Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

Cauliflower is quickly becoming one of my favorite foods…especially when she’s playing footsie with buffalo sauce.

As a kid I always associated cauliflower with the horrid veggie platter served at parties- you know, the one that everyone picks over out of guilt, because they feel like they “should” have a bite of something for their health (but not for pleasure). I don’t think I’ve ever seen ANYONE get giddy over these things, and honestly wonder why people continue to buy them.

Let’s get one thing clear about vegans while we are on the subject btw- just because we eat vegetables does NOT mean we love raw veggie platters. In fact, for me personally, I despise this SAD excuse of DRIED cut veggies with a side of ranch (that is not dairy-free mind you).

Related: Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Pizza

“I’M SO FULL AND SATISFIED AFTER EATING THAT VEGGIE PLATTER WITH NO RANCH SAUCE!”…said no one ever.

Don't leave your cauli dead on a plastic tray- she deserves better treatment than that!
Don’t leave your cauli dead on a plastic tray- she deserves better treatment than that!

I’m not trying to come off as being obnoxious or rude, but I stress this only because I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been invited to a party and told upfront (very proudly I may add), “And don’t worry Randi, we have a veggie plate for you!”. Immediately following is a suppressed nostril flair and uncontrollable eye twitch from yours truly.  

Because cauliflower should not be treated as the backup singer or albino cousin of broccoli. It can and should be a star, free to be the loud mouth and centerpiece of any party.

If you cook it just right (and the key word here is COOK), cauliflower is delightful. Sure, in this recipe she is lustfully engaged with one of my favorite condiments, HOT SAUCE, but hey, the lady does not need to be clothed in sauce to seduce you.

Yum yum and more yum!
Cauliflower- she’s seductive, saucy, and the life of any party!

Buffalo Cauliflower just so happens to be one of my favorite ways to recreate the beloved hot wing without relying on blocks of tofu!

And I think that’s what is so magical about cauliflower in general- she has her own unique flavor, but it is not so overpowering that you cannot change hats every now and again- she is very forgiving when it comes to cooking.

Related: *PARTY SIZE* Vegan Cauliflower Salad Sandwiches

So, the next time you are craving something spicy and finger-licking-good, try making these delicious hoppin’ baked florets!! Unlike their dried counterparts, these babies are moist and tender and go FANTASTIC with a side of crunchy celery and ranch (which is the way these veggies should be served, as a partnership for the greater good). 

I hope you enjoy some baked Buffalo Cauliflower at your next party and throw that veggie platter in the trash!

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower

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Chocolate Mocha Vegan Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Let me just say that vegan cupcakes ROCK.

They especially rock when you have an excuse to make two dozen of them because it’s your twin daughters’ 12th birthday. I was just that lucky this past week:)

While we were celebrating Harry Potter style, I was also reflecting, as most mamas do on our kid’s birthday. We think about where we were all those years ago…and how far we’ve come. I never would have believed that all these years later I’d be writing a post on dairy-free cupcakes lol, that I’d have another child, that I’d be homeschooling, that our family would be thriving, and that my girls would be so grown so fast.

It’s amazing how much time flies.

Related: Black Magic Cinnamon Cupcakes

Pumpkin pie mocha cupcakes
Birthdays are always bittersweet when you are a parent…

I don’t think we grasp the concept of time as much as we do when we become parents. Experiencing life solo makes time harder to measure- we don’t realize the time is flying by because our physical change is so small. We only realize so much has happened when we look back at a photograph and are blown away by our transformation, unbeknownst to us until that very moment.

Having children puts a very solid marker on the flow of time. You physically see them growing at such a fast rate that you are constantly reminded that time is fleeting. And we have to make each day count while we are here.

Which is why we should never feel guilty about cupcakes…am I right!?

Related: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

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24 pumpkin pie cupcakes = 12 for each child on their 12th birthday!

One of the things I love about my girls’ birthday is that it marks the beginning of fall and the movement towards the holidays. If I’m a sucker for the holidays, then I’m definitely a hopeless romantic for autumn. I get easily wrapped up in the feeling of fall coming: the colorful leaves and the gentle breeze and the first time you zip up your hoodie…ahhhh.

It kinda starts a “give a mouse a cookie” chain reaction in my house.

Related: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars

Changing my calendar from August to September makes me want to drink hot chai tea lattes, which makes me want to go buy Halloween decorations, which makes me want to open all the windows, which makes me want to do fall crafts, which makes me want to eat pumpkin…everything. During all hours of the day until December 1st.

Hence the pumpkin pie frosting on these delicious chocolate mocha cupcakes. The kids were totally on board and I heard no complaints lol. Like me, they are fall FREAKS, and gladly jump in for all of my fall indulgences.

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Mmmmm pumpkin pie frosting……*drools*

I hope you join me in the fall festivities and try these deliciously sinful Chocolate Mocha Vegan Cupcakes!!

