Buffalo Chicken Chowder

It’s weird how in the summer 38 degrees seems so cold, but in January it feels balmy.  It was a gorgeous morning – nothing but blue skies and puffy clouds.

I did not wake up to go to the gym yesterday morning.  I’d like to say its because I stayed up to help Tony who had a rough night – he was up and down over a dozen times – even one time losing his footing and fell into the door – and I never heard a thing or woke up. 😦  I bet if there was a fire in my house I would sleep through it!

So I got ready for work with Hannah who started back to school yesterday – she was off for three weeks!  I actually wash and dried my hair and get this . . . put on make up!  I know, crazy! 😀

Breakfast was delicious – I was thinking of this all weekend when I bought the giant blackberries at Sam’s Club last week – blackberry banana yogurt parfait: 1 cup Greek yogurt (3), 2 ounces of granola (6), banana (0), blackberries (0).  This whole bowl of greatness was 9 points and super filling.

I checked the weather around 11:30 and was thrilled to see that it was 43 degrees!  I changed my clothes and hit the road – 7 minute warm up, then did a 5k with my run a song/walk a song method.  I ended up doing 3.2 miles in 41 minutes – not too bad!  My hope is to start building up my running stamina, and maybe next week run two songs, walk one, etc.

If you are a food blog reader like me, you know that sometimes you see a recipe and you are like “I need to make that.”  “Like now.”  “Like right now!”  That’s what I thought when I saw Nicole’s Buffalo Chicken Chowder.  You know how I love Frank’s hot sauce and when I read that the recipe called for 1/3 of a cup, I was in!

But I did tweak it just a bit.   Her original recipe came in at 9 Points for 1.5 cups.  My version is 7 points for 2 cups.

Buffalo Chicken Chowder (2 cups: 307 calories, 9.45 fat, 27 carbs, 4.9 fiber and 28 protein – 7 WW points)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used 2 giant potatoes)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp salt (probably could have left this out all together because of the salt content in Frank’s hot sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce
  • 3 large carrots chopped (my addition to Nicole’s recipe)
  • 3 cups broccoli (my addition to Nicole’s recipe
  • blue cheese crumbles for topping (optional, you will need to add points if you do.

Since I am lazy, I threw everything in the crock pot except 1/2 a cup of the chicken broth and the flour.  I added the flour to the chicken broth, mixed well, then added it to the pool.  I cooked on low for 10 hours.  I ended up adding the broccoli during the last hour – it really only needs about 15 minutes to still be bright and tender crisp.  Still delicious!

And since I have to take my picture at work, with not the best lighting, here is Nicole’s picture so that it will convince you to try this one. 😀

This may be my new favorite soup – thanks for the inspiration Nicole! 😀

Every time we think Tony is getting better, he slides backwards.  No need to go into any details, but needless to say, I’ll most likely be having Biz dinners this week.  Thankfully he has a doctor appointment with our GP today. 😀

Tony isn’t a huge fan of ricotta cheese, I absolutely love it though.  So I made a stuffed pepper for one – this comes in at 362 calories, 14 fat, 30 carbs, 4.9 fiber and 32 protein, or 9 WW points:

  • 1 green pepper, stem removed and cooked in the microwave on “fresh vegetable setting”
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 ounces ground beef
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • chopped basil for garnish (optional)

Heat a non-stick pan with Pam, add ground beef and garlic and cook until no longer pink.  Add in the spinach, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper and cook until the spinach wilts.  Remove from heat and add in the marinara sauce and ricotta.  Stuff the pepper and add the mozzarella cheese on top – finish under the broiler until the cheese is nice and golden and melty.  I loves melty cheese!

This was so filling and delicious!  And to think even 5 years ago I never would have looked at a stuffed pepper, let alone eat one. 😀

Stats for Monday:

  • 25 points
  • 55 minute walk/run included 41 minute 3.2 miles
  • average blood sugar 161

I hope to get to the gym tonight with Hannah if her schedule works out – the goal?  Run 4 miles!  Come back tomorrow for a zucchini ham quiche with a brown rice crust – 1/4 of the quiche is only 7 WW points! 😀

If you have time, check out this super creative post for easy banana pudding cake – I wish I could be as creative with my photography!

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26 thoughts on “Buffalo Chicken Chowder

  1. Hope Tony feels better! Poor guy. Bah! That chowder sounds totally delicious- something both Josh and I would like. Book marking. Glad you were still able to get a workout in! 38? That is freeeeeezing to me year round 🙂

  2. That chowder would be perfect for the Super Bowl!!!

  3. I love the idea of walking to a song and running to the next one, that may help me run better since I hate running so much. My luck Stairway to Heaven, as long as it is, would end up being my run song when it came up in the mix!! I would make a mix of very short songs! Sorry to hear Tony is still not doing well, I hope the doctor can help him out. Buffalo chicken stew looks delish!

