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Paper Plate Gourmet : Easy Skillet Potato, Onions & Ham

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When I make Potato and Eggs I generally leave out the eggs… What? Yup, you read that right.

 

 

But it got a little boring eating only potatoes and onion.  Until one fateful day when  I got a little creative (what can I say, Ham Steak was on sale).

 

I would argue Denny’s makes something similar and probably calls it home fries, or hash browns or something equally exotic.

 

Either way, I was thoroughly excited with this simple Potato, Onion and Ham skillet sensation.

Ingredients

1 Honey Ham Steak

1 Small Onion

2 Potatoes (I believe I used Yukon Gold.  I got them at the farmer’s market – FANCY!)

1 TBS Olive Oil

Sea Salt (to Taste)

Pepper (to Taste)

Paprika (a heavy handed sprinkle)

 

Directions

 

1)      Cut everything up (It just makes life easier)

2)       Heat the Olive Oil in a skillet over Medium-High Heat

3)      Add the potatoes and let them start to brown, stirring occasionally (Five minutes-ish)

4)      Add the Onion, let them start to cook, stirring occasionally (Four minutes-ish)

5)      Add the Sea Salt, Pepper and Paprika, another few minutes-ish

6)      Add the Ham Steak, let it warm through

 

 

I ate a very hearty portion of this…. and then went back for more.  Doofy Dizee!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Theresa’s Broccoli Slaw Pasta

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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.)

 

Ingredients

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

 

 

Directions

  1. Steam the Broccoli Slaw (I would try the Microwave until soft-ish)
  2. 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
  3. Add the Slaw and water to the skillet to coat everything

 

Seems simple enough that I will have no problems with it!

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Paper Plate Gourmet – Semi Homemade Pizza

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Here is another Sunday tradition in our household – semi-homemade pizza.

 

The best part?

 

The total cost is usually $6.50 and under for the whole family to eat.

 

And boy, do we eat.  The 4 of us polish off the pie.

 

You can make your own dough, but my persnickety husband prefers we purchase the dough from the local Pizza place.  At $3.50 a pop, it is worth it to me.  Add in a little tomato sauce (we usually buy a can of the store-brand tomato sauce) and some shredded mozzarella cheese (which I usually buy for around $2.00 a bag) and we are good to go.

 

The only caveat – we use a pizza stone we bought years ago from the Pampered Chef.  We are big fans… but you can make this on whatever floats your boat.

 

 

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough (preferably from the Pizza Place)

Can of tomato sauce

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Sprinkle of Pecorino Romano Cheese (if you have it)

Garlic Powder, to taste

Any other topping you want!

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.  If you have a pizza stone, put it in the oven now.
  2. While the oven is preheating, spread out your dough into a circle.
  3. After the oven finishes preheating, wait another 2 or 3 minutes before pulling your stone out and putting your dough on the stone
  4. Put a thin layer of sauce on the dough and put it in the oven for 2-3 minutes
  5. After this pre-cooking period, top the pizza like you normally would, with sauce, garlic and cheese
  6. Bake until the crust is done and bubbly.  Yum!

 

Notes from Chef Craig:

  1. He wanted to reiterate the need for pizza store bought dough.
  2. Since this dough is very thick, he recommends adding the layer of sauce and baking it for a few minutes before going all out with toppings
  3. Our pizza stone is approximately 15-16” wide – this can apparently effect the overall baking time.

 

My absolute favorite part is this is a Craig meal – I am off duty!

Paper Plate Gourmet : 5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken

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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 ….

 

Ingredients

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…)

 

Directions

  1. Add the chicken to a zip lock bag
  2. Squeeze the lemons into the bag
  3. Add the Olive Oil, Salt & Garlic Powder to the bag
  4. Close the Bag (this is so important it is getting its own step.)
  5. Shake that bag like you are “Living laVida Loca”  (I love that song… sorry)
  6.  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.
  7. Heat a skillet on the stove over medium heat
  8. Dump the contents of the bag onto the skillet once it is warm.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!!!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : The Best Microwave “Baked” Potato Ever!

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Can my life be altered by a potato?

 

Possibly.

 

 

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!

 

 

Ingredients

Potato

A Smidge of Olive Oil

Sea Salt, To Taste

Toppings of your choice (be bold!)

 

Directions

 

  1. Wash the dirty potato
  2. Poke holes in the now clean potato
  3. Lather up that potato with some olive oil
  4. Add a little salt if you feel like it
  5. Place the potato in a microwave safe bowl (like my Pyrex)
  6. Microwave for 4-5 minutes
  7. Flip it over with a fork (this puppy is hot!)
  8. Microwave for another 4 minutes
  9. Let the bad boy sit for another minute or two
  10. Eat!

 

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!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Avocado Toast

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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.

 

 Ingredients

 

Avocado

The Juice of a Lime

Sea Salt

 Bread of your choice

 

Directions

 

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?

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Dizee-Pop (Popcorn Made with Coconut Oil)

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Organic Popcorn made with coconut oil

 

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.

 

Well, knowing my intense love of all things coconut oil and my current weight loss resolution , it was only a matter of time before this happened.

 

You see where this is headed, right?

 

I made my own popcorn with coconut oil on my stove.  Just call it Dizee Pop.

 

 

Ingredients

 

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

 

Directions

  1. Put a nice size pot on the stove, add the 3 TBS of coconut oil & wait for it to melt
  2. Rub any extra coconut oil from the spoon into your elbows or hands.  Don’t waste it!
  3. 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)
  4. Add the rest of the kernels and put the lid on the pot
  5. Get ready for a party in that pot.  Shake the pot every thirty to forty seconds or so to prevent burning
  6. When the popping calms down, dump the popcorn out onto a paper towel lined baking sheet.
  7. 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?

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Zucchini Pasta

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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….

Ingredients

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

 

Directions

  1. Julienne the Zucchinis
  2. Heat the Olive Oil in a pan for a minute over medium heat
  3. Add the Garlic and sauté for around a minute
  4. Add the Zucchini and allow them to cook up a bit, but stir often.
  5. Add the Sauce to the Zucchinis
  6. 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.

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