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Chewy Granola Bars

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2009
These are the best. I need nut free granola bars and want them to be preservative free and low in sugar. Good luck finding them in a grocery store. I used 1/2 butter melted, no sugar, 3/4 c. honey and 1/4 c. applesauce. I pressed them into a pampered chef large bar pan (similar to a cookie sheet), covered them with waxed paper and rolled them with a rolling pin. The first time I made them I took them out 1/2 way to roll them again (covered with waxed paper). I let them cool partially in the pan, cut them into 32 and wrapped them all indiv. and then put them into a large freezer bag and popped them into the freezer. They are delicious frozen and are perfect for popping into the kids lunch boxes in the am (the schools are nut free...hence my quest for a peanut butter free granola bar). They also make a healty breakfast choice when you are in a rush to get out the door (of course this depends on what you add for accessories....I tried craisins, white chocolate chips and sunflower seeds the first time....and semi-sweet mini choc chips with raisins and sunflower seeds the second time). I will be making these weekly during the school year FOR SURE!! Thanks SO much for this recipe!!
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2008
To ensure a thicker sauce I cooked the ribs on low for 3 hours with the cover on and then removed the cover for another 2 hours. Letting the ribs cool for an hour afterward also helped the sauce thinken up. We LOVED these ribs....as close as you can get to the real thing without a BBQ. Very moist and delish.
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Grilled Lamb with Brown Sugar Glaze

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
Very good...I discovered I like a savory lamb dish to a sweet one. This was my first "sweet" attmept. Then my 12 year old daughter gave me "heck" for cooking a baby sheep...so that did kind of ruin it for me I must say. Overall though...I would make it again.
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Old Fashioned Raisin Pie I

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2009
I have never had or heard of raisin pie before when a friend of mine commented "don't you just wish you could find raisin pie like mom/grammie used to make"....to which I said..."yuck". After the same fried had a radical surgery and tramatic diagnosis I made this pie for her and took it to her home. She loved it...closed her eyes and said..."it taste's just like my grandmothers". I would consider that a success!!
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Taco Pie

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2008
I would rate this recipe a 4 for ease of preparation and 3+ for taste, but since my 9 year old fussy eater thought it was amazing I am rating it up to a 4. I kept it simple and didn't add any extra vegetables but in the future to make it a bit healthier I think I will try making it with pizza dough, and add tomatoes, onions, olives and green peppers and hot peppers. I will chop them small and put them underneath the cheese so my 9 year old doesn't freak out :) I made this again using pizza dough instead of the crescent dough. I also use fat free cream cheese and lean ground beef fried without oil. It was even better than when using crescent dough and a LOT less fattening. I use this dish as a portable dinner (I let it cool and take it in the baking dish precut...it holds together surprisingly well) when I have to take my children directly to activities after school. I pack paper plates, plastic forks and knives, juice packs, raw carrots and dip....and off I go. The kids can eat in the van or at the activity site....and we AVOID drive through.
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese II

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2008
I thought this was a very tasty, rich cheesy recipe. The cheese overcooked so separated and the milk curdled so it wasn't so pretty to look at. I think my slowcooker cooks faster than most because almost all recipes on this site overcook if I follow the directions. I wouldn't cook this any longer than 2 hours on low total. I added the noodles raw and shut off the slow cooker and they were cooked perfectly in about 1/2 hour without any heat! I will make this again reducing the time dramatically. Thanks.
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Creamy Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2008
We loved this soup. My daughter especially liked the chunks of tomato. It was rich so next time I will decrease the cream cheese by half and add a bit more skim milk. I made this a second time using a can of crushed tomatoes instead of tomatoe chunks to please my son, reduced the cream cheese to 1/2 (used low fat cream cheese) and added enough skim milk to make it "soupy" to my liking. It was fantastic!!
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Apricot Brown Sugar Ham

Reviewed: Apr. 13, 2009
We loved this glaze. I used a brandied peach jam since I didn't have apricot. The foil stuck to my roasting pan...guess I should have expected this but it has been a pain to clean up. Next time I will spray the pan before adding foil. This will be my "go to" ham recipe from now on. Easy and delicious.
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West African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
Delicious. I added too much peanut butter (I prefer to bite into some peanut bits occ. so used crunchy pb) so will cut back to what the recipe calls for the next time. My goof up made it quite thick. Wonderful flavors.
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Maple-Curry Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 9, 2009
Absolutely delicious....I scaled it back to work for one chicken breast.....and omited the sugar....and it was sooo good. I was feeding myself and my four year old son so used medium (biryani) curry paste and we both loved it. I tossed it with a multi colored (veggie) spiral noodle.
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Kettle Corn

Reviewed: Nov. 22, 2008
I made this using white sugar, and my husband and I gobbled it up so quickly the kids barely had any! I used the 3 kernel test as recommended by another reviewer and popped the corn as I used to as a child.....holding the pot about 1 inch above the burner (on high) swirling the pot constantly. I toss/shake the pot every 15 seconds or so. When the popping slows I take the pot off the burner for a few seconds and swirl...put it back abover the burner for a few seconds to listen for more pops. If there are no more pops within 2 seconds you are finished. I toss for another 30-45 seconds while the pot is off the burner as it cools a bit. It sounds like hard work....but think of it as a great shoulder work out! I think I will add a tiny bit of salt next time ....as kettle corn in these parts is a sweet and slightly salty mix. great recipe...thanks.
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2008
I thought it was very moist and flavorful, but although I used a very low flavor oil and cut back on it I could still taste it. Next time I am going to substitite half of the oil with apple sauce. This recipe also makes great muffins. I got one loaf and 12 muffins out of one batch. I baked the muffins at the same temperature for about 18 minutes.
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Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Reviewed: Sep. 23, 2008
I used a can of cream of mushroom soup in place of part of the water in this recipe. Really liked it and will make it again.
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Spanish Rice Bake

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2008
I made this in an attempt to have a "made-ahead" dish, and to please everyone at the table. I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor because I've made similar recipes that turn out to be so-so, but this had a bit of zing that everybody liked. My daughter loves all food except rice, and even she enjoyed it!
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Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
I would give this a 5 star as it relates to converting a traditional meatloaf into a healty version...however...my family left bits behind and said it was "strange tasting". I make a lemon rosemary chicken on the grill that we all love so would make my grilled chicken over this in the future.
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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
Absolutely delicious. Woudn't change a thing.
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Mexican Lasagna

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
We all enjoyed this lasagna. The kids love the taco pie from this site and I thought this looked similar with added nutrition (if that can be said with all of that sour cream :). I will make this again.
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Asparagus with Sliced Almonds and Parmesan Cheese

Reviewed: Apr. 6, 2009
I would give it about 4 1/2 but the option isn't here I guess. My favorite asparagus is roasted with course salt, pepper and olive oil. This was however very tasty and very easy. My husband loved it and wants it added to our Easter dinner menue.
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Unbelievable Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2009
I printed this recipe off based on the ingredients and stars....but didn't look at the prep instructions. Of course when it came time to make dinner I didn't have time to marinate it for 8 hours nor was I going out in the snow to grill the chicken. In essence what I did was marinate partially frozen, boneless skinless chicken thighs in the marinade for about 4 hours. I think removed the chicken and placed it in a pie plate and baked it at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. The chicken was moist and extremely delicious!! I served it with roasted baby potatoes and steamed broccoli, This will become a regular dish in our house.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2008
This was a really nice change from the traditional savory gravy most roasts make. The end result was sligtly sweet and well liked by everybody. Oh...I did omit the butter as I didn't see the point of adding extra fat to the gravy...and the flavor was really nice without it.
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