Set out a spread of veggie snacks for the big game. Your guests will huddle around our Baked Buffalo Cauliflower and Kefir Ranch Dip — a snack rich in prebiotics and probiotics. So you’re still serving those classic finger-food flavors, but with a gut-healthy spin. You’ll be sure to win MVH — Most Valuable Host.
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- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
- 5 tbsp hot sauce
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (more for thickening)
- 1 tsp chipotle powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashew, soaked overnight
- 3/4 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 cup fresh dill
- 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- Dressing: blend everything together and spoon into a sealable jar. Place in the fridge as you prep and cook everything else.
- Buffalo Cauliflower: break down the rinsed cauliflower into med-small chunks. Place into a large skillet with hot oil. Add in the rest of the buffalo seasoning and begin to cook on medium heat till the cauliflower softens and soaks up the sauce. Add more hot sauce for coloring and yeast as a thickener. Once cooked, set aside to cool slightly.
- Once everything is ready place on a large plate for you and your guests to enjoy.
- You can use this recipe as a salad topper or even as a filling for tacos and sandwiches.