Last year, I asked my husband what he would like me to make him for dinner for his birthday. He replied, “Tater Tots.” At first I thought he was joking… Nope, he was serious.
My husband is a good sport and will try just about anything that I cook at least once. I rarely make pre-packaged, prepared food – frozen, canned, boxed, etc. So, it made me laugh that what he really wanted for his birthday was some of the “sub-par” food that I typically refuse to make. Since it was his birthday, I went to the store and bought a bag of tater tots for dinner. And, I must admit that we both enjoyed eating them!
Since then, I have felt somewhat guilty that my husband doesn’t get to eat some of the foods that he likes, so I have started keeping a few frozen items in my freezer. I still don’t make them regularly, but they have become a good substitute for going out to eat when I am too tired to cook. Many nights when I have late meetings at work I am not in the mood to make dinner when I get home. Before, we would end up going out to eat somewhere quick (dare I say fast food), but we wouldn’t really enjoy it. Now, I typically rely on my frozen “fast food” and whip up a sandwich or salad to go along with it.
Today was one of those days – so I made some buffalo chicken melts and made… yup, you guessed it… tater tots! To my defense, I only had a few (maybe 4) tater tots… I filled up on some plain Oikos yogurt with peaches, blueberries, and a drizzle of agave. My hubby enjoyed his tater tots, though. I think he might have liked the buffalo chicken melt, too… I think.
Buffalo Chicken Melts (I’ll let you figure out the tater tots on your own…)
- 1 – 12.5 ounce can chicken breast, drained
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 2 tablespoons plain Oikos yogurt
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 whole wheat rolls (I had whole wheat hot dog rolls, so that’s what I used)
- 2 slices cheddar cheese
In a medium bowl, break up the chicken breast with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to evenly combine. Assemble one slice of cheese on each roll and top with the chicken mixture.
Toast under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until the sandwich is heated through and the cheese is bubbly. I told you this was really easy!