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Amazing Muffin Cups

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2014
I have never made a breakfast casserole in muffin cups like this. It was interesting to try. I read through many of the reviews to make sure I got this right. Some people said that their potatoes did not crisp in the 12 minutes. I kept mine in the oven for 30, 3 racks down from the top. It got some golden spots on the edges at that point and it also helped the potatoes to loosen and form more of a cup. They also have to be flattened well to make room for the other filling. To help with browning I also sprayed the muffin cups with PAM and then after shaping them spritz the tops with olive oil. I had a good durable muffin pan, so it helped immensely with avoiding sticking. I just set it on a sheet pan for ease. After the potatoes were done, I then followed the rest of the recipe as is. I noticed the recipe calls for 12 links and the package has 14. I was able to fit 5~6 sausage pieces in each cup or about 11~12 links, as suggested. After adding the egg mixture I baked them for 18 minutes. I let them kool about 15 minutes before removing from pan. I had a plastic knife ready to loosen them up, but they slipped right out of the pan with no problems. I would not have thought to make a breakfast recipe like this, but I liked how it created individual servings. I would just serve it with some cut up fruit or oj for a rounded breakfast.
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Healthier Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2014
This worked great in a pinch. I had whipped cream cheese and reduced fat milk to use. I was even short about an oz of cream cheese and it worked fine. I made 1/2 recipe and it made about 3~4 servings. I used it as a sauce for store bought lobster and shrimp ravioli.
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Vegetarian Bean Burritos

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2014
This actually wasn't bad. It oddly even tasted like a Taco Bell bean burrito for some reason. Only change I made was using 1 Tblsp. of taco seasoning instead of 2. It was so quick to make for a lunch. I used Trader Joes homemade tortillas and Penzeys taco seasoning. I blended the ingredients in my blender and then microwaved it. I would make this again for a quick lunch. ty
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Black Bean Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2014
This really surprised me. If I can get past the really peculiar color of this dip, then it is actually pretty descent. I am not a big fan of hummus. I have tried countless recipes, even on this site. I have not really liked any of them. This one seems to have the perfect balance of flavors. I used Goya low-sodium beans. It was a good choice, because unlike other cans today they seem to really pack the beans to the top. Even though I tend to tweak recipes, I decided to follow this one exactly. Only change I made was cutting the amount of cayenne in half. It blended quickly in my Vitamix on speed 10, 30-40 seconds. It was very creamy, as hummus should be. When done, I even decorated with some olives as suggested. After tasting, I did drizzle a little olive oil on top, but just because I am used to seeing that on other hummus recipes. I had sweet potato and chive Mediterranean crackers, so that is what I used for dipping. Made for a healthy snack this evening. ty
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Ranch Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2014
I give these about 4.5 stars. At first bite they were kind of a mix between a hamburger and meatloaf. However, they tasted much more like a burger once on a hamburger bun with condiments. They were just very moist, but that is not bad. I made 1/2 recipe and got 6 burgers. Chopping the onion and saltines was very quick, as I just did them each in my Vitamix blender. My egg was kind of small, so I ended up adding a spoon of olive oil to help with the binding. I bought the hamburger at Trader Joes and typically I get their leanest which is 96/4. They only had 90/10 and it worked fine. Probably helped with them not being too dry. I lined a large baking sheet with foil and sprayed it with PAM and just broiled the burgers. They took about 15 minutes in the middle of the oven on high. As I thought they were going to only taste like meatloaf, I ended up brushing the tops with chili sauce when they were done. I used toasted whole wheat seeded hamburger buns, I usually use for turkey burger and that worked good too. I was short on vegetables except for leafy lettuce, so we used a variety of condiments mayo, ketchup, Dijon, and relish. I liked that I finally stretched a 1 lb pack of meat from 4 burgers to 6!
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Almost Fat-Free Green Onion Potato Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2014
I followed this recipe exactly. Unfortunately, I ended up with more like sour cream and onion mashed potatoes, then potato salad, when I stirred it. There really isn't much to it, other than potatoes and dressing. I really wanted to try a healthy version of potato salad, so I decided to make this. I mixed the dressing up while the potatoes boiled and it tasted just like sour cream and onion or a French onion type dip from the store, personally to me in taste, for some reason. I have never boiled potatoes, rinsed in cold water until cool enough to handle and then peeled. I have always refrigerated them first. This method, did not work for me at all. The potatoes were cool enough to handle but were way too soft to cut up, being slightly warm to room temperature, for potato salad. It was also time consuming peeling and chopping 3 lbs of small potatoes. In the end, I have an onion and sour cream like flavored mashed potato. The dressing does not coat like a typical potato salad. It kind of just melts into the potato. Just going to heat it up for dinner. The taste is not bad, so I am sure it will work fine with a main dish.
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Cranberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2014
This was pretty and had a good base flavor. It was just a tad too tart for my taste with the cranberries. I found that with another cranberry smoothie too though. I did a mix of strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry. I blended them well with the almond milk first, to break down any of the raspberry seeds. I also had to use all frozen fruit as that is what I have. That avoided the refrigeration afterwards, anyway. I made a 1/2 recipe and tried it with the half of banana as suggested. I ended up adding the whole banana, which helped with the tartness. This was very healthy. ty Mottsbella
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Lucie's Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2014
This chili is a little hot and takes a little time to chop all of those base vegetables. However, it is thick, filling, and loaded with fiber. I think bulgar does that for lentil soups and vegetarian soups, that just can't really be achieved otherwise. I followed the recipe, except I didn't have mushrooms. So, I added a can of Trader Joe brand drained organic pinto beans along with the similar brand Kidney beans. I actually made this because I was getting low on vegetables in the house, but had plenty of celery, carrots, onions, and canned tomato and bean products. For the 2 cups of diced tomatoes, I used 1 can of no-sodium petite diced tomatoes. I had a cheat sheet on my fridge, for subtitutions, and did half water half tomato sauce in a can for the pre-made tomato juice. I also used sirachi hot sauce, for the hot sauce, as it was all I had and I left out the 2 Tblsp. of green chilis as it was plenty hot. When it was done, I tasted it and felt like it needed another ingredient. I added 1 cup of defrosted frozen roasted corn, Trader Joes brand. For garnish I did finely grated hot pepper cheese and some Trader Joe brand oyster crackers. That worked well. I would suggest this chili to vegetarians. ty
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Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
I made these today, having only heard of these muffins on this site and thus never tried them before. So, I have nothing to compare them to. They were an interesting muffin. I liked that they were not overly sweet, which does make them perfect as a morning muffin. On Cooks Country, though, they said that the title came from the name of the restaurant/bakery that created them. I decided to test with 1/2 recipe and got 9 muffins as suggested by doing so. I followed the recipe exactly, except I only had 1/3 cup of raisins for half the recipe so I was a little short. However, there still seemed to be plenty of raisins. I also just used 1 egg, for half the recipe instead of the egg white and egg for ease and to avoid waste. I even liked the topping of wheat germ and walnuts. It was a nice change from the overly sweet sugary toppings on so many muffins. I am going to see how they taste tomorrow. They may be even better.
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Apple Butter the Easy Way

