Copycat Chicken Salad Chick Buffalo Barclay Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad. Recently I tried the Buffalo Barclay at Chicken Salad Chick. A delightful Buffalo Chicken Salad that not over spicy. However, I have suggestions if you would like to kick it up a notch if you like it hot and spicy. This recipe is low carb, depending on how you eat it. Plain as as scoop, low carb, as a sandwich, not low carb!

Ingredients:

I rotisserie chicken, skin off and deboned

1/2 cup mayonnaise

5 Tablespoons sour cream

5 Tablespoons Buffalo Wing Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s) or for a spicier taste, use Franks RedHot Wing Sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup chopped celery

Place chicken in your stand mixer. Use your mixer to shred the chicken. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. For low carb, eat as is or make a salad and use ranch dressing for a drizzle. Or enjoy as a sandwich. I think you will find this recipe delicious. Enjoy!

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Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Recently I made a delicious casserole from Plain Chicken. I made her Taco Spaghetti which is made with pasta. As I ate it, I thought I bet this would be delicious with spaghetti squash. My recipe is based on her recipe with just a couple of changes.

Ingredients:

4 – 5 large spaghetti squash

1 1/4 pounds ground chuck

1 onion chopped

Garlic salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1 envelope of taco seasoning mix

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, do not drain

1 8 ounce box of Velveeta, cut into cubes

2 cups of grated cheese, I used a Mexican blend

Sour cream, optional for garnish

Chives, optional for garnish

To cook spaghetti squash, I poked holes in it and microwaved each one for 2-3 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, I was able to cut them in half easily. Once in half, I removed and discarded the seeds. Next I placed the squash cut side down in a microwave safe dish with half inch of water. I cooked two halves at a time for 8 – 10 minutes.* Once cooked tender, and cooled, I shred the inside of the squash and placed it on paper towels to absorb the liquid from the squash.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 9 casserole dish with nonstick spray. Cook ground chuck with onions and season with garlic salt and pepper. Drain meat and onion mixture and place in a large bowl. Add cans of soup and Rotel, taco seasoning mix and the drained spaghetti squash. Mix and combine all ingredients. Place taco squash mixture into the baking dish and top with grated cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Garnish with sour cream and chives if desired. Enjoy!

*Cooking times will vary according to size of the spaghetti squash.

Recipe inspired by Plain Chicken’s Taco Spaghetti.

Low Carb Italian Bowl of Love

Ingredients:

2  Sausages (I used Al Fresco)

1/2  cup roasted vegetables (I used Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Peppers and Onions, you can make your own roasted vegetables by grilling or broiling)

3 Tablespoons or more to taste marinara sauce

Parmesan cheese, optional


Cook sausages, I grilled mine. Slice into bite size pieces. Warm up vegetables and marinara sauce. Combine ingredients and garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired. You can serve this over low carb pasta if you wish but it will change the carb count from low carb to medium high carb.


***As far as the carb count goes, the sausages I used were 1 carb each. The toasted vegetables were about 4 carbs. My marinara was on the high side, I didn’t notice it until I read the label. I used tomato basil flavor and used about 3 tablespoons which was approximately 4 carbs. My goal carb count 9 carbs. Not bad. I didn’t count the cheese because I used so little. You will need to read your labels to see what your total carb count is. I currently have 2 boxes of low carb pasta in my pantry but I find the carb count on the high side. I can’t imagine what regular pasta is.

Lisa’s Pizza Bowl

Pizza Bowl? Yes this is pizza without a crust. I was inspired by my friend Lisa that ordered this at a pizza restaurant in Louisiana. I knew once she sent me a photo that I could create this delicious low carb dish. Thank you Lisa and Happy Birthday!


