Football seasons over, emotions are running high. Players that began the year with high hopes now find themselves preparing for the offseason. For us fans, it’s been a long season as well — from weekend tailgates to game day parties, food hangover after food hangover.
Of course, there are the football staples: wings, kebobs, burgers, hotdogs and side dishes like coleslaw, baked beans and bacon-wrapped chicken bites. For many, those have yet to lose their luster, but come playoff time, the digestive system can only take so much.
In accordance with the cliché weight-loss New Year’s resolution, what if we simply partied/tailgated smarter, instead of less? That begins with searching for healthier alternatives to tailgating classics — baked over fried, nutritious over greasy.
Of the popular game day dishes, there may be none more prevalent than the buffalo wing. For the last 50-some years, this revolutionary and addicting bar food, which originated in Buffalo, N.Y., has changed the game entirely.
Believe it or not, in terms of texture and taste, it’s cauliflower that may be the closest match to the buffalo wing. It’s a versatile vegetable that absorbs flavor easily and bakes well. We recommend substituting your wing spread with this healthier game day recipe.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Yield: 15 bites