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Butternut Squash Pizzas with Rosemary

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2013
I made this in a super healthy way tonight and it was delicious! I had a bag of cubed butternut squash I needed to use up. I sliced up the cubes into thirds to get thinner pieces, arranged them evenly on a baking pan lined with wax paper, and brushed organic coconut oil over the squash. Instead of olive oil, I melted 1/2 tbs of Nutiva extra virgin coconut oil in a small pan (other oils become toxic when cooking to high heat- I only use olive oil when it's consumed without heating i.e. mixing with balsamic vinegar and pepper as a salad dressing, making bruschetta or tabouleh etc). I sprinkled italian seasoning, pepper, and a dash of sea salt, and baked in my convection toaster oven for 20 mins. On the stovetop, I caramelized a brown onion with balsamic vinegar and finely diced organic garlic clove. I used a Classico Crostini Pizza Crust which only has 30mg of sodium per 1/3 crust! I brushed the crust with a lil bit of melted coconut oil, layered butternut squash, caramelized onion and garlic, and lightly topped with Kraft 'with a touch of Philadelphia cream cheese' mozzarella cheese. It was good as is but I decided to add avocado, tomato, and dabbed a lil bit of Litehouse kefir yogurt probiotic blue cheese salad dressing and was AMAZING!!! I only add the avocado, tomato, and dressing on the individual slice as I'm ready to eat it. The kefir blue cheese dressing was really the key, it tastes like reg blue cheese dressing, you cant even tell it's a healthy version!
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Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2012
This is the worse recipe I've made from this site. What a waste of portabello mushrooms and a package of organic farfalle pasta. The sauce was super gooey, like paste, and extremely difficult to spread/mix with the pasta in the baking dish. I think it's best to just add the cheese during the final step of transfering to the baking dish. However even if the sauce was the right consistency, the result was still VERY bland. Can't taste anything but mushrooms. And I love mushrooms but the orange I had while waiting for this to bake tasted 20 times better than this casserole. Another reviewer (Kristal) hit it on the head when she said this tasted like you just poured a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup over pasta.
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Good for You Greek Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2012
WOW! Just made this and was blown away by how good this simple recipe tastes. I'm often up late and was hungry for something quick, healthy, yet tasty and this was perfect! I don't like onions so I omitted the red onion. I didn't have feta cheese or Greek olives so I used regular sliced black olives and sprinkled a bit of parmesan on top to serve. I then remembered I had organic farfalle in the fridge and tossed some of that into my bowl to make it more filling. It was amazing! I always add pasta only when I'm ready to serve it to avoid it absorbing all of the liquid. Thank you so much for this great recipe! It's def going to be a staple. I can't wait to make it again :)
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Zucchini and Eggs

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2012
I just made this for the 1st time tonight and am really happy I found this simple recipe. I made one serving for myself and adjusted the recipe slightly to make it healthier. 1 1/2 tsp of oil for only 1/4 zucchini is really a bit much. I used 1 egg white, 1/2 tbs parm cheese and 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1/2 zucchini, garlic powder, pepper, and omitted the salt. I cut it into pieces and topped it with slices of avocado and roma tomato. It was DELICIOUS! I had a crisp Fuji apple afterwards. If If I'm really hungry I will use 2 egg whites and a whole zucchini. I cannot wait to make this again tomorrow!
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Tomato-Cream Sauce for Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2011
OMG, I just had this tonight and could not stop getting seconds! DELICIOUS! This was my 1st time making 'pink sauce' and I am very health conscious so I made some heart-healthy changes. I used 3/4 cup nonfat milk instead of 1/2 cup heavy cream (I never use heavy cream for anything), only 1 tab olive oil instead of 2, omitted the sugar and salt (as the can of diced tomatoes had enough sodium), and added a whole bag of fresh organic spinach. I served the sauce over fresh butternut squash ricotta ravioli. I think it's my new favorite dish!!! Will be making this as often as possible!
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Traditional Mashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2010
This was my 1st attempt at homemade mashed potatoes and this recipe was PERFECT. I used nonfat milk, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, and added 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic. I did not double the milk or 'butter' and they came out super creamy and fluffy. I hardly had to mash them at all. DELICIOUS!
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Fast and Friendly Meatballs

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2008
I just made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! It was my first time ever making meatballs. I used 99% fat free Jenny O ground turkey instead of the 7% fat ground turkey. I'm not sure why someone would think 7% fat is required. I always opt to pay a little more for the healthier version of everything. I always read quite a few reviews for a recipe before I attempt to make it so I can take not of any suggestions or changes. I added italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, a sprinkle of pepper, no added salt because there's already enough in the turkey, and 1/4 cup water. The tip on adding that little bit of water was very helpful. The meatballs came out very flavorful and extremely moist! Everything these days from ready-prepared foods (frozen dinners, canned foods), to restaurants and fast food, is overloaded with salt and people seem to be ignorant to their intake of salt more than fat and cholesterol. All 3 are important to watch. I always keep recipes as healthy as possible by reducing oils, butter, salt, etc and the recipe still results in good food. I almost never eat beef and I don't eat pork. I only eat chicken and turkey so this was not a big change for me. I loved this recipe and will be adding it to my 'recipe book'.
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Divine Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2007
I made a healthier version of this recipe and it's the BEST spaghetti I've tasted in my whole life, even better than at restaurants! I was VERY surprised. This is a GREAT basic recipe to work with. I used Jennie-O lean ground turkey instead of beef and omitted the celery and red and green peppers. The original recipe includes some unnecessary steps though. I heated the turkey until it was cooked and then sauteed half a carton of mushrooms (self-sliced) with it. In saucepan, I combined tomato sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, basil, and bay leaf. This saves the onion and garlic work. I didn't add any salt. I love that this recipe doesn't need any oil. Also, I only added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Next time I will add some fresh tomato. Despite leaving out the celery and peppers and not using real onion or garlic clove, it was extremely flavorful. I can't believe a recipe turned out so good on my first try. My boyfriend can't wait to try it! Definitely 5 stars!
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Baked Salmon II

Reviewed: May 5, 2007
I made this recipe at my boyfriend's and it was DELICIOUS! However, being health conscious we cringed at the 6 tablespoons of oil and the amount of sodium listed in the nutrition facts. A few suggestions I followed after reading the reviews was: I left out the salt, didn't marinate it, and reduced the cooking time. I used 1 1/2 tbs of Canola oil instead of the 6 tbs of olive oil and we placed it in foil, wrapped it up and baked it in the toaster oven for 25 minutes. It was moist and juicy with TONS of flavor! There is NO need to marinate this recipe because it turns out very flavorful as is. It's hard to find healthy recipes that are EASY to make and tastes great. With a few adjustments, this can be very healthy! It's one of our favorite fish recipes.
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