Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Sometimes I stumble upon an amazing dinner…. and today’s recipe is one of those.

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I didn’t plan to make this for dinner, and then it all just came together.

My local farmers’ market has stand that sells vegetables by the bag.  You can fill a pretty large bag with all of your favorite veggies, for just $10.  Pretty cool, right?

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I ended up having a little room left and added two poblano peppers as a last minute addition.  I’m a big fan of Chile Relleno (a la Trader Joe’s), so I thought I would try to make my own version… but healthier with these peppers.

I also leveraged a few other recipes that I had made recently to create this dish.  Click the images below for the full recipes…

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I can’t believe how delicious these peppers came out!  Poblanos have a much milder flavor than a bell pepper, and I really prefer them to traditional stuffed peppers.  I seriously wish I would have bought about 5 of those peppers!  Next time, I will!

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1/3 cup shredded chicken (I used Salsa Chicken)

1 poblano pepper

1 roma tomato, diced and seeded

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Chipotle and Queso Fresco flavor

2 Tbsp. diced onion

1 tsp. minced garlic

2 cups fresh spinach

cooking spray

salt and pepper

1 1/2 Tbsp. reduced fat 4-Cheese Mexican cheese, shredded

Salsa (I used Restaurant Style Salsa)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Saute onions and garlic in a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.  Add spinach and sauté until wilted, about 1-2 more minutes.

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3.  Add chicken and tomatoes to the pan, and stir to combine.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add one wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese.  Stir to combine.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Remove the top of the pepper where the stem is.  Cut the pepper vertically to allow for it to be filled.  Remove the seeds as best you can, and fill it with the chicken mixture.

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6.  Place in a cooking sheet, sprayed with non-stick spray.  Top with shredded cheese.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and pepper is cooked.

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7.  Remove to a plate to serve.  Top with fresh salsa.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 307; CARB 20g; FAT 13g; PROT 33g; FIB 5g; WW Points Plus: 8

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Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it made me drool.  INSTANTLY.

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It has spinach and tomatoes… and has a base similar to that addictive white queso cheese from Mexican restaurants.  I did the right thing… I pinned the recipe to a “Dangerously Delicious” board on Pinterest and stepped away from the idea of ever making this mac and cheese.  Do you do that too?  Pin delicious foods that you’re never (ever) going to make?  I totally do…

However, this mac and cheese concoction stuck in my brain.  And, I wondered if there was a way to make this dish a little bit healthier.  And, I figured out a way!

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 I’m not going to tell you that this recipe is the same as the original.  That it has that creamy gooeyness that comes with that cheese sauce.  BUT… what I can tell you is, that for someone who has never tasted the original… I think this is the best darn spinach queso mac and cheese EVER!

Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese

Inspired by Pinterest

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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2 oz. whole wheat macaroni, cooked

2 Tbsp. diced onion

1 tsp. minced garlic, about 1 clove

1/2 can of Rotel Tomatoes – Original recipe, drained

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Queso Fresco and Chipotle flavor

 1 container Green Giant Just for One Broccoli and Cheese

Dash of Cumin

2 cups spinach

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Saute your aromatics in a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray for 1-2 minutes.

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2.  Meanwhile, cook the tray of broccoli and cheese per the package instructions.

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3.  Add the wedge of Laughing Cow and mix in.

Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add spinach to the pan, and cook until wilted (about 3 minutes) stirring frequently.

Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Add your tomatoes to the pan.  Be sure to drain the Rotel before adding it to the pan.  Cook 1-2 minutes and mix well.

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6.  Add cooked pasta to the pan and the cheesy broccoli mixture.

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7.  Add a dash of cumin, optional.  Stir pasta well, cooking until cheese have combined and melted.  Stir often.

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8.  Move pasta to a bowl, and prepare yourself for a treat!

Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Lightened Up Spinach Queso Mac and Cheese | No Thanks to Cake

Per Entire Recipe:

CAL 320; CARB 57g; FAT 5g; PROT 14g; FIB 11g; WW Points Plus: 8

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Edamole

My favorite restaurant in Nashville closed its doors a few years ago now.  I remember that I’d always show up at Rumba, thirsty for their mojitos and hoping that their edamole had made a reappearance on the menu.  Sadly, on my last visit to the place, the edamole did not appear.

