Pleasing the man of my life…

SO interesting to read the WIDE range of opinions regarding weight-loss surgery. As I learn more and get time to visit with more patients who are electing to undergo lap banding, I will share with you what I learn. I think it is a controversial topic with a lot of valid arguments for and against. Thanks for sharing your $0.02 with us!

My hubby is SO good about trying new things, so when he requests something from the Prevention RD kitchen, I oblige. Usually…

Last night, nitrate-free turkey bacon BLT’s with sweet potato chips…

Ezekiel 4:9 toasted with Sabra hummus, avocado slices and the traditional (turkey) bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce (arugula)…yum!!!

Tonight was a bit of a gluttonous, against-my-better-judgement splurge: Buffalo Chicken Dip. Our college basketball team is playing, so I caved for game time munchies!

Buffalo Wing Dip

1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1/2 cup fat-free ranch dressing
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby Jack cheese blend or reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped green onions (2 medium)
Whole grain crackers or celery sticks, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in dressing, buffalo wing sauce and water until blended. Stir in chicken and cheese. Spread in ungreased 1-quart baking dish or 9-inch pie plate; cover with foil.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir and top with onions. Serve hot with crackers or celery sticks.

Serves 12 or more

Nutrition Information (per serving): 140 calories; 6.9 g. fat; 3.3 g. saturated fat; 0.7 g. polyunsaturated fat; 2.1 g. monounsaturated fat; 5 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 11.5 g. protein

I served the dip with Dr. Krackers, celery, and whole grain tortilla chips. Yum! Happy hubby tonight! 😀

Is this “healthy”? It’s sure a step up from Buffalo Wild Wings! Is this an every day splurge? No, but it may be a good one for Super Bowl Sunday! 😉

It’s a husband-pleaser and a crowd-pleaser, anyways!

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Win Lace Cookies or the Chocolate Chip Meltaway Cookies from Shannon at Lessons to Learn

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Question: What’s your husband/wife/significant other/best friend’s favorite meal or dish? Is it healthy?

Random Question: When you were in college (or if you’re in college), were you a member of a sorority or fraternity? Was Greek Life “big” at your alma mater?

Me: Delta Zeta!

One more day of work…bring it on, Thursday!!!!!!! I am pleased to report week 1 of 4-10’s has gone well! I think I’ll enjoy having Friday’s off 🙂 (Duh!!)

1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

1/2 cup fat-free ranch dressing

1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

1 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby Jack cheese blend or reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons chopped green onions (2 medium)

Whole grain crackers or celery sticks, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in dressing, buffalo wing sauce and water until blended. Stir in chicken and cheese. Spread in ungreased 1-quart baking dish or 9-inch pie plate; cover with foil.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir and top with onions. Serve hot with crackers or celery sticks.

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37 Comments

  1. February 3, 2010 / 9:59 pm

    Yum I haven’t had a BLT in such a LONG time. I heart BLTs.

    I think Jacob’s favorite meal is Mac n Cheese. Either the kind from Safeway or a creamy sausage one I make. Both don’t belong in a clean healthy kitchen but to keep my hubby happy (because he’s also so good at trying everything I make!) I buy it or make it for him from time to time.

    He doesn’t want to me try and health up the homemade one though πŸ™

  2. February 3, 2010 / 10:06 pm

    I love the dip for dinner night… I make one with Jimmy Dean Sausage, Cream Cheese & Rotel Diced Tomatos. Yum!

    Go Illini!!! and Alpha Phi.

    So jealous of your 4 x 10 schedule. I am working 5 x 12… boo!

  3. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    February 4, 2010 / 12:26 am

    i’ve heard great things about NeufchΓ’tel cheese, i should try some recipes using it! i’m curious to hear what you learn about lap band procedures, i don’t have a solid opinion on the matter but i’m interested to learn more. ezekiel bread is amazing!

  4. February 4, 2010 / 4:19 am

    I think my boyfriend’s favourite food is potato gratin. Not extremely healthy but he likes healthy food in general. Super easy for me ;).

