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Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Banana Crumb Muffins
These were so soft and DELICIOUS!!! I used white whole wheat flour (whole wheat made from an albino wheat, so it still has all the nutrients of whole wheat but tastes closer to white flour) in place of the all-purpose flour. I also followed the advice of other reviewers and cut the sugar to 1/2 cup, used 1/3 cup of canola oil in lieu of the butter, added a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon and heaping 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg (will add even more of each next time), and one full teaspoon of vanilla. For reference, the three bananas I used were huge. This made 12 very rounded muffins at 205 calories each. This seems like a wonderful base recipe to play with as well. Next time I am going to try applesauce in place of most of the butter or oil and add chopped walnuts and raisins. I also want to try adding cocoa and chocolate protein powder, and maybe some kind of bran or oats another time for more fiber. Thank you for sharing!!!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 29, 2012
Spaghetti Squash I
This was very, very good. The flavor was amazing, but next time I do want more tomato, olive, garlic, and perhaps a hint more onion. I couldn't taste the feta cheese mixed in as well as I wanted, but I loved the bites where it was sprinkled on top. Next time I'm going to mix some salt inside and put all of the cheese on top. My squash took over an hour to cook. I halved it and cooked it skin side down with a couple of cups of water poured inside the pan. When I realized it wasn't done or as soft as I wanted after over 45 min., I turned the halves up, forked the insides of the squash into big piles in the skin, and poured water inside, filling each to the top. This helped it cook and softened it some. I initially wrote a slightly more negative review, but really it was just that the texture of the squash takes some getting used to. Once you get past it, though, this is sooo delicious! Also, it made a total of four average sized ceramic bowls, if this helps at all in anyone's meal planing. It tastes as well reheated (covered in the microwave) as it does in the first place. Easy and delicious!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2010
Red Raspberry Vinaigrette
This is delicious! Based on the reviews, I thought it would be good, but I didn't expect it to be nearly as good as it is. I measured out 1/8 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar into a 1 3/4 cup container and roughly filled the rest with berry jam. It's sweeter than most vinaigrettes are and would be perfect for a salad that has fruit in it. I used it on a mixed veggie salad and still liked it a lot, though. I tried to get away with just stirring it, but you do have to use the blender as called for. (Sometime I'm going to try it with a homeade fruit puree and honey in place of the jam to make it a bit healthier/more natural, but I know I'm just being picky!) Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2010

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