This recipe is totally like this old recipe. But it’s kind of different. Isn’t that what all recipes are though? Something to ponder on your Tuesday. You’re welcome.

You guys. Technology is so freaking hard. Why does it make absolute no sense? Like, absolutely none. Yesterday, my day was filled with technology frustrations. Let me explain to you how my day went. So I woke up at 5am after a terrible night sleep (I never sleep well when I know I have to wake up early), I half assed did my make up and headed to the gym to coach. Once I finished coaching at 10am, I went home and tried to entertain my dog for an hour. After sucking at that because I was continually checking my email to hopefully see the answers to my never ending tech questions, I headed to the grocery store to get some hot sauce for this recipe, then I made the recipe. Boom, boom. After making the recipe and leaving a sh*t storm in my kitchen, I gave the dog a carrot to keep him entertained while I figured out my newsletter service. Ya see, I just switched over to a new mailing service and it’s only about half done. There are things that need to be finished on it that I have no idea how to do. So I write an email asking a milli questions then I sit and wait, freaking out more and more as time goes by. Then I put together this email template that probably took me 3 hours, just to find out that I was doing it all wrong. I am ABSOLUTELY 100% going to have to get botox after this ihatetechnology day. Yep. The crease between my eyebrows keeps getting deeper with each website issue.

Then I noticed that Jackson (my puppy) thought it would be fun to just shred the carrot with his teeth instead of swallow it. So to distract myself from the meaningless template and ever deepening wrinkles, I picked up his many, many carrot scraps on the floor. He didn’t even fight me for them. Just looked at me with “you’re an idiot” eyes. Bastard.

Ok, I’m done venting. Wait no. Jackson farted. It’s horrendous.

Ok, I’m now officially done venting.

So now that I’m 26 years old, I have to get my own health insurance. I know, I know. Grow up, Juli. But for real. Because of Obama’s health rules, whatever those may be, I’ve been able to be on my parent’s health insurance until I turned 26. Well, I turned 26 a week ago and I still haven’t gotten my own health insurance. I know, I know. Grow up, Juli. I need to be a responsible adult. But I just don’t know where to start. It’s kind of like taxes. We’re expected to know everything about them even though we are taught nothing about them in college. There are just so many services out there and I’d rather not pay a bazillion dollars per month because I’m self employed, eat paleo, and workout pretty much for a living, so I’m not exactly the highest risk patient. Do you have any advice for you self employed, newly 26 years olds out there? Or really anyone. Advise me. I need you.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins


  • 1 pound cooked chicken, chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)
  • ¼ red onion, minced
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 1 stalk of celery, minced
  • ½ cup homemade mayo (see Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe for instructions) or Sir Kensington’s Mayo
  • ¼ cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • butter lettuce or iceberg lettuce
  • chopped green onions, to garnish
  • goat cheese crumbles, to garnish (optional – primal option)


  1. Place chicken, onion, carrot, celery, mayo, hot sauce, and salt and pepper in the bowl and mix well until combined.
  2. Place chicken salad in a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with green onions and goat cheese crumbles.
  3. Eat up! Easy peasy!

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  1. kelly says:

    This is the Colorado health exchange website. It has everything that is available in CO.

    I would also recommend an HSA, they are the BOMB! I had one for several years and it is so great, you never lose your pre-tax money and you can use it for just about any health related expense (the IRS has lists if you’re iffy about something). A catastrophic isn’t a bad option either, but you should qualify for an HSA plan without a problem. Good luck!

  2. kelly says:

    This is the website for the CO health care exchange, all the plans available in the state.

    I had an HSA for a few years and it was AWESOME! I highly recommend one of those, you should qualify easily. There are insurance brokers that can help you too, I’m sure someone at your gym would know of a good one that could help. Good luck!

