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Fava Bean Breakfast Spread

Reviewed: Apr. 28, 2009
Really like this and it's a keeper! I have had some variation of this before at home when my sister would make it for my dad or dad would make it. We are not egyptian nor lebanese so the way they made it was just to their liking not necessarily following a passed down traditional recipe. At any rate, I followed the method described by the reviewer adrienn8243 and I was absolutely happy with the final product. I used almost 3 cloves of garlic added after the onions and tomatoes sauteed then dumped the beans with water they boiled in and the water reduced as I continued to cook the dish so it was not soupy at all plus I mashed all the beans in the pan. Added abt a couple tsp of tahini and some lemon juice. Delicious, quick, and easy to make.
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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2009
Pretty good. I would make this again but might make some changes. I followed the recipe quantities as is but used only one can of each type of bean. Firstly, this makes enough to serve 8 as indicated on the recipe and that quite a bit of food when all done. I couldn't imagine myself using the 2 cans of beans for each type. If I make again I will cut recipe in half because I'm just cooking for one. Also, for some reason my basmati rice was slightly on the mush side. I followed other reviewers suggestion of decreasing broth so I guess next time I will use spices with water to cook basmati so it comes out the way I usually make the rice. I'll probably leave out the turkey next time as it was a bit pricey and I think it will be just as tasty with beans only. I added a small side salad or topping of tomatoes and cucumbers in lemon juice, olive oil, s&p and thought it complimented the dish.
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Veggie Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2009
Great Texture! This was my first time making a veggie burger using oats. I was happy with the texture of these as they were not mushy like bean burgers which I also like. My finished burgers ended up lacking in flavor but it may be a result of my adjustments to get patties to form. So my review is mostly based on texture results. I had issues with the the mixture forming patties so I added another egg then added flour then I felt like it still needed something else and added more oats. For veggies I used a green bell pepper and the called for onions and carrots. I threw in some crushed walnuts and used a little feta cheese instead of cheddar. I'm going to have to tweak this to infuse some kind of flavor but I am thrilled about the texture. Even when I was ready to form patties with the mix out of the fridge they almost seemed like they might fall apart. I dredged them in flour on all sides and cooked them on the cast iron skillet and nothing fell apart. Because of the lack of flavor issue and depending on your modifications I would recommend that you test fry a single patty and then do a taste test. It doesn't take long to fry and you'll have the chance to adjust the seasoning if needed.
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Three Bean Salad

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2009
Fantastic. I followed the recipe exactly except that I did not have green onions so I used red and I dashed on the cayenne pepper to control for my liking instead of using the recommended measurement. I like the nuttiness of the garbanzo beans and I think the salad would have been just ok without them so be sure not to skip them unless you don't like garbanzos. Thanks for a quick, simple, and tasty recipe!
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Lebanese-Style Red Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2009
Love It! I was looking for something to serve over rice and this looked like it might work. Another reviewer mentioned that he/she did that and so I went for it. I am cooking for one so I downsized recipe and made some reviewer suggested modifications: 2 15 oz. cans 33%less Na Chicken Broth 1 cup split red lentils (that's all supermarket had) several baby carrots chopped and thrown with above to cook as recipe indicates. For onions I used probably half a med/large onion (eyeball it) sauteed and then near end sauteed 1 large and 1 smaller size garlic clove shredded small. This thrown in with above as per recipe and then added a little more than 1/2T cumin and 1/4 tsp cayenne. Boiled a bit longer than indicated bc I didn't plan on blending and threw in some dried cilantro (didn't have fresh on hand) and some bottled lemon juice (several squirts.) Served this over basmati rice. This is a keeper! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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Pasta With Veggies In a Tahini and Yogurt Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2009
Great! I did tinker the recipe (actually used the recipe as a guide and did my own thing.) This is a keeper and it seems like one can go in many directions in terms of veggies and added spices herbs. I used mostly the same ingredients (but for eg. used low fat yogurt instead and diff veggies) and eyeballed quantity bc I planned to use 1/2 box of ziti. I used a full bag frozen veggies. I sauteed chicken cut up with chopped onion. Threw in some chopped fresh parsley. I added cumin and paprika and ground cayenne to the sauce. Also I did not added the recommended water to the sauce I ended up saving pasta water to thin down if needed after all was mixed. The sauce I added after everything was mixed to avoid curdling as per one of the other users suggestions (avoiding heating over a flame.) It worked. I am curious to try this with kalamata olives and sauteed red peppers or another time with mushrooms. BTW, the sauce has a tang to it.
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Dry Ranch Style Seasoning for Dip or Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2009
Very good...tastes like ranch even with reduced fat sour cream and mayo! Gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because I think the salt content might be too high. I read reviews first and so reduced the salt. I used 1/2 tsp (which is almost too salty in itself) with 1 cup buttermilk; abt 1/4 cup sour cream (this was all I had) and abt 1/4 or more mayo. I didn't have parsley. But it tastes like ranch to me. I also cut down pepper based on previous reviews. My recommendation is to add salt and pepper to taste. Oh, and yes I added dry dill weed based on the other reviews.
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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2008
I liked this quite a bit. I usually like spicy food on a regular basis and this was a good change. It is simple flavors yet tasty. I made it twice before and the second time I think the lentils were overcooked so it was not that great but the first time was perfect. I used red lentils. I like the celery added at the end after the lentils are cooked bc it adds a contrasting crunch to the rest. If you like super spice dishes this is not for you. It is simple yet flavorful in my opinion. It's a keeper for me.
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Taco Seasoning I

Reviewed: Dec. 23, 2008
I liked the seasoning. I think I used all of it on 1 to 1.5 lb grnd beef and after cooking for a bit added about 1/2 cup water and maybe 1T or so of flour mixed with a tad of water. Wanted to add tomato paste but had none so I threw a dash of ketchup in there. I plan to use this as my regularly when I make taco beef.
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