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Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Taco Casserole
As always, I read the most helpful reviews and then modify the recipe with the suggestions I like. This was really good with some modifications of my own. First, I used Tostitos Hint of Lime corn chips. I crushed some in the bottom of the casserole dish and covered it with most of a can of nonfat refried beans to make a sort of crust. Then I put in a layer of chopped cilantro - this really added to the flavor and color. I fried the onion along with the beef, drained the fat, then added the taco seas. with water per packet directions. I replaced the tomato soup with a can of Rotel. I also added a can of pinto beans, can of corn, and small can of chopped green chilies. This way, it was really colorful, but it made a ton of filling. I'll be using what didn't fit into the casserole as "taco soup". I should have drained the cans first, because it came out really soupy, and I had to strain it anyway before I put it in the casserole. I left the chips off the top until serving. Baked it for only about 20 min. Topped with more crushed chips and sour cream, and Ole'! Husband really liked it, and I had two servings.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2011
Spinach Lasagna with Walnut Pesto
This was a pretty good recipe. I wanted to tweak my regular lasagna to add some spinach. This one fit the bill. I used jarred pesto instead of making my own because my husband doesn't like walnuts. I used my food processor on fresh spinach leaves, which made it blend really well with the pesto. I liked the way the tomato sauce balanced out the pesto/spinach combo, although I thought the amount of spinach and pesto it called for was a little overpowering. I added mushrooms and 1/2 lb of ground sausage and 1/2 lb of ground beef because my husband doesn't call it dinner unless it has meat. I gave it 4 stars because of the overpowering taste of the pesto and the noodles on top got pretty tough. I advise just skipping the last layer of noodles and putting the cheese on top of the last layer of pesto. It was a nice change. All in all though, I think I'm going back to my usual lasagna recipe.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2011
BBQ Pork for Sandwiches
This recipe is so easy and so delicious! I'm not that creative in the kitchen, and I was a little intimidated about separating the meat from the fat and the bone (I followed an earlier suggestion of buying meat on the bone because it's cheaper), but it was so easy! I put it in the crockpot for two hours on high and 6 hours on low, and the meat just fell off the bone. The "pulling" part took way less time than I expected. I love BBQ sandwiches, and I couldn't wait to taste a little before my husband got home. It's out of this world! I'm serving it tonight with Hidden Valley Ranch potatoes and green beans. I will definitely make this again for just the two of us, and I can't wait to make it for a crowd.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2010

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