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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2015
Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans Haiku: "No less than 5 stars! Really, this blew us away! Good with garnishes." Halved the recipe for 2 adults, 1 child, and skipped on the chick peas. Didn't have turmeric, so used a little curry. Definitely didn't skip the optional cilantro! Served ours topped w/ plain Greek yogurt, toasted walnuts (cheaper than pine nuts and more versatile, IMO), diced cucumber, Sriracha, and additional cilantro. This tasted like something I'd order at a Persian restaurant that I adore in Atlanta - not difficult to put together at all and certainly in the keeper file now!
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Quick Sesame Green Beans

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2015
Quick Sesame Green Beans Haiku: "So easy to make, and the taste was super good. No miso paste here." Didn't use the optional miso paste, but did add a couple drops of sesame oil. Loved the simplicity of the recipe and the fact that it would complement just about any entree; yummers!
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Beer Lime Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2015
Beer Lime Grilled Chicken Haiku: "Found a half of beer, chose to make this recipe. It was just alright." My husband left a Larry (our term for an opened, unfinished beer) out so I decided to halve this recipe for the remaining beer, along w/ 2 chicken breasts. Marinated for 4 hrs. and didn't change a thing about the recipe. Honestly, it just didn't taste like much at all. I think it needs more garlic, lime juice and/or zest, and maybe more honey too. It's Spring and I'm ready to grill just about anything, so thanks for the new recipe!
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Low-Cal Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2015
Low Cal Chicken Haiku: "Marinated mine, and did on grill, not oven. It was fairly good." I can only imagine how one hour at 425 would obliterate a chicken breast, so I put all of the ingredients (made poultry seasoning from an AR recipe) in a large ziploc w/ the chicken for bout 4 hrs., then tossed the chicken on the grill. Ended up tasting mostly like soy sauce which wasn't entirely surprising, but I can't complain b/c it was indeed low calorie and moist; thanks for the recipe!
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Lettuce Leaf Tacos

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2015
Lettuce Leaf Taco Haiku: "No surprise, they're great! 5-star reviews in order. Fun and colorful!" Only very minor changes that I made were using 4 TB of AR's "Taco Seasoning I" instead of 3, and not adding the optional chicken broth to the veggie saute. (Alot of the reviews mention this being an "April 2015 Recipe Group Selection" - what does that mean?)
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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Kidney Beans Haiku: "Not sure bout this one. Daughter loved it, I was 'meh', had odd aftertaste." I can't put my finger on what was peculiar about the aftertaste in this chili, and re-reading the ingredients, I'm still scratching my head, unless it had something to do w/ the coriander, cocoa powder, beef base and/or sugar, which are ingredients I haven't typically used in my chilis. I followed the recipe as written, except, per cook's notes, subbing ground beef for the turkey and bell pepper for the anaheim. I'd hover around 3.5 stars on this one if only I could detect what about all of those ingredients (of which several were probably unnecessary) gave this a strange (but not unpleasant) flavor.
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Jenny's Grilled Chicken Breasts

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Jennie's Grilled Chicken Breasts Haiku: "Used like marinade. Let chicken bathe for a bit. Flavor didn't 'cling.'" I made the recipe as directed (halved for 2 chicken breasts though), and marinated the chicken for maybe an hour tops, as I've been told that too much lemon juice will gradually start to "cook" chicken in a marinade. Anyways, I thought the flavor was too subtle, which made the chicken OK for topping a salad, and then using in quesadillas the next day, but I wanted the flavor to POP on its own. For all the 5-stars here, I was surprised, but it was still an okay recipe that I'm glad that I made!
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Fried Broccoli

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Fried Broccoli Haiku: "Used fresh broccoli, but followed the rest the same. Surprise! It was good!" I typically steam my broccoli w/ a little salt and pepper and butter, nothing fancy, but this recipe grabbed me as just something different to do, and while I swapped frozen for fresh (one of those 12 oz. pre-cut bags) I didn't change anything else and ended up really enjoying this way of eating broccoli. I think next time though, I'd add some crushed garlic to the olive oil, and maybe some grated parmesan at the table.
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Fiery Red Salsa

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Fiery Red Salsa Haiku: "Oh yea, fiery! I mean, I like spicy food, but this? Pass the milk!" I halved the recipe and used one medium jalapeno, and maybe I just happened upon a freakishly-spicy pepper, b/c this salsa was crazy hot. That's not to say that we didn't like it, b/c I'm a sucker for an easy blender salsa w/ the perfect ingredients as this one has. Maybe a little more lime juice, a little less jalapeno next time for me. :-)
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Delectable Marinated Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Delectable Marinated Chicken Haiku: "Yes, delectable! I used chicken breasts, not thighs. Just a bit salty." Even using low sodium soy sauce, this marinade ended up being a bit on the salty side. I didn't change anything about the recipe other than using veg oil, not canola, chicken breast not thighs, and marinating for more like 6 hrs. Nice, crusty dark chicken w/ a moist interior.
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Apple Sandwich

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Apple Sandwich Haiku: "Cute after-school snack.(Although mine was for breakfast.) Bit messy to eat." In the end, I think I'd be OK w/ regular apple slices smeared w/ peanut butter and maybe sprinkled w/ a little granola for crunch, but this was still a fun recipe to try. Used a pouch of Larabar's cinnamon "Renola", and honey-roasted PB ground at Whole Foods, along w/ a chubby Gala. Didn't really measure, but I'm sure I hovered around the 1/4 c and 1/2 c called for. My daughter and I agreed that it was a little messy to pick up sandwich-style and eat, but as one would expect w/ this ingredient combination, the taste was delicious.
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Best Black Beans

