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Turkey Garbanzo Bean and Kale Soup with Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2014
I will make this again; it was good. Like others suggested, I used less pasta (like 8oz maybe?). I added some carrots that I needed to use up to the sauté mixture of onions and garlic. Then browned the turkey with it. Didn't have fresh herbs so I used dried, which was fine. I added more garlic than called for and threw in some thyme, too. I think next time I will add some frozen butternut squash chunks; I think that would really add to the taste. I will also cut back on the pasta more, maybe not even add it (it doesn't need the added bulk, IMO). Definitely a great healthy and hearty winter soup!
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Easy White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
Needed some doctoring, IMO. I thought there was too much broth; thickened it up with some milk as others suggested. I also added a can of corn to bulk it up. And increased the amount of spice including adding onion powder as well. It was good with the changes, just exceptional. I will keep looking for the "perfect" white chicken chili recipe.
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Parmesan Spinach Balls

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2014
These are good! I only changed a couple things ;) I sautéed a small white onion in minced garlic and olive oil (substituted for green onion and butter). I also used Pepperidge Farm Herb seasoned stuffing instead of bread crumbs. I served them with marinara sauce. Very good!
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Chex® Pumpkin Pie Crunch

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2013
Mmmmm- we loved this! I changed the cereal a little bit; used Honey Nut Chex, Cinnamon Chex and Golden Grahams. I also added Annie's organic cinnamon bunnies. I made this in the oven (250 for one hour, turning every 15 minutes). I will make this again!
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Reviewed: May 4, 2013
Always a hit! I use about 2/3 stick of butter and increase the cream cheese to 12 ounces. I roll it in graham cracker crumbs instead of pecans since not everyone cares for nuts. Serve with vanilla wafers and chocolate graham crackers. So easy and YUMMY!
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Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
We love the consistency of these cookies. I used coconut oil instead of margarine/shortening to make them a bit healthier. I only had vanilla Greek yogurt, so that's what I used (and would again). I also used milk chocolate chips per my hubby's request. Mine needed longer in the oven than listed. I think this is a great base recipe that you could add whatever your heart desires to- peanut butter, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, craisins. MmmMmm, the possibilites! Will make again.
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2012
Really liked this- with a few changes... I sauteed carrots, celery and baby portabella mushrooms with garlic. I used 1% milk instead of cream, only 1/2 cup of flour and cut the butter to about 6 T. With these changes it was great! I think it would be too bland and too thick without the veggies and with the heavier ingredients.
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Kitty Kat Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2012
I thought these were ok, pretty easy to make and taste just fine. I made a few changes based on reviews. I used club crackers instead of Ritz. Also, I only used 1/2 cup of white sugar in the caramel. I cooked the mixture on *very* low heat so it didn't really even boil for me. I had a hard time deciding when it was finished. I used milk chocolate chips instead of the mixture of butterscotch and semi-sweet. I put them in the freezer for 45 or so minutes, then cut them into small bars and stored them in the refridgerator. Definitely make sure you spray the pan with Pam. Also, make sure the first layer crackers are already laid out in the pan before you finish the caramel- it's important that you work quickly so that the mixture doesn't harden before you get it on the cracker layers. The women I served them to (as well as my husband) loved them, but I'm just not overly impressed. I would make them again bc they are easy (and actually it's probably best that I don't love them- that way I won't eat them all!).
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Chocolate Pecan Sandies

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2012
So I changed the recipe just a bit- I omitted pecans and substituted about a cup of mini chocolate chips. I also added a little more cocoa powder than called for; I like the rich flavor that cocoa powder offers. They baked for 25 minutes perfectly. I let them cool for 20-30 minutes before placing them in a gallon size Ziplock bag to coat them with powdered sugar. All in all a really nice Christmas cookie that I will make again :)
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Graham Cracker Cookies

