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Chicken Asparagus Roll-Ups

Reviewed: May 1, 2011
Very nice! I REALLY loved the cheese wrapped around the aspargus in this recipe...and the sauce is definitely a winner! (as other reviewer's had said they put the sauce on the inside and outside, I too did the same), I also was a little skimpy with the sauce as I didn't want it ooozing everywhere but next time I will put more on, I used 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream and decreased the Dijon by half as Dijon tends to overpower a dish pretty quickly and it suited our tastes fine. Hubs and I really enjoyed this dish and it will definitely make it into the regular rotation :) Thanks for the great recipe Monica! :)
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Avocado Dessert

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
This was darn tasty...I didn't put vanilla extract in...just didn't sound like it would fit... and cut way back on the sugar as the avocados are plenty sweet enough..... who would have thought to make a pudding out of avocado :)
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Cake Balls

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
wow, tons of reviews, may as well add my 2 cents :) Excellent dessert/treat idea. I made these for Easter, using a white cake mix and after cooling and crumbling, I added about 2 tbsp of coloured sprinkles, then added white buttercream (about 2/3rds of a cup, you do not need more than that) then rolled into balls and froze them. For dipping, Celeste made an excellent suggestion of using plastic forks with the middle tines broken off, perfect! wasn't nearly as daunting as I was thinking. I used pink candy melts, powder blue candy melts and the pastel flecked candy melts, really, really cute. I packaged these up in little boxes to give to Easter guests this weekend. Will definitely be trying different combinations. Thanks for the great idea :)
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Cod with Italian Crumb Topping

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
very good crumb coating for fish, I did soak the fish in buttermilk for an hour and half first though as it does get out the 'fishy' taste (have been doing that on fish for years), one reviewer suggested instead of egg white, mix mayo and lemon juice - well that is what I did and I felt it was a great alternative. Yummy, moist fish, does take longer to cook depending on your filet sizes. I added some red pepper flakes to the crumb coating as we like our dishes jazzed up with some heat! Thanks for the recipe, will alter it for salmon (dill in place of Italian seasoning), I am sure it will be fantastic on that :)
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The Breakfast Omwich

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2011
Made for the Recipe Group ~ excellent jumping off point for a breakfast sandwich. You can alter this in so many ways. I did stay close to the true recipe with only the omittion of chives & ham (didn't have any on hand). I used a red bell pepper as I finished my green one at dinner last night. Next time I will add more jalapeno as I could not taste any heat...and I only used 2 eggs and scaled the rest down by a third as I was the only one eating this, and I served it on a toasted, sprouted grain bagel instead of bread. I only put half the Omwich on the bagel, the other half will be for breakie tomorrow! :) Great idea demz....thanks for the recipe....
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Baby Spinach Omelet

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2011
Wow....who knew nutmeg could be incorporated into an omelet? and it is freaking fantastic! I used egg whites only as I had 4 leftover from a bread baking session, and added mushrooms because to me, when you have onions and spinach, mushrooms just HAVE to be invited to the party :) I too used chopped onion and sauted the veggies and then poured the eggs (whisked with S&P, nutmeg and a tich of milk) overtop. Cooked on the stove until the bottom was set, then finished it under the broiler (no flipping required) - awesome breakfast and extremely low-carb using the egg whites. Thanks for the recipe! really is awesome with the nutmeg...:D
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Parchment Salmon Packages with Asparagus

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2011
Excellent way to cook salmon (or any type of fish really) as it stays moist from being steamed in the parchment packet. After reading reviews, I made 2 separate packets and cooked the fish in one and the asparagus in the other, totally divine and both were done to perfection. The only thing I left out of in the ingredient list was the soy sauce as I do not keep any in the house (never use it, too much sodium), and I can not see the difference a 1/2 tsp would be in the overall recipe anyway. Definitely a nice way to serve salmon, albiet with the mayo, one that shouldn't be served too often as the fat content is high...but a nice treat once in a while :) Thanks for the recipe Lizzie!
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Mushroom Rice

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
What is not to love about this recipe, it has MUSHROOMS in it! :D I used Olive Oil though in place of butter to saute the mushrooms/onions....served it as a side to the San Diego Grilled Chicken...
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San Diego Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
Made this for the Recipe Group, what a burst of citrus flavour! I marinated the chicken about 3 hours, and because of the dang cold and snow here, I ended up broiling the chicken instead of BBQ'ing but it still turned out fabulous. The chicken was moist and very flavourful and I loved the hit of the red pepper flakes. I didn't have any oranges but I did have a grapefruit and used one half of it along with the lemon/lime. I will definitely make this again...
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Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2011
Nice flavour to these, and very easy to make, I did not have soy flour and subbed AP flour...my only issue with these is that they were not as soft as I would like them...the texture is very dense and I think the WW flour is the culprit....will play with the flour amounts until I get it to where I want it. Great recipe for home use, makes only 6 pitas so that is a boon when I am making them just for myself...once I perfect the flour amounts, I will update this review.
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Springtime Strawberry Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
Made this for the Recipe Group, I halved the ingredients as I do not have a 9x13 pan (nor the larger one called for) and after 'consulting' with Redneck Gramma, went with the 9 x 9 pan with the halved ingred. Love the hint of lemon in the base, goes very well with the Strawberry jam, I wasn't stingy on the jam either :D I only put the almonds on the topping as I too like my almonds toasty and crunchy. I have some wild blueberry jam made from last summer that would be perfect in this recipe and will be trying that next. Great recipe, it's a keeper :)
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Quinoa and Black Bean Chili

