Just when I think I’ve run out of ideas for Jenny Craig recipes, another idea pops up! Inspired by the recent festivities in New Orleans and stories I’ve read of the beautiful food enjoyed by all, I created this dish!
Truthfully, this is the first time I’ve worked with cajun seasoning, but I’m certain it’s not my last. It’s an incredible blend of seasonings, including: paprika, salt, celery, sugar, garlic, black pepper, onion, oregano, red pepper, caraway, dill, turmeric, cumin, bay, mace, cardamom, basil, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. I mean, what’s NOT in there! It adds such a nice kick of flavor. I can’t wait to add it to roasted veggies, lean proteins, and other creative recipes in the future!
As for this dish, it is a really nice, jazzed-up version of the original fettuccine. I like dishes like this because they remind me of restaurant meals. You know, decadent meals that I really shouldn’t be indulging in when I’m trying to lose weight, but completely on plan!! It’s on my menu again this week. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
Cajun Chicken Fettuccine
1 package Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine
1/2 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced or spiralized
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, bell pepper, thinly sliced or spiralized
1/2 cup red onion, bell pepper, thinly sliced or spiralized
1 clove minced garlic – about 1 tsp.
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cajun seasoning
a dash of cayenne pepper, if you like things spicy
1 scallion, sliced diagonally
1-2 grape tomatoes, sliced
diced jalapeno for garnish, optional
1. Prepare a skillet with cooking spray, and bring it to medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and peppers and saute until slightly charred and tender, about 5-7 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook your fettuccine per package instructions. Note: Anytime I see a saucy Jenny Craig dish, I know that it was MEANT to be transformed. That extra sauce is perfect with all the extra veggies we’re adding.
3. Add your pasta to the skillet, and add your cajun seasoning. Stir well to combine. Add a dash of cayenne for a little extra heat, if desired. Note: Start with 1/8 tsp. of cajun seasoning, and add until you reach the desired flavor. As with any seasoning, you can’t take the flavoring away, so combine and taste before adding more. I ended up at close to 1/4 tsp.
4. Move your dish to a beautiful bowl and garnish with tomatoes, scallions, and jalapeños, if desired.
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