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Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

Reviewed: Nov. 19, 2009
This was super yummy! I used pine nuts and regular crumbled goat cheese when I made it, and used less olive oil (about 1.5 TBS), and more spinach (about 1 cup). I will however next time making this use less cheese as I thought it was too rich and somewhat over powering the other flavors. Also, to make the prep easier with the quinoa, just add 1/2 cup water to the 1/4 cup quinoa, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 15mins. This way, the liquid absorbs on its own, and you don't have to drain it if you don't have a fine mesh strainer, much easier and quicker to do.
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Crispy Edamame

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2010
My God these were amazing!! First bite into them they immediately reminded me of these french fries I used to order at a certain restaurant, with that perfect balance of crispness and chewiness. I only made a half recipe first time around, patted them dry after thawing, used garlic salt, fresh cracked pepper from a pepper mill, and rest of ingredients on list. I had to bake mine for around 22-24 minutes instead to get them to crisp up, but thats what made them have the perfect texture. Will definitely be making these again!
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Egg Sandwich

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2010
Good base recipe, but as others have said, very bland as is. I chop up 1 cooked, veggie sausage patty then mix it in with the egg mixture then microwave it. After topping the mixture on the bread, pop it back in the toaster oven for a few seconds for cheese to melt. I sometimes also add a few drops of hot sauce on top before eating, pretty tasty this way.
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Florentine Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2010
Good base recipe, but definitely needed some extra kick with seasonings. Instead of bouillon and water, i added a can of reduced sodium chicken broth, then a 16oz container of frozen homemade chicken broth with onions and garlic. I also added a 6oz can of tomato paste to equal out the thickness of it, extra fresh cracked pepper, italian seasoning and extra minced garlic. Came out much more flavorful. Served with shaved Parmesan cheese and a dash of cracked pepper as others suggested.
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Nut Burgers (Vegetarian)

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2009
This is a good veggie burger recipe, although I found that it made "4 servings" or large patties rather than 2 as written on recipe. I do also believe it needs a lot more spice, they tasted just a little too bland for my tastes but found that when reheated the next day the texture and taste was a lot better than when first making them. As for the crumbling and falling apart, try adding in "vital wheat gluten" if you're not allergic to wheat products; it helps hold them together. Next time I will add in more onion, minced garlic, seasoning salt and whatever else my spice cupboard entices me to.
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Green Tea Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
These were really yummy! I didn't use walnuts in mine as I don't like nuts in any of my baked goods, and used light vanilla Silk instead of milk. I had to bake mine for about 30mins total as well. They came out a dense, moist muffin with a delicate flavor. Will definitely be making these again!
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Mushroom Soup Without Cream

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
This is excellent soup recipe to begin with, but adding in the fact that this is also a great Paleo and Primal, gluten- and grain-free alternative to the cream and barley based ones. Since I didn't have any leeks on hand and had a bunch of celery to use up, I instead modified this using the following: 2cups of carrots, onion and celery, 2 cans of sliced mushrooms, 1 quart veggie stock and 1 quart chicken stock, 1tsp dried thyme, and garlic salt to taste. This turned out wonderful and filling and am very happy to come across this recipe.
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Stuffed Mexican Peppers

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2011
These are excellent! I used extra lean ground beef and sliced reduced fat cheese instead (because that's what I happen to have on hand) to make it a bit healthier and they were still very good. I also only had a 1/2lb. of the ground beef so I doubled the rice, and only used 1/2 of taco seasoning packet. I took another reviewer's advice and broiled my peppers about 2mins each side, gave them a nice flavor.
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Acorn Squash with Apple

Reviewed: Mar. 19, 2010
This was pretty good! Although after several attempts at cooking acorn squash, I finally realized that this particular squash just isn't for my taste buds, prefer the butternut variety much more. The apples however, were to die for; wow they were so good in this recipe! I also found that only 6 minutes in my microwave was sufficient in cooking the ingredients, after stirring I taste tested it and the apples were already soft and tender, no need to pop it back in for another 7 1/2 minutes. Will definitely make this recipe again, but perhaps with a different variety squash or just use apples instead for a sweet treat.
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Vegan Brownies