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
This worked great in a pinch thank you! I was making a muffin recipe and I needed 1/4 cup of apple butter. I didn't want to run out to the store or spend $6 dollars on a jar, for such a small amount. I did a search and found this recipe. I wish I could say I followed this recipe exactly, but saw other reviewers had trouble that did. I only needed 1/4 cup, so I changed the serving size to 2. I didn't feel like spending 15 minutes at the microwave so I just started with applesauce. I used Motts Healthy Harvest granny smith apples applesauce. It took almost 1 of the serving sized cups, that can be purchased at the grocery store in the packs. I mixed the maple syrup in after measuring out the apple sauce. Then, when I went to add the cinnamon, I thought apple pie spice just seemed closer to what I know would be in apple butter. I even accidentally doubled the amount and it worked fine. I would even suggest that. I heated it in a small glass bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and I started out with 1 1/2 minutes on high in a small microwave and it seemed thick enough to me. I let it cool and used it in the muffin recipe. Saved me time and money today.
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Dianne's Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
This is a good standard recipe for roasted vegetables. What was great, is I happen to buy a bag of red potatoes at Trader Joes that were exactly 1 1/2 lbs. I didn't have to guess the weight. The 2 cups of carrots were very close to being a 1 lb. bag of peeled and cut carrots, minus 2-3 carrots. I liked that the vegetables were not swimming in oil. Similar recipes have 1/4 cup or much more oil. I will make this again, but even try other herb combinations as another reviewer. I lined my baking sheet with heavy duty foil and clean-up was very easy too. It took exactly 45 minutes to be done, with the potatoes sliced into 6 pieces for small to medium and 8 for large. I placed the rack 3 down from the top, close to the middle of the oven, and they got the right amount of browning. When done I used an on-line calculator, and I got 159 calories per serving with the recipe as 6 side dish servings. TY
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Mom's Great Green Beans

