Original vs. Substitute Sam
I LOVE spicy food. In fact, my roommate Sam has seen me fight off tears and snot to get through a plate of buffalo wings so it’s only appropriate my first post have some spice to it. It also happens to be the most popular recipe because honestly, who only have a LITTLE bit of buffalo chicken dip?
The marriage of zingy buffalo and cool creamy ranch on a vegetable vehicle is enough to induce a moment of bliss… followed by heartburn and guilt. That is until Healthy Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip finally made it possible to pile the buffalo dip onto vegetables say we’re eating healthy without being a hypocrite!
- Source of healthy probiotics and protein
- 1/4 of the fat and carbs
- Exciting way to try new vegetables
It all started at a friend’s house warming party. Like a good host, my friend’s fiance brought my roommate Sam and I a heaping plate of chips. We were so infatuated with the dip we couldn’t stop eating it long enough to ask what ‘it’ was.
Shortly after we cleaned the last bit of dip off the plate and sat back in our chairs she began plating up round two when I asked for her recipe.
She eagerly responded, “Oh it’s nothing really, even you guys could make it. Just dump a bottle of ranch, bottle of blue cheese, a package of sharp cheddar, 3 cans of chicken, 16oz of sour cream, and Frank’s Buffalo Sauce into a bowl and heat it up!”
My mind raced quickly with thoughts like, “Am I doing to die from a heart attack on the spot” or “I wonder how many trips to L.A. Fitness it’ll take to burn this off”.
Then as if my fight or flight instincts kicked in, I realized I’m screwed if I don’t find a healthier recipe for this dip because I’m addicted.
Well, the good news is if I suffer a heart attack it won’t be from Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip!
1. Mix ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
- 3 C shredded chicken (canned, rotisserie, or homemade work fine)
- 1 C Frank’s Redhot
- 1 C cottage cheese
1 C Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip
- 1 C Oikos non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1-2 TBSP of the homemade ranch seasoning mixture below
2 TBSP dry parsley
2 TSP dry dill weed
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
1/2 TSP salt
1/2 TSP black pepper
2. Place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through
3. Test dip for taste and warmth and adjust seasoning and cook time as needed
4. Use this dip as an excuse to try new vegetables and enjoy!
Tips: Buying pre-mixed ranch packets is an option. If cottage cheese texture is bothersome, try pureeing it and mixing in. Using a rotisserie chicken is a huge time saver!
I love cooking food that’s healthy and delicious, but I’ve got a lot to learn and it’s way more fun to hear ideas for recipes and improvements from YOU!