When we got Lily, our bulldog, life changed…a lot. People say having a dog is good preparation for children and I would like to think this is true. In which case, we are very prepared future parents. I can’t remember if it was my parents or my in-laws who said that having children may prove to be less challenging that rearing our Lily. Princess? Adorable? Spoiled? Brilliant? Privileged? Stubborn as all get out? She’s all of the above.
For the first 6 months of her life, Lily was blocked off from the carpet in our home in Tulsa. It was our first home, and a new home, and we wanted to keep it looking good. We would spend our evenings on our tiled kitchen and dining room floors, playing with Lily, trying to maintain our evening routine. Needless to say, it was long. And trying.
But, our training paid off. Miss Lily had one accident, on day #1 that we had her…and that was it. Other than the time she chewed up a window sill or the time she ate a plug-in night light, she’s been fairly free of “accidents” and doggy misbehavior. Thankful, she’s never been a “chewer”.
I’ve mentioned it before, but even now I spend most of my time on the floor with Lily as she’s not allowed on the couch (or in bed)…and she doesn’t allow me to be more than 0.2 inches from her at any given time. But on the days she goes to “daycare” (Wednesdays – typically, my longest day at work), she’s a sure bet for an evening of solid snoring. Which means, I get a night “off” and can spend some time doing what I want, where I want…like on the couch.
Last night, Mr. Prevention wanted to watching something on the theater screen in the basement, so we retreated to watch our show. Afterwards, I went up to the second floor to grab a shower, not bothering to check on Lily who was in the dark living room on the main floor.
A few minutes later, Mr. P walked into the bathroom and said, “I just had to put your dog in her crate.” I immediately asked why as she hasn’t been crated in about a year, maybe even longer.
“She was on the couch when I came up from the basement…just sprawled out, relaxing and snoring away!”
Seeing as it was only 9:15pm, I went downstairs to catch up on emails, etc. There she was….standing in her crate with a “What the heck” look on her face and a quick head tilt to the side. I let her out and with that, her crate latch made a very distinct metal-on-metal noise that Mr. Prevention heard from alllllllllll the way in our bedroom.
“Did you let her out?!” he screamed. He knew the answer.
Then, he said, “I bet you’re going to give her some CHICKEN because I was ‘mean’. Don’t do it, Nicole. Don’t do it.”
While I wasn’t going to give her chicken (even though I usually do, as was the case with these burgers), I couldn’t let her stay in there all night. Lily is very, very smart and I think she learned her lesson about trying her luck with snoozing on the couch. It does make me wonder what all she’s up to when we’re gone all day, however.
Buffalo Chicken Burgers adapted from Seasaltwithfood
1 lb ground chicken breast
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 small red onion, finely diced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 to 2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp buffalo wing sauce (choose a calorie-free variety)
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
2 oz crumbled blue cheese
2 Tbsp buffalo wing sauce (choose a calorie-free variety), for serving
In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken with the following 8 ingredients (through wing sauce). Divide into 4 equal patties.
Preheat a grill, or the oven to 375 F.
Grill for 3-5 minutes per side (depending on thickness) or bake in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray for 15 minutes.
Serve with 1/2 ounce crumbled blue cheese and 1/2 tablespoon of buffalo wing sauce. Serve with your favorite coleslaw topping for an added touch!
Yield: 4 burgers.
Nutrition Information (per burger with blue cheese and additional wing sauce – no slaw): 351 calories; 11.3 g. fat; 75 mg. cholesterol; 825 mg. sodium; 31.5 g. carbohydrate; 2.5 g. fiber; 33 g. protein
Result: These were fun for a change! The finishing touches of crumbled blue cheese and an extra drizzle of the wing sauce really bring out the flavors in the burger itself. This is truly a 15 minute meal that can be made on the grill or in the oven. The slaw was a fun touch – I used Bobby Flay’s recipe and subbed in reduced fat mayonnaise and Greek yogurt (half and half). Delicious! Bring on summer and cookouts! Note: Be sure to get ground chicken breast – ground chicken includes white and dark meat… and skin in many instances.
P.S. I totally got yelled at for not making Lily sleep in her crate. Softy mom. 🙂