Buffalo Hot Dogs

Spicy and flavorful, buffalo sauce meets hot dogs for the perfect easy grill or tailgating recipe that will satisfy all the men in your life while still maintaining secretly healthy ingredients!

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Ummm, is it really Monday again already? Last week I had Monday AND Tuesday off because Arizona apparently can’t handle rain and the entire Phoenix metro area was basically flooded. Well, it was flooded on Monday. I have no idea why we didn’t have school on Tuesday, but I’m not complaining. I do have to say that it made going back to work on Wednesday, like, ridiculously hard, and now I can’t believe I have to work a real 5 day week. My life is so hard.

Buffalo Hot Dogs

I have been the worst about meal planning. When I’m good, I’m so good, and I’m making new recipes multiple times per week, and saving money, and eating great dinners! But then I get busy, and the next thing I know, Steve and I are riding our bikes at 7:3o pm in the dark, and we’re both starving and have no idea what we’re going to eat for dinner.

Buffalo Hot Dogs

That night, I remembered when we were about 3 miles from home that we still had hot dogs in the freezer, and it was pretty much the happiest moment of my life. I freaking love hot dogs. It’s silly, but I do. They’re so easy, and so delicious, and the possibilities are endless!

Buffalo Hot Dogs

I’m also a freak for buffalo sauce, so the combination? It rocked my world. Also, I’m one of those weird people that eats my hot dog with no bun because I really do just enjoy the taste of it. It don’t be needin’ no breads. But photos, photos need bread. My hot dog on a plate is, uhhh, less than pretty. So you’re welcome for the bread. It’s hangin’ out just for show. ;)

Buffalo Hot Dogs

This meal comes together in about 3 seconds. Okay, more like 10 minutes, but that might as well be 3 seconds when it comes to a delicious dinner! Just a few minutes to grill the hot dogs, mix together the sauce, and chop some celery and you are done! That’s how I like my dinner. Ready before I have a chance to back out on cooking and head to Chipotle.

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Also, about a million bold flavors is a necessity. I think I’m the opposite of a super taster. Like, I need to taste ALL OF THE THINGS in order to be happy. So if you’re anything like me, these will make you happy too!

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 hot dogs

Serving Size: 1 hot dog

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Spicy and flavorful, buffalo chicken meets hot dogs for the perfect easy grill or tailgating recipe that will satisfy all the men in your life while still maintaining secretly healthy ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs (preferably all beef or turkey)*
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons buffalo sauce (preferably Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ranch seasoning
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • freshly crumbled blue cheese
  • hot dog buns, if desired

Instructions

  1. Grill hot dogs over medium heat until warmed throughout, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning. Drizzle cooked hot dogs with prepared Greek yogurt buffalo sauce. Top with chopped celery and blue cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

*I try to look for a lower in fat turkey or beef dog that is nitrate free. I especially love Fork in the Road (disclosure: they have sent me products in the past, but I loved them even before that!). Also, not all hot dogs are gluten-free. If you eat gluten-free, be sure to check the labels.

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Pumpkin Irish Cream

Rich and creamy homemade Irish cream with a fall kick! Pureed pumpkin + pumpkin pie spice make this taste like pumpkin pie in cocktail form! Shhh it’s secretly lightened up and vegan.

Pumpkin Irish Cream: Like pumpkin pie in cocktail form!

Youuuuu guuuyyyyys! I have been waiting almost an entire year to share this recipe with you! For the last two weeks, I’ve been asking my husband if it’s “fall enough” yet to post it, and his response, as someone who could care less about pumpkin, and could care even less about when I post things on my blog, is to shrug his shoulders and hardly reply. So, I’ve decided. It’s fall enough. Here we go.

Pumpkin Irish Cream: Like pumpkin pie in cocktail form!

Last year, I started experimenting more with homemade liqueurs and cocktails thanks to my drink-spiration, and I made a huge batch of this baby for Thanksgiving. I couldn’t believe what a huge hit it became! My family couldn’t get enough, and even my family members who don’t generally drink kept coming back for more.

