Chicken Balls & Buffalos

So I’ve got 2 great recipes for you.

First up- I’ve blogged about how I’m always trying to come up with good options for Jack’s lunch on school days. For some reason- I’m guessing it has to do with all of the kids & toys- he is super picky about his Mother’s Day Out lunches. I always get his little daily report card back with “Some” circled after the “How much lunch did I eat?” question. The other options are “Most” or “All” so that is no bueno.

Anyway, I ran across a recipe for these cute Garlic Chicken Puffs on Pinterest and thought they looked portable and Jack-friendly. You just mix shredded chicken, cream cheese and garlic powder, then unroll a tube of crescent roll dough and cut each triangle in half. Spoon a teaspoon of the chicken mixture into the middle of each dough triangle and then fold the corners up and over the chicken. Bake for about 13 min or so (I halved the recipe). I kept calling them “Chicken Balls” and then cracking myself up.

Interior shot:

Cute, right?? And versatile. Next time I’m going to add cheddar and broccoli… or you could do a “chicken parm” flavor with marinara and mozzarella… or a pain au chocolate with Nutella. Endless possibilities.

(For the record, Jack ate THREE of these at dinner last night but barely touched them at school. UGHHHHH.)

Okay, recipe #2. This one is from the latest issue of Food Network Magazine. I love, love, love buffalo sauce. And I also love, love, love hummus. So guess what I found? Buffalo wing hummus! Shut up!

The recipe calls for 3 cups of chickpeas, which by my calculations was 2 cans. All of the ingredients are pretty standard and you probably have most in your pantry already. The only thing I had to buy was tahini. For the buffalo sauce I used Frank’s Red Hot, and for the BBQ sauce I used Stubb’s.

I can’t stay out of this stuff. Yesterday I made this wrap for lunch (Ezekiel tortilla, sliced MSF soy chicken patty, buffalo hummus, spinach, pickles and blue cheese) and had to use extreme self control in order to refrain from wolfing this down before I got a picture.

Finally, check out my little zombie child. THIS is why I have to limit his TV watching to one Chuggington episode per day. He’s like his dad in front of the television.

Such focus. Even a string cheese can’t break his concentration on those “Choo choo twaaaaaains.”

(On a side note: I’m pretty sure that he and Chloe have made some secret pact to destroy every cushion/pillow on that couch.)

So there you have it! Big weekend planned. Tomorrow we’re headed to the pumpkin farm and then Saturday is the big Lake Highlands Oktoberfest (you should come, btw- it’s FREE).

Have a great weekend!

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5 Responses to Chicken Balls & Buffalos

  1. Patty Barteau says:

    Heather, Those chicken things look good and seems like they’d be a good addition to any event. When I looked at them, I immediately thought of that peanut sauce that I made for something here at the house for you. Do you remember the sauce and do you think it would be a good dipping thing for those chicken balls?

    • heatherwlu says:

      Yes! I think you could even mix the chicken with the peanut sauce (as opposed to the cream cheese) and maybe some chopped green onions… and then serve with more peanut sauce for dipping.

      • Patty Barteau says:

        Busy, busy weekend and I actually cooked these things both ways. Both were great. The peanut sauce was awesome. Didn’t have any green onions to add but they were still great!! Thanks.

  2. Katie says:

    chugggginton, chugga chugga chugga! I hear it in my dreams.

  3. Merynn says:

    The boys were the SAME way with their food in Mother’s Day Out.
    Then one of the helper moms mentioned to me that Cade seemed to spend his whole lunch time “talking” and watching the other kids. So, when Garrett did the same thing, I didn’t worry about it b/c I figured he was doing the same thing…merely using his lunch time as social time instead of eating time ;)

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