I don’t think there is anything on this earth that makes me more excited than football season. Sundays take on a whole new meaning when football is on, for me it’s like Christmas once a week. A full day dedicated to eating and drinking to my heart’s content all while watching a bunch of men in tight pants beat the crap out of each other over a tiny ball?!? Um, yes please. It’s not only the game I enjoy watching, it’s the social activity that surrounds it. A group of friends who enjoy watching football as much as you do is a pretty special thing. Whether it be in a sports bar or in your living room, the energy during a football game is infectious. It’s in those hours we all can forget the week behind us, not worry about the week ahead and just let loose…sometimes a little too loose if you ask me. Rivalries with complete strangers form that in any other circumstance would seem concerning. I am not sure in what other forum a grown stranger man can come up to me (a young lady with nice hair, a girlish smile, wearing a New York Jets teeshirt) and yell in my face “JETS SUCK! YOU SUCK! BOOOO!” and no one around bats an eye or is in the slightest bit concerned. It’s an abrasive novelty that is uniquely charming.
Just as important as the made up rivalries and ice cold beer on game day, delicious food is a must. In particular buffalo wings! Buffalo wings and football go together like turkey and Thanksgiving. The problem with wings is that they are not the healthiest of foods, so in order to feel good about chowing down on game day, try serving up these crispy cauliflower buffalo wings instead of traditional wings. I promise they will still satisfy all of your game day needs. Not to mention vegans and vegetarians will no longer be subjected to just eating chips and guac, or only have the option of the left over carrot sticks from someones wing platter and dipping them into a crusty bowl of dried out hummus or salsa. I say to you faithful veg heads NO MORE! Rejoice in the tasty delights of your very game day treat. For those meat eaters out there, I dare you to try these. I promise you, your mind will be blown and you will question a lot about yourself and the decisions you have made so far in your life. They are that freaking delicious. A vegan, gluten free low carb game day snack that even meat eating, carb chompin’, gluten gorging football fans can enjoy? Um yes please!
The ranch dipping sauce is a vegan recipe inspired by my favorite red headed cowgirl Ree Drummond. You want a good recipe for ranch? You learn that from a southern lady…write that down…that’s good life wisdom for the future. Ree’s recipe is packed with tons of flavor, and my home girl gets this sauce right. You can choose to use regular mayo and sour cream for a traditional ranch, you won’t offend me. I promise.
So go ahead and invite some friends over, and try something new, live a little, and go JETS!
PS Mark Sanchez if you do get to play please don’t throw the ball to the other team.
Gluten Free Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Homemade Vegan Ranch
- 2 medium heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 1 cup water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic power
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
1 cup your favorite buffalo wing sauce (store bought or homemade. I used Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, which is vegan)
Vegan Ranch Dipping Sauce.
- 1 cup vegenaise
- ½ cup vegan sour cream
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced fine
- 1 tablespoon fine chopped dill
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped fine
- ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped fine
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon gluten free worcesterchire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne peppera
- **You can add a non dairy milk to thin out the sauce, but I left it as is to keep it nice and thick!**
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- To make ranch sauce combine all ingredients, whisk until smooth and set aside.
- Combine rice flour, water, salt, garlic powder, paprika and whisk until combined.
- Dip cauliflower in batter and place on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Spray the tops with a bit of oil. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops start to get color on them.
- Pull cauliflower out of the oven and lightly dip them into buffalo sauce to coat. Put them back into oven for another 5-10 minutes to crisp back up.
- Remove from oven and serve hot along side your homemade ranch dip.