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How We “Do It All” No.1 {Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps}

February 28, 2014

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Easy, nutritious CROCK POT Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}Hello friends!  One of the most common comments/questions I have received since I started blogging at the end of October is “how do you find time to do it all?”  Well, first let me put the notion that I “do it all” to rest.  Trust me people, I am nothing special.  I have a long list of things to do that grows longer and longer and my house isn't always totally clean or tidy.  I don't relax as much as I should.  Sometimes, I don't play with my kids as much as I should {which is probably because I am too tired because I don't relax enough}.  I don't exercise as much as I should.  I forget to do things.  Just this week, I forgot to buy wrapping paper for a baby shower and had to use wrinkled tissue paper.  I multi-task more than I should.  I could go on and on.  But, I do feel like I manage to lead a busy, but fairly balanced and very happy life.

I will also tell you that the biggest reason our life runs as smoothly as it does is MY HUSBAND!  Joe is a firefighter, so he works 24-hour shifts, followed by 48-hours off.  He does so much for our household on his days off-shift {the most important of which is being with our 3-year-old twin girls while I am at the office}, that it frees up my nights after the girls go to bed and a large portion of our weekends to do DIYing and blogging.  So, if anyone “does it all” around here, it is more Joe than me!

That said, we do also have some time saving tips and recipes that I have decided to let you in on.  I have decided that the first day of each month, I will also share with you some household tip or quick recipe that is helpful to our busy family and that we think you will find helpful as well.  Without further adieu, welcome to first edition of How We “Do It All.”

This month, I have decided to share with you a FABULOUSLY fast, easy and healthy recipe that both me, Joe and our girls love.  It's a Crock Pot recipe for Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  Ahhhh, I love, love, love a good Crock Pot recipe, especially one that uses ingredients that are staples in our house.  We ALWAYS have frozen chicken breasts, onions, chicken broth, baby carrots, butter and lettuce.  This Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe requires only one other ingredient that we have to buy if we are planning on making these–Frank's Red Hot.

Just this past Sunday morning, we were rushing around getting ready for church {more evidence that I really don't “do it all,” at least not well} and we started talking about what we would have for dinner because we do our grocery shopping after church.  We quickly decided on this recipe.  In 5 minutes flat, we had all the ingredients in the crock pot and cooking before we left for church.  Yes, we were a tiny bit late, but we made it!

We adapted this recipe from the awesome one by Skinny Taste.  The original recipe is fabulous as well, but we found that adding some butter, more garlic and additional broth makes it more flavorful and it is still healthy enough {in our view of the world}.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 whole yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup hot cayenne pepper sauce {we prefer Frank's Red Hot, but have also used Texas Pete with success}
  • 1 head of Iceburg lettuce
  • 1 cup baby carrots, quartered
  • Celery stalks, quartered
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • Ranch dressing {we buy the Hidden Valley Ranch dry packets and mix it ourselves}

Steps

Place frozen chicken breasts {we never think far enough ahead to thaw ours} in your crock pot.  Add the celery stalk {cut into pieces to fit, if necessary}, diced onion, and chicken broth.  Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, then place on low and cook for an additional 1 to 2 hours.  If you start with thawed breasts, your cooking time will be shorter.  This is what our delicious Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps looked like when we left for church.

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

When it is done cooking, remove the chicken from the crock pot.  Keep half of the broth on hand {the rest can be disposed of}.  Shred the chicken with a fork.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. An easy crock pot meal for busy families by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

Now place it back in the crock pot with the broth, hot sauce and butter and cook on high for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. An easy crock pot meal for busy families by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. An easy crock pot meal for busy families by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

While your chicken finishes cooking, cut up your carrots and celery.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. An easy crock pot meal for busy families by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

This makes our family of 4 enough to eat at least two full meals and it reheats well {we reheat it in the Crock Pot}!  Our girls don't wrap the chicken in lettuce, they just eat it with a fork and enjoy the carrots and celery on the side.  Joe and I place the chicken on a leaf of lettuce, top with carrots, celery and ranch dressing and enjoy.  This has become one of our favorite recipes!

DELICIOUS Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps!

Fast, easy and nutritious meals like this help us keep meal time simple, which helps us maintain our sanity even during our busiest weeks.  You may also be entertained to hear that I drafted this post while walking on my treadmill {combining blogging and exercising has become a necessity lately}.  Don't believe me?  Here's proof.  I walked for 45 minutes while working on this post.

