July 29th is National Chicken Wings Day, but it’s also known as National Buffalo Wings Day. Chicken wings are one of the most popular dishes in the United States. As proof, in 2013, 27 billion chicken wings were eaten — that’s a lot of wings. We don’t have to sit out on eating delicious, spicy, saucy, and crispy “wings” — we can recreate the tastes with veggies and sauces.
Cauliflower has been the forerunner of the whole foods plant-based “wings,” but it’s not the only way we can bring plant-based wings to our table. We can use plant-based meats, other veggies, avocado … We’ll try not to spoil too much for you. Are you ready for what’s coming? Then sit back and try not to drool too much because you’ll want to devour these “wings” recipes like, immediately.
1. Sticky Chipotle Cauliflower ‘Wings’
These Sticky Chipotle Cauliflower “Wings” are almost too good to be true. They taste super indulgent, but considering the bulk of the snack is cauliflower, they’re actually relatively light. Enjoy the savory-sweet kick of these “wings” with some creamy vegan blue cheese or yogurt dip.
2. Sweet and Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’
These Sweet and Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” are spicy, but it also has a nice, sweet note, so it’s not all about the heat — especially when you pair it with the cool, creamy ranch dip. The cauliflower florets are soft, but crispy on the outside, and so tasty you’ll want to eat an entire tray by yourself. These would be the perfect appetizer at a barbecue, game day, or any day.
3. Crispy Tofu Nuggets
These Crispy Tofu Nuggets are a vegan twist on fried chicken wings and beat the fast food variety any day. If you don’t want to deep fry them, you can also fry them in a skillet until golden brown. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish. It also goes great with your morning tofu scramble!
4. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Bite-sized cauliflower florets are tossed in a hot and tangy buffalo sauce to make these awesome Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Whether you’re enjoying this dish as an appetizer, a main dish, or a party one, it’s guaranteed to ignite taste buds. Serve with vegan Ranch dressing and a tall glass of non-dairy milk because these are HOT!
5. #5under5: Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower ‘Wings’
These Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower “Wings” are seriously amazing. Crunchy baked cauliflower “wings” coated in a sticky, spicy peanut sauce? Oh yeah! That’s the kind of thing we want to eat all day, every day. Our secret ingredient is a few heaping tablespoons of orange marmalade, which gives the sauce a slightly sweet, slightly tangy hint of citrus. It’s definitely a dish you’ll want to share with everyone you know!
6. Sweet and Sriracha Cauliflower Bites
Cauliflower is one of those now famous ingredients that can be transformed into so many amazing healthy dishes like cauliflower alfredo, cauliflower steak, cauliflower Buffalo “wings,” or these Sweet and Sriracha Cauliflower Bites. The combination of Sriracha and sweet chili sauce is the recipe for an awesome dish that’s great to serve at parties or a snack. Enjoy!
7. Buffalo Avocado ‘Wings’
These Buffalo Avocado “Wings” are pretty much like a dream come true. Avocado? Check? Kinda-crispy exterior? Check. Covered in sauce? Check! Now picture yourself biting into one of these bad boys and getting hit with a wave of fiery heat, followed by cool, creamy avocado.
8. Chipotle Cauliflower Buffalo Bites and Raw Cashew Ranch Dip
Cheesy burger spreads, pizza crust, oven-roasted steaks, and now Chipotle Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, it’s safe to say that with cauliflower, you can do it all. Cauliflower is a favorite ingredient to use because it is so versatile and has a power punch of nutrition. These cauliflower buffalo bites are a spicy and delicious snack perfect for any occasion.
9. Broccoli ‘Wings’
Similar to cauliflower “wings,” but a little more flavorful, these crispy Broccoli “Wings” will be the star appetizer of any party. Broccoli florets are coated in a gluten-free batter and then baked to crispy perfection. Leave them plain, or toss them in any kind of sauce you like.
10. Sticky Baked BBQ Tempeh Strips
Nothing says summer like sticky, smoky, barbecue-sauce-slathered eats. Just because you’re following a plant-based diet, doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy a “meaty,” saucy meal! This oil-free Sticky Baked BBQ Tempeh Strips would make a delicious addition to your backyard get-together this summer or anytime you’re looking for an easy vegan dish that everyone will love. Just make sure to cook a couple of batches!
Looking for more spicy dishes? Check out last year’s National Buffalo Wings roundup, Celebrate National Buffalo Wing Day – No Wings Required! Eat These 14 Amazing Dishes Instead!
Lead image source: Sweet and Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’