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Spinach Enchiladas

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2010
I have made these a few times before, we love them that much! I added regular onion, jalapenos, minced cilantro and red bell pepper, oh, and I doubled the amount of spinach in addition to what the recipe called for. I also used FF cottage cheese blended in a food processor to make it smooth instead of ricotta. Instead of a red enchilada sauce, I used green and instead of mixing the sour cream inside the enchiladas, I mixed it with the enchilada sauce and poured over. Super delish, the whole family loved it! Note: In my opinion corn tortillas need to be lightly toasted to bring out their full flavor potential, however doing so makes them crispy and next to impossible to roll... Solution? Dip them in the enchilada sauce= instant rollability. :)
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Cashew Chicken Wraps

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2010
First, I followed the recipe exactly, no alterations at all. My entire family enjoyed this, even the picky 6 year old asked for more. I personally enjoyed it but it wasn't my favorite, but to be fair I am not a huge fan of honey mustard. My husband said it was perfect and so did the kids. Super easy too, SO thanks for the recipe. This will be a go to recipe for when I don't have a lot of time or energy to cook dinner!
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Eggplant Parmesan

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2010
I followed this recipe exactly except I added a smidge of fresh oregano with the basil because I have some in my garden. Served this over whole grain spaghetti seasoned with evoo, a pinch of garlic salt, parsley & pepper with steamed fresh green beans. Totally delish! I will make this again, only thing different is I may peel it (I personally liked the color of the peel) because my kids didn't like the texture of the peel. But definately a make again recipe! Yum!
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Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Dressing

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Absolutely Friggin' Delish! Followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing! A-may-ZING! Thanks Melxcloud!
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Baked Soy Lemon Chops

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2010
I used thin cut boneless pork chops, which cooked up in no time at all... I also baked them in the marinade because I didn't have a lot of time to marinade them (only about 20-30 minutes). Because I feared they would come out a bit salty I used half the soy sauce and replaced the rest with water, it worked well... Very Flavorful! Much different than those with like creamy gravy or breading. Nice zingy change of pace! Thanks for the recipe!
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Eggplant with Mushroom Stuffing

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2010
OMG! Fabulous! Even my 6 year old went GaGa over them... He came to me and pointed straight at it and said "This stuff is the total and complete and utterly the bomb Mom!" lol! I used whole wheat bread for the bread crumbs. I also used a mixture of Fresh Parsley, Fresh Basil & Fresh Oregano from my garden instead of just parsley. Topped it with a little bit of Parmesan instead of Swiss. Yum!
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Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2010
Followed the recipe but used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar because I didn't have enough. Added a smidge more sugar because balsamic is strong and added fresh basil from my garden. So Yummy!
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Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2010
My family loved these! I doubled the recipe and got 3 dozen out of them! WOW! I made my apple chunks big and when you hit one in a bite it was melt in your mouth delicious. I had absolutely no problems with over flowing but of course I didn't completely fill the cups either, filled them about 2/3-3/4 way full. With the topping the cups were full however. I also used silicone muffin "tins" and only had to bake them for only about 17 minutes at 400. I took the advice of others and severely cut the butter in the topping (I think perhaps this is what makes the big mess), for a double batch I only used 6 tablespoons butter (which amounts to about 1/4 plus 1/8 of a cup). I also used half brown and half white sugar for both the topping and for the muffins. I took someones suggestion and used half unsweetened applesauce and half oil to cut down on the fat factor a little. They did turn out a little flat but that is ok, we like heavier muffins here and these were delicious! Excellent way to use excess apples! Yum!!!
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Chicken and Herbs

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
I followed this recipe exactly... I didn't have chicken breasts though, so I used chicken breast tenders and cooked them at 425 for about 20 minutes. They were delicious! Wonderful flavor and moist! Will make these again for sure! Thanks!
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Potato Pancakes II

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2010
Yummy! These are a little tricky to get the hang of, sorta like real pancakes, the first few turn out a little funky but still good. I added chives from my garden to these potato cakes. Warning though, be careful how much salt you add to the cake recipe, depending how much salt you put in your original mashed potatoes. I didn't add any because my mashed potatoes were already seasoned enough in my opinion the first time around. Thanks for the recipe, I will come back to make these again when I am questioning how to use leftover mashed potatoes! Tasty!
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Spicy Roasted Edamame

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2010
Followed the recipe to a T! Thought they were delicious! I do agree that cayenne would be a nice addition and even garlic powder but over all this recipe was great! Thanks!
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Scrumptious Salisbury Steak in Mushroom Gravy

