RECIPE: Buffalo Chicken Dip
I turned 30 a little over a month ago. I tried not to have the stereotypical level 11 meltdown about it, but 30 just felt so OLD. It probably didn’t help that 5 of my friends have had babies within the last 8 months and here I am well on my way to becoming a crazy cat lady. Then I remembered something awesome…30 is just a number. It was a load off when I realized that being 30 wasn’t a big deal and that I’m pretty much always going to act 15.
Because I’m a responsible adult, and 30 now, I eat reasonably healthy most of the time. Since I started cooking for myself when I went to college, I’ve tried to balance food groups and I always have vegetables at lunch and dinner (and sometimes breakfast). But there are times when I just want to eat terrible, unhealthy food, much to my mother’s chagrin, I’m sure. The most common unhealthy dinner my roommate and I enjoy partaking in is a two course meal of buffalo chicken dip and frozen yogurt.
I first had buffalo chicken dip a few years ago when my friend Matt made it for a work potluck. I demanded he make it for every future potluck and which he kindly agreed to. When I went to Ohio this past Christmas, my sister, Amber, and I made a batch on Christmas Eve. Despite the fact that we made it way too spicy, we ate most of the pan that night. When I returned home I asked Amber for the recipe and I’ve made it about once a month, although for a while it was once a week.
If you Google the recipe, there are lots to choose from on the internet. This particular recipe came from one of my sister’s friends, and it seems to be the most prevalent on recipe websites. I’m sure you can mess with the recipe and change it up. Use blue cheese dressing (ugh) instead of ranch. Vary the amount of hot sauce you add (but we love Cholula the best). Add cheese to the top, or don’t.
I only make a half batch now (just cut the ingredients in half), because, while I love buffalo chicken dip, a whole batch is more than two people need. It’s so easy to make and only takes a little over 30 minutes. There’s really no nutritional value to it, I readily admit that. You can eat it with celery, I suppose, and that would make it quasi-healthy, but not really. I get points for using whole grain tortilla chips, right?
So yeah, I’m 30. And yeah, sometimes I eat chicken dip and frozen yogurt for dinner. I think this is OK because like Aaliyah said, “Age ain’t nothin’ but a number“.