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Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing

I’m not sure what to call it besides a surprisingly good and simple salad. I took two large chicken breasts (from Sam’s Club, so they are huge) and threw them in a large pot of water with:

  • 2 garlic cloves (I used “Pop n Cook” frozen garlic)
  • Approx. 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • Approx. 1 tsp black pepper
  • Approx. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted chicken “Better Than Bullion”.

(I’m bad about actually measuring things out. I just eyeball it)

I brought it all to a boil then reduced heat and let the chicken simmer for several hours. It went longer than I had planned because I got busy doing other things (cutting fabric and batting), but it turned out really tender and flavorful.

Then I shredded up the chicken and tossed it in a bowl with shredded lettuce and shredded cheese. I decided to add in chopped up cucumber because I love cucumber. I would have added more stuff but I need to go grocery shopping.

I also made my own dressing, which I think is what ended up making this tastes so good. I put some olive oil in a bowl and added Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Whisked it together. And then I mixed it up with my little salad. I did not really measure anything, as stated above I’m bad about that, I just tossed it in the bowl and mixed. I didn’t use all the dressing you see in the picture, that would be too much!

If I had to make a guess though I would say:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Add the italian seasonings and garlic powder to your personal taste. Start light and taste as you go, adding more until you get the flavor you like.

You can add also add more or less lemon juice depending on how much you like the flavor. Mine was heavier on the lemon flavor.

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Caulipower Mexican Pizza

The other night we were grocery shopping and discussing other ideas we could do with the Caulipower pizza crusts. I mentioned Mexican pizzas and my hubby said, “That sounds amazing. Glad I thought about that.” (Said with a cheeky grin on his face). I thanked him for broadcasting the idea into my brain so I could verbalize his idea. 🤣

So yesterday I picked up ground beef, lettuce, tomato, etc. All the things we normally get for taco nights.

Browned up the beef, added the taco seasoning per the package. Then I started the oven preheating while I assembled the pizzas.

For his I first spread taco sauce, then added the seasoned beef and shredded cheese. Mine was sans taco sauce.

Baked them at 425 for 12 minutes. Once they were out we topped them with our preferred toppings.

Lettuce, green olives, tomatoes, taco sauce, and guacamole on his.

Just lettuce and green olives added to mine.

Wow! They were so good! Maybe even better than regular pizza toppings.

Caulipower Pizza

Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated for reviewing this product. I just wanted to share my experience with a new product as we adjust our lifestyle to get healthier.

I was skeptical of trying a cauliflower type pizza crust, but you don’t find new things you like without trying them out.

I have not tried making my own crust yet, but that’s on the list. It’s time-consuming from what I’ve seen on various recipes, so I need to make sure I have the time for it. And buying cauliflower crust around here means ordering online. I’m not paying $20+ per crust!

At our local Meijer though I found Caulipower Pizza crust ($7.99 for two crusts). It does have brown rice flour in it, so it’s not quite the same. But it was worth checking out.

This is amazing! Honestly, it is. I could not taste a difference between this and a regular thin crust wheat-based pizza. And the best part is no bad after effects from the pizza crust.

We like different toppings, so I customize each one to fit what we each like.

Thin layer of pizza sauce, some shredded cheese, toppings such as pepperoni, ham, onion, mushroom, olives, etc., sprinkle of cheese on top. Then bake at 425 according to the instructions on the box. I do add about 1 minute to the recommended time to compensate for our oven’s temperature not being 100% on the money.

If you love pizza, but the crust doesn’t love you, check out this brand of crust. They also have a Facebook page: Caulipower Pizza

We also experimented with cutting the crust into 4, baking it, then use it as hamburger buns.

While the hamburgers were cooking I used a little olive oil on a cookie sheet, put two crusts on it, heated the oven to 425, and baked the crusts for approximately 9 minutes. Enough to get them cooked and crispy without burning them to a crisp. One crust cut into four pieces to make two hamburger “buns”.

Result? A decent hamburger on a crispy bun. Slightly bland, but I didn’t have all the toppings I would normally use, so those would have helped.

I paired it with asparagus cooked with garlic parmesan butter. Yum!

If you try these crusts out let me know what you think.