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Paper Plate Gourmet : Homemade Chicken Stew

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Very easy & hearty for a chilly day!!!! 

The best part – add as much or as little of an ingredient you want!  There is really no right or wrong way to make this….

    • Whole Wheat Pasta
    • Carrots
    • Onion
    • Celery
    • Chicken Breast
    • 1 can of Chicken Stock
    • 1 can of Water
    • Minced Garlic
  1. Heat a pot on the stove on medium.
  2. Cut chicken into smallish pieces (I used 2 breasts).  Add to pot, stir occasionally until cooked through.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, chop the veggies.
  4. Remove the chicken, throw in the veggies until they get a nice brown to them.
  5. Stir
  6. Add the garlic, saute for a few minutes.
  7. Stir
  8. Add the can of chicken stock & can of water (add a bit more water if there doesn’t seem to be enough liquid)
  9. Stir
  10. Add Pasta
  11. Stir
  12. Cook everything until pasta is done
  13. Pour into a bowl
  14. Enjoy


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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 : Grilled Ham & Cheese on Rye

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I am not sure I should admit this, but I didn’t even know how to make a Grilled Cheese when I got married….

Here is my favorite.  The Mayo & Red Wine Vinaigrette make it fancy & extra yummy.

    • 2 slices of Rye Bread per sandwich
    • 1 slice of American Cheese per sandwich
    • 2 slices of Honey Ham per sandwich
    • Mayo & Red Wine Vinaigrette dressing
  1. Gather all your ingredients together
  2. Heat a griddle or a pan over medium heat
  3. Spread each side of the bread with a smear of mayo & vinaigrette dressing (don’t soak it!)
  4. When the pan is hot, add a slice of bread (smear side up) & top with ham, cheese & other side of the bread (smear side down this time)
  5. Cook for a few minutes, flip (I like mine on the not-so-done side, so I flip after 2 1/2 minutes)
  6. Put on a plate, eat with chips.  (Subway sandwiches have NOTHING on this baby)


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Paper Plate Gourmet : Vegetable Fried Rice

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I got the basic recipe from the Jan 2012 All You Magazine, just tweaked it (ie: no sesame oil or ginger…)

  It was yummy, easy & makes a lot of food!!!

    • Bit of Vegetable Oil
    • 3 TBSP Soy Sauce
    • 1 TBSP Sugar
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 TBSP-ish Minced Garlic
    • Cooked Brown Rice (I used the Steam in Bag)
    • Bit of Salt
    • Bunch of Scallions
    • 1 Bag of Asian Medley Bird’s Eye Vegetables
  1. Gather all your ingredients together
  2. Microwave the brown rice & the vegetables
  3. Heat a splash of oil in a decent size pan
  4. Cook the eggs until just set, set them aside
  5. Wipe out the pan
  6. Heat another splash of oil
  7. Saute garlic, 30 seconds (becareful, mine burned)
  8. Add rice & salt, stir-fry a bit (3-4 min)
  9. Mix the soy sauce & sugar, add it to the pan
  10. Add veggies & scallions, stif-fry until heated through (5 minutes)
  11. Add eggs, stir, serve
  12. Eat


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Paper Plate Gourmet : Easy Chicken Primavera with Pasta

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So, I got the idea from the Kraft Website.  I liked it, but didn’t love it.

It was really easy to make though & relatively inexpensive.

 (I got the Kraft Cream Cheese for $1.00, the Broccolli for $.99 & the pasta for $.69)

    • 1 lb Chicken (cut into bite size pieces)
    • 1 bag of Broccoli
    • Pasta (I used 1/2 box of whole wheat)
    • 1 tub of PHILADELPHIA Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme
  1. Boil the water for the pasta (add salt!)
  2. In a hot pan, add the diced chicken, cooking until no longer pink  (took me like 6 minutes)
  3. While you are cooking the chicken, add the pasta & cook
  4. Throw the broccoli in the mircowave to slighy warm ( I did 2 minutes)
  5. Add the broccoli to pan, cook for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add container of Philly, cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add Pasta to pan, cook a few minutes
  8. Put on a plate & eat.
Honestly, I was a little bummed & didn’t do the points yet, I will get back to you. 


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Paper Plate Gourmet : Yummy Fruit Dip

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I absolutely love this fruit dip… I made the portion size smaller so I can enjoy it for ‘non-special’ occasions.

    • 1/4 cup Cream Cheese 
    • 2 TBS Sour Cream
    • 1 TBS Brown Sugar
    • 1 TBS White Sugar
    • Vanilla Extract & Maple Syrup to taste ( I do a liberal pour of each)
  1. Let the sour cream come to room temp
  2. Blend all ingredients in bowl until smooth.
  3. Chill for a bit
  4. Enjoy with your favorite fruits (or just on a spoon)
The whole cup is about 11 points & I would estimate this was 4 portions making this delectable treat just under 3 points (a little goes a lonnng way).

If you want to make this for a group, here you go:

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (+/-)

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Mock Ice Cream Sandwhiches

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These used to be a staple of mine.  I’m working on bringing it back.  Would be doubly delicious with chocolate graham crackers.

    • 1 Graham Cracker Sheet
    • Cool Whip
    • Spoon
  1. Half 1 cracker
  2. Using spoon, add a dollop of cool whip to half
  3. Top with other half
  4. Wrap in foil
  5. Put in freezer for atleast an hour
Yum! Not the real thing, but it is a great treat. I used the Trader Joe Graham’s which are 1.5 a sheet & 2 TBS of Lite Cool Whip for 1 Point.  Use Fat Free Cool Whip to save extra points!

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Paper Plate Gourmet : The Easiest PB cookies EVER

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These are my hubby’s favorites.  Thank you Betty Crocker.

  1. Set Oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients, except the chips, in a bowl until well incorporated (sounds fancy!)
  3. Add chips, stir
  4. Plop them by the tablespoonful on a cookie sheet
  5. Bake those bad boys for around 8 minutes, flipping the pans halfway thru
  6. Cool, eat, perferably with a glass of milk
I figure 3 a cookie (thank goodness I can say no to these guys) but it depends on the size.

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