“It’s the most wonderful time on the year!”
No, I’m not being absurd and talking about Christmas…I have too much appreciation and respect for the autumnal holidays to already be hopping on the Christmas-train (much to some of my co-workers’ chagrin…you know who you are).
IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON! I’ve gotten out my Tennessee jersey, koozie, flag, and mug, ready to cheer on my Big Orange into hopefully one of our better seasons we’ve had in a loooooonnnnnnggggg time.
I’ve already highlighted to y’all how much I love high school, college, and pro games. I love tailgating, viewing-parties, and, of course, setting foot on the hallowed ground that is Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
With all of this said, I also love the food (and cocktails) that accompany football culture. Burgers, meatballs, chili and cornbread, taco soup, spinach artichoke dip, brownies, beergaritas…I could go on and on but I’ll stop while I’m ahead.
Whether you like it or not, football season is here to stay for the next five months of our lives. If you don’t live in the Southeast or Texas, you may be able to avoid it if you’re not a fan. However, if you live in these regions, there is no escape. If you can’t beat em, you may as well join em.
One football season-staple I’ve never loved is the buffalo wing. I don’t like chicken skin, I don’t like the minimal amount of meat, and I’ve never been positive if I’m eating muscle or fat since they are often very chewy. As a result of this aversion, I stayed away for anything buffalo-related for the first twenty-five years of my life.
That all changed the day my mother made buffalo chicken dip. The salty, tangy, spicy, and smoky flavors culminate into a solid game day appetizer or snack. It was my gateway into broadening my buffalo horizons, including one of my favs- buffalo chili (don’t worry, I’ll share that recipe once it’s a little cooler here in Texas).
So mom’s original is served with Fritos scoops or Tostitos scoops and loaded with cream cheese and blue cheese, which makes it UNBELIEBALY divine but not so Paleo.
Did I think I could make something better? Not necessarily. BUT I set out to embrace the flavors in my mom’s recipe while upping the nutritional density and lessening the inflammatory properties.
By golly, mission accomplished!
In order to maintain the creaminess of the original, I made a puree of cauliflower, celery, and carrots that had partied up with some eggs to add richness while adding nutrition, too.
Serve this bad boy with some blue corn chips (or just minimally processed corn chips), carrot sticks, and celery sticks for some football-snacking magic. I doubt you will have leftovers, but if you do I think the dip gets better with every passing day.
You don’t have to wait for Monday night football, Thursday night football, high school football on Fridays, college on Saturdays, or Sunday night football to make this dip.
Did I make this dip for myself to eat off of during my work lunches and not even serve it during a football game? Uh, guilty. Can you too? Absolutely!
Go whip you up some dip, y'all. With a weekend filled with football watching ahead of you, your going to need some healthy fuel for all of that excitement, passion, and couch time. No matter what the score is this weekend, you've got a solid W on the books with this recipe!
Paleo Buffalo Chicken Dip
Healthy Happy Texan
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