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HEALTHY VEGAN

STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS

These Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings are the best veggie wings I’ve ever had! Loaded with a maple sesame flavor and spice, they are the perfect game day snack for vegans!

Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings? YES please! Confession time: there would’ve been way more wings in the pictures, but I kind of devoured them seconds after they came out of the oven. Happily so, burning the roof of my mouth and smiling in deep satisfaction. You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve made vegan cauliflower wings, so I knew to expect delicious, flavourful bites of pure sticky goodness. I was SO right. Shall we?

With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, no doubt you’re preparing snacks even if you’re not that into the actual game. Personally, I just go along with the team my husband chooses. It’s pretty ironic since I played basically every sport under the sun from karate to football (soccer) to my all time favourite synchronised swimming. I can watch and get ANY sport within 10 minutes, but for some reason when it comes to American Football I get so wrapped in all the delicious food that it’s been explain to me about four times but all I hear is “crunch crunch”. Oops.

I doubt this year will be any different, especially if I’m nibbling on these babies. Vegan cauliflower wings are what have been “missing” from the vegetarian world for years, but are definitely here to stay. They taste JUST like regular wings. Without sauce, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and with sauce they are EVEN better.
I decided to go with a sweet and spicy sesame sauce for these wings, and they are sticky, soft on the outside, and unbelievably divine. The spice has just the right amount of kick, and the sweet sesame flavour takes it completely over the top. They are great for a meal or as a snack, and the best part? You can show down basically a million of these without any guilt. It’s also completely gluten free, so you can serve these to all your guests despite their dietary specifications. PRETTY sure that qualifies as a touchdown!

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower

Cauliflower Wings

  • 1/2 cup AP gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (½ if you want it very spicy)
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs (seasoned with salt and pepper)

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • chopped scallions & sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or foil.
  3. Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don’t use the stem).
  4. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of wings.

You can find complete recipes of this STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS in jessicainthekitchen.com

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HEALTHY

Chinese Pineapple Chicken

I call this dish Pineapple chicken. It’s similar to lemon chicken, or sweet and sour chicken sans red food coloring. Once you make it you’ll be surprised how easy it is to mimic Chinese take-out food. Except I think it tastes fresher and a bit healthier than take-out. Serve it with a side of steamed white rice and some veggies. Be sure to marinate the chicken beforehand like I mention in the recipe; it makes the chicken tastier and more tender.

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • corn or canola oil for frying

Sauce:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, cut 2 chicken breasts into chunks. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper and egg. Cover and let marinate in fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Add flour and cornstarch to chicken to create a thick batter. Heat oil in large frying pan on medium high heat. Add chicken and fry until chicken is browned, turning if necessary. Remove chicken from oil onto plate lined with paper towels.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine pineapples and pineapple juice. Bring to a boil then add brown sugar and soy sauce, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water into a paste. Pour into sauce and stir until thick enough to coat a spoon. Pour chicken pieces into saucepan and mix until thoroughly coated. Serve with steamed white rice.

You can find complete recipes of this Chinese Pineapple Chicken in soupbelly.com

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ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

Who else is obsessed with chopped salads lately?!
I’ll be the first to admit — I am a total fan of those bagged chopped salads that have become a staple in grocery stores nowadays. My friends got hooked on them a few years ago and turned me onto them. And ever since, I almost always have a bag stashed in my fridge for quick lunches or dinners. They’re so dang quick and fresh and easy, and I love trying out all of the new brands and flavors that pop up in the various stores that I frequent.
But of all the flavors I’ve tried, I always seem to come back to a classic — the Asian chopped salad. It seems like every brand (and most restaurants that serve salads) has a slightly different take on this salad, but the main ingredients are always the same — a cabbage-based slaw, a sesame vinaigrette, sliced almonds, and maybe some fried wonton strips and fresh cilantro and extra sesame seeds if you’re lucky. Definitely a good start…but if you’ve seen me make this salad on Snapchat (where it makes a pretty regular appearance), you might notice that I always soup mine up with some extra avocado and chicken. It’s just not quite the same without it. 😉
That said, most of those bagged salads at the store aren’t organic, which is a priority for me when purchasing leafy greens. So recently, I decided to try making a homemade version with some organic cabbage and carrots and cilantro that I picked up at the market. And of course, I grabbed an avocado and grilled up some marinated chicken to go with it. And for something different, instead of the uber-sweet vinaigrettes that usually come with these salads, I decided to try whipping up a creamy sesame-almond dressing. And the result?!
Deeeeeeelish.

INGREDIENTS:
SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced (see below for optional marinade)
  • 1 head Napa or green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup roughly-chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup toasted sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup thinly-sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 batch creamy sesame-almond dressing (see below)

CREAMY SESAME-ALMOND DRESSING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon sriracha

DIRECTIONS:
TO MAKE THE SALAD:

  1. Toss all ingredients together until evenly combined. Serve immediately.

TO MAKE THE CREAMY SESAME DRESSING:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined, adding in the sriracha if you would like a spicier dressing. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 day. (Also, if you would like a sweeter dressing, feel free to stir in a few teaspoons of honey.)

You can find complete recipes of this ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD in gimmesomeoven.com