Paper Plate Gourmet (Food!)
I can take absolutely no credit for today’s recipe – it is all my pal Theresa.
This is from that wonderful little brain of hers – broccoli slaw pasta, kind of my Spaghini (Zucchini Pasta). Maybe we should call this one Brocslasta (Broccoli Slaw Pasta – I am creative like that….)
This is something I could totally get into and is perfect for those of you who do not have a Julienne Peeler (CK, I am talking to you, girl.)
Broccoli Slaw (I always see it in my Stop & Shop)
Olive Oil, 1 TBS
Minced Garlic, 1 teaspoon, more or less to taste
Red Pepper Flakes, a couple of dashes, more or less to taste
¼ cup of Water
- Steam the Broccoli Slaw (I would try the Microwave until soft-ish)
- While that is steaming, mix the olive oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes and heat in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes
- Add the Slaw and water to the skillet to coat everything
Seems simple enough that I will have no problems with it!
You can call this everything but the kitchen sink chicken soup. Or maybe It’s-All-Good soup! Or Anything Goes Soup… you get the picture.
It is C-O-L-D and I had a hankering for some soup, but knew I had to use the veggies I had in the fridge.
I ended up using zucchini, onion and carrots. And I felt very sophisticated portioning out individual servings of soup into these glass jars and freezing them.
1 or 2 Zucchini, cut into pieces
1 or 2 Carrots, cut into pieces
1 onion, cut into pieces
1 tbs of minced garlic, (to keep the vampires away)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 lb of chicken breast, cut into – you guessed it- pieces
1 large container of chicken broth (I used Kitchen Basics box – I think 32 ounces)
Salt ( I like Sea Salt)
- Precut everything! Make your life easy!
- Put the olive in the bottom of a large pot, and heat over medium heat
- Add the chicken, salt and pepper
- I let this cook for a good while, 10 minutes-ish, turning the chicken, so it cooked evenly.
- Add the garlic, carrots and onion, let that cook up for a bit
- Add the zucchini, cook for another 3-4 minutes
- Add the chicken broth, let that puppy cook up for another 10-15 minutes
I have mental issues when I only eat soup for a meal, so I usually like something else on the side. You could always add some pasta and call it a day. As an aside – I tried adding potatoes once, they didn’t freeze well. Blech!
I would like to introduce you to my Go-To Chicken. It’s simple, quick and yummy. My kind of chicken.
I use it on salads, as the base for my chicken salad, or, most often, like this – served alone with a side of avocado & cilantro. AKA – a little slice of heaven.
This maybe a no-brainer for some people, but this was exciting for me, a woman who has a fear of francese ….
Chicken Breasts- I usually make 3 thin sliced ones
2 Lemons – more or less depending on the above
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt, to taste
Garlic Powder, to taste (I dump a liberal amount…)
- Add the chicken to a zip lock bag
- Squeeze the lemons into the bag
- Add the Olive Oil, Salt & Garlic Powder to the bag
- Close the Bag (this is so important it is getting its own step.)
- Shake that bag like you are “Living laVida Loca” (I love that song… sorry)
- I usually marinate it overnight, but I have also made it right away. It’s still tasty if a little less lemony… it’s all good.
- Heat a skillet on the stove over medium heat
- Dump the contents of the bag onto the skillet once it is warm.
- Now, it is going to look a little odd for a bit and you will wonder if I led you astray. The marinade will start to look white and you will worry about the chicken cooking. It will be alright!
- I usually flip it once or twice to make sure I get the pink out of the chicken. Eventually (8-10 minutes later) all the juice will cook off and your chicken will start to become golden brown. It’s a good time to flip the chicken again.
- Cut into that bad boy to make sure it is done.
I usually make this with an avocado dip on the side – mix together avocado, cilantro, salt, garlic powder & the juice of one lime.
Wow!! 2 recipes for the price of 1!!!
Can my life be altered by a potato?
I love baked potatoes but never have the time to actually “bake” it. Usually, I just throw it in the good ol’ microwave wrapped in a paper towel.
This week, while trying to do the aforementioned “cooking” I drew a total blank on how long to microwave my potato. 8 minutes? 10 minutes? I couldn’t remember.
So, I did what everyone does nowadays – I googled it. Unfortunately, it was from my phone and I can no longer find the correct link! I am sorry! It was from an e-how page.
This particular post suggested rubbing the potato with olive oil. I thought – why the heck not! This here, my friends, is the pivotal part of this story. I believe this step is what separates the men from the spuds.
My potato was FANTASTIC! And crispy! And done in 10 minutes! Whoop!
A Smidge of Olive Oil
Sea Salt, To Taste
Toppings of your choice (be bold!)
- Wash the dirty potato
- Poke holes in the now clean potato
- Lather up that potato with some olive oil
- Add a little salt if you feel like it
- Place the potato in a microwave safe bowl (like my Pyrex)
- Microwave for 4-5 minutes
- Flip it over with a fork (this puppy is hot!)