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2014
These green beans were okay, but were pretty much just canned green beans in beef broth. I tried to lighten the sodium by using low-sodium green beans and low-sodium soy sauce, but this recipe is definitely not one for someone watching salt in their diet. Was quick to make, anyhow, and I am sure they will get eaten.
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Restaurant-Style Potato Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2014
I was looking for a potato salad this evening for packed lunches. I just so happened to have all the ingredients for this one. I just found it way too sweet. The next day, fortunately, it mellows some with the other flavors. The problem is, this potato salad is really just potatoes and mayonnaise. It is also quite heavy on the dressing for my personal taste. I did end up adding some sliced boiled eggs, and garnish, to at least dress it up on top.
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Homemade Blueberry Pie Filling

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2014
This was very good, but (made into a yogurt parfait like I did). It is very low in sugar and even with sweet blueberries is tasty, healthy, but honestly not sweet enough for a pie. Try it as a parfait, on frozen yogurt, on a dessert, and it will be excellent. I made it just for the fact that it had so little sugar compared to similar recipes. I was tempted to add additional water, but do not do that. The blueberries will cook down and make their own. I think fresh is a must with this recipes, so as to make the cornstarch work effectively without the excess water. I bought a large pack of blueberries at Sam's Club. I measured the package and it was 3 1/2 cups. So, I just made 1/4 of the recipe, which made enough for 2 large or 3 small parfaits or a blueberry sauce on other foods. 1/4 of the recipe still took 2 cups of blueberries. The full recipe takes 8. I layered it in a glass with Trader Joes Vanilla Bean yogurt and topped it off with a little lite whipped topping I sprayed on top. I thought it was as good, or better, in this combination, as any blueberry cheesecake I have had. Very creamy. TY
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Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2014
This was good, I have no complaints. It's relatively easy to make too, only the simmer times is sort of long. To make it a one pot meal I added about 8oz of cooked pappardelle noodles, when it was done, and sprinkled the top with a little parmesan cheese. I like that this contained a few vegetables, and found it quite rich and filling, for the calories suggested.
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Jan's Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2014
I am not much of a pound cake person, but have been wanting to try this recipe ever since I saw the photos. I decided to make it for a morning meeting tomorrow at my husband's work. For ease, I halved the recipe and divided it between Reynolds baking cups. I got 16 total. I tried one and I liked the way it wasn't super sweet tasting like traditional pound cake. I did get a slight crust on mine, but that was more likely because I made mini pound cakes. They took 45 minutes to bake. They presented well and think they will like them very much with their morning coffee. I did calculate the calories, and it came out to be 207.5 per mini pound cake making 16 and using half the recipe. ty
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Very Orange Smoothie without Oranges

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2014
This was very interesting. It had a deep orange color and did have an orange like after taste. What I was surprised by, was all of the optional ingredients. I decided to use them all and in the amount suggested. The lemon juice helped give the citrus taste of an orange, the honey gave the sweetness, and the chia seeds work as a thickener. My mango and banana was frozen, so on the water part I had to add an additional 1/2 a cup for half the recipe. I am not sure what mineral water is, but I used cold spring water. I like having a smoothie that incorporates a vegetable or two. ty
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Creole Seasoning Blend

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2014
I used the change serving button to make "1" serving. Worked perfect for the amount I needed for Allrecipes Chicken Guacamole Melt recipe. Having a 1/8 tsp. measuring spoon, came in very handy. Glad, I didn't have to go to the store to buy Creole seasoning. Thank you
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Guacamole Chicken Melt

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2014
This was delicious! I was able to reduce the calories down to 300 a serving by taking the 3 chicken breasts, I had, and cutting them in half and flattening them slightly with a knife. The smaller size helps them cook quicker anyhow, 5 minutes sauté per side. I also used a half slice of cheese on each, since they were a little smaller. For the creole seasoning, I used a recipe on Allrecipes which I made 1 serving of just for this. Clean-up was easy too. I lined a large baking sheet with foil and sprayed with PAM. Took only about 2 minutes to broil. Quick, tasty, and easy. Ty, will make again. **Note - This does not re-heat well with the avocado on top. It is best fresh. So, I would just make enough for dinner or keep the avocado separate for lunches**
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Clone of a Pretzel Dip

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2014
Oh wow, this tastes just like those sample dips at the gourmet grocery stores. I had no idea how simple it would be to mix up. I actually had near all of the ingredients in the house. The only thing I didn't have was the mustard seed and it was fine without it. I also had to substitute strawberry jam for the raspberry, but it was no big deal. I scaled the recipe back to 4 servings, but it came out to be more like 2. This was an interesting recipe, to use up a too large bag of pretzels I bought for another recipe.
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