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No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 15, 2014
Great tips here and sooooo delicious. Don't think I will ever make lasagna with pasta again.
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
I normally try to make every recipe as stated the first time THEN modify, but I'd already started when I realized I didn't have it all. My imagination is good enough to know I would've still rated this 5 stars, because my variations = 6!! Here are some things I had to do that might be tips if you find yourself in a similar bind (some due to suggestions of other reviewers - thank you!). I did not have vegetable broth (though I'd thought I did). I didn't do chicken broth & tomato juice from canned tomatoes, I did do chicken broth with black bean and corn salsa. I also upped the quantity of liquid to what the quinoa box said (vs the recipe). I added lime juice because it seems like a sin to use cumin without it, also added adobo and chipotle. I only had Red Inca Quinoa. I also only had freeze dried garlic and red onion, so I used a hefty one. I didn't have enough black beans so used a can of chick peas. Hubby liked them - I wish I had used less because, and I can't believe I'm saying this, the quinoa itself was the star. 1 can of black beans was probably okay, the corn was great (I LOVED having added salsa and even added more - gave great depth) but I started to get mad at the chick peas for getting between me and this delicious, delicious quinoa. Last time I made quinoa we HATED it, and we're both health nuts and decent cooks, so we didn't have high hopes. This. Was. Awesome. Trust it! It's going to be a new staple in our house! SO good, cheap, and healthy!
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Brunch Strata

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2011
This was outstanding! And, like Arlene said, next time I'll have the recipe printed out for guests, as everyone wanted it. I made it for a brunch baby shower, and even people who never go back for seconds went for seconds... and thirds!!! Per some other people's advice, I added approximately 1T dried mustard and 1T worsteshire (sp???) sauce. Didn't measure (never do), just did. Some other modifications I made due to allergies/preferences: I used fat free half & half and cream cheese (regular cheddar and eggs though!!) I omitted mushrooms altogether because I hate them, but can see how if you liked them it would be excellent I didn't use ham, I used morningstar breakfast patties (12) - basically vegetarian sausage patties - and no one could tell. I used a bag mix of peppers & onions - almost always do - and it came out great, as well as freeze-dried garlic. Olive oil instead of vegetable oil. The zucchini is a MUST, and I will probably use more next time as well as maybe carrots and other veggies I accidentally goofed up and added the eggs to the half & half before reading the order, and while I had to beat it longer, it seems like it still came out okay (and I thought tiny little chunks of cream cheese would actually be yummy). Instead of day old bread (that I didn't have), I called Panera and they donate their bread at the end of the night, so they gave me 3 baguette loaves at the end of the night for free (used 1.5). I microwaved them to "age" them & just cut crus
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Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2011
I admit I'm usually a recipe "tweaker", but I followed this ALMOST to a "T". I used a little less sugar (not sure how much, no more than 1/4 cup difference) and possibly slightly more graham. And I used more chocolate chips b/c it looked too light to me (I used Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate chips instead of semisweet, so that could be why - used the full bag, which was 1/4-1/2 cup more than called for). Used a smaller dish so it just meant it was thicker. This was DELICIOUS!!! Everyone loved it and it was ridiculously fast. I whipped it up while preparing the BBQ stuff, let it stiffen in the fridge while we ate, and even everyone who was "full" from dinner just "had" to have one... then one more. The texture added by the graham crackers is genius! Really does taste like Reese's. My toddler who is over-skinny and we try to get peanut butter more often gobbled this up saying MMMM, MMMMM!!!!!!. So, had to give it 5 stars b/c perfect as-is! YUM. OH, PS - I used a smidge less butter b/c I used natural PB that was a little runnier. So, if you're using natural and you're worried it's too oily, just cut the butter back some and the extra peanut oil will basically take its place.
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2011
This was great. Simple but really yummy and filling. I eyeball portions, but can tell that as written was good too. The only main difference I do is I melted the spices right in the olive oil, THEN added the onions (for me it was frozen onion & pepper strips from BJs - cheaper and faster) and frozen corn and sugar. I also used a little Cumin and Adobo, dash of Cilantro and touch of lime juice and garlic. I rinsed the beans while that was cooking, added them with a little hot sauce (had no red pepper flakes), cooked that while I prepared the tortillas. I too baked them. A trick to make them less messy to eat: put a thin layer of cheese on the bottom tortilla, THEN add the topping, then add more cheese. It helps "glue" it together. Otherwise it slides a little when you try to cut it. I used a pizza roller/cutter to make our wedges, and I didn't have to fork & knife it until the last one. I also used a little shredded manchego for extra depth. Any way you make this relatively close to the recipe will be great! Served it with fresh avocado & salsa.
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Maple Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: May 5, 2011
This was great and SO easy. I didn't have enough onion and could see why they were necessary b/c it was a smidge too sweet w/o enough, so I still gave it 5 stars because that was my error and I could see how the onion would have perfectly balanced it. UPDATE: made it again tonight with a few changes: I added some cinnamon with the montreal steak seasoning and also put all the herbs & cinnamon with the olive oil and heated it first to spice the oil. Put the chicken in the warm oil, then coated both sides with the cinnamon and montreal steak sauce. Once almost done, added a little butter to the pan to brown it. When I added the maple syrup, I STILL didn't hve onions, so I added dehydrated ones, but think you need the real ones for the fluid, maybe with chicken broth too? SOMETHING b/c it caramelizes which in and of itself is delicious, but hard to chew once it cools :). I also added a few mustard seeds and a gloppy heaping teaspoon of honey mustard. The mustard REALLY helps cut the sweetness of the maple. STILL awesome.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2010
I made it exactly as stated because I wanted my review to be fair. It was really good, but a little too "onion-ey". Will do half an onion next time. Also, think the cranberry part should be doubled, and perhaps add some apple. A good starting point though. Was definitely tender, and I did brown it first as some other reviewers stated. I definitely would not have been able to guess what went into it when it was done - it was a strong, onion-ey sauce/gravy, but it did not taste cranberry-ey or at all like French Dressing. I will make this again, but with less onion, some apple added (and maybe fresh cranberries) and at least double the canned cranberry sauce.
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Honey Corn Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 15, 2010
This is a great basic recipe that you can play around with and still have great results. I have made it twice and liked my "oops" better. A tip on the frozen corn that I think someone else mentioned: mix it in with the dry parts FIRST, then add the liquid, and the corn won't sink. Mine were fine both times. I made muffins each time, and the bake time is far less, but do NOT grease the pans - the muffins burn slightly that way. Here are my modifications: Instead of half & half cream, I used the same amount of a combination of about half buttermilk and half heavy cream (I just poured a 1 cup mostly full with one, topped it and the 1/3 cup off with the other). Instead of honey, we liked it better when we used maple syrup b/c we were out of honey. I also only used 3tsp vanilla instead of 4 for this one, and it was by far the best we've ever had. Going to slightly up the butter content on this one to see if I can get it a little more moist too. So, it's a great basic recipe that you can play around with to your heart's content!
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