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Soba with Toasted Sesame Seed Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2010
I made some poor choices when preparing this recipe that hurt the taste. However, I'm giving it five stars because every part of the dish that was true to the recipe tasted great. My worst decision was to substitute frozen asian veggies for the broccoli and green onions. They just weren't good quality. I also tried to use black sesame seeds because those were what I had on hand, but I couldn't tell when they were toasted properly and I burned the first batch. Rather than risking burning the rest of my sesame seeds, I just added them without toasting. That probably affected the flavor. Anyway, I'm not going to penalize my rating of this recipe for my poor choices. I think it would have been very good if I had followed the recipe more closely.
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Quinoa Side Dish

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2010
This is good, but it's not very memorable. I like quinoa because of the interesting texture, but I don't think this will be my go-to quinoa recipe. I sauteed the onion and garlic in the butter before toasting the quinoa and I used dried thyme instead of fresh.
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Fresh Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2010
This was a fine salad, but it didn't suit my tastes. My main complaint is that it was too sweet. I also thought that the onion flavor was very strong even though I only used half an onion. It didn't bother me much when I was eating, but I had onion breath for a while afterward. I'm glad I tried this because it was interesting, but I don't think I'll make it again.
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Healthy Garden Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2010
This is a tasty salad, although I think it could use a bit more zip. I used olive oil instead of grapeseed oil, but other than that I followed the recipe closely. My least favorite ingredient was the edamame, and it also contributes a lot of fat to the salad, so I think next time I'll cut back on it and try adding some pasta and additional spices (maybe chili powder). I did really like the dressing, but it just wasn't strong enough for me.
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Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2010
The main problem I had with this recipe was that it was too salty. I used regular salt instead of sea salt, so that could have caused a bit of a difference in flavor, but I don't think that regular salt is much more salty than sea salt, so that doesn't account for the problem. This was an interesting way to eat broccoli, and I may try it again, but I will definitely cut back on the salt.
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Baba Ghanoush

Reviewed: Dec. 25, 2009
This is tricky to rate. I thought it was too bitter, but I don't think the eggplant was to blame. I'm fairly sure that the flavor I disliked came from the tahini. I'm not very familiar with how baba ghanoush should taste, so it's possible that this is a very good recipe and that I just happen not to like baba ghanoush.
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Easy Pizza Sauce III

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
This is a good and easy sauce recipe. I add a little sugar and additional spices depending on my mood.
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Orange Beef-Style Tofu Stir-Fry

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
I strongly disliked the fried tofu in this recipe. The rest of the recipe was okay, and I might have liked it with additional veggies substituted for the tofu, but the tofu overwhelmed everything. I don't dislike tofu in general, so I'd say the cooking method was the problem. I would give this a one-star rating based on my personal opinion, but my family seemed to find it more edible than I did, so I'm giving it two stars.
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Blueberry Spinach Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
The blueberries worked very well in this salad. I think I would prefer it with some other changes, although I haven't experimented. It might be nice with a mixture of crunchier greens in addition to the spinach, and I wasn't thrilled with the dressing. I used feta cheese instead of blue because I don't like blue cheese, but I'm not sure that was a good substitution. I also used red wine vinegar instead of raspberry. I was a little generous with my rating because I don't want to penalize the salad for my substitutions. I probably would have given it three stars otherwise.
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Green Pepper Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
I'm giving this four stars because it's so extremely healthy. Taste-wise, it wasn't memorable, but it's a good way to get my fruits and veggies.
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Frozen Cranberry Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
This salad was fine, but it wasn't memorable. I made it for Thanksgiving and there was a lot left over (probably due in part to the need to keep it frozen, so we couldn't leave it out on the table). I would have preferred a stronger cranberry flavor. It was too mild and creamy for me.
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Strawberry-Sauced Crunchy Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2009
This salad was a huge hit with my family! I made some substitutions because of availability of ingredients, but this is a flexible recipe. I used almonds instead of hazelnuts, reduced the apples and oranges a little, added bananas, and used a dash of vanilla instead of vanilla sugar. I also used orange juice concentrate instead of orange juice. I mixed the strawberry sauce with the fruit and served the nut topping on the side. There was a fair amount of topping left over. I think this salad would work with any kind of chopped fruit and nuts.
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Parmesan and Basil Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2009
This makes a good chicken salad, but I don't think it's memorable. I skipped pureeing one of the celery stalks for some extra crunch.
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Strawberry Avocado Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 15, 2009
I'm surprised by how positive this salad's reviews are. The dressing was too sweet, almost like pouring syrup over my salad. I didn't hate it, but as written, I wouldn't make this again. I tried adding feta cheese and then more lemon juice, but although those cut the sweetness, they didn't make this salad as good as I had hoped. I like the combination of strawberries, lettuce, avocado, and nuts, but the dressing doesn't make the cut. I probably won't try this again, but if I do, I'll leave the sugar out of the dressing or just use another dressing entirely. (This review might be sounding too negative - it was a fine salad, and I ate it all, but I just don't think I'll make it again.)
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Taco Pizza

