Vegan Cheat Meal — Buffalo "Chicken" Salad

I would say that overall I have never enjoyed the taste of meat, fish, eggs, milk, or dairy, so becoming a vegan was the natural choice.  However, I have always LOVED chicken wings and chicken nuggets drenched in buffalo sauce with a side of ranch and some french-fries….yum.  I allow myself one cheat meal a week where I do my best to mimic the craptastic foods I used to love.  The crispy buffalo “chicken” salad is up there in my top three, potentially even number one.


You will need:

~Any lettuce or combo of greens you prefer

~Any vegetables you like

~Vegan Chicken Nuggets (my favorite brand is gardein)

~Cous-Cous

~Vegan wing sauce/hot sauce of preference

~Dressing of choice

Ingredients

These “award winning” (I would appreciate more details on how a fake chicken nugget wins an award, packaging I tell ya…) gardein meat free chicken tenders taste no different than their meat counterpart and this is coming from a chicken tender connoisseur, or perhaps I have totally forgotten how meat tastes, you be the judge.  The best vegan wing sauce comes from Native Foods (an all vegan restaurant).  I normally buy some from the restaurant once a week and put it on everything but I was in a time crisis, so Louisiana Hot Sauce it is.  Hot sauce is life.

Follow the instructions on the bag and bake your nuggets.  I am easily distracted and tend to forget about food in the oven (I have set my kitchen on fire three times and exploded a squash).  Don’t be like me and burn them or set off your apartment building fire alarm.

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While they are cooking do other kitchen things, like, create a salad.

This cheat meal is also a great way to clean out your refrigerator.  I throw anything and everything I have into the salad bowl.  This week:  romaine lettuce, red onion, white onion, green onion, jalapenos, cucumber, toasted pine nuts, avocado, lemon and lime juice.

veggies

yesNext I boil some water and make about a half a cup of plain wheat cous-cous.  Many years ago, on the holiday I hate the most (Thanksgiving), I made a salad to bring to my friends house.  In a stroke of genius I added some cous-cous and it became one of my forever favorite meals.  It makes the salad more filling and I am a carb whore.  Give me all the carbs.  If you are not, skip this step.

actionThis is where I go clean my bathroom or do some Organic Chemistry problems and burn the chicken tenders.

When they are done, cut them into cubes and toss in your choice of wing sauce or hot sauce or no sauce.

hotLastly combine all the goodness, lettuce, veggies, nuts, avocado, chicken, cous-cous, a pinch of sea salt and add a small amount of whatever dressing you prefer (I used balsamic vinaigrette).  This is one of my favorites!  I guarantee it will not disappoint.

enjoy


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