Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

My low carb Buffalo Dip is packed with protein and flavor! It’s the perfect appetizer to enjoy at a game day potluck or a yummy lunch to pair with crackers or carrots and celery.

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Here’s the Deets on this Healthy Recipe

To make this yummy dip you’ll need greek yogurt and cream cheese for the bulk of this recipe. The greek yogurt will be where we will get the added protein in addition to the chicken.

I swapped out the sour cream in this recipe with greek yogurt to boost the protein content and reduce the fat content as well.

I kept the classic parts of this dip the same though by using the buffalo sauce as the key for doctoring this up along with the cheese. You can certainly choose a lower fat cheese such as mozzarella, but for this recipe I used my favorite cheese, which is a 4 cheese blend.

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Here’s The Key Ingredients:

  • Buffalo sauce
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cream cheese (softened)
  • Garlic powder
  • Shredded chicken
  • Cheese of choice
  • Green onions

You are going to need a pretty large bowl for this recipe as the yield is a generous 8×8 dip that is Thick.

I would also recommend getting some carrots, celery, and crackers to pair with this as it makes for a great crunchy combo!

Low Carb Buffalo Dip

It’s Super Simple

This dip is by far one of the quickest recipes you can make for a potluck or even as a part of your meal prep for the week.

It’s as simple as

  1. Let the cream cheese soften and combine everything in a bowl
  2. Spread the contents from the bowl in an 8×8 pan and add half the shredded cheese on the first layer
  3. Pour the remaining batter into the 8×8 pan and top with the rest of the cheese and bake for 30 minutes
  4. Let cool and garnish with green onions
Low Carb Buffalo Dip

Bam, just like that a Low Carb Buffalo Dip is done!

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Low Carb Buffalo Dip

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dip, Appetizer, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Low Carb Dip will appease the masses and is packed with flavor and protein!


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Ingredients

  • 5 oz softened 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 lb shredded chicken ( mine was about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Let the cream cheese soften by leaving it out for an hour.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl except for the green onions and cheese and mix until it is combined.
  4. Chop the green onions up and add in 1/4 cup to the mixture and give it a good mix.
  5. Pour 1/2 the dip into the 8×8 pan and add 1/2 cup of cheese.
  6. Pout the other half of the dip in the dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Take out and top with the remaining chopped green onions.

Notes

*You can lower the calories and fat in this by choosing a lower fat cheese if you wish.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/12 the recipe (about 2-2.5 oz, but this will range)
  • Calories: 126
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 16

Keywords: Buffalo dip, healthy buffalo dip, greek yogurt, gluten free dip, gluten free, healthy appetizer, meal prep, healthy snack

Healthy Vegan Orange Tofu

Healthy Vegan Orange Tofu

This Tofu recipe involves crispy Tofu, fresh squeezed oranges, and has over 21 grams of protein in it! It’s gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!

As you can see it’s the near perfect dish to have for when you have someone new over and you’re not sure if they’re allergic to anything, because nowadays you can never be sure.

How to make Crispy Tofu

The secret here involves 2 main components:

1.You’ll need an air fryer to achieve next-level crispiness.

2. Take out as much moisture from the Tofu as possible. This can be done by pressing the tofu with a paper towel.

3. Cut your tofu into small cubes (about 1 inch by 1 inch) you should be able to achieve a crispy outer layer and cooked inner layer, all while everything is cooked evenly.

4. To season the tofu I recommend adding 3/4 Tbsp of Tamari sauce and 3/4 Tbsp of Sesame oil and a few dashes of garlic powder. This isn’t mandatory but I recommend it as it will enhance the overall flavor profile of the dish. You can try adding a full Tbsp, but I tried to add the least amount of liquid possible in order to not add too much moisture to the tofu.

Vegan and Gluten Free Orange Tofu

Here’s the deets on what you’ll need:

  • Tamari sauce (or soy sauce) for the sauce and Tofu
  • Garlic cloves and powder (powder for the Tofu)
  • Corn starch + water mixture
  • Rice vinegar
  • Brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • Juice from oranges or cuties ( I used about 4 cuties since this is what I had on hand)
  • Water
  • Optional: Sesame oil (This is for the air fried Tofu)

The key to making this a lower sugar sauce is using juice from an orange and not orange juice that may be loaded with added sugar.

Vegan Gluten Free healthy Orange Tofu

How To Make The Sauce

1. Roast the garlic in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients except for the corn starch and water mixture.

3. Stir in the cornstarch and water mixture and lower the heat to low and simmer for a few minutes.
The sauce will thicken during this time. If you prefer a thicker sauce you may add more cornstarch and if you prefer a thinner sauce you may add more water.

Vegan, Gluten Free Healthy Orange Tofu

After the sauce is prepared simply add in the air fried Tofu to the sauce in the skillet and coat the tofu evenly.

Then, serve over rice and top with green onions and sesame seeds to bring the dish together.

