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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
Very good cookies. I used the juice and zest from one lemon instead of the extract and baked them at 350 for 11-12 minutes. If you are craving lemon bars but are short on time make these instead :-)
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Microwave Lemon Curd

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
VERY yummy and easy to make! It makes a lot of lemon curd and it does rise/bubble up when it heats so make sure your bowl is big enough to accommodate that. I make it to eat with the simple scones from this site (the footnoted variations at the bottom...not the raisins) and the whipped cream recipe also from this site. YUMMY!
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White Pizza

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2011
This was pretty yummy. I and I actually MADE the pizza (unlike another review posted here) before I posted my review which I think should be required when giving anything less than 5 stars on this site. ANYWAY...I used a Boboli pizza crust that I sprayed with olive oil (using my Pampered Chef Kitchen Spritzer which I love) and popped it in the oven for a few minutes first to make sure the crust got crispy. For the sausage I used one pound of reduced fat Jimmy Dean ground sausage and I used the store brand Alfredo sauce which was lower in fat and calories. I added half a yellow onion, three small garlic cloves and four mushrooms sliced. I thought it made a lot of topping so I reserved some for my scrambled eggs for tomorrow morning :-) I still used the 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce and it was plenty to cover my pizza. I topped with 5 or 6 oz of the Italian blend cheese and it was plenty cheesy. I thought it turned out really well. The only change I would make is to try a garlic Alfredo sauce next time and/or use more garlic cloves. I love garlic!
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Mexican Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2011
Very yummy recipe...my 8 year old had seconds. I hate to modify recipes the first time I make them but I did make a few changes per the other reviewers suggestions and it turned out great. I used the canned tomatoes with diced green chili's and spices added. I also added Mexican blend shredded cheese over the corn/under the corn bread. I did double the topping which was good but next time I will also use more ground beef...at least 2 pounds. This didn't quite take 20 minutes to bake in my oven and it was baked all the way through. I served it with more shredded cheese, sliced olives, tomatoes, and sour cream as toppings.
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
This recipe is DELICIOUS made exactly as written! My four year old not only had seconds but wants to eat it again for dinner tomorrow night :-) We served it with the Lime Cilantro Rice from this site. Very yummy!
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Peppered Shrimp Alfredo

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2011
Even without all of the ingredients this was yummy! I used what I had in the pantry/fridge so I had to do some improvising. I didn't have any mushrooms so I left them out. I added an extra clove of garlic and I used pre-cooked shrimp. I also used Parmesan cheese instead of Romano and milk instead of cream. I didn't measure the cayenne pepper...just sprinkled lightly since my 4 and 7 year olds were going to be eating it. It gave the dish a lot of flavor and if it wasn't for the kids I would have used the whole teaspoon. Even with my substitutions this was a really yummy recipe and gave my jarred Alfredo sauce a nice kick :-) I served it over bow tie pasta (that's what the kids like) with fresh broccoli and sour dough bread. Yum!
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Alfredo Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2011
This is a yummy and easy recipe. I adjusted the ingredients in the recipe to one and a half times to feed my family of four but next time I would just go ahead and double it. I also used half and half instead of heavy cream and I whisked it the whole time it simmered, slowly adding in the fresh Parmesan. For my stove medium low was not hot enough and so I simmered over medium. I used two garlic cloves this time so maybe I will use three next time I make it if I double the recipe. I also added fresh ground pepper and a couple of dashes of nutmeg. I served it over fresh fettuccine (Buitoni) and it was yummy :-)
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Quick Chicken Divan

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2011
I give this 5 stars for the ease of preparation and because this is made with ingredients my family always has on hand. I served it over white rice. I like to make the recipe as written the first time and so I didn't make any changes. I did however saute the chicken in some olive oil and sprinkled it with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Next time I will add curry like other reviewers suggested and I will also use fresh broccoli instead of frozen. My four year old thought that the broccoli was "mushy" and I agree. My husband says this is a winner and so I guess it will be added into the rotation :-)
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Easy Lemon Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2010
Yummy! I like these bars better than traditional lemon bars. The crumble topping is very good. I took the advice of other viewers and added the juice from half of a lemon and also zest from half of a lemon to the crust mixture. I also added extra juice and more zest to the filling and they turned out with lots of lemon flavor. They are good as is but next time I will double the filling as some others suggested to see if I like it better. Overall, this is a very good and easy recipe.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake II

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Really yummy and low in carbs. I used sugar free chocolate bars (chocoperfection) and also Splenda Sugar Blend (increased to 1/3 cup plus 2 T) and poured the batter into mini muffin pans. They were very hard to get out though even though I did dust the pans with cocoa powder. Next time I will spray the pans with Pam.
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Potato Casserole

