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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Buffalo Cubes

Buffalo Chicken Wings are the one hot thing my hubby eats. I never quite believed him when he told me he likes the wings, because they do pack some heat. He has been known to tell me to cut back on a sprinkle of black pepper even. Right. This  is the guy that is going for the hot sauce?

Well, I don't care for chicken wings, but I did once try a Buffalo chicken salad that I really liked. Granted, that had breaded chicken, but it really didn't need to. I am all about easy, so I went with already cubed, cooked meat. I planned to make this with chicken, but pulled out a bag of frozen turkey cubes instead. Just as good.

These are great with a salad for a low carb lunch packed with flavor! I made mine really mild for the hubby, but he said we could go hotter. I guess his heat receptors work differently here! Go ahead and feel free to double the hot sauce if you want.

Buffalo Cubes

3 cups cubed, cooked turkey or chicken
8 oz tomato sauce
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp hot sauce (I used garlic flavored Tabasco sauce)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 packet sweetener
2 oz blue or feta cheese or 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing 
celery sticks, optional

Combine tomato sauce, butter, hot sauce, vinegar and sweetener in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, for ten minutes. Add additional hot sauce if a hotter flavor is desired. Place the chicken or turkey cubes in a casserole dish. Pour the hot sauce over the cubes and stir gently to coat. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes or until heated throughout. Top with cheese or dressing. Serve on salad greens or low carb bread with some celery sticks on the side.

I plan on adding this to my prep day rotation and keeping single serving bags of the Buffalo Cubes in the freezer for easy salad toppings when I am eating lunch at school. My plan now is to pack 5 salads in a jar and take them to the work fridge on Monday. Then, I can just bring a different protein topping each day. Here's an idea, Buffalo Chicken Cube salad, Asian Tuna Salad, Balsamic Beef Salad, Turkey Barbecue Salad and a Chef Salad to end it all. That is not boring at all.

I missed my Among Friends Thursday, sorry. I really did do it, I just never got a photo. I made Kent's Barbecue Sauce and put it on some of the Turkey Cubes I had made earlier. My dinner guests that night had a very restrictive diet. Gluten free, very low fat, low sodium. and no artificial sweeteners. That is a little restrictive to say the least. I made Kent's recipe with no artificial sweeteners. I subbed another can of tomato sauce and extra sweetener and spices for the ketchup. Every bite disappeared. I also served a salad, mashed rutabaga, cauliflower and fresh fruit. Have to admit I missed the salt and butter. They say they are used to going without. Anyway, I was busy with my prepping and the fact that we were eating at the school. I forgot my camera, so I never got a photo. Rest assured, Kent made a good barbecue sauce. I really do miss the low carb version from KC Masterpiece.

School starts tomorrow. I am excited yet nervous for our new adventure. This will be unlike anything we have ever tried before. Our program is geared toward teens who do not thrive in the traditional school setting. It may be because they are brilliant and bored or because they learn best through music or another learning style. Some may come to avoid the social complications of a large school, and some may just want more freedom in their education. I really understand the need for this alternative, Other programs around the country are operating. My area needs one, and we just need to get the word out. It seems like some doors for promoting our school have kept closing on us, but we will not give up. It may be taking more of my time, but being there for the teens who need us will be worth it. Please send up your prayers!


Unknown said...

I'm new to your blog. Love it. The cubes sound great. Always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I could go for some of this right now!

Angie said...

Maybe an hour on high in a crock pot? I'm keeping my oven off until well into fall weather. :-)

carol said...

Hi, I am also new to your blog. I was wondering how you cook your Chicken Cubes before freezing?

Lisa Marshall said...


I usually bake them or cook them on a contact grill.

carol said...

Thanks Lisa. I am looking forward to trying this time saving tip. I am now leave for work @ 5:50 am & don't get home before 5:30. I hate eating dinner too late.