Healthy tips for a get together favorite
It’s a classic staple to any get together – Buffalo Chicken Dip! Though it’s a super simple dish that (most) people love, some recipes really know how to pack on the extra calories. And if you’re anything like me, I can practically eat the whole thing so that’s definitely not good! Little substitutions can go a long way for any dish, and this crowd favorite was a must!
Most classic BCD recipes call for ranch, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and canned or precooked chicken. Thats a whole lot of fat, plus a whole lot of sodium!
I couldn’t stand the thought of canned chicken, and precooked chicken is often times questionable. So for me, picking up some fresh chicken was a no brainer. The easiest, and in my opinion best, way to cook chicken for this recipe is in a slow cooker or crockpot. All you have to do is throw it in there with a little salsa or hot sauce (preference) and leave it on high for a few hours. This is a great way to keep the chicken tender, juicy, and really easy to shred.
Tip: If you’re in a hurry, sear both sides if the chicken on the stove to cook it slightly. Then cook it in the crockpot for an hour. You will still have tender, easy to shred chicken with half the time spent!
Next I subbed the ranch dressing. We all know ranch is one of the most fattening salad dressings and this recipe called for a plentiful amount. Chad was a ranch connoisseur, he absolutely loved it and put it on just about anything. Knowing how fattening it was, we tried the ‘lite’ ranch but the flavor just wasn’t there. One day we were walking through the grocery and came across Bolthouse Farms new greek yogurt dressing, we grabbed a bottle of the ranch and the rest is history! It has great flavor and even better stats – greek yogurt ranch welcome to the fam.
Last but not least for this healthy make up – cream cheese! One of my favorite flavors in the world. Nothing beats cream cheese anything – frosting, cheese cake, pastries you name it! Luckily, Philadelphia cream cheese knows our struggle and answered our prayers. I substituted whole fat for the 1/3 less fat which is roughly 30 calories per tablespoon compared to 50 calories, and it still has that same great taste. I know they make a fat-free version but ya girl doesn’t mind a little fat.
Try these tips out at your next big event and I promise your crowd will love it!
Any other great subs that I’m missing?? Let me know! It’ll give me an excuse to make more