  3. Katelyn says:

    In NYC we call 311 for help on anything. I don’t know if you guys have a number like that. But if you do, give it a call and ask to speak with someone about health insurance options. I went to a non-profit place and a health insurance navigator helped me out with understanding how to sign up for health insurance and what subsidies are (these are so great especially if you don’t make a ton of money. My health insurance would have been like $300 for a bronze plan (I’d recommend this over catastrophic) but my subsidy which was based off my income brought it down stupid low. ) Anyways this health insurance navigator spent like 45 mins with me and it was for free. Also I didn’t realize this but because of the affordable health care act, we ladies all get one annual physical and one annual gynecological visit for free. So no co-pay or nothin’. Your doc will know about it so just tell them you want this visit to be your freebie when ya go. Ok good luck!!

    Oh and I think you could also just walk into a hospital and see if they have anyone to talk to about health insurance. That’s what my brother did. Thanks for the recipesss!

  4. Brooke says:

    About the health insurance…Obamacare is basically a mandate that you buy private health insurance. There is no government-run health insurance other than Medicaid. So, when you log into the Obamacare exchanges, they are basically taking your information and deciding whether you qualify for Medicaid or not. If you do not qualify, then they help you find a private insurance policy. To prevent you from giving personal information to the government and getting on Medicaid (which most doctors can’t stand because they don’t get paid for 3 months or longer – my doctor can only accept a certain number of Medicaid patients and has quit taking them), just go to the private health insurance websites and compare rates. There are websites kinda like Expedia that give you a breakdown of all the major companies.

    I would also have to agree with the other commenters on here. I’m 27 years old and have had my own health insurance since I was 21 when I started working for an employer who gave it to me….but my employer always gave us options and as a healthy, young individual it is always advised to go with the highest deductible as possible and then contribute a portion of your paycheck to an HSA (Health Savings Account). The HSA acts like a bank account except money goes in and gets spent tax-free which means the savings will eventually add up enough to pay your deductible and co-pays and any other medical fee you may have. The best way is just to stay out of the system as much as possible and you do that pretty well with your lifestyle.

    One more thing…sometimes it is cheaper to just pay the Obamacare fine and pay out of pocket for everything. You would have to do this analysis, but I have found out that it is cheaper for me to NOT get dental insurance and to just pay for cleanings twice a year. My teeth are healthy and as long as I keep them that way, I won’t need anything other than cleanings. Plus, my dentist was willing to change my bill when I was $5 short the last time I paid. They wouldn’t do that with insurance patients…

  5. Rebecca says:

    yeah, I’m 26 and we are currently looking into health insurance options. What is looking most hopeful to us is a catastrophic plan or even an “Accidental” plan -seriously like $20/month. (doesn’t cover critical illness, dental, vision- basically covers you if you get in a car accident kind of incident). We are using the Zander Insurance website. Instant quotes online and easy to navigate through.
    Does anyone else know much about an accidental plan?
    Good luck.

  6. Heather H. says:

    Made this tonight with Sir Kensington’s mayo, so yummy and easy. I’m obsessed with your recipes, everything is so good!

  7. Natalie says:

    Seriously, can they bring back Home Ec, except have it in college and have it be about taxes, mortgages, insurance, etc…???

  8. Lodee says:

    Ho man! I just made this tonight for dinner and it was ah-mazing! Thanks so much! I’ve been following for several months now in general and I use your recipes almost every day, everything is always so amazingly good!

    Thanks again, you’re a rockstar!

  9. Michelle says:

    OMG…new favorite. I didn’t think I could find something that would top the Buffalo Chicken Pasta, but I don’t have to turn on my oven in 100* heat or do anything in depth. Can we tell I’m feeling a bit lazy??

    Anyway. So I’ve failed miserably at making the homemade mayo like, every (five) single time I’ve attempted it, so I subbed Greek Yogurt and it was AWESOME. Also topped it off with the goat cheese (we’re following primal not strict paleo) and avocado, and put the mix on a bed of shredded lettuce and made a salad.

    Seriously. Keep this shit up, it rocks!!!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I made this recipe (and your apple pie nachos) for a charity competition at my work. Everyone LOVED the salad!! So much that my team ran out! 🙁 and I was asked for the recipe several times. Unfortunately, my team didn’t win the competition but we had a really great time! so, thank you!