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Two Foods Every Super Bowl Party Needs More Of: Buffalo Sauce + Cauliflower

By Breana Lai, January 22, 2016 - 9:15am

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I love any excuse to throw a party. More specifically, I love any excuse to cook, invite all my friends over and crack open some local beer and cider. Even though I'm not the biggest football fan, the Super Bowl is a great excuse to get everyone together.

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I was planning what I'm going to serve—sweet-hot chili wings, 7-layer dip and beefy chili—and I started thinking. There are two things I can never get enough of at Super Bowl parties: Buffalo sauce and vegetables. My solution? I created this new recipe for addictive Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. They're a healthy meatless alternative to classic Buffalo chicken wings that even my vegetarian and gluten-free friends can eat.

Cauliflower is the ultimate party veggie: it only has 29 calories per cup and is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber. When you roast the florets, they get nutty, brown and a little crispy. Plus, it's a great carrier for the sauce, which I kept healthy by reducing the amount of sodium-laden hot sauce and butter, adding lemon juice for tang and sriracha for heat. You can eat these cauliflower morsels to get your Buffalo fill and your veggies at the same time.

Get the full recipe: Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe

To make this easy appetizer, cut up a head of cauliflower into florets—keeping them big enough for people to grab with their fingers, about 1 1/2 inches wide. Toss them with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, then roast them at high heat until they get a bit browned and crispy.

While the cauliflower is roasting, you'll mix your sauce in the same large bowl for less mess. You probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen—sriracha, hot sauce, butter and lemon juice.

Take the hot roasted cauliflower out of the oven and toss it in the sriracha-Buffalo sauce. Another quick flash in the oven gets everything hot and saucy, and bam! You've created a vegetable "wing" that even the meat eaters will keep coming back to.

Serve these little beauties with carrots, celery sticks and creamy Buttermilk Ranch and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing. (Make sure to have cocktail napkins or toothpicks since these saucy babies might leave fingers in need of a wipe—or lick.)

Are you pumped? Get out your hot sauce, napkins and team jerseys. It's time to eat, drink and watch commercials—ahem, I mean football!

Get recipe for Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Breana Lai
Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., is an associate food editor at EatingWell where she splits her time among EatingWell magazine, eatingwell.com and cooking new healthy recipes in the Test Kitchen. Breana has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, a Wine Spirit & Education Trust trained sommelier and is a registered dietitian.

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