Pumpkin Irish Cream: Like pumpkin pie in cocktail form!

I even had a signature Thanksgiving drink where I mixed the Pumpkin Irish Cream with Pumpkin Pie Vodka (<– OMG a MUST try!) and a spiced simple syrup (<–not that exact one, but similar). There are seriously no words. Everyone thought I was super fancy, but the truth is, the recipe is so so easy. In fact, it takes less time than going to the store to buy a bottle of Irish cream!

Pumpkin Irish Cream: Like pumpkin pie in cocktail form!

One thing I love about making Irish cream at home is that I can control what goes into it. This stuff has just a handful of ingredients including pure pumpkin puree and a homemade vegan sweetened condensed milk.

Pumpkin Irish Cream: Like pumpkin pie in cocktail form!

The result is strong, rich, creamy and filled with pumpkin flavor without overwhelming the non pumpkin lovers (why do these people exist??) in your life. You will want to drink it all fall year long, and I’m pretty certain it will become a staple at your Thanksgiving also!

Pumpkin Irish Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: approx 3 1/2 cups

Pumpkin Irish Cream

Rich and creamy homemade Irish cream with a fall kick! Pureed pumpkin + pumpkin pie spice make this taste like pumpkin pie in cocktail form! Shhh it's secretly lightened up and vegan.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Store refrigerated in an airtight contain for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

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Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

Everything you love about an everything bagel and cream cheese in a creamy and addicting dip perfect for parties, get togethers, or tailgating. Tons of bold flavor, ridiculously easy, and perfect for sharing.

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

Have you ever noticed how quickly dips seem to disappear at a party? I always end up standing around totally hoarding the dip until it’s time to eat something more closely resembling an actual meal, and then I’m like “Whoooops…I ate my weight in dip, but I guess I’ll eat this too…”

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

In fact, I kinda wish I could live off snack food. I mean, not actually because I’m one of those people that needs something to be called a meal in order to feel full. I’m sure it’s mental. Either that, or it is just related to my insane hunger that is probably equivalent to a 300 pound body builder.

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

So I made this dip, and then I pretty much hoarded it. Well, actually, I think Steve hoarded it more than I did. I made it the day before, and he took one bite and announced that there probably wouldn’t be any left by the time people arrived the next day. He is usually pretty hard to read and says things like “Yeah, it’s good”, so I guess he really liked this one.

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

Although, what’s not to like? Cream cheese, garlic, onion, salt, and lots of seeds paired with perfectly crunchy bagel chips–it’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures, and it’s almost like breakfast in an appetizer.

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

I lightened it up with a little bit of Greek yogurt (that I promise you can’t detect, like, at all), and I ate mine with gluten-free bagel chips, but feel free to use whatever you like, or even toast up some bagels, then cut them into small pieces for dipping!

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: approx 3 cups

Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Dip

Everything you love about an everything bagel and cream cheese in a creamy and addicting dip perfect for parties, get togethers, or tailgating. Tons of bold flavor, ridiculously easy, and perfect for sharing.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, roasted and finely chopped
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • bagel chips for serving (I used gluten-free)

Instructions

  1. Beat all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth and well combined. Serve immediately with bagel chips or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Notes

Best served at room temperature. If you refrigerate before serving, let the dip soften, then lightly beat with a hand mixer again.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Perfectly grilled pork chops smothered with a sweet and simple balsamic blackberry sauce. This dinner looks so impressive, you’d never guess how easy it is! Healthy, paleo, and Whole 30 friendly!

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

I’m so conflicted. I want to eat pumpkin and apples, and wake up in the morning to a crisp breeze, and see leaves change color! Okay, so I live in Phoenix and the leaves are never going to change color, but a girl can dream.

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry SauceGrilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Okay, so I’m conflicted because I really really want all of those things. And today it was 108*. I got into my car after work and my car said 117! Yikes. Also, I feel like it’s still technically summer, and I still want to soak up grilling season and fresh berries.

