Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers

Have you guys heard that there is a new Laughing Cow Cheese on the block??

Your favorite wedged cheese now comes in SPICY PEPPER JACK!!!  OMG…

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

My friends over at Laughing Cow were sweet enough to send me a few wheels of cheesy goodness to try out and to share the spicy, cheesy news with all of you!

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

I continue to use Laughing Cow as my go-to snacking cheese.  Whether I’m pairing it with veggies (cucumbers, carrots, and peppers are my faves) or a light cracker (34 Degrees crisps!), I’ve established a deep-rooted love for these little triangles!

As part of their Pepper Jack campaign, Laughing Cow challenged me to come up with a fantastic new way to snack on their creamy wedges… and I’ve come up with a REALLY tasty recipe for all y’all!

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Just in time for football season, you’ve got a new go-to healthier jalapeño popper to enjoy!  It’s not fried or breaded like it’s high-fat cousin… instead, it’s loaded with veggies, white-meat chicken, and, of course, our star:  Laughing Cow Spicy Pepper Jack cheese!

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers featuring Laughing Cow Cheese

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

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5 jalapeño peppers, halved horizontally with seeds removed

2 wedges Laughing Cow Spicy Pepper Jack flavor

1 1/2 Tbsp. white onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup baby spinach, chiffonade

2 Tbsp. cooked white meat chicken, chopped finely

1 Tbsp. reduced fat Mexican cheese

cooking spray

salt

pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Slice and remove the seeds of your peppers.  You should have 10 halves to work with.

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Take one of your pepper halves, and dice it finely.

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add your onion, garlic, and diced jalapeño to a skillet and sauté on medium heat for 2 minutes.  Add the spinach and cook entire mixture until spinach has wilted, about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

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5.  Add your chicken, and cook another minutes.  Note:  I prepared my chicken in a crockpot the day before, and then simply chopped it finely and added to the pan.  You could also very easily use rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken breast.

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6.  Remove mixture from the heat to a small bowl.  Add your Laughing Cow wedges, and mash with a fork to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Using a spoon, scoop the mixture into the peppers.  Place the stuffed peppers on a baking sheet, sprayed with cooking spray.

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Carefully top the peppers with 1 Tbsp. of cheese.  Just a few shreds per pepper will add a touch of added cheese goodness.

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

9.  Bake these bad boys in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until peppers soften and cheese melts.  Garnish with sliced grape tomatoes and finely chopped cilantro, if desired.

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

10.  Serve hot, and enjoy!!!

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Jalapeño Poppers | No Thanks to Cake

Per about 5 stuffed pepper halves:

CAL 103; CARB 4g; FAT 5g; PROT 9g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 2

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For more tasty Laughing Cow Cheese recipes, check out my recent Recipe Roundup

Recipe Roundup: Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Note:  The Laughing Cow provided me with product and a gift card for this review.  However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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Recipe Roundup: Laughing Cow Cheese

It’s hard to believe how new I am to Laughing Cow Cheese.  I never tried it until I started eating healthy, and it has since become a major staple in my kitchen.

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The creaminess of the cheese makes for a great snack with vegetables.  It’s amazing on crackers.  And, I’ve started cooking with it more and more.  Considering that it’s just 35 calories per wedge, it’s an amazing addition to just about every dish!

I was peeking through my blog this weekend and found so many recipes that included this awesome cheese, that I thought it was time for a roundup…

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Below you will find links to some of my favorite cheesy Laughing Cow recipes.  Click on the picture to access the recipe.  Try them and enjoy!!!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes | No Thanks to Cake

Prosciutto - Sun Dried Tomato - Spinach Stuffed Turkey Burger with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

BLT Waffle Sliders with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Garlicky Spinach with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Hungry Girl's Easy Macaroni and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Spinach Bowl | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Paninis | No Thanks to Cake

French Onion Baked Potato | No Thanks to Cake

Also, for my friends on the Jenny Craig program, many of my Jenny Volumizing Recipes include LC Cheese.  Check out my full list of JC recipes here.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Laughing Cow Cheese?

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Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip

My friends at Laughing Cow Cheese sent me another delightful package of their cheese recently and challenged me to come up with a yummy snack to share with you all.