Reviewed: Jun. 26, 2009
These are very good, with a little modifcation! These were actually my first attempt at Vegan baking, and I was quite proud of how they turned out, despite the fact I had completely forgotten to add in the vanilla extract! Here's my version of the recipe: 2c unbleached flour, 1c white sugar, 3/4c brown sugar, 3/4c cocoa powder, 1ts baking powder, 1ts salt, 1c chocolate soy milk (in place of water), 1/2c canola oil, 1/2c sweetened applesauce, and if I had remembered, 1ts vanilla extract. I also baked mine at 315-320 degrees for about 20 minutes as I have to under bake everything in my oven because if not it will burn easily, and they turned out perfect! Will definitely make these again.
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Microwave Baked Apples

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2011
Good base recipe, but first time around I wasn't too impressed because I thought the nutmeg was overpowering, ground cloves were much better (and tastier). Also, don't use salted butter or vegetable spread, the brand I have made it have a salty taste to it. But overall an easy snack and will make again :)
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Vegetable Quiche Cups to Go

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2010
First time making these, they were OK at best. I actually heard about this recipe from a coworker who is currently on the SBD and she raved about these. So I decided to try it, modified first time around. Reason why I only gave it 3 stars was because it was too much spinach for my tastes - and I even used the whole carton of Egg Beaters, can't imagine what they would of tasted like with only a 3/4 cup! I made it as follows: 10oz pkg spinach thoroughly drained and blotted with paper towels, 1 whole carton of southwestern style Egg Beaters (has the onions and peppers already in it), 1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese. Baked at 375 degrees for about 40mins (the centers just weren't setting, plus my oven takes longer it seems), when done I sprinkled reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese on the tops and put back in oven until melted. I will probably make these again, just cutting back on the spinach by probably about a 1/3.
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Wild Rice and Asparagus Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2009
Excellent! Very simple but very tasty. I to modified it some, but not a lot. I used honey instead of brown sugar, and added water chestnuts and bamboo shoots, which resulted in me having to make a little more of the Hoisin sauce mixture. For even faster prep I used bottled minced garlic and ginger to flavor the oil.
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Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2008
Very delicious! I actually cut the green beans back to a 1/2lb and added a 1/2lb of fresh asparagus to it, and used olive oil instead of butter which actually tasted better in my opinion. Very easy to make too!
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Spaghetti Torte

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2009
I'm sorry but this was very, very bland. I even added garlic, garlic salt, 3 whole eggs instead of just the whites, a little more fresh basil, and served spaghetti sauce over it. Still bland. Other than that I followed the rest of the recipe through. Definitely needs salt, pepper, more garlic, onion and whatever else I can find in my spice pantry. I do like a decent amount of spice in my dishes, but never go overboard like some people do, just enough to taste it. I usually give new recipes that didn't wow me the first time around a 2nd chance modified to my liking, but sorry, this one is getting pitched.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2009
Amazing!! The fact that this recipe doesn't call for fattening ingredients like butter is nice. Also, use canola oil instead of vegetable oil for an even healthier version. Here's how I modified the recipe, using only a 1/2 cup CANOLA oil, 2 cups white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup SWEETENED applesauce and kept everything else the same. Definitely a keeper!
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Mongolian Strawberry-Orange Juice Smoothie

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2008
Not too bad! I used frozen strawberries and used 1oz of Grenadine syrup instead of sugar; not too sweet nor sour, just right!
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Lemon Thyme Rice

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2008
If you have a rice cooker, use it for this recipe!! I only gave 4/5 stars because it needed modifications. I used 1 Tbs. of dillweed instead of thyme, and 3-4 Tbs. of lemon juice. Threw all ingrediants in rice cooker, flip the switch and let the cooker do its thing. The rice came out with a slightly sticky texture in which I love, but overall I will definitely will be using this one again!!
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2009
These weren't bad, but compared to our great grandmother's heirloom sugar cookie recipe my family has been spoiled on for as many years as I can remember, these didn't compare. Only reason why we made these was because we temporarily misplaced our old recipe and wanted sugar cookies for the Holidays. These tasted more like a "butter cookie" than anything else. But, if you haven't been spoiled on one recipe your whole life, I can see why so many raved about this one. Sorry, but won't be making this again.
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
These are always superb. I follow the recipe verbatim and they turn out perfect. I found that the best method to preparing these is to bake them (for about 30mins as well); I've made them by frying in a pan, and throwing them on my George Foreman grill (I don't have a regular grill), both are which still good, but I like the baked version better. And yes, make sure to squeeze the onions/pepper/garlic mixture in a mesh strainer and blot with paper towels to rid excess water, the mixture turns out nicer and holds together better. A definite fav.
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