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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
This is an easy recipe and a great way to use up ground beef (if you are like me and it has been sitting in your freezer for 6 months). I made some adjustments due to lack of ingredients but still thought it turned out alright. To cut some of the calories in this recipe, I used splenda brown sugar, low sodium ketchup, soy milk, and planko bread crumbs in lieu of the crackers. Yeah yeah....to most that changes the whole purpose of meatloaf but I was snowed/iced in so I couldn't get out to get the proper goods. Oh - and I also mixed the brown sugar/ketchup into the meatloaf and then used what was leftover as a glaze on top (although I did add a bit of maple syrup to it to naughty it up a bit).
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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2009
Simple classic cheesecake recipe. My only alteration: I substituted two "neufchatel" for the regular cream cheese packages. The cheesecake still turned out creamy and delicious while saving a bit of fat and calories.
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Lighter Banana Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 1, 2009
I was looking for an easy recipe that would use up 2 1/2 ripe bananas and this fit the bill. The muffins turned out good, but definitely not banana-y enough. I would recommend using 4 or 5 ripe bananas to get the flavoring. In addition to adding 1 c. chopped walnuts, I also added 1/4 c. milk. I needed the milk to cut the batter which was really thick. As per others recommendations, I added a tsp each of vanilla and cinnamon. And I'm so glad I did as I think the muffins would have been incredibly bland without it. To cut the calories and carbs a bit more, I used a brown sugar/splenda blend (1/4 c. + 2 Tbs) in lieu of the sugar. The muffins turned out just sweet enough. Next time, I think I will use 1/2 wheat + 1/2 white flour to make it a bit healthier. And I will probably add applesauce to up the moistness in the muffins. Note - I was worried these would stick to the paper muffin wrappers so I sprayed each of them lightly with Olive Oil spray before filling with the muffin batter (3/4 full). I was able to get 12 full muffins out of this recipe and they didn't stick to the paper!
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Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
Yum - such an easy delicious salad. I made this for an Inaguration party and it was definitely a hit. My adjustments - I used Craisins and toasted Macadamia nuts (my nod to Hawaii) in addition to the sliced almonds and sesame seeds. To travel to the party, I kept the craisins/nuts in one container, and the dressing in another, and then dumped them all together with the baby spinach moments before serving. I would recommend eating this within a day - otherwise the dressing settles and the lettuce becomes a bit drowned. However - this was such a yummy dish that you may not need to worry about leftovers!
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Chris' Bay Area Burger

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
Wow! What a difference using olive oil in lieu of an egg makes! These burgers were delish. I adjusted the recipe to my tastes by adding some freshly grated parmesan cheese and chopped onions. Otherwise, I stuck to the original instructions and the burgers turned out stellar.
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Tomato and Basil Quiche

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2009
I was asked to make a quiche for a co-workers birthday breakfast. One requirement - I had to make sure the quiche was meat-less (lots of vegetarians at my work). Having never actually made a quiche before, I searched through the All-recipes database. And this Tomato/Basil Quiche did not disappoint. I did adjust the recipe somewhat...I used fresh and dried basil, half-n-half, and added another egg. I also used freshly grated parmesan and a blend of cheddar and colby and mixed that in with the egg/cream batter before pouring into the pieshell. I also chopped the onions as suggested and used Roma tomatoes so that they were firm enough to handle the frying. I think next time I would probably use a little less onion and would cut the tomatoes a bit thin. I also don't know if I would do the flouring of the tomatoes. It just seemed like an extra step that could be removed if you are crunched for time. Just mix the basil in with the eggs and cheese and you'll be good to go. Also - I have an old gas stove so I cooked at 400 for 10 mins and 30 at 350. Came out perfect and tasted so delicious reheated the next morning.
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