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
This is yummy and I would make it again but as a breakfast/brunch dish. I would not serve this again with dinner. It makes a ton and was also good left over the next day (with eggs for breakfast).
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Parmesan Sage Pork Chops

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
These are good. I used six large boneless pork chops and so I doubled the bread crumb mix. This was not necessary. I had a ton of the bread crumb mix left over. If you are doing more than two chops don't worry about increasing the mixture. You'll have plenty. Also, make sure not to skimp on the butter/oil in order to make it more figure friendly. You really need that to make the chops brown up. The lemon flavor is pretty strong in this recipe. If you don't love lemon you may want to reduce the zest a little. Also since these were big I used a meat thermometer to make sure they were up to temperature. They were VERY juicy.
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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
Yummy! These were really good. I did smash the soup mix up before opening the package as the other reviews suggested. Also instead of halving the potatoes I cut them into large bite size pieces. I put them in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes and then stirred. I repeated this four times for a total cook time of 40 minutes.
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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
This recipe was OK. My husband would have given it more stars but the rest of the family agreed on three. I made it as is the first time and it is pretty bland. Next time I would take the suggestions of some of the other reviews and spice it up a bit. I think I might try it with broccoli cheese soup and add some fresh broccoli in the mix. Also, it's very important to UNDER cook the pasta before adding it to the pan. The additional cook time in the oven continues to cook the pasta and even though I started with al dente pasta ours was way over done.
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Honey Cashew Green Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2010
These were DELICIOUS and easy to make! I made the recipe exactly as is...just tripled it to feed five. YUMMY!
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Easy Meatloaf

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2010
A very good and easy to prepare meatloaf. My family especially liked the topping. I made a few small changes. I used 2 lbs of beef because that's what I had. I also only used half a yellow onion and sauteed it in a tablespoon of butter with one and a half teaspoons minced garlic. I used mostly Italian style bread crumbs because that's what I had and I increased the crumbs a little (my 1 cup was mounded) since I was using more meat. I also added 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. After mixing everything together I patted it into an 11x7 pan and since it was a little thinner than it would have been in a loaf pan it only took 55 minutes to cook to 175 degrees on the meat thermometer. It was very moist.
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Bisquick® Blueberry Muffins

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2010
This is a quick and easy blueberry muffin recipe. In order to make it low carb I used Carbquick (a low carb baking mix) and Splenda Sugar Blend. I also used frozen blueberries that I thawed in the microwave for about 1 minute. Since other reviews said that the muffins were dense like a biscuit, I decided to use one whole egg and add one egg white. They turned out really light and fluffy. These were really yummy muffins. My family of four ate the whole dozen for breakfast this morning. Next time I will use a little more Splenda Sugar Blend to make the muffins a little sweeter.
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Pigs in a Blanket

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2010
I made these tonight in several different ways. I used refrigerated crescent rolls instead of biscuit dough and cut each triangle in half. In my opinion you could even cut the dough in half again if you're trying to cut down on carbs. There was a lot of bread on each dog. I used 97% fat free Hebrew National dogs that I cut into four small dogs. In each of those I put a piece of pepper jack cheese (I cut one slice of cheese into 8 rectangles). A few of them I left without the pepper jack but I will say that the pepper jack really made it taste great. I also made some of them with little smokies...some with shredded cheddar cheese on the dough before I rolled them up and some without cheese. My family and I agree that we didn't taste the cheddar in there at all. The little smokies have plenty of flavor so you don't need cheese when you use them. I'll definitely make these again...probably with both the HN dogs and the LS dogs...and definitely with the pepper jack!
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2010
YUMMY! These are simple to make and very tasty. In an effort to make them lower in carbs I used 1 cup of almond meal and 1 cup flour in the recipe. I also used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons equals 3/4 cup brown sugar...conversion table on back of bag). I also added a couple dashes of cinnamon to the mixture. I made this into muffins in order to count the carbs more easily. I filled the cups 1/2 full and baked for 20 minutes. I got 22 muffins out of the recipe. They ended up having 15 carbs each. Not bad for banana bread. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2010
These cookies caught my eye because they are flourless which is good for keeping the carb count low. I made these tonight by using Splenda Sugar Blend...1/2 cup of Sugar Blend is the equivalent of 1 cup of sugar. I also added 1/2 tsp vanilla. I rolled the dough into balls and pressed them with a fork. It made 24 average size cookies...each with about 5.5 total grams of carbohydrates. I cooked them 9 or 10 minutes for a crunchier cookie. My three year old and six year old loved them!
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