Reviewed: Apr. 29, 2015
Best Black Beans Haiku: "Yup, they ARE the best. I add a splash of sherry. So easy to make!" Well golly, fast to throw together and very tasty - complements just about any entree, or would probably be just as good rolled up in a tortilla w/ some fajita chicken. Can't believe I'm just finding this recipe now; DAMNYUMYUM.
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Roasted Cajun Cauliflower

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2015
Roasted Cajun Cauliflower Haiku: "We couldn't eat this, it was just way too salty. Made us very sad." I'm perplexed as to why AR would've removed my original review of this recipe - b/c it wasn't 5 stars? We were unable to eat this cauliflower b/c of the insane saltiness, from the garlic salt, Cajun seasoning, and regular salt. W/ a drastic reduction in garlic salt (if not exchanging it altogether, as the other reviewers did) this cauliflower would be good, but I'd give it zero stars as written b/c it was inedible.
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Vegetable Quiche Cups To Go

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
Vegetable Quiche Cups To-Go Haiku: "Fun and convenient. Just didn't taste like that much. Needed seasoning." Other than swapping egg substitute for 3 larger eggs, I followed the recipe as directed, and found myself adding considerable amounts of salt, pepper and hot sauce when it came time to eat one. I do love having frozen mini crustless quiche bites for a quick breakfast, but I also want them to be tasty, so if I made this recipe again, I'd tweak around w/ more spices, as well as maybe sauteeing the onion and bell pepper 1st rather than mixing them raw and crunchy into the eggs.
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Scrumptious Salmon Cakes

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
Scrumptious Salmon Cakes Haiku: "Close as I could get, had to make some little swaps, still they were quite good." Subbed a couple tsp. of dry parsley for fresh, and lite Duke's mayonnaise for Miracle Whip, otherwise, did every other ingredient as directed. I found that there were too many unnecessary ingredients competing w/ one another in the salmon patties, and that sometimes less is more. That's not to say that these didn't taste good, but I actually was less thrilled w/ the texture - very poofy and squishy on the inside, but well-browned and crispy on the exterior, making me think that I should've made 10 or even 12 smaller patties instead of 8 large. I think if I made this recipe again, I'd do just that, along w/ using plain panko instead of Italian-seasoned, and drop the dijon mustard and/or parmesan - Old Bay is flavorful enough. Thanks Judiebug - salmon patties w/ mac n'cheese on the side is one of our favorite Spring comfort meals!
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Melanie's Chili

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
Melanie's Chili Haiku: "Good, basic chili. Used kidney beans, not pinto. Maybe needs some heat." A nice, well-rounded chili that perhaps would've been better w/ a small can of tomato sauce instead of 15 oz., along w/ more chili powder and some salt and pepper. Something came up, and after mine had simmered for 30 min., had to put it away until the next day, so my chili had an extra day for its flavors to marry, so by the time we sat down to eat it, it was the perfectly thick consistency that I like, and even though the hubbs and I had to add hot sauce, we still thought on its own, Melanie's Chili was pretty darn good.
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Bow Tie Tuna Florentine

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2015
Bow Tie Tuna Florentine Haiku: "Colorful and great. And very easy to make. Didn't use the milk." The only pesto sauce packet that I found in the supermarket called for stirring w/ olive oil, so I followed its directions in conjunction w/ the recipe's directions. I'd hover on giving it 4.5 stars since I think it could benefit from some chopped garlic, onions, and black pepper, but as written, it was healthy, easy to make, and pretty.
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Meaty Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2015
Meaty Slow Cooker Jambalaya Haiku: "Should be served with rice, otherwise it's 'Cajun Soup', taste was still spot-on." My husband and I really liked this - I made it as directed only lopping it in half for just us (and some leftovers), although I'm pretty sure the zippy pouch of John Morel-brand ham cubes aren't Black Forest, but that's all that I had to use. Oh and skipped the optional file powder, b/c from what I'm told by more wiser and elder Southern gal relatives, it turns all stringy if simmered, and is meant to be sprinkled at the table. So yeah, this tasted really good, but it was very liquid-ey, so I wish I'd have prepared either rice, or had a nice baguette, to absorb some of that flavor juice.
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Simple Soy Sauce Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2015
Simple Soy Sauce Chicken Haiku: "Used as marinade, and stir-fried chicken instead. But made as written." I mixed up all of the above ingredients as the recipe states, and realized that there was no reason not to treat it as a marinade instead, so I let the cubed chicken swim in it for about 4 hrs., then quick stir-fried the chicken, can mushrooms, and a floppy looking onion half that was lonely in the fridge, and served it all over rice w/ a steamed veggie side. I didn't like the Italian dressing flavor and would've preferred that part was just olive oil, and we also thought it was in need of salt at serving, but maybe that's b/c I usually use low-sodium soy sauce. But it was quite tasty and I do believe that I'd make it again.
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Spicy Baked Tofu

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2015
Spicy Baked Tofu Haiku: "Tasty tofu treat. Crispy, browned on the outside, that's how I like it!" I marinate and bake tofu once a week and keep cubes of it in the fridge for tossing in my mouth cold, or reheating to top on a lunch salad, or occasionally to serve as an hors d'oeuvres, as I did these, alongside salted seaweed chips and Sriracha mayo dip. This recipe does not indicate to drain and press the moisture from the tofu very well, but I went ahead and did so (paper towel-lined plate, under another paper towel w/ cast iron skillet on top, replacing the soggy paper towels occasionally) to ensure maximum adherence of marinade. I baked mine, as mentioned in cook's notes, for closer to 30 min. to get them even crispier, and I was delighted w/ the texture.
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