DIY Treadmill Desk

Joe and the girls built me a treadmill desk one day while I was at work.  It's my new favorite possession.  Stay tuned for the next edition of Joe's Corner to learn how to build yourself a treadmill desk!

Now it's your turn…tell me, what is your favorite simple recipe that you feed your busy family?

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  1. […] back for the second edition of how we “do it all”!  Hopefully, you learned in the first edition that we don’t really “do it all,” but we do want to continue to share tips with […]

  2. I have to try this. My husband and boys are really into buffalo chicken so this would be perfect! Thanks for stopping by my blog recently!
    -Shelley

  3. katie says:

    So do you work full time as a lawyer? I can’t even imagine working and having kids! I work full time now and don’t have kids, and I don’t know how I would ever have time for them. I am amazed people can do it, but if I ever do have kids I definitely want to keep working. I would love to know more about what that’s like. I don’t see a lot of blogs written by people who have full time jobs, probably because they are so busy!

    So it’s just the two of us and I go to the gym after work most nights, and have a 30 minute commute home, so I don’t get home until about 7. By then I am starving and ready to devour anything in sight. Hubs gets home from the gym by 5:30 and is practically chewing off his arm by 7. Easy solution would be to expect him to make dinner for us, but he’s a terrible cook and hates cooking. We would eat Ramen and frozen pizza every night if it was up to him.

    I like to make plain chicken in the crock pot on the weekends and use it in various recipes during the week. Sometimes I throw in boneless skinless chicken thigh with the breast because once it’s all shredded together you really can’t tell, and it’s usually cheaper than breast. I’ve used it to make tacos, chicken pot pie, BBQ chicken sandwiches, etc.

    Love your blog, keep it up!

    • Hi Katie! Yes, I do work full-time as a lawyer. I manage it all mostly because my husband is a firefighter and works 24-hour on/48-hours off so he largely runs our household on his days off and frees up my time at home to just spend time with him and our twin girls. I blog at night after the girls go to bed and on the weekends while they are napping. I schedule all my blog posts and social media posts in advance so that they publish automatically even as I am working as a lawyer by day! It’s manageable for me, but again, it’s in large part because of my amazing husband! Thanks for the tip on the chicken thighs–I’ll have to try that. Thanks so much for reading my blog.

  4. I think you are amazing and can’t believe all that you accomplish. I sometimes work (we have a CPR business), but nothing like you. I do agree with you that I sometimes don’t play with my kids as much as I would like and the house isn’t always how I would like for it to be (you should see my current laundry pile). I feel like everyone is happy though, and all I can do is try to find a better balance. How fun that both of our husbands are firefighters! Mine is on a 48/96 schedule. When they first switched, those two days were tough, but now they just sort of run together and we don’t really notice it. I love the treadmill desk your husband built you. What a thoughtful gift and I’m sure it is so helpful.

    • Oh, thank you, Katie! My husband is working a double-shift this weekend. I can’t imagine getting used to that all the time, but as you said, I guess you get used to it! Does your husband love his job as much as mine? I have yet to meet an unhappy firefighter!

      • It was hard to get used to at first but the four days that he is home (when he’s not at his second job), it is the best! We definitely get more quality time with him now. He likes his job, but he wears about 50 different hats. He is a captain, the paramedic coordinator, the staffing officer, and they also run a lot of programs. This time last year he was the acting chief for a few months on top of all of that. I think he enjoys his job but it does get stressful for him:) They are a small department with only two trucks, but they are one of the busiest in the state. Believe it or not, I used to be a firefighter with him. I decided to quit when we got married so we didn’t have to work that schedule and try to balance having kids along with it:)

        • Wow, Katie! My hats off to you for being a firefighter. I could NEVER meet the physical requirements of the combat challenge course they have to do here {though a few women do each year, but I could NEVER}. That’s amazing! My husband is part of a large fire department, so his responsibilities are much more limited than your husband’s. I can see why your husband gets stressed!

  5. Al says:

    These look so good! Since having to give up gluten and dairy I struggle with easy meals. Also, love the treadmill desk!

  6. These wraps look really good!! I’m going to have to try these out!!

  7. I agree — you can’t beat the slow cooker! It makes life so much easier. One of my favorite crockpot recipes is from Budget Bytes: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/07/taco-chicken-bowls/. We often eat it over rice and then add toppings as though we were at Chipotle, but you could use it as a taco filling, too.

    Also, I once read a blog post where someone suggested always “making dinner the night before.” If I am not too tired, I try to prep everything for tomorrow’s dinner the night before so that it cuts down on the time that I have to spend in front of the stove when I get home from work.

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