It’s the 21st of May which means it’s time for this months Recipe ReDux post. With Memorial weekend coming up next week this months theme is perfect for those of us who approach these summer months in a more casual and laid back manner.

May 2016 – Theme

Small Plates For Sunny Days

 Small bites are perfect for trying many different tastes. Take tapas style eating outside for al fresco dining or a simple picnic. Or maybe you’re serving small bites at a bridal or baby shower or a graduation party. Show us your healthy take on small plates and finger foods.

Tapas-style meals are my favorite since it gives me the opportunity to try several different foods at once. One of my favorite restaurants here in Charlotte offers a tapas-style menu featuring seasonal and local produce and we love to go so we can order an assortment of dishes from the menu to share.  Whatever the mood you’re in, tapas dinners are perfect for a date night, casual dinner with friends, or even a girls night out.IMG_2712

 I made these finger-licking good buffalo cauliflower bites for this months redux challenge. Unlike traditional buffalo chicken wings this vegetarian (and vegan) approved version is fewer in fats and calories. Not only is it a great way to fill up on veggies but cauliflower is full of Vitamin C and fiber making for a healthy and nutritious small bite appetizer to share. These buffalo bites are covered in a spicy sauce and baked until golden and crunchy on the outside. They’re highly addicting with just a touch of spice balanced perfectly when dipped into the creamy “blue cheese” dressing.IMG_2728

I loved the way this “blue cheese” dressing turned out and even the hubs was finding ways he could use up the leftovers. It taste very similar to traditional blue cheese dressing but much better for you. It’s dairy and soy free making it the perfect alternative for a paleo and vegan diet and for those who, like me, need to eliminate these items for various reasons.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites With Vegan "Blue Cheese" Dressing
 
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Ingredients
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:
  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower florets
  • ⅓ cup Whole-Wheat Flour
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅔ cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance Butter, melted (or other Butter of your choosing)
  • Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing:
  • ½ cup vegenaise (vegan mayo)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the vegan dressing in a small bowl and set aside. You can prepare this ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until ready to use,( I found that I enjoyed it even more the next day)
  2. For the Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil and set aside.
  4. Combine water, flour and garlic powder in a bowl, mixing until well combined.
  5. Coat the cauliflower florets with the flour mixture and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes tossing halfway through. .
  6. While the cauliflower is baking combine the hot sauce with the melted butter . When the cauliflower finishes baking pour the hot sauce over the florets, fully coating all the pieces. Bake 5 more minutes.
  7. Serve with the Vegan "Blue Cheese" Dressing for dipping