Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Buffalo and Spinach Chicken Dip

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The Super Bowl should just be called the Buffalo wing/sauce Bowl for me.  I think it's a must to have at least one kind of  Buffalo wing sauce dish or dip to enjoy before, during and after the big game. 

This is an easy chicken dip that I jazzed up with some creamy buffalo wing sauce.  I also tried to add a lot of extra veggies into this dip so it was not just a bowl full of cheese, chicken and sauce.   I mean, you want to eat it and enjoy it... but not feel so guilty about it, right? 

So I added carrots, celery, onion and spinach into this dip to make it a littler healthier and better for you.  I also served the dip with an assorted tray of veggies (carrots and celery sticks), chips and breads so everyone had their favorite dipper/dunker.

I know with this dip in my sights... I will be watching the dip bowl... and not the Super Bowl. 



Ingredients:


Buffalo Chicken Dip:
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (poached)  See notes below*
1 large onion finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper or 2 jalapenos seeded finely diced
1 stalk celery finely diced
1 large carrot grated
1 cup frozen
chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed-dry
1/2 cup of hot sauce or more as needed (I used Frank's)
1-2 tsp grated garlic
red chili flakes to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
1 (8oz) brick cream cheese (regular or low fat)

1 1/2cups sour cream 
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing (or blue cheese salad dressing)
2 cups shredded cheese (I recommend Mexican Blend) 


Serve with: Veggies, chips or toasted bread 
 
Note:  To poach chicken breast, just place chicken in pan covered by water. Simmer on medium until chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken and shred.

Directions:

Poach chicken and then put in the food processor to shred or shred with two forks.  Set chicken aside until later.  In the same food processor chop carrot, onion, bell pepper and celery into fine dice.  Heat large wok/skillet with 1 Tbs of canola oil and saute vegetables for several minutes and season with salt and black pepper.


Next add defrosted chopped spinach,  garlic and chili flakes. Saute 2-3 minutes.  Then turn stove off and add the brick of cream cheese and stir well.  The heat from the vegetables will soften the cream cheese. 

Finally add the ranch dressing and sour cream, shredded chicken and hot sauce.  Mix well and taste for salt and seasoning.    Then place dip into a baking dish sprayed with some cooking spray.  Top with shredded cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve with veggies, chips or toasted bread.  Enjoy.



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Game Day Creamy Avocado Jalapeno Dip with Cheez-It Crackers and Pringles

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My husband loves football!  He doesn't like to make plans on Sunday so he can reserve his spot on the couch to watch all the football games on TV.   Then of course there is the Saturday college football and Monday Night Football games to watch as well.  You can pretty much block out the calendar during football season for him.  Since football is such a big part of our family life for so many months of the year, the kids and I get into the spirit by making all the game day food that we can enjoy while my husband is hooting and hollering over the game.



I'm always looking for fun game day snack inspirations so I headed on over to http://snackablemoments.net and I found loads of dips, nachos, kid-friendly snacks, stuffed burgers and more.   

One thing I definitely know I will be having on our game day menu is some quick and easy dips to put out with lots of chips and crackers.  One of their favorite dips is my spicy and creamy Avocado Jalapeno Dip.
 
 


My kids really love chips and crackers because they like anything that has a serious crunch.  So, I am always on the hunt for chips and crackers when I go to the store.    Have you heard that Pringles has a tortilla chip now?  As a big Pringles fan, I was so excited to find them amongst all the other great flavors at my local Walmart.  I also stocked up on boxes of  Cheez-It Grooves and bags of Cheez-It Crunch'd.  





My local Walmart made it easy for me to find the Cheez-it crackers and Pringles Chips because they placed them on big pallets at the front of the store and throughout the grocery department.  I also found them easily in both the chip aisle and the cracker aisle that were right next to each other at my Walmart.
 
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    To make my Creamy Avocado and Jalapeno Dip you can follow my easy step by step instructions with photos:


    Ingredients:
    2 ripe Avocados (medium size)
    1 cup sour cream 
    1/2 a large red onion finely diced onion (you can also use yellow onion)
    1-2 seeded and finely diced jalapeno peppers (to your taste)
    1 tsp cumin powder 
    Salt and Black pepper to taste
    Lime juice to taste (juice from 1/2 a lime or up to a full lime)

    Directions:
    1. Remove skin and seed from the avocado. Squeeze a little lime juice to keep the avocado from browning. 
    2. Diced the onion and jalapeno finely.  Remember to remove the seeds from the jalapeno to control the spice level.
    3. Next add the sour cream.
    4. Then season with cumin powder, salt, black pepper and lime juice to taste.
    5. Mash all ingredients with a potato masher until creamy.
    6. Serve immediately with chips and crackers or refrigerate with a layer of plastic wrap pressed against the dip to keep air from browning the avocados.



    This entire dip was completely cleaned out of the bowl by my family during the game.  They loved eating the dip with the Cheez-it Grooves and the Tortilla Pringles.  

    I better head back to Walmart to restock my munchies before the Big Game Day that's coming up next week.

    I've shared my favorite game day dip with you;  I'd love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing your favorite game day dip and inspire me for the next big game.





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