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Confetti Beef Taco Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2014
I use two ways to decrease the sodium. I use "fresh salsa" from the deli, sometimes called pico de gallo. It's not cooked or canned. Mix the salsa with an equal amount of light or fat free sour cream. Use as a dressing on your tacos or taco salad. If you plan to add pinto beans, cook your own (control the sodium) or you can buy canned "no added salt" pinto beans. I also buy a "MEXICAN SEASONING" or "FIESTA MEXICAN SEASONING". It is sodium free and cheaper than buying all the different spices to make your own seasoning. I buy it at a local food coop or Sprouts. I also have two companies I can order from which is where the coop & Sprouts get their supply. Try FRONTIERFOODS.COM or BULKFOODS.COM. The only difference between the two seasonings is Fiesta has tomato powder added to it. Excellent flavor and definitely saves money. If you want to use chicken for your tacos or taco salad it is best to cook in slow cooker. Use boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breast), pour bottled salsa over & cook on low for about 6 hours. Make sure the chicken is submerged so it doesn't dry out. Shred the chicken with a fork & return to slow cooker to warm it up. Chicken is much lower in fat & calories.
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Quick-and-Easy Steak Marinade

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2014
The marinade also tenderizes the steak. Any marinade with acid (tomato, vinegar, citrus juices, pineapple juice, etc.) will tenderize. I leave my meat in marinade over night or all day, but no longer. If you leave it too long the meat texture changes and gets "mushy". And don't try to save calories by omitting the oil. Your meat will turn out dry. I don't have an outdoor grill, so I grill in my G Foreman grill. For room temperature meat and 1" thick meat, I cook for 6 minutes on preheated grill. Perfect medium rare, tender & juicy!
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Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2014
It needs a little fine tuning but overall is quite good. Cut your chicken in long strips for ease in grilling. I actually don't cut my chicken until it is cooked & has rested. I make my sauce with half Greek yogurt & half sour cream to cut a bit of the tang. Try a peeled English cucumber; you won't have so many seeds to deal with. We go to a local Greek Festival every July and eat delicious authentic Greek food made by the members of a Greek Orthodox church. They also serve fresh baked baklava. If you ever get the chance to attend one of these Festivals it's worth your time, effort & $$.
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Make-Ahead Baked Egg Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 16, 2013
So many variations are possible for this recipe. This is something I made for years and would eat on the way to work. I use toasted English muffins. They have less fat and are a little more sturdy than the croissant. I bake half the amount of egg in an 11 X 7 pan and add omelet style veggies (diced onion, bell pepper, diced green chiles). I use eggbeaters. A thin slice of Canadian bacon is a nice substitute for ham slices & use 2% sliced cheese. I wrap them individually and put them in a gallon zippered storage bag to keep the freezer burn away. Take one out and let it thaw in the frig overnite. In the morning they heat a little more evenly that way.
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Slow Cooker Dump and Go Cheesy Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2012
I was all set to put this recipe on the menu. Then I looked at the nutrition, specifically the amount of sodium in the canned soups. OUCH! I would love the convenience of this recipe but can't make it or serve it due to the sodium which is almost a full day's worth. I wish Campbells would come out with a line of LOW SODIUM condensed soups.
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Best Fried Walleye

Reviewed: Jul. 27, 2012
This is the traditional way of preparing walleye along with northern pike found in the fresh water lakes in northern Minnesota. My Grandma used to prepare it this way and it truly is the best fried fish!
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Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Pops

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2012
Wow - only 37 calories per pop. Healthy ingredients, easy to prepare, delicious...what more could you ask for? And think of the other fruit flavor combinations that you could make with seasonal fruit. Next I will try one with apple or white grape juice and cantaloupe. Or maybe some fresh pineapple with orange pineapple juice.
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Whole Egg Mayonnaise

