Jenny Volumizing: Twice Baked Broccoli-Cheese Potato

Remember when I told you that I started the DietBet?  The trip to Chicago kind of jacked up my progress.  EEKS!

It’s not that I ate THAT bad when I was there, but I just got out of my groove.  The WORST…

So, tonight, I did what I know works.  I fixed myself a Jenny Craig meal, only volumizing it considerably!  I know that the Jenny foods will be perfect for getting me back on track.  Afterall, portion control is HUGE for me, and Jenny’s pre-packaged foods are PERFECT to keep me in check.

I was digging through my freezer and found a JC Broccoli & Cheese Potato.  While this is usually a lunch item, it just sounded perfect for dinner.  Wait until you see what I did with it….

This two-ingredient recipe made the most creamy, flavorful potato and the potato was just bursting with broccoli.  LOVED IT!  And, adding the broccoli and cheese only adds an additional 40 calories (no big deal!)

Next time I make it, I’ll add a little fresh broccoli too, but I didn’t have any in the fridge tonight.  Let me know what you think!

Also – - If you are looking for other Jenny Craig Volumizing Recipes, click here to view my recipes page.  Scroll all the way down for a section dedicated to Jenny meals – - Enjoy!

Twice Baked Broccoli-Cheese Potato

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Broccoli & Cheese Potato

1 Green Giant Just for One Broccoli & Cheese, single serving

cooking spray

salt

pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Cook the broccoli and cheese in the microwave for 2.5 minutes.

2.  Remove the potato from the packaging and place it on a plate.  Heat in the microwave for 4 minutes.

3.  Scoop out the potato from the skin and place it in a small bowl.

4.  Add the broccoli and cheese to the bowl and mix well, mashing the potato.

5.  Spray a baking pan with cooking spray, and add the potato skin.  Fill it with the potato and veggie mixture.  Note:  It will be REALLY full…

6.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes until the top of the potato lightly browns.

7.  Move to a plate, and add salt and freshly ground pepper.

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HG’s Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Last week, Julie shared that her favorite way to eat Laughing Cow Cheese is to make it into Hungry Girl Macaroni and Cheese.

WHAT??  Macaroni and cheese with Laughing Cow??  A few months back I was on a Mac and Cheese hunt, and I can’t believe I didn’t find this recipe then!

Thanks, Julie, for introducing me to this amazing recipe that I’m sharing with you all today!  The original recipe makes enough for 4 servings, but my version is just for one.  I also “volumized” my portion by adding some extra fresh broccoli to the mix.

While some consider mac and cheese to be a side dish, this dish has enough volume to be a full meal.  Totally up to you, but that’s my recommendation!

Hungry Girl’s Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Inspired by Hungry Girl

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. uncooked high fiber or whole wheat pasta

1/2 to 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped

1 container Green Giant Just for One Frozen Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese, Light Swiss flavor

salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  While the water boils for your pasta, cook your broccoli in the microwave.  Note:  I cook my broccoli in a simple ziplock bag with a little bit of water, cooking it for about 1-1.5 minutes until done.

2.  Cook pasta per the package instructions and drain.  Note:  I always recommend measuring out your pasta with a food scale.  Different shaped and types of pastas weigh in differently.  The High Fiber Barilla Mini Rotinis I used only took THREE minutes to cook – - AMAZING!

2.  While the pasta is cooking, cook your Broccoli and Cheese in the microwave at the same time.

3.  While the pasta and broccoli and cheese are cooking, combine the Laughing Cow Cheese and broccoli in a bowl.

4.  Combine the broccoli, cooked pasta, broccoli, and Laughing Cow Cheese in a bowl.

5.  Once combined, add salt and pepper to taste.  Move to a bowl and enjoy!

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 275; CARB 51g; FAT 4g; PROT 10g; FIB 9g; WW Points Plus: 7

 

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Jenny Volumizing: BBQ Chicken Fajita Pizza

First, I have to say that I was seriously amazed by all the comments yesterday’s post brought.

While it’s nice to not be alone in this, I hate that so many of us struggle with making healthy choices v. letting loose and enjoying time with friends.  The good news… I have to believe that it will get easier with time.  Afterall, it’s much easier for me to choose a salad with lean protein than it ever was two years ago… I’ve made that a habit.  Now it’s time to continue practicing that habit.

