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Carne Asada Tacos or Al Pastor Tacos

Reviewed: Oct. 6, 2013
This had a good flavor, but it certainly has a long list of ingredients. Luckily, I had all the seasonings. I cut it down by half, and three people had plenty, with some leftover. We liked the flavor, but the vinegar seemed to predominate. I will cut back on that next time. I wondered about using two corn tacos, but after serving it on one, I understood the reason. One corn taco kind of fell apart, so two is a good idea, and there would be a stronger presence from the tortilla.
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Planked New York Strip Steak with Grilled Veggies

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2013
This is not my usual way to prepare steak or grilled veggies, but I thought I would give it a try. First of all, the marinade needs more punch. It resulted in a slightly oily tasting steak, and the walnut oil flavor (pretty expensive) was totally lost. Secondly, the meat cooks much faster than the veggies, so they should have a head start of at least 8-10 minutes, if you are using medium heat. Thirdly, I usually combine like veggies. To me, squash and tomatoes have a high water content, and turn to mush in the amount of time needed to cook red potatoes, even though my wedges were 3/8" thick. I usually roast potatoes with other root veggies, not high water veggies. I should have listened to my instinct. I did add some red onion pieces, and I'm glad I did, because they imparted some flavor to the otherwise bland veggies. By the time the steak had some color on it, the squash was right, but the potatoes were still almost raw. I had to pick them out and put them in the microwave for a bit to finish cooking. Lastly, by cooking the steaks on the planks, they did not develop that nice brown color that I associate with grilled steak. I had to take them off the plank and put them directly on the cooking grid in order to develop any color, and by the time they did develop some color they were overcooked for us. There was a slight smoky taste to the steaks, but they tasted more like roast than steak. Perhaps something in the instructions was lost or not communicated.
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Bow-Tie Pasta with Sausage, Peas, and Mushrooms

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
I think I really prefer pasta with a sauce. I used hot turkey Italian sausage and added about 1/2 white wine to the mushrooms as they simmered, and allowed the liquid to evaporate before moving on to the next step. This needed some garlic, too, in my opinion. It would have been very bland without the hot sausage.
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Baked Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
This is an easy way to prepare a whole chicken. I really liked that the foil balls serve as a kind of rack that lifts the chicken out of the rendered fat. Use a really good chicken and let the simple, true flavor come out.
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Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2013
I used baby kale, and it has a milder, slightly saltier flavor than the mature leaves. I also forgot to add the feta, so if you don't have any, you can still enjoy this salad. These were my only departures from the recipe. I'm not fully on the quinoa bandwagon yet, so I was not particularly impressed. I was looking for a bit more zing in the dressing, so I will "tweak on"!
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Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bison Bacon

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2013
This recipe is right on target for roasting Brussels sprouts. I'm still learning to like this popular vegetable, but it's not really high on my favorites list yet. The glaze is nice, and the bison bacon is really different. It's not exactly bacon, but it is a good alternative, health-wise, and it adds texture to the dish.
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Grilled Steak and Asian Noodle Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 12, 2013
We liked this, but I think a little Sriracha and some chopped peanuts, instead of sesame seeds, would send this up a notch. The meat was tender and tasty, and I liked the combination of veggies. I subbed snow peas for sugar snap peas, and I'm glad I did. Sugar snaps would have made this too sweet for us.
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Sizzling Steak Fajitas

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2013
We like fajitas, and this recipe is pretty good. I marinated the meat for about 4 hours, and the flavor was nicely developed, without being too spicy. For us, the addition of the Goya Adobo with Pepper made the dish saltier than we usually enjoy, so I left out the Sazonador, and did not season the vegetables at all. Fajitas are an easy dish to customize, and my family really enjoys "building" their own!
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Fiesta Chicken and Black Beans

