Buffalo Wings

Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by
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Football-watching food: Wings. Duh.

However, traditional buffalo wings contain… (I know. You’re thinking “buffalo.” But that is incorrect.) …chicken. And chickens are happier running around eating bugs and seeds than they are being pan-fried. But you may be on this veggie diet to shed a few pounds and stay healthy, so you are more concerned about avoiding the greasy skin & fat-covered morsels that are chicken wings. So let’s find a win-win and cook up something that’s veggie-based and fits the meatless mantra we’re all here to share.
Good news! I have found a pre-made solution for excellent wings that requires almost no effort.

Step one: Buy Gardein buffalo wings in the frozen section of your local natural foods store. (Safeway and King Soopers are starting to carry items like this as well now)

Step one: Buy Gardein buffalo wings in the frozen section of your local natural foods store. (Safeway and King Soopers are starting to carry items like this as well now, but they cost more than at Vitamin Cottage.)


Step two: Fry them on a very thin spray of cooking oil in a hot, pre-heated pan.  They cook pretty quickly.  Turn once to brown well.

Step two: Fry them on a very thin spray of cooking oil in a hot, pre-heated pan. They cook pretty quickly. Turn once to brown well.


Step 3: When they are heated through (remember, they are not raw meat and so cooking is just for browning and heating) turn off the heat and throw in some Frank's brand wing sauce.  Or use the sauce that comes with the wings if you like the flavor.

Step 3: When they are heated through (remember, they are not raw meat and so cooking is just for browning and heating) turn off the heat and throw in some Frank’s brand wing sauce. Or use the sauce that comes with the wings if you like the flavor.


Step 4: Throw in a bowl and serve!

Step 4: Throw in a bowl and serve!

Yay! Wings!
Now get some vegan ranch dressing from the natural foods store to dip them in and you’re all set. Easy-peasy.

Variation: Gardein, the same maker of the wings shown above, also makes fabulous breaded “chicken nuggets.”
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This year, to mimic the fried coating on restaurant wings, I am going to bake up a batch of these and coat them, once crispy, with the wing sauce. I may also use the Buffalo Wings-style nuggets, dredge them in flour, salt and pepper, and then deep fry them to see if it is even more authentic. But that’s more for the benefit of science; we prefer low-fat cooking and deep frying really doesn’t fit that description.
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I have shared three ways to make meatless buffalo wings this Sunday… Cook up whichever fits your craving and enjoy the game!


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