Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

It is no secret that I can’t get enough buffalo sauce in my life. I put it on things that I probably shouldn’t. I even had my family send me Anchorbar buffalo sauce because I can’t buy it in Brooklyn. In order to indulge in my buffalo love in a healthier way I decided to concoct some buffalo chicken lettuce wraps to keep it healthier than classic wings.

This dinner is BY FAR one of the best things I have made in months. It was the combinations of fresh veggies, juicy chicken and a little bit of spice that set my taste buds a flurry. My boyfriend and I devoured everything that I made, to my dismay because once I started eating I was hoping I would be able to enjoy in some leftovers. Good thing ground chicken was on sale and I bought two packs — it won’t be long before I am making these again!

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Week 15: Day 2

After a weekend filled with tasty brunch at Agava in Ithaca, New York and homemade black bean burgers, I have entered my final week of classes. Hallelujah! I just have to keep trucking through and the light of the end of the tunnel will finally be visible. I started this week off right with a tasty dinner. Hopefully time is in my favor and good cooking continues.

Dinner

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Now that is one beautiful looking pile of food. I started the week out easy with a vegetarian burrito, but easy does not mean skimping out on flavor. I piled my tortilla shell high with a brown rice/quinoa blend, black beans, salsa, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, corn and salsa. I may be forgetting something, but it all blended together to a scrumptious combination in my mouth. Side note: I think I have eaten more tortilla shells this semester alone than I did all of last year. Mexian can be easy and healthy — my two favorite things.

Week 14: Day 4

I’m still trucking along. The end of the semester is really kicking my butt, but I am making my way through. It’s hard to believe I only have one semester left and then I will be graduating. It seems like this semester just started and now it is coming to close. If only the weather would catch up to how I am feeling about Spring, we would be all set.

Dinner

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Like I mentioned before I am going slightly vegetarian, so this dinner was cauliflower nuggets, to replace chicken nuggets. Not that I have eaten chicken nuggets in a very long time, these were a nice replacement. It’s pretty amazing how how versatile cauliflower is and how it is pretty much thrown in everything. I followed this recipe, but instead of frying them I baked them to keep out the excess oil. About 10 minutes on each side at 400 degrees. Definitely something I will be making in the future.

Week 14: Day 1

It’s hard to believe I am in my 14th week of this journey and blog. The journey has stayed a little bit more on track than the blog, but I think being a student has that effect on things. Too much to do and too little time. As the semester is winding down, I have less desire to cook, but I am trying my best. I fell off the wagon a little this past weekend, but I think I am back on track a bit.

Dinner

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I think it is impossible to go wrong with pizza, add some whole wheat naan bread and Alfredo sauce and you definitely have a winner. It was my last production weekend for the campus magazine I work on, so I was looking for something easy and quick and this came about. I topped my store-bought naan with Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach, scallions and chicken. This was the perfect serving size and very tasty.

Week 13: Days 1, 3

So I may have disappeared again, and for that I apologize. However, that has not swayed me from my healthy eating habits. I have even been pushed toward even more veggies because my boyfriend is sort of trying to be a vegetarian. He isn’t completely there, but we have both been eating significantly less meat. Therefore, I have two meatless meals to share. Despite the lack of meat, neither meal was lacking in flavor or satisfaction.

Day 1

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I am a sucker for a good chili or soup, so I was completely willing to give a vegetarian chili I try. I feel like this is a good starter food of eliminating meat because there are so many different flavors going on. I mostly followed this recipe, but did not follow the cooking directions. One of the best things about the chili is not actually having to do any cooking. Hence, I just threw all of the ingredients in the crock pot and let it go all day. I also didn’t include the asafetida (I don’t even know what that is) and probably tripled the recommended amount of chili powder. It had the perfect amount of spice.

Day 3

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Big surprise, buffalo sauce makes another appearance.  These were our vegetarian alternative to boneless wings. Instead of chicken it was cauliflower, and they were fantastic. Definitely on the spicy side, but bearable. Even my boyfriend, who I can rarely get to eat cauliflower, loved them. I was so excited about eating them, I neglected the 15 minute cool time. I only burned by tongue once, so it was definitely worth it. Only alteration to this recipe I made was using regular flour instead of garbanzo bean flower. The batter also didn’t cover my entire head of cauliflower, but we still had plenty to serve two people as the main dish.

Week 12: Days 3,4,5 and 7

I had quite the array of meals this week. Some super planned and some with stuff I just happened to have lying around. Overall good choices, one not my proudest. However, I did make it through a week without going grocery shopping, so that is impressive. I managed, and it wasn’t completely terrible.

Day 3

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Under that heaping piece of cheese is some sautéed onions and a turkey burger. Nothing too fancy or special, but tasty nonetheless. I went bun-less to keep my carbs down and accompanied it with a salad.

Day 4

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Big surprise I made something buffalo sauce related. I had leftover egg roll wrappers that I wanted to use, so what better way to use them than with some chicken and some buffalo sauce. I mixed up some cooked chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing and plopped them in the wrapper. Baked for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees flipping halfway through.

