Girls Get-Together/Play Date: Cupcakes & Buffalo Chicken Dip

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One thing I have realized after leaving my job is that I miss talking about food/health to others.  At my previous job I used to hold classes and make a meal for 12 to 45 people. During the class I would show them how to make each recipe, talk about products and include a bunch of nutrition tidbits while serving the class.  I was a one-woman show with my head cut off by acting as the dietitian, chef, comedian/entertainer, hostess, waitress and dish-girl.  Through all the hustle and bustle I really enjoyed teaching these classes and I think it showed!  I remember just dropping after each class and sampling the leftovers as I looked onto the giant pile of dishes, but luckily my “high” after each class got me through the dirty work.

My passion for food, well, healthy and simple food is something that I just can’t get enough of so I decided to have a play date with some friends from my daughter’s school.  With seven kids and five mothers I enjoyed every minute of entertaining (and getting to talk about nutrition, thanks friends for listening). I think I enjoyed it more than my daughter!

Here are the moms enjoying some girl time while the kids play!

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Of course I wanted to make more recipes but sometimes I forget I have a baby and two busy kids plus a house to clean, haha!  But less is more, right?  I made Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes, Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes and Buffalo Chicken Dip.

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I really wanted to include some veggies in the Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes and still make it super yummy so the kids would actually eat them!  I made them the night before and thought they were a flop but somehow they magically turned delicious overnight.  Maybe they were just too hot to taste all the flavors, eh? They are super moist!  I have left them on a plate for about 4 days and they still taste fresh and moist, seriously!  WOW! I can’t wait to share the recipe with you in an upcoming post this week!  Oh and by the way, the kids did eat them.  They did however reach for the chocolate cupcakes first and then ate the pumpkin carrot cupcakes second Smile .

 

From previous post, I included the Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes on the menu and every kid gobbled them up!

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As for the dip I wanted to make a savory Buffalo Chicken dip but I wanted to make it super easy by throwing all ingredients in a crock-pot.  I was very brave and did not test this recipe out before well, now I say brave it was really just lack of time. Thankfully and luckily the dip turned out because I was left with just  a little bowl of leftovers, yay!  The dip was super simple with just a few ingredients: light cream cheese, Greek yogurt, shredded chicken, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, light mayonnaise and a ranch seasoning packet.

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I was pretty amazed how delicious the dip tasted.  At first I just thought my friends were being nice by eating it, ha –  I will definitely be making this super easy dip very soon!

Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients

2 cups shredded chicken

8 oz light cream cheese

6 oz low fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1 packet ranch seasoning dip

1 tbsp hot sauce

1 to 2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending upon how hot you like it!)

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a crock-pot and cook on LOW for 1 hour.

 

Here are some of the products I used in the dip.  The Simply Organic ranch seasoning was moderate in sodium and I was able to pronounce all the ingredients!  The Greek yogurt add a great source of protein and calcium while adding a wealth of creaminess to the dip.

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Now that is my kind of recipe – super simple!  I will warn you to be very careful about the sodium content in hot/buffalo sauces.  Oh my word!  Some sauces contain half of your daily value for sodium in just one serving! I was totally shocked!   Now the serving size is two tablespoons which can be quite a bit of heat for most people.  In this recipe I added only one tablespoon of hot sauce and added some cayenne pepper to finish the kick of the dip without all the sodium.

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Moms and kids just eating away!

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I enjoyed sharing the recipes with my friends plus I talked about the latest book that I am reading, “The 8-hour Diet.”  I have been doing some research on fasting and the science behind it is pretty interesting.  I will share soon!

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Gotta love those little hands digging for more. . . I think each kid left with chocolate lips, so cute!

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What a fun day sharing food, fun and friendship! I totally need to do this more, maybe I will make more new friends. 

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