Their timing couldn’t have been better because their cheese arrived the same day that I received my very first Mile High Organics delivery.  I had ordered sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) for the first time as part of the delivery.  I decided to see what they tasted like made into chips.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

These chips are INCREDIBLY easy to make, and remind me a lot of those super-tasty Terra chips.  I checked the ingredients on those chips and was surprised to see that sunchokes weren’t one of the ingredients.  The dip I made to pair with the chips uses Laughing Cow’s Sour Cream and Onion cream cheese wedges, and the taste is phenomenal.  This is the perfect guilt-free version of chips I’ve ever had… and I think you’re going to love them too!

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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3 sunchokes, about 2/3 cup sliced

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cream Cheese – Chive and Onion flavor, room temperature

2 Tbsp. light sour cream

1 tsp. minced onion flakes

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. shallot-pepper seasoning (or garlic pepper)

salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Combine cream cheese and sour cream in a small bowl.

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3.  Add seasonings and stir well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Note:  I like lots of garlic and lots of onion flavor.  If you prefer less, adjust accordingly.  You could also experiment with other herbs and herb mixes you love.  Spice it up!

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Slice your sunchokes into thin chip-like slices.  Note:  I scrubbed my sunchokes clean, but did not peel them before slicing.

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5.  Place sunchoke chips on a baking sheet, prepared with cooking spray.  Spray sunchokes lightly with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Note:  Keep an eye on these guys, they can go from golden brown to burnt pretty fast.

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7.  Move chips to a small plate, and place your dip into a ramekin.  Begin dipping and enjoying this snack!

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Baked Sunchoke Chips with Laughing Cow Onion Dip | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 160; CARB 17g; FAT 7g; PROT 5g; FIB 0g; WW Points Plus: 4

Note:  The Laughing Cow® provided me with product and a gift card to experiment with their product. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese

If you follow me on Instagram, you know by now that I have an obsession with tomatoes.  Grape tomatoes, heirlooms, or romas… I love them all.  I love the color and my goodness I love the taste.

I’ve also shared over the years that I am not the biggest fan of breakfast.  It’s weird though… if you subtract the eggs from the menu, detour from the sweets and head to savory town, I’m suddenly a fan of breakfast again.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Today’s recipe is one of my favorites and it combines three things I absolutely adore:

  1. Beautiful grilled tomatoes
  2. Laughing Cow Cheese
  3. {From my Tennessee Roots} A Biscuit

The other great part is that it’s incredibly easy to make, and there’s something satisfying about baking something that has to be kneaded, am I right?  It always makes me feel like a culinary genius.

Without further ado, let me share with you my recipe for Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

1/3 cup Heart Healthy Bisquick + a sprinkle for kneading

2 Tbsp.  skim milk

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Light Swiss Flavor

1/2 Roma Tomato, sliced – 2-4 slices depending upon thickness

Salt and Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2.  In a small bowl, combine your Bisquick and milk with a fork.  The texture will be slightly crumbly and doughlike.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Knead the mixture 8-10 times just inside the bowl.  Adding more Bisquick atop the bowl to make it less sticky to the touch.  To knead, if you have never done it before, simple using a folding technique  where you are folding the dough in half and pressing down against the bowl firmly and repeatedly until you’ve folded it over 10 times. 

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Form your dough ball into a flat circular shape and place it on an unprepared baking sheet.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake
5.  Cook for 7-9 minutes, until biscuit becomes golden brown.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake
6.  While the biscuit cooks, bring a sauté pan to medium heat sprayed with cooking spray.  Season your tomatoes with salt and pepper, and add them to the pan.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Cook on each side for about 2 minutes, until the edges of the tomatoes start to brown and bubble with juice.  Cook until both sides have the desired level of brownness.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Slice your biscuit in half and smear it with Laughing Cow Cheese.  Note:  I used light swiss in this recipe, but I’ve also made this dish with garlic and herb.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

9.  Place your tomatoes on top of each biscuit half, and serve.

Grilled Tomato Biscuits with Laughing Cow Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 198; CARB 19g; FAT 4g; PROT 7g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 4

Note:  The Laughing Cow® provided me with product and a gift card to experiment with their product. However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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