Chocolate Mocha Vegan Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

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5 Things Every Homeschool Mom Should Remember When Starting a New School Year

Ohhh yes, a new homeschool year is upon us. This past month, as I gathered last minute materials, organized our school area, planned a months worth of craft projects (and relished my last few days of summer vacation), I found myself…slightly panicking.

And then I thought, oh no….it’s her…that inner homeschool mom critic champing at the bit again.

You know who I’m talking about. You are 100% confident in your decision to take on another year (or even your first year!), and that pesky know-it-all mom voice barges in and says, “Look, I know you’ve been working your tail off, but who are you kidding? What if this isn’t good enough?”

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She looks you up and down, from her ivory tower, throwing all of your best laid plans to the wind- I mean, how long can you keep this up, right?

This is when you need to bust in, COPS style, and arrest her sorry ass, because HOW DARE YOU MADAM.

We all need reminders from time to time
EVERY homeschool mom is guilty of having an inner critic! Gain confidence with my 5 reminders below…

Now if this hasn’t happened to you, you may be thinking that I’m a little crazy talking to myself right now, but I digress- I think every homeschool mom has had this very thought, that what she is doing isn’t good enough.

And so, I decided to write this post, as a friendly reminder of things you need to remember as a homeschool mom, seasoned or not. Because we all have been guilty of getting in our heads from time to time and struggling like a fish out of water. I mean, seriously, I’m in year seven and I still have doubts sometimes!

I hope these reminders below help you gain your balance again and give you the courage to keep going- YOU CAN DO IT!

5 Things Every Homeschool Mom Should Remember When Starting a New School Year

1. Focus on improvements, but don’t go crazy.

Listen, it doesn’t matter how much we plan or do for our kids- everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and everyone needs “improvements” year to year. This doesn’t have to be viewed as negative, but can serve as a jumping off point for your new school year.

A healthy example of this is taking results from your child’s end of the year test, and applying it to the new year, without panic or judgement. Does your child need help with her spelling? Try out a few different programs to see what fits. Are they flying through math because it’s too easy? Give her something that will challenge her.

An unhealthy example of this is realizing your child struggles through grammar and then forcing her to do an hour of grammar EVERY DAY until she gets it right! Or making your child feel inadequate because they just can’t seem to get that math problem right- it is our job as the teacher to guide them, not punish them. Piling on work will not always make your kid “better”- in many cases it can just make your kid more stressed out.

Related: What Does My Homeschooling Day Look Like?

Now, I’m not saying that every mom with a schedule is an overbearing hard ass- far from it. I know that we moms just want the best for our kids and we WANT to SEE them succeed! However, when we begin a new school year, we also have to remember to ease into it, and use our past “failures” as something to learn FROM, not be ashamed of.

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Party Size! Vegan Cauliflower Salad Sandwiches

The best birthday parties are the ones with the best food, hands down. Yes, we love seeing our kids happy and sharing that special moment when they blow out the candles, but come on, let’s not lie to ourselves- it’s all about the table spread right!?

It’s about STUFFING our mouths with delicious food and NOT feeling guilty about it! Trust me, it’s hard to feel guilty when you are sinking your teeth into these yummy vegan cauliflower sandwiches!

Related: Birthdays on a Budget- Tips & Tricks!

These sammies were so good, and looked so gorgeous that I had to snap a pic…or five. Don’t judge me.

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The food love is strong with this one.

These sandwiches made a great party meal for my sons FOURTH birthday celebration, and I simply had to share.

It’s amazing how time flies folks.

I feel like just yesterday I was working around the clock, breastfeeding and changing diapers and LOSING MY MIND. Well, I still lose my mind sometimes, but at least now I’m dealing with a pre-schooler.

We always forget this as parents. We can’t help but take each day for granted, forgetting that our children are getting older by the second. And then, BOOM, another birthday comes and it’s like, what the hell just happened?

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How are they growing this fast? Please stop growing this fast.

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If only birthday parties could slow down the process of aging. Can’t I hold onto my pre-schooler forever?

*Sigh*, but really, we know it can’t last forever, which is what makes over-the-top birthdays totally worth it. I’m not a hire-a-magician-and-bouncy-house kinda mom, but I like to make my kids feel special on their birthdays.

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I also like to treat everyone that comes to my house with damn good food, hence these cauliflower sandwiches.

I’ve made these a few times, and they are so good they even win the hearts of meat-eaters, so you KNOW it’s a score!

If you’re making these for a small get-together, just follow the recipe as-is below. However, for large parties, DOUBLE THIS RECIPE.

vegan cauliflower sandwiches
You may want to DOUBLE up on this for large parties!

*PARTY SIZE* Vegan Cauliflower Salad Sandwiches

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