Posts Tagged ‘Side Dish

Paper Plate Gourmet : Brussel Sprouts

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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



  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Layer a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
  3. Cut the Brussel Sprouts in half (I sometimes remove the outside leaves if they look unappealing)
  4. Toss with Olive Oil
  5. Spread them out on the cookie sheet, salt & pepper them to your preference
  6. 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!

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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 : Microwaved Potato Chips?!

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Yes, I made potato chips in the microwave.  No, I am not crazy, I googled it.  Overall, not bad.  Add some light ranch dip & we maybe onto something ….

  • Red Potato (medium is 4 points)
  • Spritz of Pam
  • Seasonings (I used Red Robin Seasoning)
  1. Slice the potato very thin & spritz both sides with Pam
  2. Lay them as a single layer on a microwave safe plate
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, flip, microwave on & off for 30 second intervals until brown
  4. Marvel at the simplicity
Well, this really depends on how many you eat.  The whole potato is around 4 points, so you will need to extrapolate (like the term use?)

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Paper Plate Gourmet : Easy Corn on the Cob

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Did you know you can cook fresh corn on the cob in 3 minutes?

Ready? It is a little difficult:

Step 1: Place corn as is on a microwave plate
Step 2: Place in microwave & close door
Step 3: Cook it for 2 and a half minutes per ear
Step 4: Remove corn from microwave
Step 5: Let it cool down a bit, peel, eat

Basically, the corn does all the work and steams itself in the microwave.  If only everything was this easy.



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