Looking for a great meal that is perfect for casual entertaining? Give these Buffalo Chicken Sliders a try! They are a crowd pleaser and can even be made vegan. (In fact, they are pictured with tempeh.)
To say that my life is uncommon is a bit of an understatement. We worked like crazy people all summer long, while most people were taking vacations and grilling out with friends. And now that everyone else is headed back to the "grind" of school and work, we are off to spend a couple of months at the beach.
There are few things I love more than late September early October at the beach. The water is still warm but the air temperature isn't so stifling that you can't enjoy it. With few exceptions, the crowds are gone.
It's my special time of year to connect with the family in what I refer to as my "happy place".
A lot of people say we are "lucky" to be able to do this. And, yes, I do feel blessed.
But we've also worked very hard for many years to be able to live an uncommon life.
Our nomadic lifestyle isn't for everyone. (Really, what is?) But it works for us.
We designed a life that fulfills our needs. I can't imagine being in one place all the time in the same way many people can imagine not being.
I'm not saying it is all roses and I'm not saying that it can't be insanely stressful at times. But it's a flame that's worth the candle.
For us to get to a point that we were able to question what we wanted our "normal" to look like, we had to lose it all. But it didn't have to be the case. What I would give to go back 10 years and realize that I really did have a choice at what my life looked like.
I didn't have to go to college...
to get a job...
to work 50 hours a week...
to get promoted...
so I could have two, maybe three weeks a year to do what I wanted...
to someday retire and FINALLY be in control of my time.
And you don't either. Today my challenge to you all is to paint your own picture, design your own life. It's never too late to write your own story.
*STEPS DOWN FROM SOAP BOX*
Now let's eat! These Buffalo Chicken Sliders are great with either chicken or tempeh! I started making them when I was vegan and then when I had to give up soy began making them with chicken. Either way, they are a crowd pleaser! One note - the photos show them made with tempeh. I have since discovered that I enjoy them more with the tempeh cut thinner. I would recommend halving the tempeh lengthwise.
Tools for Making this Buffalo Chicken Sliders Recipe
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Buffalo Chicken Sliders (Gluten Free, Vegan Option)
- Wet Mix
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Dry Mix
- ¾ cup gluten free flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 16 ounces tempeh or chicken
- 1 tablespoon olive oil more as needed
- ¼ - ½ cup gluten free vegan buffalo sauce
- For serving:Gluten free sandwich buns
- For serving: lettuce tomato, (vegan) mayonnaise or (vegan ranch) (optional)
- Steam tempeh for 10 minutes. Cut tempeh in half length wise and then into patties that fit the size of your sandwich buns. Alternately, cut chicken into patties that fit the size of your sandwich buns.
- Meanwhile, combine almond milk and lemon juice in a shallow dish. Stir well to combine.
- In another a shallow dish combine flour, sea salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper.
- Dip tempeh/chicken in the flour mixture, the milk mixture and then back into the flour mixture.
- Heat oil in a skillet and cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes per side. (Make sure chicken is cooked through.)
- Place buffalo sauce in a shallow dish and coat cooked tempeh with sauce. Place on sandwich bun and top with lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing or vegan mayonnaise. Drizzle with additional sauce if desired.