Posts Tagged ‘Snack

Paper Plate Gourmet : “Mock” Banana Ice Cream

Share via email

So, I will preface with the note that this does not ACTUALLY taste 100% like ice cream.  It tastes like a banana with the consistency of gelato.   (Hence the mustache… get it?  It’s like a banana in disguise?  It’s funny…)

 

 

But it is oh-so-tasty, especially when ‘garnished’ with chocolate chips, whipped cream or something else similarly detrimental to your diet.   Craig made fun of my chips. But hey, if you can keep it to a minimum, this just may be the snack that gets you through your weight loss.

 

 

All kidding aside, I found this ‘recipe’ on a very cool site (it’s vegan approved, well, before the milk chocolate chips!).  You do need a food processor – but that is all the special equipment you need.  Oh, and a cold banana.

 

Ingredients

 

1 Banana (mine was brownish and a little scary looking.  I put it in the fridge for a few hours to cool it off.  I have found that the frozen banana didn’t chop up well in my food processor)

 

Directions

 

  1. Break that banana into some chunks, toss it into the food processor and go to town until the recipe is smooth-ish.
  2. Marvel at the ease of this ‘recipe’
  3. Put it into a bowl, adorn with your toppings of choice
  4. Don’t feel guilty – it’s a banana!!!!

Tags : , , ,

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

Share via email

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?

Tags : , ,

Paper Plate Gourmet : Mock Ice Cream Sandwhiches

Share via email

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!

Tags : , ,

Paper Plate Gourmet : Baked Chick Peas

Share via email

Yum.  Outside my comfort zone, but enjoyable.  I think they would be killer in a salad.

    • 1/2 can of chick peas
    • Few Spritz’s of Olive Oil
    • Garlic Powder to taste
    • Sea Salt to Taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Rinse the chick peas (get rid of that pesky sodium & little white skins)
  3. Spritz with Olive Oil, sprinkle with garlic powder & sea salt
  4. Toss & coat those chick peas
  5. Put them in the oven for 25-35 minutes, but keep an eye on them.  They can burn quick = smelly!!!
3 points + per 1/2 cup serving

Tags : , ,

Paper Plate Gourmet : Chocolate & PB Stuffed Crescents

Share via email

Yes, I went there.  No, I did not point it. 

  • Package of Crescent Rolls
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Morsels
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees (or follow the package directions)
  2. Spread each triangle with a smear of Peanut Butter & cover with morsels (use your discretion….)
  3. Roll
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes per package
  5. Eat
I don’t point these guys, scary!

They are fantastic without the PB too.

Tags : , , , ,

Paper Plate Gourmet : Chips & Guacamole

Share via email

Holy Guacamole, Batman…. Since I am the only one in the house who likes the green stuff, I never buy it.  It also freaks me out – what do they put in it that keeps it green for weeks?  I saw this on Mexican Made Easy last weekend - Yummy!

  • Tortillas (I used Fajita Size)
  • Oil for Tortillas
  • Ripe Avocado, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped Red Onion (+/- to taste)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic Powder
  1. Heat oven to 400
  2. Cut tortillas into eighths
  3. Brush or spray with oil
  4. Lay flat on cookie sheet & bake in 400 degree oven for 6 minutes (depends on size, the bigger they are, the longer they will need)
  5. Throw these bad boys into a bowl & salt to taste.
  6. Mix the avocado, onion, garlic powder, salt & pepper in a food processor or with a fork until well combined.
  7. Open a Corona & enjoy
4 points for the chips & 4 for the guacamole.  There is enough to share

Totally enough to share….

Tags : , ,

Paper Plate Gourment : Almost Home Made PB Chip Waffles

Share via email

Who doesn’t love a nice waffle??? Serve it with some fruit to bulk it up



  • 2 Cups Aunt Jemima Original Complete Pancake Mix
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Water
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Splash of Vanilla (1 TBS-ish)
  • 2-3 handfuls of Peanut Butter Morsels
  • Spritz of Oil
  • Combine all ingredients & stir until large lumps disappear
  • Plug in waffle iron, allow to heat up (the time it takes to heat up will let the batter thicken)
  • Lightly grease waffle iron  (I spritz it with oil)
  • Pour onto waffle iron, close cover, wait for it to stop steaming (a few minutes)
  • Marvel at the beautiful waffles… except that first one.  Always seems to stick.
Totally worth the 9 points…

Tags : , , ,

Paper Plate Gourmet : Microwaved Potato Chips?!

Share via email

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?)

Tags : , , ,