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Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze

Reviewed: May 16, 2014
This was easy but was a little sweet for us. Follow the instructions - we bought wild caught sockeye salmon which was really red, and I kept thinking it was underdone and kept cooking it until we killed it.
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Beef Asado for the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: May 15, 2014
If you're wondering what this tastes like, it almost tastes like a soy sauce, but much richer. You don't taste the ketchup at all, it actually was less sweet than I thought this would be. This definitely takes a bit of work and a lot of time but it's soooooo good. The beef wasn't tender after 1 hour and 20 minutes - might try throwing this into the slow cooker next time (and add the veggies at the end). I threw the crushed peppercorns, crushed garlic into a bouquet garni bag which worked great - I don't like eating peppercorns and didn't want to have to fish it out later. I crushed the peppercorns in a Ziploc bag with the meat pounder). Next time I'll throw the bay leaves in there as well - it was annoying to have to fish them out later, especially since one had broken into several pieces during stirring while it was still dry. They're no fun to eat! I can't believe how much sauce this makes - I really wanted bread but decided to serve it over brown rice. Also, instead of using 2 pots, I switched the order, and browned the meat, then the onions/garlic all in the same pot (making sure not to burn them). This way all the goodness and flavor bits all stay together!
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Bob's Slow Cooker Braciole

Reviewed: May 8, 2014
This is quite good and so easy (though the pounding was really hard and the meat got a few holes in place). Couldn't quite taste the filling and didn't like my choice of bacon but will try this again. I used to have a steak roll recipe filled with breadcrumbs, spinach and sundried tomatoes so I will try that again here. I could also see the prosciutto/provolone suggestion others mentioned being great here. So nice to be able to do this in the slow cooker. Very meaty flavor. Served with a size of orzo.
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Coconut Macaroons III

Reviewed: May 7, 2014
Five ingredients, 3 steps. My brother said 'What??? You didn't have to beat an egg forever to make this??' Perfect consistency, followed this recipe to a T. Melted some dark chocolate chips 30 seconds at a time in the microwave, then put it into a ziplock bag, cut the tip off and drizzled it over them. Awesome! Took a lot longer than 15 minutes to cook - almost 30 until the coconut tips began to toast....
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Baked Spaghetti

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2014
This is really good - I LOVE recipes that use cottage cheese because it's so healthy for you, and in a pasta casserole, it's virtually always undetectable except for a little creaminess. I loved the egg/parm/butter layer too but it's too rich and the butter makes me feel guilty (though I just remind myself that it's 5 tablespoons spread over so many servings. Might cut back to 1/4 cup next time). Also had a heart attack when mixing the spaghetti into it - it was hot and I was scared it would scramble the eggs, but it seemed to have turned out ok. Forgot to undercook the pasta so it got a little mushier from the sauce and also threw down a layer of meat sauce as others did on top of the first layer of spaghetti. Really super comforting dish - what sooky said is completely on target 'It certainly isn't health food but it takes the crown for comfort food.' Takes a while to make.
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Mexican Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 25, 2014
Giving it 4 stars since I'm sure this is my fault. I really, really wanted to love this, but had some troubles - the corn bread didn't cook and took forever (I kept having to take it out and sticking a tooth pick in it for an extra 15 minutes - I used Jiffy). The layer closest to the corn mixture was what didn't cook. Doubled the corn bread as others mentioned but probably would stick to dropping it in spoonfuls and not being so anal about covering every open corner with only 1 box next time. Also added most of a can of black beans to stretch the recipe further and used a half beef half turkey mix. The flavor is good but the cornbread just overwhelmed everything, and I love my cornbread!
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Apr. 21, 2014
These are delicious - the flavor of the banana is way out there. Reduced the sugar by 1/2 since the bananas were overripe. Also added a teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla as others suggested. Love that this recipe uses melted butter - so quick and easy to throw together. I overbaked them by mistake and they dried out a little. Follow your nose and start checking when the banana muffin smell starts to make you crazy and draws your stomach to the kitchen.
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Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2014
I'm not vegetarian but I made these for a vegetarian girlfriend who just had a baby - it's awesome because it A) makes so much B) is filling and good C) will be easy to heat after freezing D) lots of protein for a breastfeeding mom E) it's so easy for an exhausted new mom to eat when she has 30 seconds to spare. The recipe made a TON! I ran out of wheat tortillas (16 taco sized - there's enough for 18 I think) before I ran out of either filling (plan on mixing the extra beans with rice and using the sweet potatoes just as a side to a dinner). I froze them wrapped in paper towels, on a sheet tray then threw them (wrapped) into a Ziplock bag exactly as Toni mentioned. So so pleased with this recipe. UPDATE: I had so much of the bean mixture left over, I froze it for a rainy day. Just made a snack for the hubby who's always starved when he gets home from work - stuffed whole wheat pita halves with 2 spoonfuls of the bean mixture, then a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and froze them. He's so happy!
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Karen's Baked Banana Stuffed French Toast

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2014
I wanted to love this but it was missing something. It's a solid 4 star recipe, not sure what would take it to a 5 star recipe....still good though!
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Cuban Smoked Sausage with Chickpeas

