Posts Tagged ‘Meals

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.


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)




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 : Chicken Fajitas (Made With Coconut Oil!)

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Corn Starch, Corn Protein Hydrolyzed, Sugar, Salt, Maltodextrin, Spices, Pepper(s) Chili, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Soybean Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Citric Acid, Color(s) Artifical, Silicon Dioxide Added to Prevent Caking, Natural Smoke Flavor, Sulfiting Agents, Ethoxyquin Preservative




Those are the ingredients to the Old El Paso Fajita seasoning package.




I figured I could do better than that – so I did some google searches for fajita seasoning and found a few recipes (such as this one by 100 days of Real Food) which gave some starting points.



Here is my uncomplicated and pronounceable recipe for chicken fajitas




1 lb chicken, cut up (I used organic chicken and was very proud of myself)

1 or 2 red peppers (sliced or diced, however you roll)

½ onion (I used a yellow onion because I was feeling crazy!)

1 TBS-ish minced Garlic

½ TBS of coconut oil (Yup!! Good old coconut oil)

1 lemon

Decent amount of Smoked Paprika – I shook it all over the skillet (to taste)

Smaller amount of Cumin (to taste)

Even less Black Pepper (to taste)

Smallish amount of Salt (to taste)



  1. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat
  2. Add chicken, wait for it to start to cook, stirring often
  3. Add the onion, let it brown a bit
  4. Add the peppers, cook for another 3-5 minutes
  5. Add the garlic
  6. Squeeze the lemon into the skillet
  7. Shake on the spices
  8. Stir
  9. Shake a little more
  10. Let the food simmer on the burner for another few minutes


You can serve this with all sorts of fun things – salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro and/or cheese. (I like Monterey Jack) 

This was my lunch one day at work.  Impressive, right?   I microwaved the fajitas mix for a minute, stirred, hit it up for another minute. 

I then heated my flour tortilla for 10 seconds and  added cheese, cilantro & a touch of sour cream.

Yummo and it beats Taco Bell!


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Recipe : Garden Fresh Meal

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Just call me Farmer Dizee.  Why?  Because I grew my dinner! (Ok, most of it!)



(You can use more or less depending on your preference.  My meal made two portions):

1 tbs Olive Oil

1 tsp Minced Garlic

1 Zucchini cut into chunks

Cupof Cherry Tomatoes, quartered & seeds removed

7 Leaves of Basil cut up/shredded

Pasta (I used whole wheat)


Cut up all the veggies.  

Put a pot on the stove, add water (I also add salt ), turn on the heat to medium/high

Grab a nice size pan, place it over medium heat and start heating the Olive Oil.  

When the oil is hot, add the garlic for a minute or two.

Stir in Zucchini, let them cook up for a few minutes

Add the Tomatoes, stir and let them cook for a few more minutes.

By now, the water should be boiling, add the pasta and cook per the package (I like Al-Dente or as my husband calls it  ” barely cooked”)

Allow everything to keep cooking, continue to stir.  Stirring is important.  Add the Basil toward the end.

Drain the pasta and add the veggie mixture.

Put it on a plate and eat.  I added some cheese… yum!  


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Paper Plate Gourmet : Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells

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Um, double yum.  I got the basic recipe from SkinnyTaste.  What a great way to get some extra veggies!

Check out my shell-disaster here….

    • Sauce (I used Ragu Marinara)
    • 9 Shells (I had alot of stuffing left over, so you can up that to at least 18)
    • 2 Cups of Ricotta Cheese
    • 2 Ounces Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
    • 1 Egg
    • 9 ounce package of frozen spinach
    • 1/4 cup  Peco Romano Cheese
  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. Salt a pot of water & set to boil.
  3. Microwave the Spinach for a few minutes to thaw then squeeze the bejesus out of it.  You want as little water left as possible.
  4. Put the shells in the water & cook until they are al dente
  5. In a bowl, mix the ricotta, egg, & cheeses together.  Then mix in the spinach.
  6. Get a baking dish & cover the bottom with some delish sauce
  7. Once the shells are done & cooled, stuff those bad boys with your spinach mix & place them in your dish
  8. Shower them with some additional  sauce, cover with foil & cook for 40 minutes. 
  9. Now uncover & cook for 5 more
  10. Finally, ponder how fantastic they are while you eat them.


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Paper Plate Gourmet : Balsamic Pepper & Onion Pizza

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Call me crazy, but this pizza is a little more classy!

    • Flat Bread
    • Chopped up Red Peppers & Onions
    • Cheese (I used Mozzarella)
    • Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
    • Smidge of Olive Oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut veggies & heat olive oil on in a pan on the stove
  3. Throw (gently place) the flat bread into the over to warm up
  4. Throw (gently place) the cut peppers & onions into the pan, stir frequently while they brown up/get wilty & nice…
  5. Remove the flat bread from the oven, top with around 2 TBS Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, veggies & 1/8 cup cheese
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes then eat
I gave mine 10 delish points +

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Brown Sugar Ham Steak

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This ham steak was yuuuuuuuuuuuuuummy & super easy!|
  The hardest part was cleaning the pan

  • Ham Steak
  • 1 1/2 TBS Butter
  • 1 1/2 TBS Brown Sugar
  1. In a pan over medium heat, melt butter & stir in brown sugar until you make a ‘glaze’
  2. Add ham steak & poke holes into it
  3. Cook a few minutes a side, flip
  4. Put on plate
  5. Marvel at the fact it is ham steak
I need to figure this out… still behind on my posts!!! BOO DIZEE

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Whole Wheat Flat Bread Pizza

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Wholesome Family Fun -let the kids top these bad boys with their favorite foods

  • Whole Wheat Flat Bread (mine was 7 points, but I bet some are lower…)
  • 2 Tbs Sauce
  • Galic Powder (to taste)
  • 1/8 cup shredded cheese
  1. Heat the oven to 375
  2. Bake flat bread for 3-5 minutes
  3. When out of the oven, spread tomato sauce on flat bread
  4. Sprinkle the garlic powder (watch for vampires)
  5. Top with Cheese
  6. Put back into the oven for 10 minutes or until your ‘done-ness’
I figured it was 8.5 points+… it will depend on your base.

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Chicken Cordon Dizee

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Looks & sounds fancy- totally not.  I called it Chicken Cordon Dizee because I used American Cheese instead of Swiss.  Equally Delicious. 

For each breast you will need:

  • Thin Chicken Breast
  • Slice of Ham (I like honey ham)
  • Slice of American Cheese
  • 1 Egg & a splash of milk
  • Bread Crumbs
  1. Heat the oven to 375
  2. Lay chicken breast flat
  3. Layer with 1 slice ham, 1 slice cheese
  4. Roll ‘em up!
  5. Mix the egg & milk, dip that chickeny goodness
  6. Cover it in bread crumbs 
  7. Spritz it with cooking spray/oil
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  9. Feel fancy – maybe serve it on a real plate….
3 for the chicken, 2 for the cheese, 1 for the ham, 1 for the egg wash/bread crumbsTotal : 7 points +

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