitely hit the spot.