Copycat Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Copycat Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta Table Spread

Copycat Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta is made by combining penne pasta and Cajun chicken in a rich and flavorful cream sauce and topped with fresh tomatoes!

Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered something so delicious, you knew you had to create it at home? That is the way I feel about Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta. The first time I ever had it, I was addicted. I knew I would never be able to rest until I learned how to make it at home.

I don’t remember where I found the starting recipe, but I have refined it over the years. Once I made it for my family, they also fell in love with it. To this day, they often request it for dinner!

Even though, I have given the recipe to my family, they claim it never tastes the same unless I make it. So, in an effort to set the record straight, I am sharing all my “secrets” to make my yummy, signature dish.

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Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Bake (Chicken Harris)

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Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Bake Pan and Plate

What’s my favorite food? Chicken Harris (a.k.a. Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Bake) — a creamy cheesy chicken sauce over rice and topped with crescent rolls.

For the longest time, when someone would ask me what my favorite food was, I would respond, “Chicken Harris!” That was followed by a confused look and the follow-up question, “What’s Chicken Harris?”

It was until years later, I learned Chicken Harris is a made up name! When I asked my dad where the name came from, he gave me the real story:

My uncle’ neighbors, the Harris’, made this dish for my uncle and his family. When my uncle asked his neighbors what this was called, they replied, “Why, it’s Chicken Harris, of course!” Thus, began my confusing history of describing my favorite food.

So, for the sake of this blog post, I’ll be referring to this dish as “Cheesy Chicken Crescent Roll Bake” instead of “Chicken Harris”.

Although, if you are the Harris family that created this dish, please, send me a message! You created my brother’s and my favorite food! We’d love to meet it’s namesake!

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Easy No Churn Toffee Caramel Ice Cream

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Pan, Bowl, and Spoon of No Churn Caramel Toffee Ice Cream

Easy no churn Toffee Caramel Ice Cream requires no eggs or ice cream maker! It takes less than 10 minutes prep and can be customized with your own add-ins!

Homemade ice cream is really easy to make at home, and no eggs or ice cream maker are required! Plus, it can be made in less than 10 minutes right in your blender! After freezing for 6 hours, you’ll have rich and creamy ice cream!

The no-churn vanilla ice cream base recipe I use is adapted from Cook’s Country’s recipe. Using this base, you can customize it with your favorite add-ins. The ice cream flavor possibilities are truly endless!

Inspiration for this recipe is from my favorite ice cream from Smiths/Kroger: Private Selection™ English Toffee Caramel Ice Cream. The ice cream starts with premium vanilla ice cream swirled with a rich and sweet caramel sauce and English Toffee pieces. It’s so delicious!

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Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Bowl of Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is super creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy! It comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s perfect for meal prep!

You know, when people ask you if you were stuck on an island, but you could have any food, what would it be? Mine is definitely macaroni and cheese. I once at it for 3 days straight. No joke!

This Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is one of my all time favorite varieties of mac and cheese! It is super rich, creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy. It’s even easier than the boxed kind since you don’t even have to boil the pasta! Plus, it doesn’t require evaporated milk or a roux.

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is amazing as a full meal or as a side dish. Additionally, it’s great for meal prep. Since, all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker and forgotten, your hands (and pans) are free to work on other components for your meal prep.

It’d also be awesome to take to a pot luck, tailgate, or other gathering! Can you ever go wrong with macaroni and cheese?

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Microwavable Low-Carb Strawberry Shortcake

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Microwavable Low-Carb Strawberry Shortcake
Quickly and easily satisfy your taste buds when any sweet craving hits!

Indulge in a guilt-free summer dessert with a tasty, microwavable, low-carb strawberry shortcake made in less than 10 minutes! Plus, it’s gluten-free!

Strawberry Shortcake just screams summer is here! It is such a family-favorite dessert!

Growing up, my mom always found the best, fresh, locally grown, pallets of sweet strawberries. Inevitably, our family would enjoy strawberry shortcake and homemade jam prepared from those fresh strawberries. Whenever I eat strawberry shortcake, all those family memories come rushing back to me.

