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Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas

Reviewed: Aug. 5, 2014
Using my food processor to chop everything up together made this super quick and simple. It was delicious and I will be making these often! A little sprinkle of part-skim mozzarella was all the cheese I needed.
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Pesto Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2013
These were pretty tasty, but I didn't like the texture of the meat with the breadcrumbs. I'd probably try an egg instead, or else less breadcrumbs. (It probably didn't help either that I had mixed panko in with my reg breadcrumbs and that was all I had.) I did not add the stated amount of salt in the burger nor on top, but I think it would be more flavorful to only sprinkle it on top. That's what we do with hamburgers and they're always fabulous. My kids loved these as well, thank you!
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Egg and Hash Brown Pie

Reviewed: Mar. 20, 2013
This tasted really good! Just remember to mix in a few shakes of salt and pepper. Instead of bacon, I used about 1/3 lb. cooked lean sausage, so maybe with bacon you may not need as much salt. I also diced up about 1/2 c. total of red and orange peppers and mixed those in. Used 6 extra large eggs, and can't imagine using less because it was more potatoey than eggy! I didn't thaw my hashbrowns first so it took about an hour to cook, but it was worth the wait! We had it for dinner and I think I'll put it on my monthly rotation.
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Apple Strudel Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
I did read reviews and meant to add cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter, but forgot! And yeah, it was a pretty bland muffin, even with extra cinnamon in the streusel topping. Also, I tripled the recipe because I had a lot of apples to use up and so I could freeze some for later, but instead of getting 36 muffins like I planned on, I got 42 regular-size, PLUS 42 mini muffins! I used every pan I had! But that's fine, my kids love muffins and will be glad to have them for later. In tripling the recipe, I first peeled and cored the apples then put them in the food processor. After each batch I put them in a measuring bowl and stirred in 1/4 c. white sugar, to leech the juice out, as another reviewer suggested. I ended up with about 5 c. apples for a triple batch. I put only 3/4 c. white sugar in with the apples. Then I creamed 1/2 c. butter, 1/2 c. white sugar and 1 c. brown sugar (cut the sugar way back). To that I added 1/2 c. oil, 1/2 c. applesauce, the eggs and vanilla. Then I mixed in the dry ingredients and folded in the apples. I added abt 3/4 c. oats to my streusel topping (for the triple batch: 1 c. brown sugar, 3 T. flour, 3/4 tsp. cinnamon, 3/4 c. oats and 3 T butter). There was enough streusel for the 42 reg. muffins but not the minis. By then I had realized there were no spices in the batter, so before scooping out the mini muffins I added cinnamon, nutmeg and a little allspice to the batter. They have a lot more flavor and I will definitely add those next time!
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Creamy Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
I thought this might be too good to be true, tasting great without any butter or cream, and for a lower fat soup it was decent, and for ease in preparation it's awesome! I thought about adding evaporated milk but decided to try 1% to see if you could get away with it, and it ended up being the perfect consistency to eat in a bread bowl, but if you want to boost the taste (and consequently the calories), I would use evaporated milk. It definitely helped to add cheese, I just wish I had sharp cheddar to boost the flavor. I would add less oregano however, it was a little overpowering. Luckily the kids ate it pretty well, even the non-broccoli lovers, so that's why I gave it 4 stars, for myself I would have given 3.
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Banana Oatmeal Cookie

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2012
These are actually quite good! It's nice to add a bit of nutrition to a cookie. I did half whole wheat flour and it wasn't really noticeable. Also did half butter/ shortening and half brown/white sugar also. And we did add a little bit of chocolate chips for good measure. Yum!
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Chex® Muddy Buddies® -- Gluten Free!

