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Meatless Monday Option: Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos Recipe

This recipe leaves the meat and adds a kick!


Skip the meat in these delicious tacos and add a little kick of buffalo sauce

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Plant-Based Recipe


If you are gathering with friends, perhaps you can pick something up or bring your own prepared meal. You can eat something before so you can snack on what is available. Transitioning to a completely vegan or mostly plant-based dietary lifestyle is not the easiest, but slow and steady wins the race.


You can also discover what you like. Maybe salads are your fav, or meals that involve tortillas ( my personal favorite). When you discover what you like and how to make it work best for you and your daily schedule, making this life changing decision will be that much more rewarding and easy. You figure out the different ways you can make and substitute items in meals, and cutting out meat will just be the norm one day, if that is your goal.


Ingredients:


· 1/2 head cauliflower

· 1 tsp. garlic powder

· 1 tsp. chili powder

· 3/4 cup buffalo sauce separated

· pepper to taste

· Taco-sized flour tortillas

· 1 head romaine lettuce

· 1 avocado pitted and diced

· Ranch dressing

· Cilantro/ green onion

Directions


1. Preheat oven/ conventional oven to 425 degrees

2. Combine cauliflower, olive oil (optional), garlic powder, chili powder, pepper and ¼ cup of buffalo sauce.

3. Spread evenly on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes, flip cauliflower halfway

4. Remove cauliflower from the oven and add remaining buffalo sauce

5. Assemble tacos by loading each tortilla with romaine, avocado and cauliflower.

6. Drizzle ranch or any choice of dressing on top, along with cilantro or chopped green onions.



Buffalo cauliflower tacos are a delicious and satisfying vegetarian or vegan alternative to traditional buffalo chicken tacos. Here's a recipe to make them:

Ingredients:

For the Buffalo Cauliflower:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or a gluten-free alternative)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Cooking spray or olive oil for baking

For the Buffalo Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Frank's RedHot or your favorite brand)

  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegan butter substitute

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spiciness)

For Assembling the Tacos:

  • 8 small soft tortillas (flour or corn)

  • Shredded lettuce

  • Sliced tomatoes

  • Sliced red onion

  • Sliced avocado

  • Ranch dressing or vegan ranch (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 450°F (232°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.

  2. Prepare the Buffalo Cauliflower:

    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, water, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper until you have a smooth batter.

    • Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter, making sure it's well-coated, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Leave some space between the florets.


  1. Bake the Cauliflower: Bake the cauliflower in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the florets are tender and have a crispy, golden coating. You may need to flip them halfway through for even crispiness.

  2. Prepare the Buffalo Sauce:

    • In a separate bowl, combine the hot sauce, melted butter (or vegan butter), white vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Stir until well mixed.


  1. Coat the Cauliflower in Buffalo Sauce:

    • Once the cauliflower is done baking, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Pour the buffalo sauce over the cauliflower and toss it until each floret is coated evenly with the sauce.


  1. Assemble the Tacos:

    • Warm the tortillas in the oven or on a stovetop griddle for a minute or two until they are pliable.

    • To assemble each taco, place a portion of buffalo cauliflower on a tortilla, followed by shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, red onion, and avocado.

    • Drizzle with ranch dressing (if desired) and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.


  1. Serve: Serve your delicious buffalo cauliflower tacos immediately. Enjoy!

Feel free to customize your tacos with additional toppings like grated cheese (or vegan cheese), chopped green onions, or pickled jalapeños to suit your taste preferences.


Personalize it

I personally did not add ranch dressing to my tacos. With the buffalo sauce and other ingredients I personally did not think I needed it, but if you are making these for others it would be nice to make the dressing available. There vegan options when it comes to dressings as well, so you do not need to skip out on the saucy goodness if you also choose to stay away from consuming dairy products. If you are following a gluten-free diet as well, you can opt for corn tortillas instead of flour. Cooking these on the stove can make the choice of corn tortillas more enjoyable and tasty. Feel free to adjust this recipe even further and add other favorites to the mix. Try it out and let me know how you liked it! What did you do to switch up the recipe?


Hold the meat please


Wishing you Peace and Prosperity.


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