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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Cheeseburger Salad

Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Cheeseburger Salad

Confession:  I’ve never eaten a Big Mac.  Nope, never.  And, I think I may go to the grave without ever trying one.  My sister-in-law claims it to be a significant miss… and when they came out with the mini Big Macs, I almost did it.

Now though, I think I’ve found the way to enjoy all the flavors of the Big Mac… without all the calories.  It looks a little something like this.

While this is my first cheeseburger salad, I am most certain that it will not be the last.  The 1000 island dressing (similar to the “special sauce”) adds just the right amount of tang to the salad.  The lettuce, tomato, and onion are reminiscent of the fresh toppings on everyone’s favorite burger.  I don’t enjoy dill pickles on my burgers, but if you do… you could certainly add them to the salad for the full flavor!

Enjoy!

Cheeseburger Salad

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Classic Cheeseburger

3 cups romaine lettuce

1 cup red cabbage, shredded

7 grape tomatoes, halved

red onion slices

2 Tbsp. light Thousand Island dressing

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Separate the cheeseburger from the bun.  Wrap the bun in a paper towel and cook it for 30 seconds.  Place the cheeseburger on a small microwave safe plate, and cook for 1 minute, 40 seconds until done.  Toast the bun in your toaster until crunchy.

2.  Meanwhile, add lettuce and red cabbage to a large bowl, tossing to combine.  Top with onion and tomatoes.  Note:  Add dill pickle slices, if desired.

3.  Chop the burger and bun.  Add to the top of the salad.

4.  Place salad dressing in a snack sized ziploc bag, and snip a corner.  Drizzle dressing on the salad.

5.  Serve and enjoy!!

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Disclaimer:  I receive a program discount from Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.

 

 

 

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Cheeseburger Salad originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 11/01/2017.

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Confession:  I’ve never eaten a Big Mac.  Nope, never.  And, I think I may go to the grave without ever trying one.  My sister-in-law claims it to be a significant miss… and when they came out with the mini Big Macs, I almost did it. Now though, I think I’ve found the way to enjoy…

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NTTC Simple Inspirations Winner: Game Day Trio

NTTC Simple Inspirations Winner: Game Day Trio

I’m wrapping up my third year of judging Jenny Craig’s Simple Inspirations recipe contest, and I’m thrilled to announce my 2017 winner!

Before I do, I have to tell you that there was SO MUCH creativity this year in entries and so many new ideas shared on how to make my favorite Jenny Craig dishes and combinations that I’d never thought of.

Between us friends:  When I saw the winning recipe, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it.  When I had a chance to taste it, I was completely won over.  The addition of spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, and cauliflower were enough to catch my attention, and enough to create the most filling game day meal I’ve ever enjoyed!

AND THE WINNER IS….

You guys, this recipe knocked my socks off and here’s why:  The cauliflower coated in a hot sauce-roasted red pepper puree is GENIUS!  The flavor is incredible, and who doesn’t love buffalo cauliflower.  The inside of the potato scooped out and baked into little tater tots is such a treat.  Lastly, that loaded spinach-artichoke potato skin is so filling and delicious.  You guys are going to LOVE this recipe!  Can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Special congratulations go out to Jessica H. for developing this amazing recipe, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to share it with you first here on No Thanks to Cake!  The Game Day Trio will also be featured in the 2018 Simple Inspirations recipe book, due out after the first of the year.  Congratulations, Jessica!

Game Day Trio

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Loaded Baked Potato

1/4 cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 3/4 cups cauliflower florets

1/2 cup quartered artichoke hearts, canned (approximately 6 quarters)

3 Tbsp diced white or yellow onion

1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard

1/2 Tbsp hot sauce

1/4 roasted red bell pepper, canned or jarred, oil-free

Non stick cooking spray

2 Tbsp tomato, diced

Fresh herbs to garnish (chives, parsley)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Microwave Jenny Craig Loaded Baked Potato for 1 minute, and separate the filling from the potato skin. Set aside.