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2011
My kids have always loved this but about a year ago we found our youngest had a peanut allergy, so we've quit making anything with peanut butter. But my 7-year old son requested this today so we omitted the p.b. and used milk chocolate chips instead. Wow, it was still as irresistible as ever, if not more so! Only problem was the chocolate got too thick. Instead of microwaving on full power I would do it on half-power as it recommends on the bag of chips. Also, there was way too much powdered sugar so I'd decrease that to 1 c. I even added about 3 c. wheat chex and it was still great! So much for the workout this morning! :}
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2011
I wanted to make a fun, festive (but easy) treat for St. Patrick's Day today and these were perfect! I put in some green and blue food coloring until it was a nice green color. Then I put 3 small balls together and rolled a little snake for a stem and they came out as really cute shamrocks! I didn't have lemon extract or a lemon so I committed a culinary sin and used bottle lemon juice. I loved the taste of the cookies! So did my kids! We got 16 good-size shamrock cookies out of it.
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Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2010
These were just what I was looking for--healthy and easy! One problem I had was with the honey becoming a big mass when added to the cold milk, so I just nuked the wet ingredients for 30 seconds so I could easily stir it before adding it to the dry ingredients. I used 2 smallish apples, one tart and one sweet (Johnathon and Gala), but the tart one was actually better because it didn't lose its flavor like the sweet one, yet didn't taste tart either. I chopped them pretty small with a food chopper. The batter is thin, but it still cooks up nice and tender. If it were too thick it wouldn't get cooked inside. Just don't pour too much on because it will spread! I did add 1/2 tsp. extra cinnamon because of the extra apple, and it wouldn't have hurt to have even a smidge more. Also added 3/4 tsp. vanilla and that helped too. I also used whole wheat pastry flour which helps it not be so dense. If you're buying whole wheat flour at the store (as opposed to grinding your own) the pastry flour isn't that much more and you will love the lightness it adds to your whole wheat baked goods. Thanks, I love fabulous fall food!
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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2010
Oh how I love easy and delicious recipes! I love the sauce, but for my tastes, you could half it and still cover 8 fillets. Thanks for sharing!
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Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2010
I thought this was fabulous! I used 3 head of broccoli (it still didn't yield that much) and put the spears, the oil, garlic and 2 tsp. of parmesan cheese in a gallon-size bag to shake up together. After I laid it on the baking sheet I freshly ground the sea salt and pepper over it. They were delicious as is, but I did squeeze a small lemon wedge over my portion. It was good with that addition, but if I didn't have a lemon, I would just eat it as is. Yum!
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Vegetable Lo Mein Delight

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2010
I would give it a 3 but the rest of my family enjoyed it. I thought it had too many noodles, but my hubby who loves noodles, didn't. We thought it was going to be too runny and added a little more cornstarch, but I don't think you need to. After it sits it absorbs a lot. Also added some petite shrimp but you couldn't really taste them--it blended in with everything else.
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Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
Loved, loved, loved it! To fit it to what I had on hand I did 1 c. beef broth instead of the chicken, 1 qt. home-canned tomatoes instead of the 2 cans, and abt. 1/2 c. frozen white corn instead of hominy. I also used 1/2 a red pepper, small diced and sauteed it with the onion/garlic. I think it gave it a sweet flavor. Also only added 2 tsp. cumin so it wasn't too overpowering for the kids...it was perfect. I loved the butternut squash--it made it look beautiful and added extra nutrition. I didn't weigh my squash (I just have LOTS from my garden) but decided a half of a medium-size one was plenty. This is our preferred chili recipe now...Thanks!
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Stovetop Pork Chops and Potatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 12, 2010
I printed out this recipe years ago from this site and just found it last night and made it again and had to come and give my opinion. It is a simple and satisfying meal which my family really liked! The chops were a little tough, however, and the potatoes were quite soft, so I think I'll let it cook over low next time instead of med-low, or maybe not as long. I found that 5 small potatoes sliced about 1/4" thick worked great! I would not add more than a can of milk/water which is probably why some reviewers had theirs come out too soupy. Even if your potatoes aren't completely covered, as long as they've had a little bit of soup touch them they'll cook up fine. Thanks for the easy, yummy recipe!
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Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
I read on this site how to cook winter squash and it says when roasting squash, brush with oil or butter then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and brown sugar. I did it that way so I didn't have to add additional brown sugar to the soup and it was oh-so-yummy! Tasted it before adding cinnamon, decided to add it, and definitely liked it better with the cinnamon. DE-LISH!
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Pumpkin Pancakes

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2009
Doubled the recipe so I had some to freeze and pull out later for a quick breakfast. I already have a delicious pumpkin pancake recipe but there is about 3x as much fat in it, so I was looking for something a little healthier. This has a minimal amount of fat yet still delivers big taste and a very fluffy pancake. I even used half whole wheat flour and they were still quite fluffy, while still being thick and hearty so that you don't need to eat as many. Loved it topped with applesauce! So glad I have a better-for-us yummy pumpkin pancake recipe now!
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'Chinese Buffet' Green Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Great taste but they took much longer to cook to my desired preference and the sauce then got kind of gooey. I kept having to add more water. In the end it was worth all the work, but I'll need to find a better method to making them.
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Zucchini and Potato Bake

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Good flavors but too mushy. I'll have to try a different method next time.
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Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Followed the recipe but the coating was more dry than crispy and it kind of ruined it. It'd be better to spray it with an oil or butter spray first, but it was also nice to know it didn't have all the calories of a fried fish!
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Carol's Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2009
Nothing real special. Lacked some flavor for me.
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