Reviewed: Aug. 6, 2010
I used 93% fat free ground beef, fresh mushrooms instead of canned and used only 2 cups of milk and 1 cup beef broth. Instead of butter and flour I used about 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce and 2 1/2 tablespoons corn starch to thicken the gravy. Tried to make on of those comfort food dishes a smidge healthier... Yum!
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Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
Made them exactly as directed and they were delicious! Made the vegetarian people at my recent party VERY happy because a lot of stuffed mushrooms call for sausage and these didn't. I used baby bella (baby portabello) mushrooms and sliced off an ever so slight amount off the bottom of each cup, so they didn't roll while stuffing and cooking. So these were a complete hit! Thanks so much!
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Herbed Deviled Eggs

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
First of all, I don't know if I can give this recipe a fair rating because I allowed my 13 year old son to make them and he accidentally used tablespoons of mustard and not teaspoons. So I had to doctor it up a little... thank goodness I made extra boiled eggs! I added mayo because he forgot that... after so much mustard it was quite watery, not to mention mustardy. So I took some of our more questionable looking egg whites (falling apart or looking like they might) and put the yolk mixture in my food processor, added about 4 egg whites and blended it till smooth. Turned out pretty good, the herbs were a nice touch and they were gone quite fast. Will try these again and supervise a little better next time. :)
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Spicy Coconut and Lime Grilled Shrimp

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
Let me tell you... I never, I mean NEVER ever want to eat any other kind of shrimp other than these again! OMG! They are utterly delicious! I did change it slightly... I was having a party consisting of 50+ people coming so I had to up the quantities. Upon reading other reviews, I made the following changes... I used 6 pounds of shrimp, 9 jalapenos, 5 large lime (just the juice, I guess in my rush, I didn't remember to zest them), 7 heaping tablespoons minced garlic, 2 cups fresh cilantro, 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, 1 cup oil & 1 cup soy sauce. I also added one can of coconut milk to the mix. Zipped everything through my food processor and marinated the shrimp for 3-4 hours. My marinade was not thick but it was chunky and when I skewered them, I made sure I didn't shake anything off of them, so what stuck to the shrimp stayed on the shrimp. Hubby grilled them up and these were cleared out in no time at all! Even my husbands family who usually doesn't comment on the food was asking what was in them! That tells me something... Yum! I can't wait to eat these again!
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Quick and Easy Pancit

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
I split this recipe into two, sorta. I cooked up the meat, I used the recommended chicken plus shrimp, on request from my hubby (who is Filipino). Removed them from the skillet. Cooked up the veggies as directed, added the soy sauce and the noodles and cooked it up. Because I was making this for a party that consisted of vegetarians and people allergic to shrimp, I split the noodles into two, one without the meat and another with the meats placed on top with the lemon wedges. I got rave reviews from my husbands family. Very authentic and they were surprised I made it. I can make lumpia, adobo and now, Pancit with the best of them! Thanks for this "Quick & Easy" recipe!
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Persian Kabob

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
These were quite good. I marinated them for about 24 hours and they came out very tender. Even guests who say they normally don't like grilled beef because it is too tough, complimented on them. Next time I will definately add salt and pepper though, in my opinion they needed it but I will make these again. Thanks!
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Honey Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
I totally agree with other reviewers of this recipe, fruit salad should only be eaten like this! It is so good. The dressing made with honey to mask the effects of the lemon to keep the fruit from browning is ingenious. Works with virtually any fruit. I used blueberries, strawberries, apple, cantelope, red grapes and kiwi. Thank you for this totally awesome recipe. I will be using this for many years to come!
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Bada Bing Bada Banged Potatoes

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2010
These were VERY good! I used baby red potatoes and used the bottom of a glass to smush them, they squished rather well. Wasn't able to toss them with anything but took the advice of another reviewer and sprinkled on one side and then sprinkled on the other. I also attempted to put them in the fridge over night and warm them when it was time to serve. That would have worked if I had the for sight not to cook them on a foil lined pan! They stuck to the foil! lol So these turned into more of a hash for me but everyone at the party I served them at, loved them and several asked for the recipe, so it worked out well! Thanks for the recipe... was tasty!
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Jalapeno Chicken

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2010
The recipe doesn't include the stuffed part, I have been wanting to experiment with stuffed chicken for a while, so I took this recipe, used chicken breasts and stuffed it with a mixture of... 1 tablespoon light sour cream, 1/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese, 6 wedges of light laughing cow (for 6 breasts), green onion, cilantro, chives, minced garlic, seeded diced tomatoes, the other half of the jalapeno (minced) and 1 tablespoon of the rub that is on the outside of the chicken... I think this recipe would be delicious without the stuffing too, I followed this recipe to a T almost, except I quickly browned each side of the chicken in a fry pan real quick, like others suggested, then put them in a casserole. Prepared the sauce, poured about a half cup over them and basted it throughout cooking... This was SO good! Yum Yum Yum!
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