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2012
MmmmMmmm, these are great cookies! I added about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of peanut butter and used semi-sweet and white chocolate chips. The dough was pretty dry so I had to hand form the cookies. They baked for just over 10 minutes and came out perfect. Definitely will make again with other additives. Very good!
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Sausage Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2012
We liked this soup, with a few additions. I used hot turkey sausage, added a can of garbanzo beans and some small elbow pasta (not quite half of a box) at the very end of the cooking time. As for spices, I added garlic to the green pepper, onion and sausage as it sauteed. I also added Italian seasoning and onion powder to the soup as it simmered. I simmered it for almost an hour to enhance the flavor. Very filling soup, will make again!
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Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2012
So, I can't review the actual brownie part of the recipe (bc I used a box!), but the filling, to me, was too gooey. I used just over 3 cups of coconut (that's all I had left and wasn'to going to the store for more). They were hard to cut and didn't present well, but the guests at the party were raving about them... So I guess that's what's important. I love the idea, but I'm not sure that I will make them again.
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Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2012
Mmmm, we liked this! I used frozen mixed veggies and fresh mushrooms and omitted the butter on top, but followed the recipe other than that. It actually is pretty healthy if you use healthy selection soups, omit the butter and use 93% fat ground beef. As for spices, I sauteed some garlic and minced onion with the ground beef and added some more garlic and onion powder after I mixed the veggies together. I will definitely make this again!
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Slow Cooker Lentils and Sausage

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
Apparently nine hours on low is too long to cook this... I started it before I left for work and did not get home as early as I had hoped. It ended up pretty mushy; it kind of looked like refried beans to me. I browned the turkey sausage and added it with the tomatoes when I got home, then turned the crock pot to warm for the 20 minutes before we ate. To me a crock pot recipe is only beneficial when I can turn it on before I go to work and enjoy the meal when I get home. This recipe does not fit that description. I do like how healthy and economical it is, but I probably won't make it again. I will stick to the Beefy Lentil Vegetable Soup from this site (which I HIGHLY recommend) to get my lentil fix :)
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2012
I loved using quinoa instead of breadcrumbs in this meatloaf recipe. I didn't have tomato paste, so I used ketchup instead. I also left out the hot sauce. I sauteed mushrooms with the onion/garlic mix. We loved the glaze on top. Great recipe, will make again :)
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Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
Mmmmm, with some doctoring this recipe is great! I browned my lean ground beef with onion and spices (garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper). I added a can of Rotel, can of green chilis, can of corn and some salsa to the meat when I put it in the crock pot (no enchilada sauce- that sounded gross to me). It only needed about 3.5 hours to cook. I was worried it would be soggy bc of all the moisture in the crock pot, especially on the lid, but it wasn't. Served it with sour cream and shredded cheese. It's not a recipe I would put in the crock pot before work and let it cook all day, but it was great for a Saturday afternoon :)
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Chewy Coconut Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
I liked these, but they needed some improvement in my opinion. I doubled the coconut and used milk chocolate chips (because that's what I had on hand). I used about 1.5 tsp of vanilla; I would kick it up to at least 2 tsp next time. I also would use semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of milk; I think that would add more "pop" to the flavor. I sprinkled about 1/2 cup coconut on top after about 20 minutes in the oven. Mine needed to cook much longer than the 20-25 minutes, more like 40 minutes. I agree that they do need to cool completely before cutting. I let them sit overnight and liked the consistency much better in the morning. Not bad, just not spectacular in my book.
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Bar Cookies from Cake Mix

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
So, my biggest mistake making these is that I took them out of the oven after 35 minutes and figured they looked done, so I didn't test them with a knife. Not wise for they were NOT done. After I let them cool I cut them and discovered that I should have left them in longer. The edges were salvagable, but I had to throw the middle away. Even after adding a healthy glug of vanilla these still had the "from a box" taste to me. I will make these again because they are so easy and I do think they have potential... Just next time I will make sure to test them before I turn the oven off!
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Beef and Noodles in Crockpot

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2012
This is a good, easy meal. I added fresh mushrooms. Also added sour cream (about a cup) right before serving. Served over egg noodles. Nothing fancy, but it does the job :)
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Taco Soup III

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2012
Eh, this was ok. To be honest, it was just way too salty for my taste, maybe because of the taco mix and the ranch mix. I used a can of Mexicorn instead of hominy and added a can of black beans. Probably won't make this again...
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