After all of our back and forth on healthy eating yesterday, I couldn’t resist eating a healthy dinner and tapping into my JC arsenal of foods.

 

It’s becoming pretty commonplace for me to play with the Jenny Craig Chicken Fajita meal… it’s just such a versatile meal, and one that I never knew could become so many yummy dishes!

Truth be told:  I was underwhelmed with the fajitas in their original state because I’m not a big fajita eater.  Once I started volumizing it a little bit, my opinion seriously changed!  Here are a few of the other creations that I’ve come up with using the tasty dish from Jenny as the base:

Chicken Fajita Enchiladas

Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Pizzas

Without further ado, let me tell you about this tasty, spicy, smoky dish.. you’ll want to make it over and over again.  For a non-Jenny version, click here.

 BBQ Chicken Fajita Pizza

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 package Jenny Craig Chicken Fajitas dinner

1 1/2 Tbsp. BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup 2% Mozzarella cheese, shredded

sliced red onion, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Over medium heat, cook the contents of your chicken fajita dinner.  Discard seasoning packet.  Cook for 5 minutes or until done.

3.  Once your veggies and chicken have warmed completely, separate the chicken and onions from the peppers.  Remove chicken to a cutting board and slice the chicken into small pieces.  Discard peppers.  Note:  You can use the peppers, but I thought that the peppers would add the wrong flavor for this dish.

3.  Place the tortillas on a cooking sheet or pizza pan, sprayed with cooking spray.  Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. BBQ, splitting the quantity between the two tortilla “pizzas.”

 4.  Add chicken and onion mixture to the pizzas, divided equally.
5.  Add thinly sliced onion to the pizzas (as much as you’d like) and top each tortilla pizza with 2 Tbsp. shredded cheese.
6.  Sprinkle each pizza with chopped cilantro (as much as you’d like.)
 
7.  Bake your pizzas for 15 minutes or until browned.  Note:  I also turned the broiler on for a few minutes just to brown them up a little extra!
  
8.  Slice and enjoy!

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This Week’s Weigh In + A Jenny Surprise

After a solid week on program, I was excited to get back to Jenny Craig this weekend for my official weigh-in.

I stayed about 85% on program, with a few slip ups here and there.  Overall, I wasn’t surprised with what I saw on the scale.

This Week’s Weigh In: -1.8 lbs

Total Weight Lost: -78.4 lbs

I’ll always take a two pound weight loss!  That works for me!  I also received a fun surprise from Jenny Craig in the mail… two boxes worth of surprises actually!  When I got invited to join the #MyJennyCraig team of bloggers, I was told to expect a package in the mail, and it’s arrived!

So… what’s inside this cute Jenny Craig bag??  Snacks, of course!  

Inside the box was one of just about every kind of shelf stable snack Jenny Craig has to offer!  How about White Cheddar Popcorn, Toffee Cookies, Peanut Caramel Bar, S’mores Bar, Mixed Berry Bar, Chocolate Chip Snack Bar, and Cheese Curls….

Thanks, Jenny!!!

The Jenny Craig program includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack each day.  In addition, your consultant helps you choose fresh fruits and veggies to add into the mix as well as fresh dairy products.  Snacking is CRITICAL to weight loss, if you ask me.  Most of my over eating incidents happen when I get too hungry.  Also, knowing I have an sweet or salty snack to look forward to makes it easier to avoid splurging as well.

Afterall, check out this Peanut Caramel Bar… reminds me of a Snickers bar! Yum!

With all these snacks at my disposal, which one do you think I ate first?  It wasn’t the candy bar above.  It was… Cheese Curls!!!  They are my absolute favorite… and they taste just like Baked Cheetos – - Yum-O!

Now, it’s barely a recipe… but a fun twist on how I like to eat my cheese curls.  And, in my book, most everything tastes a little better buffalo-style!

 Simply shake some Frank’s Hot Sauce onto your cheese curls, mix, and enjoy!  They’re kind of like hot cheetos, but better!

 The snacks weren’t the end of the surprises from Jenny.  They also sent me this guy!  A new yoga mat?  Of course, I love that!

Inside the package, I also received the nicest note from Cathy in PR… wishing me luck on the remainder of my journey.  Thanks, Cathy, and Team Jenny!  I know that your gifts will help me along the way!

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