vegan bbq cauliflower wings

“One to change a few. A few to change many. Many to change the world. Starts with one.” -Anonymous

It's 2018, okay. More and more people are trying to better their lifestyles and incorporating more plant-based foods and true soul food into their lives is one way they've been doing so. Vegan food doesn't have to be bland or rabbit food - you can legit create an alternative for every gluttonous carnivore meal you grew up loving. Believe it or not, there are people who actually grew up not loving the taste of meats, seafood, or dairy - all on their own free will. I was never a huge fan of beef or pork but would only eat those things growing up when my family had BBQs or holiday dinners.

Since being an adult and having to do adult things like cook for myself and my little ones, I see things a bit differently. One of my favorite indulgences before "going vegan" was chicken - lots of chicken. Hot wings, pasta with chicken, etc - but definitely buffalo chicken wings.

Thanks to the internet and the holy grail of recipe inspiration, Pinterest, I took to the kitchen to create my own version of wings for folks like me who chose the road less traveled. Yes, these "wings" are delicious and YES, they have been carnivore-approved by my sister, who LOVES her meats. Check it out.

 The recipe is pretty simple and I'll even be sharing my recipe for the vegan ranch dip you see in the photos. Tastes JUST like ranch - no lies here. If you love sticky wings that melt in your mouth, you'll enjoy it for sure. No use of processed, vegan meat alternatives - only cauliflower. This recipe is gluten and dairy free. Grab this super easy recipe and see for yourself.


vegan bbq cauliflower wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • Panko Bread Crumbs - Gluten Free
  • Almond Milk
  • All-Purpose Flour - Gluten-Free
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chilli Powder
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sesame Seeds

How To Make Homemade Vegan Ranch Dip:

Easy stuff. Take a small bowl and add 4-5 scoops of vegan mayonnaise. Add garlic powder, chilli powder, ground black pepper, and less than half cup of almond milk - mix together. Add tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix again. Take a couple of fingers full of parsley and to chop up then add to mixture - stir into dip .

NOTE: You can use any plant milk you desire or even water. I just love almond milk. You can also use regular vinegar but the apple cider is way better. 


Begin by prepping your batter for your cauliflower wings by cutting head in half, then cutting into florets. You can make them look however you please. You will need one bowl for your batter and one bowl for your bread crumbs. You can choose to pre-heat your over to 350 degrees but I didn't turn my oven on until I finished battering. To make your batter: Take two cups of all-purpose flour, add garlic powder, onion powder, himalayan salt, ground pepper, and almond milk to mix together. If batter is too think, add more milk. You want it to be a pancake batter-like consistency. Set aside. 

Dip cauliflower florets into batter, coating them evenly then dip into panko bread crumbs, coating evenly. I used the Ian's Bread Crumbs here. You can do this process in one sweep or a few florets at a time. Add coated florets to baking pan and let bake for 25 minutes. Tossing in between, half way through.  Remove after 25 minutes and coke the "wings" in your desired BBQ sauce. I used the Heinz Hawaiian Sweet + Smoky sauce here since I ran out of Organicville Tangy.  Place back in oven for another 10-15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped parsley - for aesthetic, ya know. Enjoy the warm, sticky and flavorful goodness your body will thank you for later!

vegan bbq cauliflower wings

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consuming my placenta

It's been close to 5 whole months since I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, Nala. Now that she's growing, things are starting to get a bit better as far as breastfeeding and routine goes. During this pregnancy, I was able to revisit the idea of placenta encapsulation - something I knew I wanted to learn more about and make happen if I was ever blessed with new motherhood again, and I was.

To some, consuming your own placenta is questionable and not fully understood. To me, it's sacred in a sense. For starters, my interest sparked when I unknowingly signed away my rights to my son's placenta before he was born. Like, does any woman ever question what they REALLY do with your placenta in those hospitals? I did. After such a bad birthing experience along with crappy nurses, I knew the second time around that I didn't want people like that caring for me or something as precious as my baby or the placenta. So... in good ol' non-mainstream fashion, I chose to keep my placenta.


Well, unlike some crunchy mamas who actually worked the nerve to grind or fry up and eat their placentas like a lasagna meal, I knew off the bat that I wanted to encapsulate. If you know anything about mammals, they're notorious for consuming their placentas after birth - only humans aren't, which I found interesting. Plus, the thought of having strangers "discard" a part of me and my baby without actually talking with us about it, made me nervous.

The process of encapsulating was actually pretty simple. Of course, I did tons of research, made note of both views of placenta consumption - good and bad, and ultimately came to the conclusion that more women should probably look into this if they're pregnant and/or plan to be.

If you're the type to need a scientific study or proof of effects, you won't find much. Most people that have consumed their placenta tend to embrace natural processes over always needing a periodic table of formulas, ya know. To each her own.


Yes, they have people who actually run businesses that handle placenta services like encapsulation but again, total stranger to me. I wanted this experience to be one I learned from so when doing my research I noticed that paying a "professional" to encapsulate for you would cost anywhere from $250-$500. Of course, adding tincture and such could add to the price.

I was able to do it on my own for less than $130. Not bad, right? I didn't know of many black moms who consumed their placenta until I discovered that one of my favorite YouTubers, Ambrosia,  decided to share her experience doing so with her first born. It inspired me to definitely give it a go.

The whole experience from beginning to end felt like my own personal ritual. I cared for the placenta so gently, treating it as if it were an actual life-form, when in a sense it still was to me. From drying out the placenta to encapsulating, it took me 2 days (only because I work from home and was still figuring out a better schedule at the time) but I'm sure it could have all been done within a day.

consuming my placenta


I can only speak for myself so yes. After birth, I had a case of the baby blues. I would get easily frustrated, go from happy to sad, and even felt defeated most days. I began taking the placenta pills daily - two a day - and the 73 capsules I made lasted less than 3 months. I didn't really notice a change in myself until maybe 3 days after. I'd feel optimistic about the day ahead and slowly started to feel like myself again. It's helped me and I've noticed the change.

I'll share a video of the process and end result of my placenta encapsulation on my YouTube channel soon! Go subscribe to stay in the loop!

If you've been curious or have thought about keeping your placenta - to bury or consume, share your thoughts in the comments below.


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