Day 5

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Yes, that is some ziti. I was really scrambling to try and come up with something to eat with my sausage and I couldn’t come up with any other options. However, the sausage and spinach definitely overpowered the amount of ziti. First time I have cooked pasta for myself since starting this, so not too bad.

Day 7

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This was by far the meal of the week. I made a black bean burger with chipotle mayo and it was da bomb. Following this recipe, the burgers had green onions, garlic, onions, some seasoning and black beans. I was a little scared at first, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took the first bite. So flavorful and they were very easy to make. The chipotle mayo was definitely the perfect addition. It kept the burger nice and moist.

Week 11: Day 3

March 31, 2015

Another solid day. Nothing too exciting for breakfast and lunch (yogurt and leftovers), but dinner was a good one. Making a big batch of something for the week makes life so much easier. I just wish I had motivation to do it more often.

Dinner

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I think I mentioned these once before, but maybe not. These are some chicken parmesan meatloaf cups. A combination of ground chicken, bread crumbs, onions, peppers, parmesan cheese, one egg and some seasonings. The first time I made these they had a little more flavor, so I think I skimped a little on the seasonings this time. They are super easy to make and a lot of recipes out there for them. Also a great producer of leftovers, which makes my life easier.

Week 6: Day 4

Feb. 25, 2015

Another day down, another day healthy. Despite meetings and work and class, I still managed to fit in some time at the gym, event though it was at 9:30 at night. Definitely not the most energizing work out I have ever had, but I am glad I got one done nonetheless.

Breakfast

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Broke out the eggs again. This time with spinach and some pepper jack cheese. Nothing exciting, but it was a good way to start my day.

Lunch

This was probably the most random lunch I have had in a real long time. I had work from noon to 2, so I had a banana and a Luna bar as a snack. And then when I was done with work I had some ham and pickles. None of this went together, and none of it made sense, but it curbed my hunger until dinner. Sometimes you just gotta make it work.

Dinner

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A nice fresh dinner to end my day. Chicken, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and crouton wrap. Nothing fancy, but definitely tasty. Again not a lot of time for a meal, but I made it work.

Week 6: Day 3

Feb. 24, 2015

Another decently solid day. I wore a dress today that I tried on last year at this time and couldn’t wear because I didn’t think it fit. Guess what, today it fit! I wore it, and I wore it proud. I think that was the first time I was able to tangibly see the progress I had made. Here’s to hoping it happens again and wearing my belt another hole smaller.

Breakfast

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A new breakfast! This doesn’t happen very often, so I had to share a picture. I made a banana, peanut butter quesadilla. My inspiration came from this recipe. I used one tortilla shell folded in half, peanut butter and one banana and it was very filling. I probably wouldn’t have been able to eat more if I wanted to. I heated each side for a couple of minutes in a skillet and ended up with this gooey, crispy, hot heaven. And you can probably guess what I am going to say next, the best part was how easy it was. It probably took a max of 5 minutes to make.

Lunch

Kinda boring, but it got me through the rest of the day. Just some leftover tune with carrots and ranch. So. Sick. Of. Tuna.

Dinner

So with my boyfriend’s parents being in town I had to brave the dreaded restaurant menu for dinner. All of those wonderful pasta dishes staring back at me but unable to indulge in any. Luckily, I did have a kick-ass wedge salad that I will need to go back for. It consisted of a nice big wedge of iceberg, bacon, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, blue cheese and homemade ranch dressing. It was divine and filling. I did cheat a bit and have a slice of bread with the restaurant’s marinara, oil, garlic dipping concoction. It was sitting right in front of me and was still steaming. How do I pass up steaming bread? The answer: I don’t. I do however feel good about the salad I ate despite my desire to eat everything else on the menu.

Week 6: Day 1, 2

Feb. 22-23, 2015

I am so busy. So busy and writing things for classes, and in turn blogging has gotten away from me. Thankfully, my healthy eating habits have stuck with me despite being busy. I am happy to report that I am down another 2 pounds! This is by far the lowest I have been in three years and it feels good. Like really good. I even ran today. On a treadmill. I am physically able to run and not feel like I want to die, so it appears like my new habits are paying off.

Breakfasts

Two days of easy breakfasts, eggs and yogurt. I have been trying to cut back a little on my egg consumption because I was eating them every day there for a while. However, two of my most common breakfasts served me well the past two days.

Lunches

Yesterday was leftover dinner from Saturday, so nothing to report. But today I made a turkey pita with some mayo and lettuce. I am getting a little tired of the same chicken and tuna routine, so I decided to switch it up a bit today. I also bought more of my favorite organic salsa from Wegmans, so that was a nice treat.

Dinners

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Definitely my stand out meals. Both healthy, both tasty and both easy. Yesterday I made a beef stir fry with peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and a garlic sesame sauce. I will definitely be making this more often. And today I made broccoli stuffed chicken with some pepper jack cheese and a salad. I am really starting to find healthy food that I feel good about eating and actually enjoying eating. Win-win. I guess all it takes is a little bit of time and patience.