Ever since then, I’ve been trying to come up with just the right combinations to make this dish.  I’ve made it with too much avocado, edamame that was too crunchy, and then last week… I made it just right.

Just in time for the California Avocado recipe contest I was participating in.  It was a tough decision between the Grilled Avocado Caprese and this dish, but in the end, both recipes win.  I mean, take a look at this stuff…

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It has the perfect pairing of edamame and avocado.  Mixed with just the right aromatic ingredients, it is perfect on a pita chip.  Try this one…

Edamole

Inspired by Rumba Nashville

INGREDIENTS

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1 California Avocado, ripe

1 cup frozen edamame, shelled

½ cup diced red onion

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 roma tomato, seeded and diced

2 tsp. garlic

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Prepare your edamame per the package instructions until tender, not crunchy.  Note:  I cooked mine in the microwave with water.  Also important, the edamame must be soft.  Crunchy will not work.

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2.  Once the cooking process is completed, run cool water over the beans in a colander to cool them off and stop the cooking process.

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3.  Add edamame to a food processor.  Add avocado.  Pulse until combined.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add cilantro, onion, garlic, and lime.  Pulse to combine.

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Move the mixture to a bowl.  Add the tomatoes by hand.  Stir to combine.

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Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Serve with pita chips and enjoy!!

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Edamole | No Thanks to Cake

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Jenny Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups

After Friday night’s food fest, I absolutely knew that I wanted to jump RIGHT BACK on track on Saturday.

I’ve been doing so well eating healthy and living “in the zone.” After a healthy breakfast and lunch, I wanted to get a little creative with dinner, while still staying on plan and on track.  Here’s what I came up with…

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Don’t they look amazing???  My dad sent me a set of the Perfect Tortilla pans a few months back, but I’d never used them until Saturday night!  While these little pans seem gimmicky, they’re really awesome.  I can only imagine that kids would love these little boats, and the kid in me was VERY happy with them.  Click here for more details on the product.

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake The Jenny Craig Chicken Fajita kit is one of my favorite ways to create sassy, volumized meals.  I LOVE Mexican flavors, so this one was super fun to play with.  I also used some of my new faves from Trader Joe’s in this dish to add a little flavor.  End result:  Fantastic, satisfying meal.  And, now I wish I had more fajitas in my freezer…

 

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1 pkg. Jenny Craig Chicken Fajita dinner

1/4 red onion, sliced

1/4 red pepper, sliced

cooking spray

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Queso Fresco and Chipotle flavor

2 Tbsp. Trader Joe’s Corn and Chile Salsa

2 tsp. Trader Joe’s Guacamame – Spicy Edamame Dip

Two sliced cherry tomatoes

Shredded butter lettuce

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Prepare your tortillas for baking.  Spray your pans with cooking spray and press the thawed tortillas into the pans.  Top with a spritz of cooking spray.  Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Keep your eye on them so that they don’t burn.  Note:  If you don’t have these pans, this post has some great alternatives you can use!

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3.  While your tortillas bake, sauté your fresh onion and pepper in a pan prepared with cooking spray.  Cook for 3-5 minutes or until they begin to get a little char on them.  Note:  I always add a little extra veggies to my Jenny food.  It just “volumizes” the dish, making more to enjoy!

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add your frozen fajita mix and cook until warmed through, and then cook a few minutes longer.  Add fajita seasoning packet to add flavor.  Note:  I like to cook my fajitas a little longer than the package suggests.  Again, to add a little char to the vegetables and to give it that “restaurant flavor.”

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Move your fajita mixture to a small bowl, and stir in a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese.

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Fill your baked tortilla cups with the fajita mixture.

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7.  Top with corn salsa, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes.  Add a dollop of Guacamame (just 35 calories for 2 Tbsp! – - For this recipe, I just used 2 tsp.)

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Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Serve and enjoy!!  I wasn’t really sure how to eat it, so I picked it up like a taco, and then ended up finishing it up with a fork. 

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Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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