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Chipotle Peach Salsa with Cilantro

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2009
Wow! This salsa came out even better than I expected. I made very few changes (used fresh peaches instead of canned, but ground ginger instead of fresh - just what I had on hand). The flavors mixed very well together, and I can't imagine substituting any of them (except trying other fruits). I did add more chipotles, but I'm guessing mine were not as spicy as normal because I'm VERY wimpy about spice - would have been fine as directed, however. I marinated some chicken with the salsa for about three hours, then baked it all for 40 minutes at 350. Came out PERFECT. Tasted good on its own as well - I'll be making this for the next cookout I attend. One thing though - prep time is definitely more than 10 minutes to chop and mince all those ingredients.
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Sausage Minestrone

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2008
Would have been five stars if there was even a meager attempt at making this recipe healthy... Pros: REALLY easy to make; versatile; difficult to mess up. Cons: Check out the nutritional values - I think we can all figure out where the fatty culprit is in this recipe. I ditched the Bob Evans sausage roll and used chorizo instead. Chicken and turkey sausage means WAY less fat and fewer calories - and it made the soup nice and spicy as well! Everything else was pretty much by the book, although I needed to add way more than 14.5 oz of beef broth to make it soupy and not stewy. This will definitely be a staple of mine, although I will be tinkering with the recipe to make it healthier (more fresh veggies instead of canned, beef broth substitutes to cut out some sodium - 77%??? Blech!). As is, though (minus the gross sausage roll), it's an easy soup to have on hand for emergency "oh no! I have nothing to cook with!" evenings.
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Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2008
This soup was just as easy and delicious as everybody else said.
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Herbed Cream Cheese Omelet

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
What a freaking great idea! I never thought of this before, but I'll make it again a thousand times over.
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Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
The mushrooms definitely make this recipe. If you're looking for a "meatier" texture, the mushrooms give you that texture and some really nice flavor, also. I used portabello. As other people noted, the chili is pretty thin, and I even omitted a lot of the juice from the canned veggies. The thinness didn't bother me too much, although it doesn't end up as a very traditional chili. This was my first attempt at making chili, and I thought it was a great starter recipe that satisfies both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Also, as promised, it WAS insanely easy.
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Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
I never thought about putting grilled cheese in the oven before, but it works really well. I also, like another reviewer, didn't need to cook it for as long on either side. However, I think that one slice of cheese is really not enough; it didn't bring out much of the cheddar flavor.
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Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style)

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
I was amazed by how much I liked this recipe. My boyfriend asked for a tuna melt with swiss on rye, and I nearly gagged, but found this recipe which was exactly what he asked for. I hate tuna melts, I hate swiss, and I hate rye bread. Never eat 'em. Still, as requested, I made this recipe almost totally by the book (somehow lost the tomatoes on the way home from the grocery store!), and it was fantastic. The red wine vinegar and onion made the tuna much less bland than what I was used to from homemade tuna, and the swiss and rye were a great combination. This recipe has completely changed my outlook on tuna melts and expanded my taste buds - and it's so simple! If you don't like tomato, this sandwich is still terrific without it - but I will definitely make it again (and again!) and actually bring the tomatoes home next time. This is a fantastic, EASY, and CHEAP lunch.
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Oriental Shrimp Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 26, 2008
As warned, this recipe turned out a bit bland for me. I tried to follow the recipe as much as possible, other than substituting green onions for celery (I don't really think it made a huge difference overall), sugar snap peas for snow peas (my grocery store didn't have snow peas - weird!), and using a thicker rice noodle (which I think was a good choice). Soaked the noodles for several minutes before adding to the soup. Used low-sodium broth, which was I'm sure the culprit. The mix of ingredients was good though - the ginger and onion were great (I used a sweet onion), and the other veggies and the shrimp gave a nice flavor. With the blandness of the broth, the red pepper really is what salvaged this dish - it was spicy, but not too spicy for my wimpy tongue. A happy mistake actually made this dish a thousand times better: I accidentally left the stove on low while I was eating, and when I went back for seconds, the soup had simmered down and the broth was significantly reduced. The noodles soaked up the broth, making them fluffy and flavorful, and the rest of the ingredients were more pronounced. The reduced dish was not as soupy, but everyone at the table (me, my boyfriend, and a friend) all agreed that it worked well. If you like salt and want more soup than noodles, I suggest going by the book on this recipe and using full-sodium broth. If you're trying to watch your sodium intake, use a smaller amount of the low-sodium broth and cook the soup on low for much longer.
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2008
I made this soup as lunch for me and my boyfriend today, so I halved the recipe. I ditched the spinach and added a ricotta and spinach tortellini instead, to make it more filling. Used canned carrots and added those in with the beans and zucchini instead of the tomatoes (didn't want them to cook too long). Used low-sodium beef broth, and both hot and sweet sausages (would maybe just use hot next time). We both loved it and did not need to add any more spices - the beef broth (even low-sodium) and the stewed tomatoes provided plenty of salt and seasoning! I should have followed reviewer advice and added more broth, as I don't have much left for tomorrow's leftovers. With the tortellini added, and a small bit of bread on the side, this one dish kept us full until dinner. Will definitely be making again.
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Minestrone Macaroni

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2008
This dish is not gourmet, but it is surprisingly tasty, quick, and economical, as promised. I halved the recipe and got two dinners and a lunch, equally yummy each time. Like another reviewer, I used onion soup instead of bouillon, which still worked out well. The whole peeled tomatoes could probably use a little mashing before putting them in the pot, because they don't really get a chance (when whole) to cook enough in the 15 minutes or so they simmer. I might try canned stewed tomatoes instead, next time.
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