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Go Italian with Jenny Craig

By Ali Struhs
September 28, 2015

Is there anything better than a slice of pizza or a bowl of pasta smothered in your favorite sauce? Changing your diet and exercise routine for the better often means giving up these high-calorie, carb-loaded favorites, but with Jenny Craig, you can indulge in delicious Italian meals, like pizza and pasta, while staying on track during your weight loss journey. Try these dishes from the Jenny Craig menu paired with a salad and fresh vegetables to make Italian night in your house healthy.

Italian Style Pasta Bake
Try this baked pasta dish and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a quaint, cozy restaurant in Italy. Whole-grain rotini pasta coupled with juicy chicken sausage, smothered in garlic marinara and topped with melty mozzarella cheese is a Jenny Craig entree you’ll love making for dinner. This rich entree is perfect served with roasted summer vegetables from your garden or the farmers market. Just combine sliced zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, tomato, and onion with a dash of oregano and olive oil and bake until toasty.

Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Making your own lasagna is time-consuming and waiting an hour for a homemade lasagna to bake in the oven isn’t usually realistic for busy schedules. Instead of forgoing this Italian favorite, let Jenny Craig do the cooking for you. Treat yourself to layers of pasta with a hearty tomato sauce, beef, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. This classic comfort food is the perfect serving size to pair with a kale and Brussels sprout salad, topped with garden tomatoes and a tablespoon of your favorite fat-free salad dressing.

Chicken Fettuccine
A rich and decadent entree, a healthy serving of fettuccine noodles is topped with creamy alfredo sauce, tender chicken breast strips, and a dash of parmesan, paprika, and parsley. At just 260 calories, this is a lean dish you can feel good indulging in with a mixed green salad tossed with tomatoes, carrots, and celery, or change up your salad routine and roast fresh asparagus spears in the oven with a dash of parmesan cheese.

Florentine Breakfast Pizzas
You don’t have to wait until dinnertime for a delicious Italian dish. If you’re craving a hot breakfast, heat up some pizza! The Florentine Breakfast Pizzas are a healthy alternative to leftover takeout pizza from last night. Two pizzas made of whole wheat crusts, scrambled egg whites, spinach, cheese and bacon are just 210 calories. Add a half cup of your favorite berries, sliced melon, or grapefruit to the side and make it a complete breakfast that will keep you full until lunch.

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