Like buffalo sauce? You will love this recipe for baked buffalo bites of cauliflower, tofu, or tempeh, and the planet will be happy due to the low carbon footprint! Don’t be daunted by the directions, which sound a bit complicated. The prep is actually really fun and pretty quick, and the bites are sooo delicious. My nephew and his fiancé made a gigantic pile of these made out of tempeh for a dinner party, and everyone, omnivores and veggies alike, devoured every last one of them (even though many people were new to tempeh). My family loves them best made out of cauliflower (a great way to increase your vegetable intake), and next best out of firm tofu.
You can find the original recipe for tempeh wings here at Home for 28 Cooks (shown below).
Carbon footprint info:
Each of the four servings made by this recipe (using cauliflower, and margarine in the sauce) has 209 calories and 6 grams protein, and delivers fiber, Ca, and vit C. The carbon footprint is a very modest 48 g CO2-eq per serving! Using tempeh or tofu instead of cauliflower increases the calories, protein, and carbon footprint by just a bit (to 239 calories, 9 grams protein, and 57 g CO2-eq per serving), while also increasing the fiber, calcium, iron, and vit A.
If you made this recipe with chicken, butter in the sauce, and dairy milk, the carbon footprint of each serving would be 287 g CO2-eq, with 127, 83, and 54 g CO2-eq coming from chicken, butter, and milk, respectively. Each 236 calorie serving has 12 grams protein, but is lacking in fiber and vitamins.
Each time you cook a batch of these using either tofu, tempeh or cauliflower, you save the equivalent of the gas used in a drive of about four miles, or the energy required to burn a halogen bulb for approximately 40 hours.