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.

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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

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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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Oven-Roasted Onion Garlic Green Beans

I love vegetables, but sometimes… out of sheer laziness… I eat less veggies. (How about that for #transparenttuesday)

As mentioned yesterday, I’ve 100% determined that food prep is incredibly key to my success.  I’ve been working hard to bag up my veggies and to plan when I’ll be eating them.

Pinterest continues to be a huge tool to help me stay on track in the veggie department.  I am endlessly pinning pics of my favorite veggies transformed into delicious dishes.  I tend to lean toward green beans, beets, broccoli, and spinach on the cooked veggies side of the house.  So, when I spotted today’s recipe, I knew it was one to be pinned.  Months later, I’m finally trying it, and holy yum!!!

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

These beans are incredibly flavorful and the roasting really transforms their flavor, caramelizing them and exposing their rich flavor.  As a bonus, they’re incredibly easy to make…

Roll that beautiful BEAN footage… 

Roasted Onion-Garlic Green Beans

Adapted from Overtime Cook

Serves 3

INGREDIENTS

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

1 lb. green beans, ends trimmed

1/2 medium onion, finely diced or minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

salt

black pepper

cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 425. Coat your baking sheet with cooking spray.

2.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, tossing well to evenly distribute everything.  Note:  I used Pink Himalayan salt for the first time in this recipe.  I simply grinder a few twists of the salt onto the beans prior to baking, and also added freshly ground pepper.  Salt and pepper tends to be a personal choice, so season as you see fit.

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer as possible.

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Bake at 425 for 30 minutes (depending on how well done you like your green beans). Stir halfway through.  Serve hot, and enjoy!

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

Oven Roasted Garlic Onion Green Beans | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1/3 recipe serving:

CAL 81; CARB 14g; FAT 3g; PROT 3g; FIB 5g; WW Points Plus: 2

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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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Restaurant Style Salsa | No Thanks to Cake

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.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers | No Thanks to Cake

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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Carrot Cake Donuts

Every once in a while, I just want a donut.  True story:  Dunkin Donuts came to Colorado a year ago… and I still haven’t had one!

Phew!  Nope… not one crumb, not one cup of coffee.  I just can’t.  For me, having one of those beautiful maple iced babies could start something… a habit, a reason to drive thru.  No, no, and NO!

But sometimes you just need a tiny cake with a hole in the middle, and then… you find these babies.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

I love carrot cake and I love donuts… so I decided to put my donut pan to work again to taste these bad boys.  The original recipe says that it makes 6 donuts, but I really think it makes closer to 8.  You’ll notice I overstuffed my pan, but next time, I’ll definitely make them a little smaller… so that I can enjoy them for more days!  So good, and I loved the frosting too!!!

Carrot Cake Donuts

From Emily Bites

INGREDIENTS

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1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup grated carrots
1 Tbsp. canola oil
3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
¾ tsp. vanilla (divided)
¼ cup + 2 tsp. skim milk (divided)
2 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1 Tbsp. reduced calorie pancake syrup
1 Tbsp. powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 6 cup doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and brown sugar until well combined.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

3.  In a medium bowl, beat the egg and then add the carrots, oil, applesauce, ½ teaspoon of the vanilla and ¼ cup of milk.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

 

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Stir until well combined and then add to the dry ingredients from step 2. Mix until well combined.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Spoon the mixture evenly into the 6 prepared slots of the doughnut pan.  Note:  I had to overfill mine slightly.  Next time, I will try to make 7, maybe 8 donuts with the batter.  Also, make sure you use the cooking spray made for baking, and be generous in its application.

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6.  Bake for 15 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Flip the pan to release the doughnuts onto a cooling rack and allow the doughnuts to cool.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

7.  In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ¼ teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons milk and add the cream cheese, syrup and powdered sugar.  Using a hand mixer, mix until well combined.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

8.  When doughnuts are cooled, add cream cheese glaze to the donuts.  Add extra carrot “sprinkles” to the tops of the donuts.  Note:  I dipped mine in the small bowl and swirled them.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

9.  Serve and enjoy!  Due to the cream cheese frosting, store leftovers in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Carrot Cake Donuts | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 donut serving:

CAL 181; CARB 27g; FAT 6g; PROT 5g; FIB 3g; WW Points Plus: 5

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