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Aunt Ruth's Crab Cakes

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2011
These are incredible! I doctored them a bit because I don't have Old Bay seasoning. I threw in some chives, cumin, celery salt, basil, a tiny bit of thyme, cumin, and a smidge of chili pepper. Added an extra egg because they didn't have enough body. I baked them, then broiled them for the last 5 min. so that they'd be a little crispier on the outside. Threw together a tartar sauce with diced pickles, olive oil mayo, and a little hot sauce. So good! Am sending this recipe to a few of my friends!
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Pasta Fagioli

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2011
This was a great base recipe for creating a delicious soup. I made some changes: used 32 oz. organic chicken broth, used canned Italian-style diced tomatoes (with onions, basil, and thyme), traded the spinach pasta out for orzo (which I boiled before adding to the broth), used kidney beans (without liquid) instead of cannellini, added garbanzo beans, and stirred in some spicy turkey sausage (because I wanted this to be meaty). Because the sausage was spicy, I didn't add the red pepper flakes and I didn't add any salt, since the broth had enough sodium. I shredded and added about 1/2 c. baby spinach, as well. It is pretty fantastic and I'll definitely revisit this recipe!
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2011
This didn't go so well for me. It was far too onion-y and the broth was much too thing.
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2011
This recipe ended up being really fantastic with a little modification. In order to eliminate a lot of sodium, I made my own taco seasoning by mixing paprika, cumin, coriander, curry, chili pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little cayenne. The salsa has plenty of salt, so I didn't want to add extra, especially since I put in an entire jar rather than a half cup. I also mixed in a cup of prepared brown rice and omitted the tortilla chips because I didn't have any on hand. I served it over warmed flour tortillas as a kind of taco filling and it ended up being taco-y deliciousness! Thank you for posting!
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Lisa's Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2011
I tweaked the recipe quite a bit and I actually made it into a casserole, but wow, what a casserole! I used a box of wheat elbow macaroni, cut up a cooked chicken breast, threw in some crumbled bacon, and about one cup each cooked broccoli and cauliflower. Used minced garlic and onion instead of the powdered kind. Combined all that in a 9x13 and sprinkled on a little black pepper. Made the sauce in a saucier with margarine, 2 c. milk, 8 oz. each shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and colby jack and poured that on top. Sprinkled some slivered almonds and paprika over the top. So, so delicious! This recipe was an excellent base for some really great stuff.
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Spicy Sausage and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2011
The major issue about this recipe was, for me, the sodium content. 1747 mg per serving? That's an entire day's allowance. To reduce this, I used low sodium broth and skipped adding salt altogether. I put in a can of diced tomatoes and chiles, but I rinsed it off first to get rid of as much sodium as I could. I doubled the amount of chicken broth and switched the pork sausage out for turkey, which is leaner. I needed only a pinch of cayenne because of the chiles I'd already added, threw in a smidge of oregano and black pepper, and tossed in some okra for a cajun flair. Good stuff.
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Spaghetti Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2011
I used whole tomatoes instead of canned ones to eliminate unnecessary sodium, skipped the sugar altogether, and reduced the oregano and basil by 1 tsp. to make it tomatoier. The color was a little funky and it needed some body, so I put in some tomato paste. Ended up being okay, but not great.
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Brown Rice Turkey Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 15, 2010
I am so excited about this soup! I made a few changes: added more broth, tossed in a little cumin, and threw in some peas. I added 2 tablespoons of lime juice, which made all the difference. I might cut back the amount of rice by 1/4 c. or so on the next batch. As it stands, this dish is easy, unique and superb!
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Ham and Bean Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2010
This was a really fantastic soup. I used prepared rather than dry beans, subsituted the chicken broth for an organic veggie one and added extra veggies. Hearty and warm and perfect for a brisk fall day.
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Rasta Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 22, 2010
This was fantastic! Really beautiful presentation and just delicious. I skipped the pre-made blackened seasoning and made my own in order to cut down on the sodium (cayenne, paprika, curry, coriander, garlic & onion powder, black pepper and chili pepper). This may become a standard dish. Thanks for posting!
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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
I've taken these to a couple of barbecues this summer and they've been a real crowd pleaser. Even got rave reviews from my sister, who isn't into trying new dishes. I throw in a little minced onion and some Mrs. Dash and serve on a whole weat bun. Good stuff!
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