  4. That’s so true about temperature! This winter has been a roller coaster hasn’t it?

    The run to one song walk to the next is a great approach to doing intervals. Your fitness will actually improve like that and you will find yourself wanting to run to 2 songs before you walk.

    Have a great day! (Not sure what is going on with my blog and comments but I’m going to complain to Blogger today.)

  5. Aw, poor Tony. I hate to hear that he’s not feeling good – hope the doctor today can help him out.

    We were in the mid-70’s the past few days! Loving our “winter” but then again, I am not a fan of the cold anymore.

  6. Sure hope Tony starts to feel better soon. And I love that first photo, the blue is amazing!

  7. I have to add carrots next time…yum! And I agree about the salt – not necessary! Oops 🙂 I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Like you said….hard not to if you’re a Franks fan!!!

  8. Yes…when I saw that soup I said MUST MAKE NOW! 😛 It’s been sitting in my inbox flagged since last week. Sooo trying to be good on the sodium level though…. sigh…

    You’re so right, I was out this morning & thought it was so warm and it was only 41 degrees. 🙂

  9. Yes, that is the kind of soup that I want to make NOW. Is it thick like the picture shows? I LOVE a good thick chowder. 10 hours didn’t kill the potatoes? This really sounds good!

    Tell Tony to knock it off and get better! 🙂

  10. Poor Tony, hope he feels better soon!

    Um, yes, that buffalo chicken chowder looks wonderful. I should try it. I am looking for different kinds of meals to make this week and Andy is obsessed with spicy.

  11. I also MUST make that chowder! Looks awesome, and I think even Bobby-friendly.

    Looks like your eats were spot on, so don’t worry too much about the gym. Also poor Tony, I hope he is getting better! You are like my husband though – he can sleep through ANYthing. I recently bought him this Sonic Boom Alarm Clock – we haven’t used it yet because we’re kind of nervous.

  12. You know, back in the day, when I was younger and in the Navy and working out a lot, I loved buffalo chicken sandwiches. Then I worked out less and gained a bunch of weight. I don’t know why I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet, except for I am cooking for a kid and maybe that it’s a slippery slope back to my deep fried buffalo chicken sandwiches. Ah, the 90’s. Beer, buffalo chicken, and fries.

    So sorry about Tony. Being sick really sucks.

  13. What an awesome recipe for soup!! Hope Tony is feeling better!

  14. Awww….hope Tony feels better!
    And I’m like you – I wouldn’t have eaten a stuffed pepper a few years ago either. I make them now and LOVE THEM!!!

  15. That chicken chowder looks to die for!
    I made her buffalo chicken tacos which were just delicious! Gotta love the buffalo flavors! Mmm.

  16. you look adorable! it’s been pretty mild here too these last few days, it’s been really nice. i’m hoping we can avoid that really harsh winter weather.

    yeah, i want that chowder now too! i’ll have to put it on the top of my list of things i want to eat when i’m done being a crazy carbless person, lol!

  17. Yum – totally bookmarking this one.

  18. Ah poor Tony, I’m sure you take good care of him though 🙂

    I’m like that too with a lot of recipes, except I never follow through and end up eating old favorites…creature of habit I guess, hah.

    Great job on the run too! Jealous of the 40’s, it was only in the 30’s today for us!

  19. I saw the new Frank’s hot sauce commercial and thought of you. It is HYSTERICAL!

    The soup looks good. Yum.

    Hope Tony is feeling better soon. I am so sorry he had a bad night, hope his day was more restful.

  20. I, too, am enjoying the warmer-than-usual weather. That soup looks delicious, and I love that each serving has 28g protein! I’m definitely going try it.

  21. Omgosh, that soup looks to die for! I hope Tony gets to feeling better 🙂

  22. I hope Tony feels better soon.

    It has been warmer than usual here too. It’s supposed to snow and blow tonight and tomorrow. I’m not excited for that. I’m afraid of things that are too spicy, but that soup looks worth trying.

  23. Soup looks amazing, nice and comforting! I think we have your weather here is WA, it’s 30* and snowing AND windy! Hope our power holds!
    I’m sorry Tony isn’t feeling good, hope the doc has some answers for him. Hang in there Tony! 🙂

  24. This soup looks right up my alley! Yum!

    Hope Tony sleeps better tonight.

  25. It’s a real plsrauee to find someone who can think like that

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