This is the second post in a series on Easy Dinners! As a family who generally adheres to a low carb regimine, I know it can be difficult to get dinner on the table when life gets crazy. Especially if you don’t plan ahead – that’s probably the biggest downfall of eating low carb. The planning. Yes, you can just swing by Chipotle or your local burger joint and get away with it, but that gets really expensive really fast, even for our small family of three and even if you’re not trying to omit sugar from your diet.
So, I’m going to do a few posts featuring what I’m cooking for dinner and see what kind of response it gets. If you like these, please let me know in the comments below!
The Dinner Plan:
Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Drumsticks & Celery Sticks
Our three year old has had the flu this week. That means he’s not eating dinner – or much of anything for that matter. I took this as an opportunity to do some flavors my husband and I like but that don’t translate into kid food very well. Additionally, I’m pretty busy with a website build and my husband has a meeting he has to be at right after dinner so the meal needs to be on the table lickety split tonight to get him out the door.
Tonight’s main dish is from The Frugal Gals and looks to be easy (crockpot easy!) and packed with flavor. (Buffalo is one of our favorite flavors; a delicious blend of butter, vinegar, cayenne peppers.) Paired with a big bowl of celery and a few cherry tomatoes, this looks to be quick and hassle free. And very low carb.
Here is Heidi’s meal photo (Yum!!):
The instructions for this recipe are very simple. The only thing you need to remember is start the chicken about four hours before you want to eat. That leaves you plenty of time to prepare your side dish. Coleslaw would be a really great side with this, but I wanted even easier and the classic pairing of buffalo + Ranch + celery just sounded good. So I cut celery sticks during the last half hour of cook time. This is one of the easiest meals I’ve ever done.
Here’s how mine looked all finished up:
Here are my post-meal reflections
- I’m not a big fan of crockpot cooked meats. They always seem soggy to me. This recipe was no exception – but the sauce did a nice job of concealing that. I still wanted crispy skin but – that simply gets sacrificed for time.
- This is a ton of sauce. I made half of the sauce and it was plenty.
- I couldn’t really taste the Ranch flavor over the hot sauce. It was still good, but I dipped bites of it into Ranch.
- Recipe says “Serves 4” and with a side, that’s absolutely spot on.
- Have a kid that doesn’t like the heat? Take our a portion before adding the sauce. (A very easy fix!)
The Family’s Verdict:
Overall, this was a great meal. I liked it because it made enough leftovers for both my husband and myself to have lunch the next day. That’s always nice. It also required such a small amount of prep work! Five minutes, tops. And that included making and adding the sauce. We both like the classic wings done in the oven better, but this quenched our craving for buffalo flavor and was so easy I can’t help but be pleased with it.
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