This was based on a recipe that we found while searching through random websites, and we have completely changed it around, like anything else we have found. We have done some experimenting with the taste and texture, and I believe that we have really gotten somewhere.
Personally, I would consider this to be a more “extreme” vegan food, I would say it tastes delicious and just like chicken. Keep in mind however, I haven’t had actual chicken in quite some time.
But for someone that is genuinely interested in trying a vegan lifestyle, this is one of those things that you don’t want to go without, and before going vegan I HATED chicken wings with the bone-in, so these are perfect for my personal preference as well.
1 head of cauliflower
2-3 cups Flour (We use coconut typically because of gluten allergies)
*Keep in mind if you use gluten free flour you will need a binder like xantham gum*
Vegan BBQ sauce, or any other sauce you prefer
Preheat oven to 400
This recipe does not require that much for the actual cauliflower, you basically just need a breading, sauce, and some sides.
- Cut the leafy green from the cauliflower, we typically feed Luna this because she would eat a rock if I held it out to her. Then break apart the cauliflower into pieces about the size of a chicken wing.
- Then prepare two bowls, one of which will be dry and the other wet. In the dry bowl, pour flour, nutritional yeast, and spices. In the other, pour your sauces.
- Dip the cauliflower into the sauce mixture and be sure to fill every crevice with sauce so that the flour has more surface to stick to.
- Then dip the dripping cauliflower into the flour mixture.
- Once you have it completely breaded, place it on the pan. This is by far the lengthiest and messiest part of the process, but I get this done first so that I can make my sides while they bake.
- With the oven already at 400 you will need to cook them for about 25 minutes. After 25, take them out and rub more barbeque sauce on them, then put them back in for another 10-15 minutes.
That’s all there is to it!
It’s a meal that tastes great, but you are literally just eating vegetables, so you don’t have to feel fat. You may just feel a bit gassy afterwards…
I have yet to burn this or cook it for much longer periods of time, but something that I do have in mind to try when I have more time is to put it on a lower heat and allow it to cook longer. This may or may not assist with the texture, but so far, I have not been patient enough to wait much more than 45 minutes for them to cook. I’m generally far to hungry for rational thought after smelling what I’ve been cooking.
Our kids immediately fell in love with this, they ask for it all the time, and with a head of cauliflower being on 99 cents -$2 we’re fine with that.
Besides, if you believe that all tastes are acquired, then you can use things like this to get children to eat more vegetables daily. Eventually they will become more accustomed to the flavors and cravings that they may have had for junk food will transition to better food choices