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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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Paper Plate Gourmet : No Fail Guacamole

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Did you know avocados are the new black? 


My first foray with this fruit (yep! It is a fruit  – I even looked it up!) is guacamole. 


Here is my simple recipe




1 ripe avocado

1 lime

Bunch of cilantro (to taste)

Garlic Powder (to taste)




  1. Cut the avocado and spoon all the good stuff into a bowl
  2. Cut and squeeze the lime’s juice into the bowl on top of the avocado
  3. Add some shredded cilantro on top of the avocado
  4. Sprinkle on a decent amount of garlic powder and a tad of salt
  5. Use a fork and mash that bad boy up
  6. Eat!

In a quintessential Doofy Dizee move, I bought a bag of Garden of Eating’s Red Hot Blue Tortilla Chips to eat with my guac and was completely shocked to realize they were spicy!  Doh!  I should have read the package a little bit more carefully!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Banana Muffins

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 I love muffins.  I love the tops of muffins.  I do not love my muffin top.



 These are obviously healthy – they are made WITH bananas!


I even froze a bunch and have been eating them from the freezer.  GASP! I know – does not sound like somehting I would do.  But, I have to tell you –  I pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds and savor every precious moment with it.



1 ½ cups all purpose flour (I used organic, not sure if that makes a difference.  Next batch will be made with whole wheat!  CRAZY!)

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

2 tablespoons Corn Starch

½ teaspoon Salt

4 Ripe Bananas (mine were scary looking)

¾ cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar, seems similar to brown sugar)

1 egg

3 tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)

3 tablespoons Butter, (melted)

Liberal Dash (1 tablespoon-ish) Vanilla Extract




  1.  Preheat the oven, put liners in the cupcake pan.
  2. Cut up the bananas (I just broke them into pieces) and add them into a bowl
  3. Add the sugar, coconut oil, egg, butter and mix.  (I used my trusty ol’ mixer)
  4. Once combined, add the baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, and ½ cup of the flour and mix again.
  5. Keep adding the flour until you incorporated it all.
  6. Spoon into Muffin Tin
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Mine needed 17 Minutes.



 I bet they would be even better with some walnuts or, dare I say it, chocolate chips?  Next time, for sure!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Super Easy Lemon Garlic Dressing

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I have stopped buying pre-packaged dressing.


Because I can make awesome, fresh dressing in no time flat.  Easiest Dressing Ever.  Yeah, I said it. 

Totally scalable too – make as much or as little as you want.  This makes enough for my salad.



1 Lemon

1 tsp – ½ tbsp. Olive Oil

Salt (to taste)

Garlic Powder (to taste)



  1. Find a container with a top (I love my Ball Glass jar.  Isn’t it pretty?)
  2. Squeeze Lemon, take out the pits
  3. Add Olive Oil, salt (I add a little bit) & garlic powder (I add quite a bit….)
  4. Shake, Shake, Shake
  5. That’s it!!!!!  It’s meerkat approved….

Check out my Salad in a Jar… It’s all the rage now.

In theory, you can keep a week’s worth of salad fresh.  I am testing it now, will let you know how it goes!

 Update:  The salad lasted a week! 


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Paper Plate Gourmet : Easy Butternut Squash

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This was a first for me – Butternut Squash sounds so fancy.  Truth be told, I thought I was buying a spaghetti squash… Either way, so easy & delicious…. (Ignore the ham…. that will be posted later in the week)

  • Butternut Squash
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the squash in half (this was the toughest part of this meal)
  3. Scoop out the seeds
  4. Put on a baking sheet flesh side up
  5. Put in the oven, bake for a half hour
  6. Wait the half hour…..
  7. Take out of the oven, rub butter all over the top of the squash
  8. Rub brown sugar all over the top of the squash
  9. Put it back into the oven for around 20 minutes or until it is ‘fork tender’

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Super Easy As-Garlicy-As-You-Want-It Bread

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Why pay for Texas Toast?  Here is a way to make your own, home-made Garlic Bread. 
The best part is YOU decide how much garlic you put on…

  •  Bread (any type you want.  Mine was a leftover roll)
  • Garlic Powder
  • 2 TBS of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TBS Melted Butter or Spread
  1. Heat the oven to 375
  2. Slice the bread in half
  3. Smear with either Butter Spread or slightly melty butter (you can microwave for 15-20 seconds)
  4. Sprinkle with as much or as little Garlic Powder as you want
  5. Throw on some of that Parmesan Cheese (if you are feeling crazy, layer on some mozzarella cheese)
  6. Put in the oven for 10-14 minutes (I perfer mine on the light side)
Really, it depends on the bread… Sorry!  But, it is fattening, so don’t eat the whole thing by yourself….

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Paper Plate Gourmet : The Fake Cheese Calzone

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I have posted about these fake Calzones before – but this was the one I made last night.  I should have thrown in some veggies, but didn’t- BAD DIZEE!

  • Pizza Dough from a Pizza Place
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella & cheddar cheese mixed (3)
  • Garlic Powder
  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Roll out 2 pieces of dough into a square-ish shape
  3. Place cheese mix middle of one piece of dough
  4. Put second piece of dough on top
  5. Sprinkle with Garlic Powder
  6. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes
I would mark it down at 10… lots of doughy goodness…

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Mama Burger

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I don’t know how this burger got it’s name -but I love it!

I usually make 2 at a time since I am the only one in the family who likes burgers.
  • Handful-ish of lean ground beef (mine was 38 grams on the scale) (1)
  • 1 TBS seasoned Bread Crumbs (1)
  • 1 TBS BBQ Sauce (or Catchup) (1)
  • Dash of Salt
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Onion Flakes to taste
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  • Split meat into 2 even, flat patties (I like thin burgers)
  • Cook each side on skillet until done (3-4 minutes each)
  • Put on a bun or bread thin (3)
  • Top with a pickle & call it a day
5 Points but that can change with your bun & any additional items on the burger (hummmm… what about fried onions???)

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