Northstar Profile - (1274652)


Home Town: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Banana, Chocolate, and Almond Breakfast Oatmeal
I gave this 3 stars because I think a recipe should be rated AS IT IS, and as it is it's too sweet and rich for most people. I tweaked it a bit and thought it was great, and if you want to make it healthier, you can make these changes: reduce the sugar to 1 T as it is really way too sweet otherwise, and sub the sugar for artificial stevia-based sweetener; reduce cocoa to 1 teaspoon and add a scoop of chocolate whey protein. That will give you the right macronutrient balance between carbs and protein, in case you are like me and oatmeal without more protein will leave you with low blood-sugar or hungry within an hour or two. Use skim milk or almond milk ---- it works just as well. In sum, here is what worked for me: old-fashioned rolled oats: 1/2 cup with 1 cup skim milk, mixed with 1 teaspoon cocoa, the almond extract, and 1 T Truvia (Krisda is the same thing if that's what you have in your area). Mixed together and microwaved on medium for five minutes. Stirred in 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder and the banana afterwards, along with the almonds. If the oats seem watery add a bit more whey protein. Ate with 1/4 cup almond milk and it was soooo good.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 7, 2014
Grilled Rosemary Pork Chops
Turns out great as long as you add about 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. One fat garlic clove, pressed, also enhanced it. With those changes it's super good, and the soy sauce is not at all overpowering; for those who found this too salty, I used low-sodium soy sauce and that worked just fine. I did not add any extra salt, but it was not too salty either. Just right. Marinated three hours.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2013
Pretty Chicken Marinade
I don't get it. The pepper way overpowers everything if you follow it as written. It was so, so bitter from the pepper and I did everything exactly as written. Cutting the pepper in half and adding one T of honey made a huge difference, and with those changes it is a good marinade. Pretty and tasty. You can marinate chicken overnight. It is fish that should not be marinated long, no more than two hours.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2013
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