2.  In a microwave safe dish, cover and microwave cauliflower florets for 4-6 minutes, or until fork-tender.

3.  Saute onion in non stick cooking spray on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until lightly browned

4.  Add onion, spinach, 1/2 cup of the cauliflower, artichoke hearts, and mustard to a blender or food processor, blend until smooth.

5.  Scoop spinach-artichoke mixture into the potato skin and place in oven-safe dish, and bake covered for 25 minutes, then uncovered for another 10 minutes.

6.  Add red bell pepper and hot sauce to a blender or food processor, blend until smooth, and use to coat remaining cauliflower. Bake cauliflower on oven-safe tray lined with parchment paper for 10-12 minutes.

7.  Microwave the Jenny Craig Loaded Baked Potato filling in microwave-safe dish for 4 minutes and scoop into balls with melon baller or ice-cream scoop.

8.  Bake the potato bites at 425 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.

9.  Top spinach-artichoke potato with diced tomatoes.

10.  Enjoy!

As the NTTC winner of the Jenny Craig Simple Inspirations recipe contest, Jessica will be awarded the following from Jenny Craig: $1,000 check or gift card, and gourmet cooking/baking goodie bag to include pans, pots and other kitchen and baking utensils to be awarded as a gift card or actual items. (ARV: $2,000 total).

Jessica’s delicious recipe joins other superstar winning recipes from the contest.  Click the links below to view the NTTC Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest winning recipes from years past:  Faux Krab Cake with Cocktail Sauce + Jacqueline’s Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos.

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Disclaimer:  I received compensation for this post from Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.

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NTTC Simple Inspirations Winner: Game Day Trio originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 10/23/2017.

The post NTTC Simple Inspirations Winner: Game Day Trio appeared first on No Thanks to Cake.

I’m wrapping up my third year of judging Jenny Craig’s Simple Inspirations recipe contest, and I’m thrilled to announce my 2017 winner! Before I do, I have to tell you that there was SO MUCH creativity this year in entries and so many new ideas shared on how to make my favorite Jenny Craig dishes…

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Big Bowl Ramen

Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Big Bowl Ramen

I’ve been home for less than 24 hours from my October vacation adventures, and I’m eager to get back into my routine.  With that, I spent my day filling my fridge with beautiful veggies for the week.  I’m back out on the road, but for now… I’m just going to savor being home and cook my little heart out!

Today’s recipe is really one of those “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” dishes… but if you’re craving a big bowl of ramen, you’re in for a treat.  You’ll see from the “ingredients” pic below, that I added even more things I was creating this recipe.

This recipe makes a BIG bowl of amazing ramen.  Get your chopsticks and spoon ready, y’all!

Big Bowl Ramen

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 package Jenny Craig Ramen Noodle Bowl with Chicken and Veggies

10 snow peas, cut in half

1 tsp. garlic, minced (about 1 clove)

1/4 cup sliced onion

1/2 cup shredded cabbage

1/2 cup spiralized carrots

cooking spray

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tsp. soy sauce, reduced sodium

1 tsp. rice vinegar

1/2 tsp. ginger, grated

Optional Garnish

1 Tbsp. sliced scallions

2 slices jalapeno

lime wedge

sriracha

cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a medium saucepan prepared with cooking spray, add garlic, onions, carrots, and cabbage.  Saute for about 7 minutes until wilted stirring often.

2.  Meanwhile, cook your ramen in the microwave for 3 minutes

3.  Add your ramen to the saucepan with the veggies.

4.  Next, add ginger, broth, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.  Stir to combine.  Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes, to combine flavors.

5.  Top with optional garnishes, based upon your preference and enjoy!

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Click here to see a full listing of my Jenny Craig Recipe Creations!

Disclaimer:  I receive a program discount from Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Big Bowl Ramen originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 10/17/2017.

