SAVE TIME. SAVE MONEY
Do you ever find yourself wondering what to have for lunch? Do you wind up spending a lot of money on eating lunches out? Well, I sure don’t since I stay at home, but my husband does! Anyway, we have come up with an easy solution which is to make some of his favorite dishes and then freeze them for lunches. This has resolved a lot of money spending issues at our house. One of Jeff’s favorite things to eat is buffalo chicken dip. This has become the perfect project for me because I don’t care for the dip (only because I’m VERY picky) so I rarely made it and unfortunately he had to suffer for my dislike. Now, at the beginning of every month, I make a batch and freeze it for lunches. We save money by him taking his lunch, he can grab it quickly since he is usually running behind, I don’t have to eat it, and he gets to gobble up one of his favorite meals throughout the month!
- ingredients for recipe (see below)
- individual containers to store dip in
- *optional* marker to label containers
1. Purchase and gather ingredients:
2-3 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
1 (12 oz.) bottle ranch dressing
1 (6 oz) bottle Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese
2 cups diced celery
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
2. Make recipe:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Soften the cream cheese in the microwave and then add ranch and celery or combine them in a saucepan. Stir until smooth.
Add shredded chicken and hot sauce.
Pour into 9×13 baking dish and spread Colby Jack cheese over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
While still hot, stir melted cheese completely into the dip
Serve with crackers, celery, and/or tortilla chips. (My husband prefers tortilla chips)
**This is by all means, not a figure-friendly dish, so by all means, feel free to try to cut out some fat. I will warn you that using the fat free on everything makes it really dry, but using the full fat of everything makes it really oily. I tend to get a low fat ranch and at least one of the cream cheese blocks to be low fat or fat free.**
**I have seen folks put this in a crockpot as well, but I have not tried that yet. It seems as though it gets eaten so quickly that it doesn’t really need anything to keep it warm!**
3. Divide dip into individual containers right away or serve for dinner that night and dish up the leftovers into individual containers.
4. Store in the freezer and grab when you need a last minute lunch or snack!
As an additional side-note, this tends to be a favorite among men. I’m not sure why, but from my experience, they tend to camp out there until there are no remains left!