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Ham and Split Pea Soup Recipe - A Great Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2013
My kids didn't really care for split pea soup 'til one day I made this. Now they love it! This recipe is so super easy, and I think the ham makes it a heartier dish. Enough to just eat this as the main entree with some bread on the side. I usually season my food really well, but I think the ham adds so much flavor that salt and pepper are not really necessary at the end. It's delicious just as is. Two big thumbs up from my household!
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Cabbage Jambalaya

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2013
Very easy to prepare and quite tasty. I used beef broth instead of plain water, smoked turkey sausage, threw in 4 cloves of garlic and 3/4 tsp salt instead of the garlic salt. Great recipe to get my kids to eat cabbage. There was plenty of leftovers since it makes a huge pot of it. I'm sure they'll be gone by the next time around though.
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Spinach Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2012
Very easy and tasty. I shredded the carrots in the food processor, and added 4 cups of chicken broth instead of water for added flavor. I also added 2 1/2 c more water since I like my lentils more soupy, added a tiny bit of ground cumin and let it simmer for probably an additional 45 minutes since I like my lentils extra soft. In the future I may add some chopped bacon for another dimension of flavor, and maybe omitting the spinach and adding cilantro instead. Garbanzos or small noodles I think would also make it more appealing to my children. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
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Sweet Corn Muffins

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2012
I'm a veteran baker (of cookies, cakes, pies, WHATEVER), and I was looking for a sweet corn muffin recipe to try to satisfy my husband's craving. Well, this recipe tastes good and is easy to make. But I don't usually bake muffins in paper cups. Usually only cupcakes if I'm making them for my kid's class at school. Just a waste of money if you ask me. So I generously greased my muffin pan before I poured this batter in . . . . and I still could not extricate these muffins from the pan without pretty much pulling apart the tops from the rest of the muffin almost every time. What a horrible, crumbly mess. So if you don't mind using the liners every single time, then go ahead and try this. I'm not gonna bother. I'm still on the lookout for another recipe because I'm not baking this one ever again, that's for sure.
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2012
Super easy recipe. I took a previous reviewer's advice and substituted whole wheat flour and flax seed meal for the flour in the recipe, and I also made the cranberry/orange variation using my food processor. These came out great! I couldn't wait for them to cool when they were done. I essentially grabbed one straight from the pan, and I was not disappointed.
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Sausage and Zucchini Lasagna

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2011
This is definitely one recipe that's going in our regular rotation. I've tried other recipes that contained veggies, but this one was super easy to prepare and even my pickiest 5 year old son liked it. (even though at first he claimed he didn't, but he polished it off eventually) My 3 year old said this was "tasty!" I used a premium pork sausage from Aldi. I also used a tomato basil spaghetti sauce. Overall, the flavor was seasoned enough I didn't really have to add any more salt or garlic. Next time I'm gonna try the low fat ricotta if I can find it. If not, this recipe is fine just the way it is.
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Teriyaki Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2011
This is a very good basic recipe. And if my children will eat it, then it's a keeper. I used brown sugar instead of white granulated, boneless skinless thighs instead of a whole chicken because we don't care for white meat, and ground ginger instead of fresh since that's all I had on hand. I also added probably three more garlic cloves since we love garlic in my house, and I added about a teaspoon of sesame oil for some added flavor. Baked the chicken for probably 45 minutes and served over white rice with broccoli and carrots on the side and used the sauce over everything. Yum!
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Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice)

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2010
So easy and so delicious! I would say the only changes I made were to use fresh garlic instead of the Goya minced, and I didn't need the sliced pimientos for garnish. It was great without it. And I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs which was what I had on hand. Next time I'll try cutting the oil down to 2 tbsp. to cut down on fat a little. But the whole family loved this, and my kids can be pretty picky eaters. Two big thumbs up!
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Spinach Brownies

Reviewed: May 18, 2010
I had some organic baby spinach my mom wasn't going to use, so she gave it to me to figure out what to do with it. When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. I did have to make some changes according to the ingredients I had on hand; I substituted 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour since I had more of the ww flour on hand. I also had more cheddar than mozzarella cheese available, so I probably shredded two thirds of cheddar and one third of the mozzarella. I also thought that this could be made just a little bit better by substituting half of the spinach called for with artichoke hearts since I had a bag of artichoke hearts sitting in my freezer for what seemed like forever. And spinach and artichoke just naturally go together so well. So I defrosted a 12 oz. bag of artichoke hearts and finely chopped them and sauteed them in the pan with 2 tbsp of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (the other 2 tbsp of ICBINB got melted and tossed into the batter) the chopped onion, added two cloves of garlic and s&p, and the 6 cups of fresh spinach that I used got sauteed with the onion/artichoke mix at the end. Once the mixture was in the pan, I sprinkled some parmesan cheese over the top and baked it. Yum! My husband didn't even want to share with the kids, and my 19 month old had two pieces and wanted more. I think with the changes I made, this turned out to be an awesome recipe, and finally a way I can get my kids to eat veggies. And that's always good.
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White Bean Tabbouleh