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2013
This was intriguing, because I make a black bean and corn salad from this site, and so I know that we like the combination. I guess the salad kind of spoiled us, because it is sort of "zingy" from balsamic vinegar. This recipe was good, and I feel everyone should have some "desperation" dinners they can pull out of the pantry and have ready in a few minutes. However, this was was a little bland for us. DH actually put some balsamic vinegar on his, and he said he liked it better. It's a pretty dish, without any heat, but I would add lime instead of lemon, some garlic and a few drops of balsamic vinegar to liven it up a little.
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Quick and Healthy Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2013
This recipe has a distinct tomato taste and a mild "zing" of heat from the chipotle chile. I was expecting more heat, so I was pleased that DH could eat it, now that he is experiencing a few stomach issues. It would be very easy to add more chipotle, if you want more heat. Both DS and DH liked it, it was very easy to prepare, and it made 4 generous servings. I would incorporate this into a nice "taco" salad for summer.
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Vanilla Ice Cream V

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2013
OK, so I tweaked this! When your granddaughter asks for chocolate, that's what you have! I added 1 cup of dutch process cocoa, and subbed out 1/2 cup of the white sugar for brown. Chocoholics, beware! This is seriously good! Melts a little fast, but who has time for that, lol!
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Chicken Marsala from Birds Eye®

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2013
We had this for dinner tonight. I added one minced clove of garlic and subbed chicken broth for the beef broth in the recipe due to a pantry surprise--no beef broth! We enjoyed the flavor, and I liked the ease of preparation. Do not omit the thyme. The sauce is too sweet without it.
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Chicken 'N Pasta Primavera

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2013
I prepared this recipe for dinner tonight, and I made only one change: I used 1 1/2 cups of Alfredo sauce. The plate was colorful and interesting in appearance. This would easily fill the bill for a desperation dinner, where the ingredients can be readily on hand for an evening when the cook (me!) is pressed for time or ideas! Also, pre-cooked, leftover chicken would speed things along. I really like Alfredo with shrimp, too, so feel free to customize according to what you have on hand.
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HERDEZ® Roasted Pasilla Chicken Stew

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2013
This has a nice chili flavor, and it would be a great alternative to beef chili. Cannellini beans or Great Northern beans would be good in this, too. Use uncooked rice in the stew if you want a thicker consistency.
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HERDEZ® Creamy Pasilla Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2013
I tried this recipe tonight, and I must say that this sauce has an authentic enchilada flavor. We really enjoyed it. I know that sour cream and olives would be great, but I served it with a simple fresh tomato salsa.
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Veggie Lasagna Florentine

Reviewed: Jun. 18, 2013
There is a lot of flavor packed in this recipe. I used 1/2 pound of fresh, chopped mushrooms instead of the canned, and Italian seasoning blend instead of the oregano. Those were my only subs, and I will make this again. Didn't miss the meat at all, with all the cheese!
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Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2013
This marinade has a slightly oriental flavor that I really like. I've never grilled pork tenderloin, but it turned out well. Due to the amount of sugar in the marinade, it is important to oil the grate and use a medium heat, as the submitter stated, or use an indirect method. I think it would make a great sauce for chicken, pineapple and bell pepper skewers, too!
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Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas

Reviewed: May 28, 2013
These were yummy! I added a bit of taco seasoning, and next time I will add some more. Loved all the veggie goodness--not your average quesadilla! Thanks for the idea!
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Ropa Vieja in a Slow Cooker

Reviewed: May 28, 2013
This was a nice change from pot roast, and I'm glad to have another recipe for the slow cooker. I followed the recipe very closely, only making one change: half red wine vinegar and half red wine, because I ran out of vinegar, lol! I recommend the full cooking time. I forgot to start it, so I did half on high and half on low, and it didn't really get tender. It was tasty, though, and I'm looking forward to the leftovers on a tortilla. Thanks for posting.
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Chickpea Falafel Burgers

Reviewed: May 26, 2013
Left out the curry, due to personal preference. Served with Tzatziki Sauce (Yogurt and Cucumber Dip), also from this site. Makes a great sammie!
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