Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

After a month of pure indulgence, I’m working on taking some control over my body. I’m trying to alternate jogging and yoga, with a weekly dance class thrown in. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep my dancing addiction under control this time. We’ve also started intermittent fasting again. The first week has been tough but encouraging. I’m already starting to feel better.

People love to tell me I’m dumb for only eating 500 calories in a day, but this is the only thing that works for me. In most other diets, you have to restrict yourself all the time, but with fasting, I can eat pretty much anything I want five days a week. So even when I’m super hungry on a fast day, I know that I just have to keep myself distracted until bedtime, then in the morning I can eat something tasty without feeling guilty. And if I want t have a doughnut every once in a while, I can just do it.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This probably doesn’t have anything t do with Buffalo Chicken Tacos except for the fact that I can eat them on a non-fast day and feel totally awesome about it. They’re somewhat indulgent with two types of cheese and a drizzle of ranch dressing, but they’re not outrageous. You could even add avocado for a hit f healthy fat if you’re into that sort of thing.

My favorite thing about buffalo chicken anything is the contrast. These tacos marry spicy chicken breast chunks with the funk of blue cheese, the creaminess of cheddar and ranch, and a bit of crunch from a sprinkling of green onions. It’s all wrapped in a chewy whole wheat tortilla. I could eat eight of them, but I don’t because fasting also helps to keep you focused on your goal and recognize the difference between hunger and cravings. I’m in it for the flavors, and the flavors in Buffalo Chicken Tacos are seriously good.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Go on, indulge a little. Make yourself some Buffalo Chicken Tacos. It’s gonna be awesome.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos
Serves 2
Buffalo Chicken Tacos are a delicious bundle of contrasting flavors.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons corn starch
  6. 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  9. 4 taco size whole wheat tortillas
  10. Toppings
  11. blue cheese, crumbled
  12. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  13. chopped green onions
  14. ranch dressing
  15. extra buffalo sauce
  16. Whatever else you think is awesome
Instructions
  1. Place chicken pieces in a small mixing bowl. Season your chicken pieces with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  2. Sprinkle corn starch and flour over chicken pieces and toss the chicken with tongs to coat them in the flour.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Give the chicken pieces a gentle shake to get rid of any excess flour before adding them to the pan. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken to a clean bowl, then toss with buffalo sauce.
  5. Assemble your tacos, wrap 'em up, and go to town.
Adapted from How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

When you really love someone, you go out of your way to give them what they want. When you really love someone, you find little ways to show them you’re thinking about them. When you really love someone, you surprise them with cute paper straws and washi tape and let them go to Five Guys late at night after too many drinks because you know it’s their favorite thing in the entire world. When you really love someone you find a way to let them know.

I really love my amazing husband who does so many wonderful things for me, so the least I could do was make him one of his favorite foods, even if I had to jump through some ridiculous hoops to make this very American food in Scotland.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are absolutely jaw dropping. They’re a bit time intensive, but super easy to make. It’s mainly construction. But trust me, everyone will love them. You should really make these for your next party. Or, you know, just for your husband because you love him so much.

If you’re outside the US, you may have a problem tracking down some of these ingredients. Ranch seasoning can be ordered through Amazon. So far, the only place around Glasgow I’ve been able to find jalapenos is at Whole Foods in Giffnock. This is definitely NOT near where I live, but I’ll do anything for love. As you can see, they’re a bit on the small side, but they were all eaten in about ten minutes, so I’m sure the flavor is fine. If anyone knows another source for jalapenos, definitely leave me a comment.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Some people might not think you can say I love you with food. Those people would be wrong. Nothing says I love you like Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Say I love you with Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
  2. 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  3. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack or other spicy cheese
  4. 6-8 jalapenos
  5. 6-8 slices of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and cheese in a mixing bowl. I used my stand mixer because I'm lazy, but you could mix it by hand.
  3. Cut the stem off of your jalepenos then slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the ribs and seeds. I use a spoon to scrape out the insides. Just make sure you wash your hands a lot. Arrange jalapeno halves on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Cut your bacon slices in half.
  5. Fill the cavity in each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture, then wrap a half piece of bacon around it and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until your bacon has reached desired crispness.
  7. If you want them to be less greasy when you serve them, place them on a wire rack over foil to cool.
  8. These are good hot or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. You'll likely have some of the cream cheese mixture leftover, so if you want to a few extra, just increase your jalapenos and bacon accordingly.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
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Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

2016 is almost over which means I made it in just under the wire for achieving one of my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve finally managed to overcome my fear of deep frying. Somehow, having a pot full of hot oil on my stove seemed fraught with peril. I had visions of setting my house on fire or burning my face off. 

Turns out if you leave plenty of room in your pot and clip a thermometer on your pot to make sure your oil is at the right temperature, it’s actually pretty easy. I’m going to fry all the things. 

Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My breakthrough came with these Jalapeno Hush Puppies. They’re crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a hint of heat from chopped fresh jalapeno all over the place. It’s like eating a fresh savoury, spicy doughnut. Hush Puppies are heaven. 

These are perfect all on their own, but if you want something to dip them in, just stir together a little sour cream and hot sauce, and go to town.

Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

2017 is going to be a year where we have to face our fears and bring our most awesome selves forward. You might as well get frying at home. Everything is gonna be alright.

 

Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Yields 12
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and bursting with subtle heat, Jalapeno Hush Puppies are easier to make than you think and totally wort it.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 75 grams all purpose flour
  2. 71 grams corn meal
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. 1 teaspoonssalt
  7. 3/4 cups buttermilk
  8. 4.25 ounces creamed corn
  9. 1 fresh jalapeno, finely chopped
  10. Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Get out a pot that is heavy and deep. I used an enamel coated cast iron 5 quart pot. Clip your candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Pour in vegetable oil until it's a couple of inches deep. Turn the heat under the pan to medium and keep your eye on the thermometer as you're mixing your batter. You want it to get up to 375F degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a separate container, add buttermilk, creamed corn, and jalapeno. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together quickly and gently with a rubber spatula, and mix until just combined. Try not to mix for more than 20 seconds. A few lumps are okay. Let the batter rest while your oil continues to heat up.
  5. Once your oil has reached 375 (this may take a while, and the heat will need to be adjusted throughout cooking to stay as close to that temperature as possible) use a scoop or two spoons to gently add the batter to the oil in fat dollops. I could comfortably cook 3 or 4 hush puppies at a time in my pot. You don't want to overcrowd the pan, or you won't get nice even browning.
  6. Use your tongs to gently flip the hush puppies over in the oil a few times while cooking. Once their dark brown, carefully remove them to a wire rack set over a cookie sheet to cool and crisp up.
  7. Add more batter to your oil as space becomes available, and keep frying and flipping until you have a pile of delicious hush puppies. Remember to keep an eye on the temperature of your oil throughout. The temperature will drop while cooking, so you'll need to keep adjusting your heat.
  8. Serve warm plain or with hot sauce spiked sour cream.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown
http://awesomeon20.com/
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