Jenny Volumizing: Fettuccine Caprese

I came home from work last week craving a Caprese salad.  Like a real-deal tomato, basil, and creamy fresh mozzarella concoction.  Something like this would have worked well…

Caprese Salad | No Thanks to Cake

(Source: Pioneer Woman)

I even asked my friend Tiffany if she’s bring me one.  Keep in mind, she lives like 30 miles away… yeah, I knew that wasn’t happening.

Having recommitted to the Jenny Craig program over the past few weeks, I knew that I would be having Jenny for dinner… and I also knew that I could leverage this awesome idea into a new volumizing recipe, and THIS may be my favorite one yet!!

Fettuccine Caprese: A @JennyCraig Volumizing Recipe | No Thanks to Cake

Can you believe that is Jenny Craig cuisine??  I took all my favorite flavors from the caprese salad and added them to the Chicken Fettuccine.  It was [BEYOND] fantastic!  Here’s how I made it…

Fettuccine Caprese

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Caprese Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

1 package Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Light Swiss flavor

2 tsp. balsamic glaze

1 Tbsp. minced basil

1 roma tomato, seeded and diced

1/4 red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Prepare the Jenny Craig meal in the microwave, per the package instructions.

2.  Meanwhile, place the onions and garlic in a sauté pan, sprayed with cooking spray.  Saute 2-3 minutes until the veggies get soft.

http://www.jennycraig.com/site/cuisine/product/chicken-fettuccine

3.  Add Jenny Cuisine to the pan and stir to combine.

http://www.jennycraig.com/site/cuisine/product/chicken-fettuccine

4.  Add Laughing Cow Cheese and basil.  Stir to combine.

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Top with fresh diced tomato, and stir to combine.

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Move to a dinner plate/bowl.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Enjoy!

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Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup

As I’ve been back on the Jenny Craig program, I’ve been challenging myself to come up with new ways to enjoy my veggies.  While I am a huge fan of vegetables, I never want to get bored with them and spicing up my menu plan can be a lot of fun.

Since I came up with this recipe, I’ve made it multiple times and it has officially become a staple.  Note:  It is completely Jenny-friendly, for anyone else on the program…

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

It’s tangy, creamy and incredibly satisfying.  And, it’s only 85 calories per serving.

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

1 can Hunt’s Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

1/2 cup lowfat plain yogurt

2 Tbsp. basil

1 tsp. garlic, minced

Optional seasonings: garlic salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Place all four ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.  To tell the truth, the inspiration for this recipe was REALLY about using my new blender for the first time…

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Move puree into a saucepan and warm to medium heat.

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper as you see fit.

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4.  Serve and enjoy!!

Four-Ingredient Healthy Tomato Soup | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 cup serving:

CAL 85; CARB 13g; FAT 1g; PROT 5g; FIB 4g; WW Points Plus: 2

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Things I’m Loving Lately

Time for another edition of “all those things I love!”  Here we go…

Fridays

Why are Fridays so ridiculously fabulous?  Oh, I live for them, even with my new weekly 7:30am Friday meeting…. I heart them.

Friday | No Thanks to Cake

Boot Sticks

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been organizing the heck out of my place.  And, during a recent trip to the Container Store, I found these bad boys.

Boot Sticks | No Thanks to Cake

Each package is just $5.99, and they take your boots from sloppy heaps in your closet to neatly standing-upright!  I bought them in black, but I was seriously tempted to buy the gold plated ones in the store.

Boot Sticks | No Thanks to Cake

All the New Jenny Foods

They’re REALLY REALLY good… I’ve been posting a lot of detail on Instagram this week.  Follow me here to catch up on all the great healthy items I get to eat on this program!

Jenny Craig Food | No Thanks to Cake

Navy Nail Polish

I’m back on Navy polish again.  Remember when I went through this phase last year… There’s a few different shades that I’m loving, but Bobbing for Baubles by Essie is my current fave, and I’m also a fan of No More Film by Essie.

Bobbing for Baubles | No Thanks to Cake

This Jacket

Speaking of Navy, I’m OBSESSED with this new jacket from Zara.  OMG… I’m dying at its cuteness. I am so excited to see what ideas I can come up with regarding pairings.

(PS… don’t mind my linen closet being open, or my eye makeup remover being front and center… it’s about the jacket!)

Zara Jacket | No Thanks to Cake

There’s no sailor jokes necessary because it’s just that freakin’ cute…

Oh, and they have a free iPad app… that makes it SO easy to shop.  Since I can’t always travel to Chicago to get my fill, this will have to do for now!

NatureMade Gummie Vitamins

My friends over at NatureMade sent me a few gummie vitamins to try, and holy cow!  I love these things!  I love the idea that I pretty much get to have candy every single night to take my vitamins.  THE BEST!

Nature Made Gummies | No Thanks to Cake

My favorite are the Multi-Omega vitamins.  They taste like Sour Patch Kids, but no sour!

My Ability to Make Good Choices Dining Out

Not gonna lie, I’ve had to eat lunch/dinner out WAY too much this week for my liking and for a girl on a weight loss program.  BUT, I’m excited about the way it’s gone.  So what if I order like Sally Albright…

1 point KG, 0 points dining out.

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Jenny Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine

Since I’ve been back on Jenny, I’m back on my kick of creating inventive “volumized” creations using Jenny cuisine.

To see my full listing of Jenny Volumizing Recipes, click here.  To see my latest creation, see below!

Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake 

This recipe really transformed the fettuccine from its original state.  You almost can’t even tell that it was the creamy chicken fettuccine from Jenny Craig.  Instead, it tasted like an insanely flavorful Mexican pasta dish, about 2 times the original size!  Yum, yum!

Chicken Fajita Fettuccine

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 package Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine

2 Tbsp. salsa

1/2 tsp. taco seasoning

cooking spray

1/4 green pepper, sliced

1/2 small red onion, sliced

1/4 cup spinach, shredded

1/4 cup diced tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Saute your peppers and onions in a small skillet, prepared with cooking spray until tender.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Cook your Jenny dinner per package instructions

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

3.  While the Jenny dish cooks, prepare your veggies for the meal.  Note:  I used sliced grape tomatoes, as I had them on hand.  Any type of tomato will work.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Move fettuccine to a medium mixing bowl.  Add 2 Tbsp. of your favorite salsa to the bowl.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Add taco seasoning and stir to combine.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Mix in your peppers, onions, spinach, and tomatoes.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Move to a serving dish, and enjoy!!   Add a dollop of homemade guacamole to the mix, if desired.  

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

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