If you are following a low-carb diet, you don’t have to miss out on this yummy summer treat! This single-serving, microwavable, low-carb strawberry shortcake is made in less than 10 minutes! Plus, it’s gluten-free! Go ahead and indulge in this guilt-free strawberry dessert!

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Low-Carb Copycat Wingers Wings

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Low-Carb Copycat Wingers Wings

Family favorite, crave-worthy, finger-licking, sweet and spicy, Copycat Wingers Wings can be made low-carb at home with only 3-5 ingredients! Try ’em today!

Wingers is a restaurant franchise located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. They are most famous for their Wingers Original Amazing Sauce and their Asphalt Pie.

Winger’s covers their hand-battered wings, naked wings, and sticky fingers in their Winger’s Original Amazing Sauce. If you’ve never tried them, they are similar to sweetened buffalo wings. They are absolutely addicting! If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself craving the sweet and spicy sticky fingers often!

Just because you may be eating a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you still can’t indulge in your favorite foods. Thankfully, the original Wingers recipe is easy to make low-carb!

In this post, I am providing three different low-carb cooking methods to replicate the hand-battered wings, the naked wings, and the sticky fingers.

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Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Cherries Jubilee on Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Impress your guests with warm Cherries Jubilee served over vanilla ice cream! Flambeing rum caramelizes the sugars and deepens the flavors of the cherries.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from my 10-year old self’s favorite book series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. In the first book, Dealing with Dragons, the main heroine, named Cimorene, tasks herself with making desert for a dinner party of six dragons!

Cimorene only knows how to make two desserts: chocolate mousse and cherries jubilee. Ultimately, Cimorene decides to make chocolate mouse, and she spends the whole day preparing enormous buckets of dragon-sized servings of it!

That scene left such an impression on me, and I haven’t forgotten it decades later!

I have always been intrigued by cherries jubilee, and until now, I never had it! I was inspired to finally make it when I saw one of my fellow blogger friends, Erin, make a Cherry Skillet Cake recipe. When she described her recipe as “cherries jubilee”, I knew I finally had to make the real deal!

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Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute

Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute -- Clean Fingers Laynie | This Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and requires only 2 ingredients! Great to prep ahead and store in the pantry!
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Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute

This Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and requires only 2 ingredients! Great to prep ahead and store in the pantry!

Making your own *almost* sugar-free brown sugar is so quick and simple. You only need to mix two ingredients together for 5 minutes, and you have your own low-carb brown sugar substitute.

Since it is so fast and easy to make, you can make it whenever you need it. Alternatively, you can prepare it in advance and keep it in the pantry for whenever the need arises.

If you eat the whole recipe in one sitting, you would consume around 15 calories and 2 net carbs. Most likely, you will not be eating the whole recipe at one time. Even if you did, there is a negligible amount of carbs in this recipe.

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Instant Pot Yogurt | Easy Cold Start Method

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Instant Pot Yogurt - Cold Start Method | Tangy, creamy, and easy homemade Instant Pot yogurt only requires 2-ingredients and requires no boiling! You'll never buy store-bought yogurt again!

Tangy, creamy, and easy homemade Instant Pot yogurt only requires 2-ingredients and requires no boiling! You’ll never buy store-bought yogurt again!

Have you ever thought about making your own yogurt? Making homemade yogurt can often be less expensive than buying store bought. Plus, homemade yogurt tastes fresh, creamy, and clean tasting.

Using the Instant Pot’s cold start or quick start method takes all the guess work out of making yogurt at home. It’s practically fool proof and only requires two ingredients!

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Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites

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Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites taste like ice cream and are a perfect healthy snack for whenever a sweet craving hits!

These frozen chocolate peanut butter banana pretzel bites are one of my favorite snacks to have on hand. The frozen texture of the banana almost tastes like ice cream!

I’m not sure where I got the idea to make these bites, but I made them often when I lived on my own and I wanted a simple, inexpensive, and healthier treat. I especially loved making them for my girl’s nights because they are so poppable and shareable! Kids also love these yummy snacks!

The frozen bites are very quick to prepare, and they only require four Ingredients! Plus, once you prepare them, you can enjoy them straight from the freezer. No thawing or ice cream scoop required. 😉

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