30 day semi-healthy challenge Healthy Main Dish

30 Semi-Healthy Days – Day 15: Super Fast Buffalo Bowls

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I have an obsession with Spotify playlists – this includes the ones that are made by Spotify and the ones that I make. I can spend an entire day putting together a playlist, and I am very proud of the collection that I have made. Spotify has also become very familiar with my music tastes, and every week there is a playlist called Discover Weekly that includes a collection of songs that are tailored to me based on what I have been listening to. There is always guaranteed to be one song on that playlist that will delight me and that I will listen to for the rest of the week. It will be an obnoxiously catchy song, and it will most likely drive my husband crazy. It always comes out on a Monday, which is perfect because there will be a song on it that will be the official soundtrack for the rest of the week. I will listen to this song while I get dressed in the morning, on the drive to work, at work, on the drive home from work, making dinner and then finally while blogging about the dinner that I just made. The reason that I am telling you about all of this is because I am listening to my current song of the week, Sanity by Boulevards. It is just as catchy and obnoxious as ever (it will definitely end up on my Jammies playlist), and I genuinely cannot think of anything else to write about for this entry while I am listening to it so I apologize for the fact that this first paragraph really has nothing to do with super fast buffalo bowls. Let me just pause the song for a moment and tell you a little bit about this meal.

This is one of my favourite meals to make because it literally only takes 15 minutes, and it’s super easy to make both a vegetarian version and a meat version so my husband and I are both happy. It’s a good night when everybody in the household wins…except for the cat. The meat version takes longer to make, but I just use a crock pot so it still requires very little effort on my part. I used some fake chicken from the store. My favourite meatless chicken substitute that I have come across is the Simple Truth Meatless Griller Strips. I believe this is actually a Kroger brand, and I find them in the freezer section at any Kroger-brand store. They are really quick to heat up on the stove top and really just taste like whatever sauce you put with them so I am always pretty happy with how they turn out. The name doesn’t hurt either because I love to call them grillers. 

Note: f you are opposed to the freezer section meat substitutes, this meal would work great with tofu as well (I was just too lazy). I would drain the tofu of water between paper towels, cut it into squares and bake it at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes before following the same stovetop instructions below for the grillers. 

If you must have meat, just throw some frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot in the morning before you leave for work with 1 cup of buffalo sauce, 1 cup of water and 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook on low for about 8 hours or until you get home.

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Super Fast Buffalo Bowls
1 can black beans
1 can corn 
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Juice of 2 limes
1/2 jalapeno, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 package Hidden Valley Greek yogurt ranch mix
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 package meatless griller strips (see above notes for instructions for tofu or real chicken)
1 cup buffalo sauce (I used Frank’s)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Green onions, cilantro & extra limes for topping

Combine the black beans, corn, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper and lime juice in a pan over medium heat for 5 minutes.

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Add jalapeno and tomato and cook for another 2 minutes until heated through.

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Meanwhile, combine the ranch mix, Greek yogurt and vinegar until well blended. 

Combine the griller strips, buffalo sauce and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes until heated through.

Pile the bean and corn mixture into a bowl, top with the griller strips, extra buffalo sauce and a heaping spoonful of the ranch dip.

Serve with green onions, cilantro and extra limes.

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