  5. lessonstolearn
    February 4, 2010 / 5:34 am

    Our guys are lucky that we “healthify” so many of their favorite foods. My husband loves mac and cheese and pizza, but I make them at home and mix in lots of veggies. He thanks me for making him healthier. He had never eaten a green vegetable until he met me!

  6. February 4, 2010 / 6:16 am

    My hubby does do healthy and prefers that although he will eat “junk” too, but he is happy with plain old baked chicken and rice. I make vegetarian so he gets that, if he wants chicken he has to do it himself. I have never made chicken, excpet maybe as a group project in undergrad. I stopped eating chicken before I was allowed to use an oven by myself. I would say his fave unhealthy meal is like a Philly cheesesteak. He is really healthy though compared to many people and we will splurge on occasion.

  7. February 4, 2010 / 6:17 am

    My husband LOVES Reuben sandwiches. When he wants the real thing he’ll order it at a deli, but at home we make it healthier by making them with turkey instead of corned beef and swapping mustard for the Thousand Island dressing. It’s still pretty yummy!

  8. February 4, 2010 / 6:30 am

    You’re lucky your hubby is adventurous. I had to twist Stephen’s arm to get him to eat wheatberry chili! We have a constant struggle with agreeing on what we should have for dinner.

    I was in a sorority-Alpha Chi Omega!
    And Greek life was huge at my campus. A lot of people weren’t in sororities or fraternities and had a perfectly fine time though.

  9. February 4, 2010 / 6:53 am

    Buffalo chicken dip…lol. THat sounds like such a GUY food πŸ™‚

  10. February 4, 2010 / 7:23 am

    I never was in a sorority. I couldn’t handle being told what to do and with who which is what many of the sororities in my university were like at that time.

    Hubby’s favorite food is pizza. He’s Italian so what do I expect? Haha!

    That is a cool idea to do hummus and avocado on the sandwich. I bet it would taste awesome!

  11. February 4, 2010 / 7:24 am

    I also feel very lucky that my husband will try (and usually like) anything I make, no matter how crazy/healthy! Yet when I’m stumped for menu ideas and ask for his input, he has a knack for requesting the absolute simplest things – like crockpot chicken tacos. So I think his real favorite meals are the ones that are tasty but don’t take much prep or cleanup time, thus allowing us to spend more time together and relax after dinner!

    And yes, I’m an AXO!

  12. February 4, 2010 / 8:05 am

    My man loves taco night! I make it into a healthy taco night with 100% whole wheat tortillas, extra lean ground meat, sodium free taco seasoning, low fat cheeses, and guacamole!

  13. eaternotarunner
    February 4, 2010 / 8:10 am

    My BF’s fav is probably chicken parm, fried and everything! I try to make it a little healthier by baking the chicken at least πŸ˜‰

  14. February 4, 2010 / 8:18 am

    That sandwich looks freakin’ awesome!! πŸ™‚ My food intake this week has been horrible – not volume, just content. I need a Mr. RD to be in my kitchen ;).

    I was a GDI….does that count?? I think had I gone to a bigger school I would have been in a house. Small campus – it’s easy to get to know everyone. We still had a lot of greeks though.

  15. February 4, 2010 / 8:52 am

    That buffalo dip looks great. I may have test that recipe out sometime!

    I was a Delta Gamma in college. Greek life was really big at Penn State and recruitment week was crazyyy. I didn’t pledge until my sophomore year, but looking back, I wish I started out as a freshman. I loved my sorority!

  16. February 4, 2010 / 9:56 am

    The buffalo dip sounds good–I definitely think splurging is necassary–we only live once! When I first met my boyfriend he was raised a sole meat and potatoes guy. Now over time he has branched out and loves all the casseroles I make, and even has quite the stash of fruit and veggies all the time due to my requests πŸ™‚

  17. February 4, 2010 / 10:12 am

    That dip looks great! It’s definitely ok to have a splurge once and a while. Im sure I’ll splurge on Sunday for Super Bowl.

    I was in a sorority in college..Delta Gamma!

  18. February 4, 2010 / 10:25 am

    Our family is HUGE on any kind of Italian/pasta meal. Which CAN be made healthy – or unhealthy!