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2009
I used a different crust recipe, so I'm only reviewing the toppings. This was a tasty pizza, but I think it's better with some changes. It has the advantage of being easy to adjust, which is great because my husband and I have very different tastes. He doesn't like veggies, so I left out the onion and salsa on his and increased the meat. I piped sour cream on top of his pizza and topped it with crushed Doritos. He liked it, but I don't think it's a favorite. On my pizza, I followed the recipe and then topped it with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and Doritos. The spices were a little strong for me, so I'll use less of the tomato paste mixture on my pizza next time. I'm a veggie-lover, so I thought that the tomatoes and lettuce were crucial ingredients. However, they kept falling off the pizza! I don't want to put them under the cheese because I think they're better uncooked, but the pizza is hard to eat with the lettuce and tomato piled on top.
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Delicious Black Bean Burritos

Reviewed: Jun. 25, 2009
These are good, but the recipe just begs to be altered. I tried to stick pretty close to the recipe even though I could think of a million ways to change it. I added a little cumin and chili powder, omitted the cilantro, and used neufchatel cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese. I also heated the tortillas in the microwave, although I'm sure that didn't change the taste. The first burrito that I ate was fine but a little bland. For the second burrito, I added salsa and cheese and that gave it more pep. Some other things I might try with this are corn, canned tomatoes, rice, chicken, spinach, sour cream, guacamole, and definitely more spices. As other reviewers have mentioned, this makes very large burritos if you're only making two.
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Tomato Basil Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2009
This is a fine recipe, but I don't think it's something I'll make again. I would like some more ingredients, maybe something to make the dish more nutritious. If it had more nutrients and less fat it would probably be worth keeping in my recipe box. I had leftovers and they weren't very good the next day (but I don't grade a recipe based on how well the leftovers keep). If you think this needs more flavor, you can try adding a little balsamic vinegar.
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Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon and Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2009
This isn't a very good recipe. I think it has inflated ratings because it's a good idea but it needs a lot of tinkering, and most of the reviewers made changes. I followed the recipe pretty closely except that I used a different kind of pasta and increased the seasonings and it was way too bland. My husband and I ate it, but we both made changes. I personally dumped way more lemon juice on mine and that made it decent. I think this recipe could be developed into something good, but it's mediocre as written.
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BUSH'S® Nacho Average Nachos

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
This recipe didn't wow me, but it's good. I was trying to decide between three and four stars and I settled on four because this is easy to make and about as healthy as a nachos recipe can be. That makes it worth making again. I skipped the jalapeno pepper and added a little tabasco sauce because I don't like my foods too hot and I wanted to be able to have more control over it. I also reduced the broth by a cup and used the mixture as a topping for the chips instead of mixing them in. I didn't like the raw onions on top, so I'll skip that next time.
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Empanadas

Reviewed: May 7, 2009
These are fine but not memorable. I made them with jam and Nutella. The jam leaked out pretty badly, which I'm sure was my fault for not using chunkier preserves. The Nutella was okay but the empanadas made with it seemed too dry. My main problem with these is that it's kind of tedious to individually shape and fill each one. Of course, that's a problem with empanadas in general, not just this recipe. I won't make these regularly because they're not worth the work, but I might try them again, especially if I come up with a good filling idea.
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