I have a confession. I have an insane obsessing, addiction to wings. All of them. I don’t discriminate. I am an equal opportunity wingist. And I have a problem.
When I was pregnant I craved wings as if they were life itself. I dreamt of them. I salivated at the thought of them and God forbid if they were on a table… it was all over. I had no self control. They were going to get obliterated. End of story. I win.
I stocked up on the BBQ wings at Costco as if it was going out of business. I only ate them when no one was home… it was my guilty pleasure.
That and my honey nut cheerios obsession at 2am…but that is another story.
Hubs was a bit concerned when he noticed me going to town on about 2 dozen of them at a friend’s get together. By myself.
Here I was, mouth aglow from the hot, sticky sauce, eyes ablaze with excitement, hands covered in ranch and red buffalo sauce…my husband probably thought I never looked sexier.
We are going to go with not. Because he immediately took me to the bathroom and started delicately wiping my face off.
“Babe you gotta slow down, this can’t be good for the baby. You know all this spiciness…and fat.”
I was 5 months pregnant. Already larger than I should have been, had an insatiable appetite and was a ridiculous raging, hormonal mess.
“I’ll eat whatever I want!!! “ I screamed at him…and as if on cue, those wings suddenly didn’t sit so well with me…and they threatened to come back out…immediately.
I hate it when he’s right.
Apparently the munchkin did not share my affinity for spicy buffalo wings and frankly after that, neither did I.
It was quite some time until I could finally enjoy the wings. But after completely changing my diet and eating cleanly my body could not tolerate the heaviness of the wings PLUS my beloved ranch dipping sauce. Not to mention the crunchy carrots that I lovingly dipped in my ranch dressing.
Wings get a really bad rep. Chicken skin is not the devil. In fact, it’s pretty awesome. And if the wings are baked most of the fat renders off and left with crispy goodness. Not soggy, fat drenched orange lumps.
But ranch…ranch is not so good. In any sense of the word. All those additives and preservatives…no bueno.
So when I received my latest shipment of Omaha Steals Pre Cooked Buffalo Wings I was given the slightly daunting task of creating a side dish and possibly dip that one would not ordinarily pair with buffalo wings.
These wings…they looked really good. I felt my addiction coming back to me…
A quick taste of the sauce and I was hooked. I stole one immediately from the oven and devoured it, burning my tongue, cheek, lips and probably esophagus in the process. But they were good. So, so good. T here was a super tangy spiciness and I needed to mellow it out with something. So I did something unorthodox. I grabbed my Greek Yogurt instead of the ranch.
My hands started reaching for things I did not yet understand a need for. And before I knew it, I had created a lovely, creamy dip for my wings. Full of flavor and no preservatives. I found that my dressing was not enough…I needed something crunchy and creamy.
And at that moment one of my favorite side dishes was born: a crunchy slaw lightly tossed with sweet cranberries, crispy almonds, savory scallions and my creamy dressing. It was perfect. I was pleased that I could use my dressing as a dip AND as a creamy dressing for the slaw. Again, WINNING.
When I served this up to my crowd of friends who had gathered for some lame football game at my house I was pleased to see my dressing being mopped up faster than the ranch. And the slaw? Well that was a mighty serious contender to the creamy and ridiculously caloric deli spinach dip someone brought over. In fact, it won.
I think I deserve those wings now…no?
Buffalo Wings and Healthy Broccoli Crunch Slaw...Featuring Omaha Steaks Hot WingsPrep timeTotal timeA quick, easy and healthy slaw that's the perfect add on to any party. Plus the dressing adds as a perfect creamy and healthy dip for wings!Author: Mila FurmanRecipe type: SaladCuisine: AmericanServes: 8IngredientsDressing
- 1 a cup of Full Fat Greek Yogurt (you can use fat free or low fat. But I like fat and my body likes it too)
- 4 tbsp full fat mayo
- 4 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- 1 garlic clove, minced on the microplaner
- Salt and pepper to taste.Slaw
- 1 package of Omaha Steaks Hot Wings
- 1 bag of broccoli slaw mix (feel free to use regular cole slaw mix if that’s how you like it)
- ½ a cup of dried cranberries
- 3 tbsp slivered or sliced raw almonds
- 3 scallions, sliced thinly
- 3 pieces of crispy bacon, crumbled
- ½ of the dressing
- Salt and Pepper to tasteInstructionsDressing
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.Slaw
- Toss everything together with the dressing. If you require more dressing go ahead and ad it a little by little. Remember it will get soggier as it marinades.
- Allow to rest in the fridge for 2-24 hours prior to serving.
- Reserve remaining dressing as a dip for the gorgeous Omaha Steaks Hot Wings.
- Serve hot wings on top of the slaw.3.2.2925
I was compensated for this post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own.