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2012
I use very little mayo in my diet as I try to eat low fat and simply don't really care for mayo. However, this recipe is outstanding when mayo (or salad dressing) is needed. Wonderful in tuna & egg salad, potato salad & creamy coleslaw. I use about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly minced or pressed garlic, dijon mustard & minced fresh tarragon. I grow herbs in my kitchen window so will have fun experimenting with other herbs. Will also try my homemade raspberry vinegar. So many ideas & options! A big thanks to the inventor of stick blenders as nothing else emulsifies very well. :-)
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Tuna Melts

Reviewed: Jun. 20, 2012
Serve with chicken noodle soup for a quick cold weather lunch. Use lightly toasted english muffin, add finely diced celery and top with thin tomato slice. I use a 1:1 ratio of drained water packed tuna to mayo as the celery & onion add a little moisture to the spread. Serve with celery & carrot sticks along with a dill pickle spear. Great for a quick "no brainer" lunch......and a good way to sneak some veggies in for those picky kids.
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Microwave Corn on the Cob

Reviewed: Jun. 8, 2012
Leave your corn in the husk. Microwave 3 - 5 minutes or until you can smell the cooked corn. Let it rest in the husk (it steams the corn) for 15 + or - minutes. Husk the corn when serving which is much easier once it has been cooked. Smells and tastes so fresh!
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Honey Butter

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2012
Try this on bran muffins hot & just out of the oven. Nirvana!
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Waffled French Toast

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2012
What a nice alternative to using up a loaf of stale bread. I made this with a multi grain sandwich bread and it was delicious! I add about a 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract and a dash of apple pie spice to the eggs and milk. Used fresh blueberries instead of the strawberries. What a treat!
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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2012
Tasty, easy, economical but way TOO much sodium! Next time I will use dried onion instead of onion soup mix and omit the au jus mix. I also make home made cream of ??? soups that are much lower in sodium than the canned. Fresh sliced mushrooms would be good in this sauce also.
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Mini Cheesecakes

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2011
Been making these for many years. They are nice for entertaining, showers, holidays, etc. I like to top them with fresh fruit and then glaze with a warm apricot jam. So pretty & always well-liked. Try kiwi & blueberries, raspberries & blackberries, sliced strawberries, etc.
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Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2011
The applesauce doesn't go well with the cream. If I make it again I will use apple pie filling chopped into small pieces and double the cinnamon to 1 tsp. I am also debating about using apple pie spice instead of the cinnamon. And I will put it in my Cuisinart ice cream machine. :-)
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Cinnamon Coffee Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2011
A nice treat with a cup of coffee and the morning news. Try using Hershey's cinnamon chips instead of the chocolate chips and we prefer using pecans.
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Pumpkin Pie Squares

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2011
I have made these for Thanksgiving dinner several times. They are small and nice to serve when there are several desserts to choose from. Tastes just like pumpkin pie with a "nutty" crust that is better than pie crust. I use an 11 X 7 baking pan for better crust coverage. Just before serving I garnish each square with aerosol whipped cream "blossoms" & dust with a light coating of cinnamon. Family favorite!
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Thai Salad with Whole Grain Brown Rice and Chicken

Reviewed: Oct. 11, 2011
Serving this for dinner tonight. I just finished putting it all together and had to check it for "quality assurance". It is a wonderful combination of flavors. Very refreshing & would make a great salad during warm weather. When I serve it I will garnish with finely shredded carrot and chopped peanuts.
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Easy Stromboli

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
I baked mine on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and no problems with a soggy crust. Here's another trick. Add some crushed fennel seed and red pepper flakes to the ground beef when browning. The stromboli will taste like it has Italian sausage but you can have the low fat benefits of extra lean ground beef.
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Family Secret Meatballs and Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
This recipe looked so yummy but it is much too salty to be placed in our meal rotation. You can cut the salt to 1/2 tsp with the meat. But the ketchup is still a problem unless you make homemade ketchup. One serving of this recipe contains 2/3 of our daily sodium intake.
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