Jenny Volumizing: Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

There is something about the new Jenny Craig menu.

The new foods have been SO DELICIOUS and SO SATISFYING!  They’ve also given me an opportunity to try some new creative recipes, including this one that I’m sharing today!

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

I must say, the new quesadilla is REALLY good on its own.  It’s cheesy and spicy.. and tastes like a major indulgence.  For some reason, when I eat it… I’m missing the veggies, so I decided to load it up!  Adding not only onions and peppers, but also a little spinach just to bulk it up!

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

1 package Jenny Craig Baja Style Quesadilla

1/4 red pepper, sliced

1/4 onion, sliced

1/4 cup fresh spinach, sliced

1/8 tsp. Penzey’s Fajita Seasoning

cooking spray

salsa

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Cook quesadilla on a plate for 45 seconds.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

2.  In a saute pan, cook your onion and pepper for about 3 minutes stirring frequently.  Add 1/8 tsp. fajita seasoning and mix well.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Add spinach and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts.  Note:  I made a little extra veggies for two quesadillas.  If you follow the ratios above, it should be perfect for one quesadilla.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Move the veggies to a small bowl.  Open the quesadilla, and remove the chicken and cheese mixture.  Using a small spatula, mix the cheese mixture with the veggies and combine well.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Place the mixture back in the tortilla.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Heat your skillet to medium high heat and spray it again with cooking spray.  Return the quesadilla to the skillet, and good for about a minute on each side until browned and the insides cook well.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Serve with your favorite salsa.  Note:  I used Trader Joe’s Organic Tomatillo and Yellow Chile Salsa.

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing Cheesy Chicken Fajita Quesadilla | No Thanks to Cake

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Easy Pico De Gallo

I absolutely love pico de gallo.  And, it’s hard to believe that I’ve never made it before now.  That’s just plain crazy!

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Being that it’s tomato season, and that I can’t get enough of these red beautiful bad boys… it was prime time for me to try to make my own pico.

I got inspired to make this chunky salsa after enjoying Cafe Rio again on Saturday.  I always get what I like to call a “mexi-salad” there.  The Cafe Rio Salad comes with way too much on it, so I change it up quite a bit… I remove the tortilla, the beans, the rice, and most of the toppings to make room for grilled chicken, guacamole, and what I like to call an obscene amount of pico de gallo.

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Yep… it’s a little excessive, but when you remove everything else… you might as well load up on what you like, right?

Knowing I had a few fresh tomatoes leftover from last week’s haul at the farmer’s market, I decided to get chopping and create my own at-home pico.  I also had just picked up a new citrus juicer that I was dying to use….  great excuses to make some great pico!

Easy Pico de Gallo

Makes 2 1/2 cups

INGREDIENTS

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4 hot house tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 small onion, diced

1 jalapeño, diced with seeds and stems removed

1/4 bunch of cilantro, chopped

juice of 1/2 lime

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Dice your tomatoes, taking care to remove the seeds.

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2.  Dice your onions next.  Note:  I took this as an opportunity to use my onion chopper from Williams-Sonoma.  I wish I had used this for the tomatoes too, as it created the most perfectly uniform dice!

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3.  Dice your jalapeño next.  Note:  I put the jalapeño into the vegetable chopper for a fine dice… in seconds!

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4.  Chop your cilantro and add it to the mix.

Easy Pico de Gallo | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Squeeze 1/2 of a fresh lime into the mixture.  Note:  I used my Lemon Press from Williams-Sonoma to squeeze the lime.  If you don’t have one of these yet, I highly recommend it!

Easy Pico de Gallo | No Thanks to Cake

Easy Pico de Gallo | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Add the salt and pepper.  Mix to combine and refrigerate immediately.  Flavors will begin to combine, and create the most delicious pico.

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7.  Serve with baked chips, over grilled chicken, or with a spoon!

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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