For A healthy alternative to buffalo wings, slide the bone of a human finger into a block of tofu and bake – Giada De Laurentiis
Meatless Spicy Buffalo Wings
There are few of life’s simple pleasures as enjoyable as buffalo chicken wings. However they are not entirely the healthiest things we can eat. If you enjoy some buffalo wings on game day but need to keep it on the healthier side, try these amazing meatless spic y buffalo wings today. Making the switch from chicken wings and drumsticks to crispy tofu allows us to enjoy the flavor and texture of spicy buffalo wings any day of the week. To get that delicious chicken-like texture I like to use and extra firm tofu such as Mori-Nu Silken Tofu. It holds up well in the cooking process and really gives you something to chew, similar to chicken. Okay, okay, I hear the groan! A lot of people are thinking “please not another tofu recipe”. I wish I could travel from person to person toting a huge platter of these “wings” and dare them to stop after just one bite. LOL, I don’t think they would be able to.
About That Tofu
Tofu is a food prepared from soy milk. It is a great source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. From a nutritional and healthy standpoint, tofu is pretty hard to beat. So, let’s consider two things about tofu. The first is if prepared well it can make a great meat substitute. My case in point would be these very delicious meatless buffalo wings. The second is the fact that tofu is also relatively low in calories, with half a cup clocking in at less than one hundred. It would appear then the only con to consuming soy would be the genetically modified soy beans in widespread use today. To counteract these GMO’s I recommend using organic tofu only. It would be impossible to be both genetically modified and organic at the same time.
It’s All In The Buffalo Sauce
Spicy buffalo wings are something most people enjoy. Add to that a pitcher of a nice cold drink and we are good to go. We can bake wings all day long, but without the right sauce it is just not the same. Most restaurants today have joined the bandwagon and you can now buy a bottle of their branded hot sauce in grocery stores. The problem for me is when I read the ingredient labels on most hot sauce bottles they contain ingredients that I just do not recognize. As an alternative, cleaner method I make my own hot sauce simply by melting organic unsalted butter and combining it with a cayenne pepper.
Please, if anyone tries this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below.