Real Food Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Are you looking for a healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe?

I have finally created one that my entire family loves!  It is very quick and easy to make, it’s a great way to use up some leftover chicken, and it is full of flavor!  I have been making it a lot lately.  The recipes I had initially used (from the hot sauce bottle) called for Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressings.  I didn’t love all the processed ingredients in the dressings from the store (unhealthy oils, added sugars, and unpronounceable ingredients), so I set out to find a healthier replacement.  This is what I came up with, and my family and I are both happy with the result.  I usually serve it with celery sticks or organic corn chips.  Enjoy! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup Frank’s Original REDHOT sauce (make sure you get ORIGINAL – the others have added ingredients)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded (buy the block and shred it yourself to avoid unnecessary added ingredients)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded

Serve with celery sticks or organic corn chips.

Instructions

  1. Place cream cheese into baking dish or glass pie plate.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until mixed well.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes until hot.  Stir.
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Friday Inspiration

In keeping with this week’s theme of eating REAL food, I’d love to share an inspirational video of a guerilla gardener in the inner city of Los Angeles, California who reminds us of the importance of having access to healthy foods.  If you can’t see the video below, check it out here.  Enjoy! 🙂

REAL food recipe: Maple Peanut Butter Cookies

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Over the past month, I have shared some of my family’s favorite dessert recipes on Thursdays.  For the month of October, I’m going to turn the focus to only recipes made from REAL foods.  I am participating in the October Unprocessed 2014 challenge, where I took the pledge to eat only unprocessed foods for the month of October.  For a complete list of real foods I’m eating during this challenge (as well as some recipes), check out my progress at Journey to Complete Wellness.  Today I would like to share one of my favorite cookie recipes.  They truly are delicious, but the best part is that they are made from all REAL food ingredients and contain no flour and no white sugar!  My 11-year-old daughter LOVES these!  I originally posted this recipe (with chocolate chips) on Journey to Complete Wellness here.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (I use Skippy band Natural Peanut Butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (local is best)
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, egg, vanilla, and baking soda in mixing bowl.
  3. Drop spoonfuls approximately 1 Tablespoon in size onto waxed-paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Yield:  12 cookies

Enjoy!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 🙂

Update:  October 22, 2014 – Instead of using 2T honey and 2T maple syrup, I used 1/4 cup maple syrup and my family liked them even more than the original recipe.  This is what they looked like.  Yum!! 🙂

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Enjoy! 🙂

Awesome Stuff Tuesday: October Unprocessed 2014

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One year ago, I took the October Unprocessed Challenge and spent the entire month of October 2013 eating only REAL, unprocessed foods.  It was an eye-opening experience for me!  During the challenge, I felt terrific and full of energy all day long.  I discovered some wonderful new foods and recipes, and I connected with a whole world of like-minded people committed to improving their health and supporting each other.  It became a lifestyle change for me and my family.  I found healthy replacements for a lot of the foods we ate.  Overall, I felt great about all the positive changes I made to improve the health and wellness of my family.  Although it certainly was not easy at times, the rewards definitely outweighed the challenges.  You can find out about ALL the benefits and challenges I encountered during this experience here.

Upon completing the challenge on October 31, I was inspired to start my blog Journey to Complete Wellness.  What a blessing that has been!  I invite you to join me and over 16,000 others in this year’s October Unprocessed Challenge by taking the October Unprocessed 2014 pledge here.  Who knows what it will inspire YOU to do?

If an entire month seems too overwhelming, you can take the pledge for a week, or even a day.  It is not as difficult as it may seem.  You are allowed some “deliberate exceptions” (foods you can’t live without), and you take the challenge on your own terms.  The main goal is to become aware of the foods you are putting into your body.

Any step toward wellness is a step in the right direction.  You can do it!

I plan to track this year’s progress and share what I learn in this blog, Stacy Loves… on Thursdays (Food & Recipe day).  I’m really excited to discover and share more new & exciting REAL-food recipes and foods!  For more awesome recipe ideas and invaluable support, be sure to “Like” Eating Rules Facebook Page.

Please leave a comment below if you decide to sign up!  Good luck! 🙂