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I’ve been home for less than 24 hours from my October vacation adventures, and I’m eager to get back into my routine.  With that, I spent my day filling my fridge with beautiful veggies for the week.  I’m back out on the road, but for now… I’m just going to savor being home and cook…

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Taco Soup

Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Taco Soup

I’m guessing that there are quite a few of you out there that are just bursting with excitement for September, and mostly for all things FALL.

While I don’t enjoy the pumpkin spice latte craze, I do love the fact that fall brings warm crockpot stews and soups back to the table, which is exactly what inspired today’s recipe!

I love taco soup, and I knew there had to be a way for me to make one of my favorite soups while staying 100% on track on the Jenny Craig program.

Note:  If you’re not on the Jenny Craig program, see my original taco soup recipe here.

Taco Soup

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Classic Cheeseburger

3/4 cup mexican style diced tomatoes

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

1- 1 1/2 tsp. taco seasoning

1 – 1 1/2 tsp. ranch dressing mix

1/2 cup spiralized onion

1/2 cup spiralized bell pepper

2 roasted hatch chiles, sliced (optional)

dash of cumin

salt and pepper

chopped cilantro

cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Separate the parts of the cheeseburger, removing the bun and the cheese from the burger.  Cook your burger on a small plate in the microwave for 60 seconds and set aside.

2.  In a sauce pan prepared with cooking spray, saute the onions and peppers until they are tender, about 5 minutes stirring often.  Season with salt and pepper.

3.  Meanwhile, chop the burger you warmed in the microwave and add it to the pan.

4.  Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, water, and spices to the pan and stir to combine.  Simmer for 8 minutes to allow for flavors to combine.

5.  Chop the cheese you set aside earlier, as you’ll use it for a topping.  Also finely chop some cilantro as well for garnish.  Pour soup into a medium bowl and top with cheese and cilantro.  Cheese will melt with the warmth of the soup.  Serve and enjoy!

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Click here to see a full listing of my Jenny Craig Recipe Creations!

Disclaimer:  I receive a program discount from Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Taco Soup originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 09/11/2017.

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I’m guessing that there are quite a few of you out there that are just bursting with excitement for September, and mostly for all things FALL. While I don’t enjoy the pumpkin spice latte craze, I do love the fact that fall brings warm crockpot stews and soups back to the table, which is exactly…

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet

Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet

Heading into the weekend… I’m excited to relax, spend time with friends, and soak up the great outdoors.  I’m home from my California trip this week and ready to get totally back on track with this dish.

Can you see the sheer volume that has been added to this dish?  That skillet is bursting with brightly colored veggies sautéed fajita style (and spiralized, of course.)  It’s going to be an amazing addition to your holiday weekend.  Let me know what you think!

Chicken Fajita Skillet

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 Jenny Craig Southwest Style Chicken Fajita Bowl

1/2 red bell pepper, spiralized

1 poblano pepper, spiralized

1/3 large red onion, spiralized

cooking spray

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

4 grape tomatoes, sliced

2 slices jalapeno, diced

splash of lime juice

salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Saute your veggies and garlic in a skillet, prepared with cooking spray until tender, stirring often.

2.  Prepare your Jenny Craig bowl, per the package instructions.

3.  Add your spiralized veggies to a bowl.  I used a Fiestaware skillet.

4.  Make a pico de gallo mixing tomatoes, jalapeno, lime juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

5.  Top your spiralized veggies with the fajita bowl.  Add the pico de gallo.  Serve and enjoy!

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Click here to see a full listing of my Jenny Craig Recipe Creations!

Disclaimer:  I receive a program discount from Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.

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Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet originally appeared on No Thanks to Cake on 09/01/2017.

The post Jenny Craig Recipe Creation: Chicken Fajita Skillet appeared first on No Thanks to Cake.

Heading into the weekend… I’m excited to relax, spend time with friends, and soak up the great outdoors.  I’m home from my California trip this week and ready to get totally back on track with this dish. Can you see the sheer volume that has been added to this dish?  That skillet is bursting with…

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