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Also, this dish was the bomb. Yes, I just said the bomb. I’m stuck in 1999 or something. I tried to make something similar a few months ago, but I pounded out the pork chops really thin, and rolled them up, and then baked them. They looked like…crepes gone wrong… They still tasted delicious, but I couldn’t get over the fact that they looked like breakfast.

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

The good news? This way is so much easier! Seriously, my husband grilled up the pork while I made the sauce and we had dinner in under 30 minutes. It looks so fancy, but it couldn’t be more simple — win, win.

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 pork chop

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Sauce

Perfectly grilled pork chops smothered with a sweet and simple balsamic blackberry sauce. This dinner looks so impressive, you'd never guess how easy it is! Healthy, paleo, and Whole 30 friendly!

Ingredients

  • 4 pork loin chops
  • salt and pepper
  • For the Balsamic Blackberry Sauce:
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 ounces blackberries, preferably organic

Instructions

  1. To make the sauce, bring vinegar to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer. Add blackberries and use a spoon to mash them into the balsamic vinegar. Cook for 10-15 minutes until thickened, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  2. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Grill until desired doneness, about 4-5 minutes per side. Top each pork chop with a generous helping of balsamic blackberry sauce.
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Creamy Frozen Coconut Margaritas

Thick and creamy frozen coconut margaritas beat anything you could order at a restaurant. Naturally sweetened with no sour mix, and blended with ultra creamy coconut milk.

Creamy Frozen Coconut Margarita

Is it bad that I just had a 3 day weekend and all I can think about is the next 3 day weekend? To be fair, my long “weekend” was mostly spent in the back of a van. Oh, and ya know, running to Seaside.

Creamy Frozen Coconut Margarita

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember that I ran Hood to Coast last year. Or…at least I ran some of it. After being out for 6 months with an injury, I had just started running again basically from scratch a couple of months before, and the race was just too much too soon. My injury started acting up during my second leg, and I knew if I wanted to avoid an other 6 months on the sidelines, I had to step back.

Creamy Frozen Coconut Margarita

It was hard. I took a break from running, rode my first century, and now that I’m almost a year back into running consistently, it was absolutely freaking amazing to go back and finish this year! It was a total whirlwind, and I swear after being awake for a solid 24 hours, I started to lose my shit, but I would do it again in a heartbeat! I mean, like, can we do it again this weekend? Because I’m already missing it.

Creamy Frozen Coconut Margarita

Anyway, after being home for less than 2 weeks, going back to Oregon, running this race, and then landing Monday morning to go straight into work, I am really ready for this 3 day weekend. And I plan to spend it lounging by my pool drinking frozen coconut margaritas. Oh, maybe you’d actually like to know a little bit about them, and not just about how I’m obsessed with relays?

What makes these babies so special is the coconut milk / tequila / orange liquor ICE CUBES! It takes an extra step, but making the coconut milk ice cubes is essential to getting the right creamy texture for your margaritas. We’ll use regular ice too, but too much, and you’ll have a watery mess on your hands. They are also made with a to-die-for coconut simple syrup and they include coconut extract for triple coconut-y flavor! And ya know what? Even my husband who usually hates coconut enjoyed them!

Creamy Frozen Coconut Margaritas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours

Yield: 6 margaritas

Serving Size: 1 margarita

Creamy Frozen Coconut Margaritas

Thick and creamy frozen coconut margaritas beat anything you could order at a restaurant. Naturally sweetened with no sour mix, and blended with ultra creamy coconut milk.

Ingredients

    For the coconut milk ice cubes:
  • 1 x 14 ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (like triple sec, grand marnier, etc.)
  • For the coconut simple syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup sweetened toasted coconut
  • To make the margaritas:
  • 8 coconut milk ice cubes
  • 2 shots coconut simple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 handfuls regular ice

Instructions

  1. To make the coconut milk ice cubes, whisk together coconut milk, tequila, and orange liqueur. Transfer to ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
  2. To make the coconut simple syrup, bring water and agave nectar to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add toasted coconut, remove from heat and let sit for 30-60 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Return to heat and bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool.
  3. To make the margaritas, blend all margarita ingredients together until smooth. Repeat with remaining ingredients when desired.
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