Ingredients:

1/4 cup Pizza sauce, look at the back and use the one with the lowest carbs on the nutrition label, I used Contadina

Mozzarella cheese

Pizza toppings of your choice, I used meatballs and onions (I forgot my mushrooms)

Italian Seasoning, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a small bowl/dish, spread 1/4 sauce in the bottom of your bowl. Add your pizza toppings. I had planned on using mushrooms but I forgot to add them. Cover in mozzarella cheese and bake 5-8 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle on Italian seasoning if desired. Serve with a tossed salad using low carb dressing to round out your meal. This pizza bowl was 6 total carbs. Depending on what you chose for your toppings, it will determine your carbs. For example, red peppers have more carbs than green peppers. Enjoy!

24 Hour Chopped Salad

When it’s warm, I want salad for meals. Here is a quick and easy salad that you make ahead later in a bowl and toss the next day. Perfect for when you are entertaining and you actually make it ahead of time. I think you will really like this salad I made in the food processor. Easy and delicious. This low carb and delicious. You would never know that a low carb salad could taste this great. 


Ingredients:

1 head of iceberg lettuce

1 head of cauliflower or several bunches of broccoli, I used broccoli 

Small bunch of scallions, white and green snipped

2 10 ounce boxes of frozen peas, or a bag 

1 cup grated Parmesan or Italian Blend cheese

1 pound of bacon cooked crisp, drained well and crumbled

I Chopped the lettuce and broccoli in the food processor. Layer the above ingredients in a large salad bowl. Top with dressing and cover tightly. Next day, toss and serve. 
Dressing:

1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise 

1 dry packet of Italian Seasoning

Add seasoning to mayonnaise and blend well. Put on top of layered salad and refrigerate overnight. Toss salad and serve. Enjoy. 

Pizza Spaghetti Squash


I absolutely love spaghetti squash. This a great recipe that even your pickiest eater would like. This is a low carb enjoyable meal and you will not feel deprived of your favorite food. Make sure you choose a pizza sauce with low/no sugar. 


Ingredients:

1 Spaghetti Squash, halved and seeds scooped out

1-2 Tablespoons of Pizza Sauce

Mozzarella Cheese

Pepperoni or your favorite pizza toppings

Oregano, optional

Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place face down in a microwave safe baking dish. Add one inch of water in baking dish and cook in microwave for 10 minutes.  Let set until you can comfortably handle squash. Discard water in baking dish. Scrape insides of squash with fork. Add pizza sauce and top with mozzarella cheese. Add your favorite pizza topping, I used pepperoni. Place under broiler antil cheese melts. Sprinkle on oregano if desired. Enjoy!

Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash


I love spaghetti squash. You can dress it up like pasta once it’s cooked. There are many ways to prepare this squash. Bake, microwave and even in the pressure cooker. I typically microwave mine but this time I baked it. This recipe is delicious, low carb and can be served as a meal or side dish. 


Once you cut open the squash, scoop out the seeds and pulp just like you would do with a pumpkin. 
Baking 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a baking pan, spray or oil bottom of pan. Drizzle olive oil over squash. Salt and pepper prepared squash, I used garlic salt. Place cut side down in your baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until done. 

Microwave
Salt and pepper inside of prepared squash. Fill baking dish with one inch of water with squash inside. Microwave on high for 10 minutes. 


Ingredients:

Olive oil, if baking

Garlic butter, I used Shamy’s

Parmesan Cheese, grated

Salt and Pepper, I used garlic salt and fresh cracked pepper 


Once your spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, scrape the inside of the squash. Spaghetti like strands will begin to form. Continue to scrape the inside until strands are no longer coming from the sides and bottom of your squash. Add garlic butter, salt and fresh ground pepper, and top with Parmesan or your choice of Italian cheese.  I did not add amounts for the ingredients because each squash will yield different amounts of squash depending on the size. Use what you prefer as far as butter, salt, pepper and cheese. 


I chose to eat my squash on a plate like spaghetti but you can load it back into the empty squash shell if you prefer. This is a delicious low carb meal or side dish.  Mangia mangia!  Enjoy!