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Simple Roasted Chickpea Snack

Reviewed: May 28, 2011
This gets a 5 for crunch and a 1-2 for zero flavor. Mine started to burn. I will try adding them to my next salad and see what happens. This is a waste of a good can of chickpeas.
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Super Summer Salsa

Reviewed: May 28, 2011
Came across this recipe today while searching for a side dish to take to a Memorial weekend BBQ later. I had every ingredient on hand. It literally was done in 10 minutes. I used 1 can yellow corn and reduced sodium black beans drained. In a small bowl, I mixed 1/8 cup sugar with 1/2 cup rice vinegar and popped it in the microwave for 20 seconds to get the sugar to blend before tossing into the mixture. This is a tangy/sweet salsa that would go great on top of grilled chicken or fish. This makes a pretty presentation. What a gem.
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Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Reviewed: May 25, 2011
This sauce takes some time to make but it is worth it. Next time, I will add a little sugar. I did not add any salt. Will keep this one around for sure. Made this to go with "chicken parmesan casserole" from this site.
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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Reviewed: May 25, 2011
Used 2 chicken breasts cut up. Made the "Best Marinara Sauce Yet" from this site. This needed spices and more sauce. Won't be making this one again.
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Swanson® Roasted Tomato and Barley Soup

Reviewed: May 25, 2011
Made this for lunch today. I used 1 14oz can "no salt" diced tomatoes and 1 can RoTel tomatoes with green chilies. Made the "homemade chicken broth" from this site. This is very healthy and very tasty. I can't wait to take in my lunch.
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Homemade Chicken Broth

Reviewed: May 25, 2011
I threw everything into my pressure cooker for 30 minutes. Used a cheese cloth to strain the veggies and spices. I used 4 cups to make the "Roasted Tomato and Barley Soup" from this site. Very easy and very tasty. I ended up nibbling on the veggies all afternoon.
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Boiled Chicken

Reviewed: May 18, 2011
I put a whole chicken, onion, carrots, celery and water in my pressure cooker. Cooked it on high for 30 minutes. Perfection. Next time, I'm going to make homemade chicken stock.
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King Ranch Chicken Casserole I

Reviewed: May 18, 2011
I halved the recipe to use up the leftover pressure cooked chicken. Used 1 can low fat cream of chicken soup and the "hot" RoTel tomatoes with green chile peppers. Next time I make this, I will keep the chips separate so they don't get soggy for any left overs. Topped mine with fat free sour cream. Delish!
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Lasagna Helper

Reviewed: May 16, 2011
I used reduced sodium beef broth in place of the water and sodium filled bouillon cubes and healthy request canned soup. Mixed in the "Italian Seasoning Mix" from this site for the Italian seasoning. This took longer than the time specified for the noodles to cook. After 10 minutes uncovered, I simmered covered for another 10 minutes. This made the broth thick so no corn starch was needed. My daughter thought this had a little sweet taste to it. After all was said and done, thumbs up. I mixed in low-fat cottage cheese in mine. Hubby added crushed red pepper flakes to his. The pre-packaged mixes might be a little cheaper, but this hands down tastes better.
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Teriyaki Marinade

Reviewed: May 15, 2011
We cut the recipe in half (and it still almost filled a salad bottle) to marinate our beef round sirloin tip steak. Our family is not into really salty or sweet foods. I used reduced sodium soy sauce and maybe 1/8 cup sugar. I added some marinade to the pan to simmer the steaks then mixed in a little corn starch to help thicken the gravy. It was very salty for our taste. Next time, (because I still have quite a lot left), I'm going to marinate the meat then grill it instead soaking it in the sauce. Maybe then it won't be so salty.
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Spicy Ranch Dressing II

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2011
I made the recipe as is (using fat free sour cream, skim milk with lemon juice for the buttermilk), creamy horseradish sauce, tabasco sauce and lots of pepper. This would rate a 2-3 since it was definitely missing spices. I added garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash original, a dried dill mix, chilli powder and crushed rep pepper flakes. This made a decent veggie dip and was also good in my chicken salad sandwich. It wasn't runny at all. You just need to play around with this one to adjust to your own liking.
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BBQ Feta and Hot Banana Pepper Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2011
I had a 2 pound package of ground turkey from Costco so I doubled the recipe. Took the advise from others and added chopped onion, garlic and dried basil. I added zero salt. Let this sit in the fridge overnight and cooked for lunch. My "I'll never eat diet food" hubby ate 2 and was eye balling a third one. Can't wait to take in my lunch tomorrow.
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Spicy Southwestern Cheese Tortellini

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2011
I made a whole package of frozen tortellini. Made the "tomato and basil pasta sauce" from this site. This had an awesome flavor. If I don't have to buy canned, I will not. This was easy and will be made over and over in our house.
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Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2011
Word of advise. Do NOT use minced onions, they take hours and hours to soften. Otherwise, made as directed, awesome sauce. I put ours in the food processor because my daughter doesn't like chunky tomatoes. Can't wait to can it.
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Brown Rice

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
This recipe rocks. I used instant brown rice, beef broth, butter, worcestershire sauce, 1tsp dried basil. Didn't have a can of french onion soup so I added 1 cup of water and made the "dry onion soup mix" from this site. Cooked in the microwave stirring every 5 minutes until it was done about 15-20 minutes later. Paired this with the "beer lime grilled chicken" from this site. This is going to be made again and again for sure.
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Beer Lime Grilled Chicken

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
This was an excellent marinade for our grilled chicken last night. It was nice, light and refreshing. Didn't waste a good can of Bud-Light on this one. Paired this with the "brown rice" from this site. Our entire family enjoyed this meal.
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Ham 'N' Broccoli Hash

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
As written this would be a bit bland. I added in some minced onions, pepper and garlic powder. We omitted the salt. Topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sriracha (hot rooster sauce). This is a great recipe because you can add anything you want.
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Dry Onion Soup Mix

Reviewed: Apr. 17, 2011
This recipe and the onion soup mix recipe (also from this site) are great substitutions for the store bought pre-packaged high sodium ones. When possible, I will make my own seasoning mixes. I am always looking for reduced sodium recipes that also have flavor for my family.
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Meal-in-One Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2011
We used shredded hash browns in place of the sliced potatoes and this was very bland. Then changes made to our taste were adding a can Rotel tomaotes, ground red pepper, some dried basil, a few squirts of worcestershire sauce and 8 ozs Velveeta cheese. Now it's a 5 star.
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M.D.K's Famous Dressing

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2011
I only put a little salad in a bowl just to try this dressing that I made 4 days ago. I'm sure glad I did because this dressing is just awful. I only used 1/4 cup sugar and it still is very sweet. It is so runny that it won't stay on the lettuce and it just puddles in the middle of the bowl. I thought what an easy, fat free dressing, but definitely not for us.
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