- Microwave for another 4 minutes
- Let the bad boy sit for another minute or two
All I added was a little butter, salt, pepper and some freshly shredded Colby Jack cheese. I have become a shredded cheese snob – I like to grate it fresh! I can definitely taste a difference!
Soon, I am going to move onto loaded potatoes!!! CRAZY DIZEE!
Guess What. I love brussel sprouts. HA! Who ever thought they would hear THAT coming out of my mouth? Please pick your jaw up off the ground.
I bought these at the Farmer’s Market by the office (I felt very sophisticated) . I liked that I could buy just a little since only Pinto and I enjoy eating them in my house.
They are super easy to make. When I eat them, I feel as if I have finally grown up. (Although, I know plenty of adults who won’t eat them. Yep! I am talking about you Eyeball!)
The Aforementioned Brussel Sprouts
1 TBS of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375
- Layer a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
- Cut the Brussel Sprouts in half (I sometimes remove the outside leaves if they look unappealing)
- Toss with Olive Oil
- Spread them out on the cookie sheet, salt & pepper them to your preference
- Bake for 8 minutes, stir them up, bake for another 5-7 minutes
I like them best hot. When I tried reheating them I wasn’t too happy with them. It could just be that the microwave is not the answer to reheating everything.
Does anyone else like Brussel Sprouts? Did seeing this make you run to the store to buy some? HA!
What can I say, I love a good avocado. While it is sometimes a struggle to get my family to eat something green, I am on this like white on rice.
Most times all I need is a vessel for an avocado. Sometimes it is a spoon. Or a Salad. Maybe a tortilla chip?
This time it was a slice of toasted homemade bread.
You can’t get easier than a slice of toast. Yummy for breakfast, delish with lunch. Really, it is an anytime dish.
The Juice of a Lime
Bread of your choice
1) Start to toast your bread
2) Put the Avocado into a bowl
3) Add the Juice of a Lime (more or less, to your taste)
4) Add a pinch of Sea Salt
5) Use a fork to mash it all up
6) Top your slices of bread with as much or as little of the avocado goodness as you want.
See, really that easy. Would I lie?
Ah…. Popcorn. A snack staple from my weight watcher days.
Back then, I used the microwavable stuff – you know the one with the yellow kernels and the warning to not inhale the fumes.
You see where this is headed, right?
I made my own popcorn with coconut oil on my stove. Just call it Dizee Pop.
3TBS of Coconut Oil
1/3 cup of Organic Pop Corn Kernels (thus avoiding the dreaded GMO kernels)
Sea Salt, to taste
Seriously, just those 3 ingredients
- Put a nice size pot on the stove, add the 3 TBS of coconut oil & wait for it to melt
- Rub any extra coconut oil from the spoon into your elbows or hands. Don’t waste it!
- When you think the oil is warm enough, add 2-3 kernels to the pot and wait until they pop. (Mine popped clear out of the pot and onto the floor. It made one of the pups very happy)
- Add the rest of the kernels and put the lid on the pot
- Get ready for a party in that pot. Shake the pot every thirty to forty seconds or so to prevent burning
- When the popping calms down, dump the popcorn out onto a paper towel lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with Sea Salt
The whole thing took only minutes. Even Craig enjoyed it. To quote
I don’t taste the coconut oil. This isn’t half bad.
Now, obviously, this opens the door to all sorts of crazy combinations – garlic, cheese or possibly chili powder.
Does anyone pop their own popcorn? What is your favorite topping?
Is everyone ready for something that DOESN’T contain Coconut Oil? I know, shocking coming out of my kitchen.
Now that I am on Pinterest, I have seen a lot of people pinning Zucchini Dishes. In some of them, people even used it as – wait for it- spaghetti. I know! Crazy, but I decided to try it. I am adventurous that way.
I call it Spaghini and it is delish!
The trick here is having one of these things – a Julienne Peeler. Fancy!
Use it on the zucchini and viola – you have spaghetti that is not a carbohydrate!
This made enough to feed me, but it was probably a portion and a half….
2 Zucchinis (I used organic because they are on the Dirty Dozen list)
1 TBS Olive Oil
½ TBS Minced Garlic (more or less if you want)
Pasta Sauce (I used a jarred sauce – I know! Sacrilege! And I just wasted the organic zucchinis…) to taste -I like my food swimming in sauce
- Julienne the Zucchinis
- Heat the Olive Oil in a pan for a minute over medium heat
- Add the Garlic and sauté for around a minute
- Add the Zucchini and allow them to cook up a bit, but stir often.
- Add the Sauce to the Zucchinis
- When everything is nice and hot, put it on a plate and eat!
I added some Pecorino Romano cheese. I also added a piece of bread for dipping, which defeated my ‘bread free’ meal…. Boo Dizee.