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2011
Wow, why has no one tried and rated this recipe yet? Yay! I am first! :D This is an absolute EXCELLENT Vegetarian Chili option! with the inclusion of the quinoa, you do not miss the meat and it is SO healthy for you. I made a couple changes, I used vegetable broth to cook my quinoa in as opposed to water (I always do and it lends a nice flavour to the quinoa), and used red quinoa as I prefer that over the plain. I also used Ground Chipotle Chili Powder instead of regular chili powder as I love the smoky flavour it brings to the dish. To make this even more healthy and to cut out as much sodium as possible, I used dried beans (re-hydrated) and instead of the canned/crushed tomatoes, I chopped up 4 large roma tomatoes, oops, one more, I left out the zucchini as I am not a fan of that vegetable. Otherwise, followed the recipe exactly with all the other ingredients and it is spicy with the inclusion of the jalapeno and the chipotle, so adjust to your liking if you are not a fan of too much heat. This does make a large pot worth, so I just divided it up into 2 cup portions and froze them, these will make great meals on the fly, just serve with some cornbread or a salad! Thanks Shauna for the great recipe! a clear winner here! :D
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Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2011
Excellent recipe! The only change I made was to sub Ground Chipotle chile pepper for the cayenne, what an awesome hummus flavour!
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Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
Excellent sauce... I used fresh tomatoes (8 romas) as I avoid all canned goods due to high sodium counts. I doubled the red pepper flakes and halved the sugar but left the rest the way as stated. Once done cooking and before adding the basil, I used my immersion blender to thicken it up with the chopped tomatoes/onions. Excellent served over any pasta. Have made this once already and forgot to review :) Good stuff! thanks for the recipe!
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Jelly-Filled Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2011
Excellent muffin recipe! Made it for the Recipe Group, I did make them into mini muffins though as I needed to bake something for an office function and this certainly is a nice, dainty muffin with a surprise inside! I used home-made raspberry jam and spooned a 1/4 tsp of jam into the centre of each muffin cup (first spreading about a half tsp of batter in the bottom - using the back of the 1/4 tsp measuring spoon to tamp down and make a hollow so the jam would sit nicely in), a wee bit time consuming but easy to throw the ingredients together - results are a nice, flavourful muffin with a jam centre and a struesel topping (I used leftover struesal topping from another recipe) Will definitely make these again!
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Oaty Cereal Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2011
These are a good way of using up an abundance of cereal.... I need to find something that doesn't have all this sugar in it though. While very good, they are too sweet for my tastes. I also boiled the mixture for about 4 minutes and they did indeed set up very hard, tough to slice, but still good, almost like a toffee texture. Next time will experiment with the sugar quantity though....
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Avon's Award Winning Apple Cake w/ Hot Buttered Rum Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2011
OH GOODIE! I get to be the first to review this! :D I made this yesterday for a family dinner at my daughter and SIL and it was a smashing success! After conferring with Avon on whether I could adapt this to be made in a Bundt pan, here is what I did: I increased the recipe quantities by half (1 1/2 times all ing) except the apples, I left them the same. Since I was using a Bundt pan, I pressed the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan first (and up the sides as much as I could) and then put the cake batter in (Avon is right - this is a VERY thick batter!), I did bake it for an extra 20 minutes though to account for the bundt pan. Removed it from the oven and immediately inverted it onto a serving platter and let it cool. The rum sauce is divine! I didn't have any regular dark rum, only spiced rum (which is my daughter's fav anyway) and it was YUMMY! Thanks Avon for the great recipe! Definitely a keeper in this house! :)
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Pesto Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2011
Made this as stated for the recipe group, wishing I should have added LESS garlic and MORE liquid (cream, milk, ANYTHING that would make it less sticky/thick). I love garlic, but this was WAY too much garlic! I scaled the recipe down to 2 servings and my garlic cloves were huge so only used a half a one and it was still over powering. I did leave the pesto to come to room temp before topping the pasta, but it was a goopy consistency and the pasta all stuck to itself.... oh well, live and learn, it looked pretty on the plate and it's a good thing hubs won't be home for 2 days, the garlic that will be emanating from me will put him off for sure! LOL! Good premise of a recipe, needs tweaking though...**EDIT~ used LESS garlic and MORE cream cheese = MUCH BETTER! originally I gave it 3 stars but I bumped it up one with those modifications, if it would have stated this in the beginning, along with some more liquid (i.e. cream or half/half) then it would be a 5 star...really good with those changes though...
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