Comfort Foods, Jenny Craig-Style
By Ali Struhs
When the weather is subpar during winter, we all crave comfort food. If you’re not careful, that craving that could be detrimental to the new weight loss resolutions you just made. But with Jenny Craig, you can stick to your resolutions AND indulge in your favorite foods, like pizza and macaroni and cheese. Here are 7 comfort food options for those blustery, stay-at-home kind of days.
1. White Bean Chicken Chili
Spice up your lunch break with a savory nod to the Southwest with our White Bean Chicken Chili, featuring white beans, chicken, hearty tomatoes, zesty peppers and just the right blend of seasonings. Add a healthy side salad of spinach, sliced red pepper, and radish with your favorite Jenny Craig salad dressing to round out this fiery lunch.
2. Beef Merlot
If all you can think about is having a plate of steak and potatoes, try the Jenny Craig Beef Merlot. Enjoy premium, tender prime rib in a rich merlot and mushroom sauce paired with a vegetable medley and mashed potatoes. It’s the perfect hearty yet elegant option for dinner.
3. Chicken Pot Pie
When you are craving comfort food, nothing fits the bill like a classic Chicken Pot Pie! Brimming with juicy white meat chicken, tender carrots and peas and then topped with a flaky crust that will leave you delightfully satisfied. Include a healthy serving of your favorite roasted vegetables, such as zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, and butternut squash, sprinkled with rosemary and garlic for a complete meal on a breezy winter day.
4. Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
For a taste of Italy, try the Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce. Layers of pasta, a flavorful, hearty tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and beef make up this Italian favorite that is light on the calories at just 220. Toss together a kale salad with sauteed mushrooms, mandarin orange slices, roasted tomatoes, a tablespoon of parmesan, and Jenny Craig Balsamic Dressing to serve with the lasagna for a comforting, gourmet Italian meal.
5. Margherita Pizza
You can still partake in pizza night with your family! The Margherita Pizza from Jenny Craig features a crispy, thin crust topped with a savory marinara sauce, a blend of three rich cheeses, and diced tomatoes and flavorful basil. Include a garden salad loaded with carrots, celery, tomatoes, cucumber, and peppers that the entire family can enjoy alongside their pizza.
6. Spaghetti & Meatballs
This classic comfort food on the Jenny Craig menu will have you thinking it was homemade in the kitchen of your Nonna. Multigrain spaghetti noodles are topped with perfectly seasoned meatballs, a zesty tomato sauce, and Romano and mozzarella cheeses. Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs with a fresh cucumber, tomato, and onion salad, or your favorite leafy, green salad.
7. Macaroni & Cheese
One of the most beloved comfort foods is available on the Jenny Craig menu! Macaroni and Cheese compliments any cool weather day and is a quick meal to prepare on busy nights. Enjoy elbow pasta smothered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce. A side of green beans and carrots accompanies the meal, but you can also add a side of your own roasted asparagus, too! Just lightly toss asparagus spears in a teaspoon of olive oil (which counts as 1 Healthy Fat serving), season with pepper to taste, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until tender, yet crisp.