March Foodprint- Cauliflower Wings

Created by: Clare Matthews, Rachel Onusko and Claire Mohney

This March, as we all gear up to plan our brackets, break out the college basketball gear, and get with friends and family to watch March Madness, it is important that we do not lose sight of what is really important; our earth! When cooking up the most binge-worthy basketball game day meals, make sure to consider what you are cooking and how much water is being used. No matter how important the game day chicken wings may seem, chicken still uses about 518 gallons of water/ pound and there are many alternatives with a lesser water #FOODPRINT (source).

Try this recipe for cauliflower wings as a substitute for meat/flesh. Cauliflower has a water footprint of 34 gallons of water/ pound, which is significantly less than the alternative (source). This game day meal will not only be a healthier alternative leaving you feeling great, but it will also lessen your environmental footprint in a big way!

Plant Based Wings:
1 cup Silk Soymilk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tablespoons dairy-free butter
1 (5 ounce) bottle cayenne pepper sauce
1 tablespoon honey or agave

Water food-print
Soy milk= 208 gal per 1 gallon (source)
Butter= 2057 gal per pound (source)
Chicken= 518 gallons/pound (source)
Cauliflower= 34 gallons/ pound (source)