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…

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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!

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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.

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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.)

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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. 

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

Chicken Fajita Tostada Cups | No Thanks to Cake

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Jenny Volumizing: Fettuccine Caprese

I came home from work last week craving a Caprese salad.  Like a real-deal tomato, basil, and creamy fresh mozzarella concoction.  Something like this would have worked well…

Caprese Salad | No Thanks to Cake

(Source: Pioneer Woman)

I even asked my friend Tiffany if she’s bring me one.  Keep in mind, she lives like 30 miles away… yeah, I knew that wasn’t happening.

Having recommitted to the Jenny Craig program over the past few weeks, I knew that I would be having Jenny for dinner… and I also knew that I could leverage this awesome idea into a new volumizing recipe, and THIS may be my favorite one yet!!

Fettuccine Caprese: A @JennyCraig Volumizing Recipe | No Thanks to Cake

Can you believe that is Jenny Craig cuisine??  I took all my favorite flavors from the caprese salad and added them to the Chicken Fettuccine.  It was [BEYOND] fantastic!  Here’s how I made it…

Fettuccine Caprese

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

Caprese Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

1 package Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Light Swiss flavor

2 tsp. balsamic glaze

1 Tbsp. minced basil

1 roma tomato, seeded and diced

1/4 red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Prepare the Jenny Craig meal in the microwave, per the package instructions.

2.  Meanwhile, place the onions and garlic in a sauté pan, sprayed with cooking spray.  Saute 2-3 minutes until the veggies get soft.

http://www.jennycraig.com/site/cuisine/product/chicken-fettuccine

3.  Add Jenny Cuisine to the pan and stir to combine.

http://www.jennycraig.com/site/cuisine/product/chicken-fettuccine

4.  Add Laughing Cow Cheese and basil.  Stir to combine.

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Top with fresh diced tomato, and stir to combine.

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Move to a dinner plate/bowl.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Fettuccine Caprese | No Thanks to Cake

Enjoy!

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Jenny Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine

Since I’ve been back on Jenny, I’m back on my kick of creating inventive “volumized” creations using Jenny cuisine.

To see my full listing of Jenny Volumizing Recipes, click here.  To see my latest creation, see below!

Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake 

This recipe really transformed the fettuccine from its original state.  You almost can’t even tell that it was the creamy chicken fettuccine from Jenny Craig.  Instead, it tasted like an insanely flavorful Mexican pasta dish, about 2 times the original size!  Yum, yum!

Chicken Fajita Fettuccine

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 package Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine

2 Tbsp. salsa

1/2 tsp. taco seasoning

cooking spray

1/4 green pepper, sliced

1/2 small red onion, sliced

1/4 cup spinach, shredded

1/4 cup diced tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Saute your peppers and onions in a small skillet, prepared with cooking spray until tender.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Cook your Jenny dinner per package instructions

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

3.  While the Jenny dish cooks, prepare your veggies for the meal.  Note:  I used sliced grape tomatoes, as I had them on hand.  Any type of tomato will work.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Move fettuccine to a medium mixing bowl.  Add 2 Tbsp. of your favorite salsa to the bowl.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Add taco seasoning and stir to combine.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Mix in your peppers, onions, spinach, and tomatoes.

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Move to a serving dish, and enjoy!!   Add a dollop of homemade guacamole to the mix, if desired.  

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

Jenny Craig Volumizing: Chicken Fajita Fettuccine | No Thanks to Cake

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One-Serving Queso Verde (and a Jenny Thank You)

On Thursday night after my life coaching session, I remembered that there was a big box outside my front door.

Not too excited to go outside in the windiness, I begrudgingly went outside to find this box had blown over into the stones.  Barefoot, I balanced myself on a few stones and retrieved the box.

When I got in inside, I peeked at the return label and was stunned to see it was from my friends at Jenny Craig

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

I definitely hadn’t ordered anything from Jenny since I pick up all of my Jenny foods at a local centre.  I was excited to tear into the package and see what was inside.  A present?  For little ol’ me!?!?!

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

And, I couldn’t even believe what I found inside… Such a nice care package!!!

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

All the goodies were packed into a Jenny bag… and if you can see inside, you can see that there were lots of Jenny treats in there!  I couldn’t believe how much was in that bag… it had to be Tetris-ed in there, seriously!!

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

Not only did they hook me up with all of the latest and greatest Jenny snacks to try, but they also threw in a few other fun items, including a filtered water bottle, a Jenny pedometer, and these fun items.

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

How about this?  An iTunes gift card and a list of fun workout songs to download.  DOWNLOADED!  I’ve had some trouble getting back into my gym routine lately, and it’s like they knew… so, I’ve got some new tunes to get me MOVING!

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

Ok, I’m obsessed with these guy.  It’s a salad holder with a dressing storage in the lid and an attached fork!  I can’t wait to fill this guy up with veggies and take it to work.

And the very best part of all, they included a note…

A Jenny Craig Surprise | No Thanks to Cake

While I appreciate all the goodies they sent, this letter touched me the most.  Such kind words from Team Jenny, thanking ME for what I’m doing when in reality, I feel like I owe so much to them.  So awesome.  Thank you, all!!!

Since the snacks arrived, I’ve been enjoying them.  I’ve dabbled in the Chocolate Chip Bars, and devoured a package of cheese curls.  And, I also tried the new Jenny Craig Black Bean Taco Chips, and decided to make a fun dip to eat them with.

One Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

The chips alone are a delightful cross between tortilla chips and Sun Chips, and a blank palette to play with.  I decided to make a yummy queso dip to enjoy… I mean, who doesn’t love queso!?

One-Serving Queso Verde

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese - Chipotle and Queso Fresco flavor

2 Tbsp. Pace Salsa Verde

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Combine all ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl.

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Place bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds.  Remove and whisk the ingredients together.  Place in the microwave for another 15 seconds.  Whisk again until it has a queso consistency…

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Grab a single serving of your favorite chips (I used Jenny Black Bean Taco Chips) and ENJOY!

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

One-Serving Queso Verde | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe (not including chips):

CAL 50; CARB 3g; FAT 3g; PROT 2g; FIB 0g; WW Points: 1

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