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2014
After one bite, the husband said 'Instant Classic', which means, 'Get this into the recipe book, it's going to be part of our regular rotation'. It's so inexpensive to make (Hillshire Farms Lite Smoked Sausage goes on sale so frequently) and essentially a cupboard meal for us. Definitely cook for an hour plus (uncovered then covered to keep the sauce) - I like the texture of the chickpeas better. I'm also contemplating just throwing it all into the slow cooker after browning the sausage and sauteing the onions. Served it over brown rice. The only thing is that it was quite salty AND SPICY!!!! I had to actually add a spoonful of sour cream to mine to tame/cool it down some. I will add one heaping teaspoon of crushed red pepper next time instead of the full 2 teaspoons and will go looking for the low sodium adobo. Update: made this with low sodium adobo and it's still pretty salty, not sure what to do next....I used no salt added tomato soup, 1 teaspoon low sodium adobo and marsala (since I only have cooking sherry at home which has added salt to it), and that helped a little bit. I hope to find reduced sodium sausage, because the low sodium adobo seems to be missing certain spices like cumin, so I'd like to go back to it. Definitely cook for an hour plus (uncovered then covered to keep the sauce) - I like the texture of the chickpeas better.
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Mid-Eastern Chicken Thighs

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2014
The hubby really loved this but I thought it was pretty bland as written....I wanted to love it!
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Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2014
This came out good, but only with BBQ sauce on it. Otherwise it was strangely bland when I expected more flavor from the seasoned breadcrumbs. Also, I only had shredded cheese on hand, and that was totally lost in it, so go with the recipe and use the Colby chunks!
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Tofu Sandwich Spread

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2014
So......I'm a meat eater but like to eat vegetarian every once in a while. I made this for lunches at work one night, and kinda cringed while crumbling the tofu (it looked like a sponge), and then when it was time to eat it a few days later, I started dreading it. Before I tossed it out, I gave it a bite. I have to say, this is PRETTY. D@MN. TASTY (so much better than the day-of). I threw in a couple of splashes of hot sesame oil. The taste is overwhelmingly soy sauce, but I don't mind that....the tofu cost 99 cents, so this is an incredibly cheap meal. BTW, the tofu took almost a day to thaw, that's' between sitting out on the counter most of the time and in the fridge!
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Miso Braised Pork

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2014
The whole family loved this (though surprisingly the hubby did not). After step 1, threw everything in the slow cooker because we were going to be out all day, and after 8 hours it came out awesomely tender. It microwaved even more tender and flavorful over the next few days. No extra water was needed - it still made so much gravy - more than I know what to do with. Served over angel hair. Cut down the brown sugar by half (dad is diabetic) and didn't miss the rest - followed the recipe to a T otherwise.
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Chicken Curry Salad

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2014
Really loved this. Threw in some celery just because it's not a chicken salad to me without it, onion for the husband and a few dashes of cayenne pepper because I didn't have chili oil. The hubby chased me down to tell me how much he loved it. Always excited to have an extra poached chicken breast laying around now that I know what to do with it! Agree with the reviewer who said 1/3 cup mayo is perfect.
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Southwest Chicken Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2013
We *loved* this. Great flavor, very filling and easy to make. The filling dried out a little so will add another 1/4 cup of salsa next time. Tried it with a can of Rotel instead of the salsa and loved it more. Added 2 chicken breasts (not sure how much weight that ended up being), boiled with some salt, celery, onion, carrots and peppercorns then chopped. Cooked brown rice on the side (the full time, about a full cup of cooked rice) while the chicken was going - it added 20 minutes to the recipe but it was worth it. Added an extra half teaspoon of cumin because we also love it. Need to remember to prick a few fork holes into the crust (especially around the edge of the bottom) so that it doesn't shrink up next time.
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Scrumptious Chicken Vegetable Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2013
Quite good though it did not cook evenly in the microwave. The lentils were not done nor was the chicken after 25 minutes. We will do this over the stove next time. Halved the Italian seasoning (gives me heartburn) and used chicken thighs. Would like to try middle eastern spices next time - cumin and other things. But, healthy, quick and hearty. Can't complain.
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Apple Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2013
These are really good and moist as everyone promised - the hubby gobbled up a muffin and he's not even into baked goods (unless they are really moist - on the second muffin he actually said it was his favorite thing I've ever baked)! The muffin is really sweet (especially with the topping) - I will take it down to 1 cup of brown sugar next time (especially when apples are in season). Used honeycrisp apples. LDS girl was right - only half the topping is needed, I still had left over topping (and I even took a lot of it off since it was so sweet. Threw in a tsp of cinnamon into the batter and could see half a tsp of nutmeg or so really sealing the deal for the 'apple pie'ness. I got 12 perfect muffins out of this recipe! Also made buttermilk (never keep any on hand and didn't want to buy a whole thing for it) by putting 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and topping off with milk to make a cup, and letting that sit for 5-10 minutes.
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Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2013
This came out really good though I think I prefer just plain banana pancakes. They were big, fluffy, moist pancakes. I wish I had put in a teaspoon of cinnamon as others mentioned. I microwaved the peanut butter for around 35 seconds so it would stir in more easily and made sure to whisk hard while pouring it in so as to not scramble the egg with the hot peanut butter.
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Mexican Lasagna Lite

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2013
This is so tasty. We used no bake lasagna noodles because we don't like corn tortillas which worked out ok (they didn't totally rehydrate even though we made a good effort to cover every piece with sauce. We only had 1 can of enchilada sauce but that was plenty. The hubby branded this 'instant classic'. Oh, and it only made us 3 servings, not 6 :(. Also spread the refried beans with an offset spatula onto the lasagna noodles.
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