    And I wasn’t in a sorority at my college (Indiana University)….my two older (real) sisters were and didn’t have good experiences, unfortunately!

  19. February 4, 2010 / 11:26 am

    Hmmmm, the buffalo wing dip sounds interesting. Will have to give it a try.

  20. February 4, 2010 / 1:39 pm

    love the Chicago tribune oh your a cute wifey

  21. February 4, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    i WAS in a sorority for like a month..hated it..thought it was way too fake!!
    some people love it tho-i have nothing against it!
    LOVE that dip!

  22. February 4, 2010 / 3:22 pm

    I love buffalo chicken dip!!!!!! So yummy!! πŸ™‚

    I was a Sigma Kappa!! πŸ™‚

  23. February 4, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    My husband loves his red meat. I can barely stand the sight of it. His favorite meal would probably be steak. I have been known to enjoy a good, really good cut, steak as well. But, he has really fallen for some of my healthier dishes!

    No sorority here. At one point in college I worked 3 jobs, so I didn’t do much but study and work!

  24. February 4, 2010 / 3:55 pm

    My boyfriends favorite dish is ribs with mac & cheese. He loves it!

    I wasn’t in a sorority but have friends that were. I thought they were cool girls and fun to hang out with. I’m a judge-free kinda girl.

  25. February 4, 2010 / 4:13 pm

    love buffalo wing dip! i may make some this weekend for the game – so good!

  26. February 4, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    my hubby would love that dip.

    I am from the northeast and being part of a greek house wasn’t a big deal. Honestly I didn’t know what it is until I moved to GA and went to TECH. (I wasn’t born here and didn’t grow up here so didn’t know what sorority and frats are )

  27. February 4, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    I have asked my fiance what his favorite food is and I forget the answer. I think it’s some sort of meat – steak or a burger.

    No sorority for me. They weren’t that big at my school.

  28. February 4, 2010 / 8:25 pm

    My hubby is great about eating and liking almost everything I cook. One thing he loves and I NEVER make is hash brown casserole. I just can’t bring myself to make it because it is sooo bad for you!

  29. February 4, 2010 / 8:57 pm

    Yay for your long weekend! Fridays off will definitely be nice! Buffalo Wing Dip sounds incredible! Ironically, one of my hubby’s favorite splurges is Buffalo wings, which he only eats about every other month. If I make him this dip (which does look much healthier than Buffalo wings!) maybe he’ll get to enjoy the flavor of wings more often! πŸ˜‰

  30. February 4, 2010 / 9:13 pm

    Hey hon! That buffalo dip looks amazing! Actually my hubs loves wings so this will be perfect for him. His favorite food is anything mexican. Which can be healthy. Lots of beans, veggies and home made corn tortillas. Just gotta do it up right! Thanks for this awesome recipe. I hope you have a fabulous night!

  31. February 4, 2010 / 10:57 pm

    The dip sounds great! My husband loves his cheese course, and nachos for a snack. The favorite dinners go in stages, depending on a season or whatever theme of books we’re going through.

  32. February 5, 2010 / 6:41 am

    That sounds like one delicious BLT! Love the sweet potato chip addition.

    Also, this buffalo chicken dip is WAY better for you than other versions I’ve seen. It’s almost guilt free πŸ˜€ Especially when you eat it with celery and carrots and healthier crackers.

  33. February 5, 2010 / 6:52 am

    Well at least the munchies are kind of healthy, right?! Got to sneak it in when you can.
    That sandwich looks amazing. I am on a mission to find some of that bread that I can eat. So far no Whole Foods or TJ in my area sells it! I put in a request because that’s just crazy.

    Nick’s favorite meal would have to be buffalo wings. No, they aren’t healthy, BUT I guess there are worse things out there, right? The last time he ordered them I suggested getting the sauce on the side, and he did! That helps.

    Have a great weekend Nicole.

  34. February 5, 2010 / 11:42 am

    Your a good wife =) and I loved his request!

    I was in Sigma Chi Zeta in college and thankfully I don’t talk to any of those bitches hahahahaha

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