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2010
This salad was really tasty. I had some bulgur wheat sitting in my cabinet unused, so I decided this was the recipe to try it with. I didn't have white beans so I substituted with butter beans. It was fine. Also used a whole red sweet pepper instead of half a yellow one. And definitely needed some chopped fresh avocado. Made a great addition to this salad. Maybe for some extra Mediterranean flair next time I'd also chop up some kalamata olives to add a little punch. Overall a great recipe. My husband, who gave up meat entirely for Lent, couldn't stop raving about it. This one's a keeper.
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Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2009
I had a huge amount of swiss chard that was given to me by my sister from her garden, and didn't know what to do with it 'til I found this recipe. I substituted yellow onion and garlic for the shallots and green onions since that was all I had on hand, and from there I just doubled the recipe and made it in my huge skillet. Very tasty. My husband and I both loved this. Since I still have enough swiss chard left to make another batch of this, I'll definitely be making this again.
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Banana Banana Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2009
This is a super easy recipe, and I made the following changes: added 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup chocolate chips, and spiced it up with 1/4 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ground ginger. Baked this as muffins instead for 20 minutes at 350 degrees and they came out perfectly. Made enough for about 20 muffins. My kids loved this. Yum! I think next time I make this, I may toss in some coconut (although this recipe is sweet enough) or include 1 cup raisins instead of the chocolate chips. Great basic recipe.
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Sweet and Sour Pork Patties

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2007
I tried this recipe for ground beef since that was what I had on hand and we very rarely have ground pork in the house. I also combined tips I followed from several reviewers and adapted my recipe as follows: I made meatballs, placed them on an ungreased nonstick cookie sheet and baked them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I added 1 tsp each of ketchup, dijon mustard and worcestershire, 1/4 tsp each of Chinese spice and ground ginger, and added some black pepper. But I think the black pepper was overwhelming. I'll omit it next time. The recommendation for coordinating this with the Sweet and Sour Sauce II recipe was a good one. That's what I used to go with the meatballs and served over white rice. Both my toddlers enjoyed this. DH loved it. I'll definitely be making this again.
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Lemon-Maple Butternut Squash

Reviewed: Dec. 1, 2007
Wow . . . . . YUM! DH loved this so much he asked me to double it (or even triple it) and bring it to dinner on Christmas Eve, with enough left over to bring some the next day to my in-laws' for Christmas Day. Very easy, healthy and very, very tasty. :o)
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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2006
This is a very quick and easy recipe. I followed this exactly, but I think the seasonings were a bit much for my 3 year old. The recipe calls for a tsp. of black or white pepper (I used black pepper), but I thought the taste was a bit overpowering for her so next time I think I will skip the pepper altogether and just add the salt. I added an extra potato and more ham than was called for and simmered the soup for a bit longer 'til the potatoes were really tender. We will be making this again.
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Albondigas

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2006
This was good -- but next time I would add more seasoning to the meatballs. They were kind of bland. Probably some garlic and basic salt and pepper would do. Possibly also some cumin. Also, be very careful what kind of salsa you add to this (or possibly substitute plain tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce). I had a jar of chipotle salsa on hand, and I know chipotles are hot. So I only added half of what the recipe called for, and it still turned out too spicy and I love hot food. So I ended up adding about a cup of fat-free sour cream to this to cut the heat, and that made it mild enough for my three-year old to be able to eat it. She loved the final result! I also added an extra diced potato to this. Very quick and easy dish, and if you make this mild, young children may even enjoy it. Mine sure did.
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Asian Beef Skewers

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2006
We made this recipe for our Labor Day cookout yesterday, and they went fast! My husband forgot to add the ginger to the marinade and they still turned out great. I think he added a little bit of dark sesame oil to the marinade as well. We'll be sure to include the ginger next time for extra flavor. Both my sister and best friend demanded the recipe. We're doubling this recipe next time!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2006
This salad is so quick and easy and very yummy. The strawberries add such a fresh taste and the dressing is just sweet enough to complement the strawberries. My husband was skeptical before he tried it, but he quickly had seconds. I will be making this again and again.
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Frosty Strawberry Squares

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2004
This recipe is so easy and so yummy. Just make sure you freeze it the whole six hours it says or it will be too soft. This is a big hit with my whole family. A nice alternative to making a cake. I highly recommend it!
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Black Bean Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2002
I've made this salad a couple times since trying it. Very easy, and no cooking involved. I've omitted the pimentos, but the salad doesn't need it. I love black beans, so I put equal parts black beans and corn. Also, I'd add a red or yellow bell pepper for more color and a little more sweetness than the green. Don't skimp on the cilantro, and for some additional punch add a little more jalapeno pepper. Delicioso!
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