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Healthy Vegan Orange Tofu

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servins 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A simple, crispy, and flavorful healthy vegan and gluten free orange tofu dish that will keep you coming back for more!


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Ingredients

Crispy Tofu

  • 2 blocks of firm tofu
  • 3/4 Tbsp Tamari (or soy sauce if not gf)
  • 3/4 Tbsp sesame oil
  • dash of garlic powder

Sauce

  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Tamari
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 large naval orange juiced (about 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp truvia baking blend (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch + 1 1/2 Tbsp water mixture
  • Optional: green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

 


Instructions

Tofu

  1. Drain the moisture from the tofu with paper towels. Press the tofu onto the paper towels until there is little to none left.
  2. Cut into small 1 inch by 1 inch cubes and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients into the bowl and mix up the Tamari, sesame oil, and dash of garlic powder until it is evenly coated.
  4. Put in the air fryer at 400 and cook for 25-28 minutes shaking it every few minuted to ensure they cook evenly. If you like them very crispy then I would recommend cooking it on the longer end of that range. You may adjust this based on your air fryer.  
  5. When the tofu is done set aside.

Sauce

  1. Mince the garlic and cook over a skillet at medium to heat. Roast this for a few minutes until the garlic starts to appear less white.
  2. Add the Tamari, rice vinegar, water, and juice from the orange.
  3. Add in the coconut sugar and truvia
  4. Mix the cornstarch and the water together in a small dish and add this mixture into the skillet with the other ingredients.
  5. Lower the heat to low and let the sauce thicken while it simmers. Mix the sauce with a fork for a few minutes as it thickens. 
  6. Add in the tofu and stir until it is evenly coated.
  7. Optional but recommended, add some veggies into the tofu and sauce mixture.
  8. Serve over steamed rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Notes

*Air fryer times are estimated as they will vary by brand


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 251
  • Sugar: 12
  • Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 17
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 21

Keywords: tofu, vegan, gluten free, orange tofu, healthy, low sugar

Collagen Perfect Bars

Collagen Perfect Bars

Dense, Peanut-buttery, and absolutely Gluten Free and Dairy Free! These Collagen Perfect Bars resemble the texture of your typical Perfect Bar, but without the dry milk and egg powder all while packing a protein punch with 14 grams of protein per bar!

I admit, I love Perfect Bars! But something is so satisfying about making your own makes them taste that much better.

The Customization

The best thing about making these bars is that you get to add in your favorite add-ins (and I am talking about more than just chocolate chips!

For example, you could add cranberries and walnuts and use almond butter as the base to create a completely different flavor with these bars.

Why Collagen?

Collagen is one of my favorite ways to add protein in a dairy free way without messing with the texture. It’s tasteless properties and superfine granuals make it ideal for baking and in no-bake desserts.

If you were to use vegan protein, it will likely create a different texture and not so subtle aftertaste of pea protein (as that is the base of most vegan proteins). I am not saying that you shouldn’t use vegan protein as I incorporate it in other recipes, but in certain ones the flavors and textures don’t mix together as well as collagen.

Another great thing about these Collagen Perfect Bars is that they are simple to make as you won’t need much and odds are you have all of it in your kitchen!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Collagen
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour
  • Non-dairy chocolate chips

You can feel free to sub out the chocolate chips for other add-ins that you prefer.

When adding these ingredients together you will get a very thick and dense dough that is moldable and shouldn’t stick to your hands.

Overall, it should be an easy transfer from the bowl to an 8×8 pan.

When it comes to the size of these bars it’s honestly up to you and your preference. I prefer bars on the thinner side, but that’s just me.

I you prefer thicker bars I recommend using a smaller baking dish to achieve this. You won’t get as many bars out of this but they will be very thick…With a capital T on the Thick!

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Collagen Perfect Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 70 Minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These yummy dairy free and gluten free collagen protein bars are packed with 14 grams of protein and made with minimal ingredients. Did I mention they are customizable and taste like your favorite Perfect Bar?!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 scoops collagen (or more if you prefer, but this may affect the taste slightly)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp (or more for sprinkling chocolate chips on the top)

Instructions

  1. Combine the peanut butter, water, vanilla extract, and honey together in a small to medium-sized bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add in the collagen, coconut flour, oat flour, salt, and give it a good mix until all of the ingredients are combines.
  3. Add the peanut butter and honey mixture in the small to medium-sized bowl to the medium-sized bowl with the dry ingredients and combine until the batter is thick and moldable. You may need to add an additional 1-2 Tbsps of water if you didn’t use natural peanut butter or added more collagen. If your batter is too thick, slowly add in 1 Tbsp of water and mix until the dough is moldable and resembles that of the photo.
  4. Fold in 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips and add the dough to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top and store in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour. Once they have froze, cut into 9 bars and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

*I recommend using a drippy nut butter


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 14
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 20
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 14

Keywords: No-bake, honey, perfect bar, gluten free, dairy free, protein bars, healthy bars, breakfast, snack, snack bars