When I stopped eating meat years ago I missed the junk food meats… hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken wings. The hamburger and hot dog cravings were easily taken care of by veggie counterparts but I never quite replaced chicken wings until NOW!
I don’t really love doing replacement meals because I think it sets an unrealistic expectation of taste and texture. And I’m a total texture eater. Vegan lasagna is nothing like classic lasagna. You get the idea. BUT of all the meals I’ve had and created over the years this one is so satisfying it doesn’t matter what you call it.
The dressing came first. I grew up on Ranch Dressing and dips. It was the only way I’d eat veggies as a kid. It was more like having a little lettuce with my dressing or a little carrot with my dip. It’s one of the few foods from childhood that I still really love. When I finally perfected this recipe we ate it over and over for a week on salads and as a dip. I suspect it will be a forever favorite in our home. Everyone I’ve shared it with raves and I hope that you will enjoy it too!
Vegan Ranch Dressing
1 cup raw cashews, soaked
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 medjool dates, pitted and soaked (or 2 tbsp maple syrup)
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried dill (a friend didn’t have dill and used rosemary and said it was really good)
1 tsp salt
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until well combined. It will look thick and creamy. Pour into mason jar and refrigerate. Shake well prior to serving. It will stay good in the fridge for a week (if you don’t eat it all first).
This one is credit to a friend sharing the recipe on Facebook (thank you Erin O’Leary)! It’s super quick and easy to make and totally hits the spot. Cliff typically runs the opposite direction from cauliflower but LOVED this recipe!
Cauliflower “Hot Wings”
You can also make with Brussels sprouts!
1 head cauliflower
½ cup brown rice rice flour
½ cup water
¼ cup Hot Wings Sauce (Whatever brand you prefer. Crystals is my fave. Just be sure there are no strange ingredients in your sauce. Look for something with cayenne pepper, vinegar and salt).
¼ cup olive oil
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Mix together ½ c brown rice flour, ½ c water, dash of wings sauce and pinch of salt in a small bowl.
- Dip the cauliflower in the batter until coated evenly then place on greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the batter hardens.
- Remove cauliflower from oven after 15 minutes, brush them with the hot sauce mixture and bake again for 2-3 minutes.