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Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2006
I would actually give this a 4.75, only because I found the lasagna to be very watery. Next time I would cut down on the broth. Great tasting, though, and leftovers just as good or better. I used homemade veg broth, which I do for everything. Very easy to make -- just keep all the ends of veggies that you have in a bag in the freezer (carrot ends, broccoli stalks, onion bits, etc). When you have enough to fill a pot, cover them with water and boil until the veggies have basically nothing left! Drain and keep the "broth." You can compost or throw out the soggy veggies, and then freeze the broth for when you need it. Great way to recycle old bits of veggies, and couldn't be healthier or more natural!
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Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2007
Great recipe. Just add a bit more milk (or soy milk) and you're good to go! I make all the dry stuff in large, large batches, store, and then when ready, measure out the right amount of "mix" and add the wet. This way, we're all ready in the mornings!
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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 6, 2004
Wow! What a surprise! Really rich and filling -- and really tasty. I have two suggestions. 1) Cut back on the brown sugar a little bit. As is, it's a bit too much like dessert to compliment other menu items. 2) IMPORTANT: When scooping out the flesh from the skins, leave a little bit of the potatoe flesh there to retain the shape of the skin. I found that tracing with the spoon an oval shape of the flesh to be removed was an easy way to do this. Then I just scooped out what I'd traced out. Regarding foil or no foil, I've tried both. I think using foil is a bit better, as the skins don't risk burning at all. I do not use oil in either case. Great and surprising recipe! Walnuts are a great addition.
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Lasagna Roll Ups

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2007
This is a great idea for a recipe. I thought the cheese blend left a little to be desired in terms of taste, so next time I will liven it up by adding garlic powder, maybe some different cheeses and something like marinated artichoke hearts. But really good idea, and they look really neat. Worth the time it takes to prepare -- spent mostly on the rolling of each noodle.
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Quick Classic Gazpacho

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2005
I wish I could give this a 3.5 stars. This is a good, and useful recipe. It's quick, easy and fairly foolproof. I've used another recipe from this site that was better, and the main taste difference is the use of fresh versus canned tomatoes. That said, I specifically went looking for a recipe using canned b/c of the convenience. Considering this, this is a very good one. Taste is only marginally compromised by not using fresh tomatoes, and that's worth it when in a pinch. I'll make this again, I'm sure.
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2004
AWESOME!! So much better than I ever expected! The inner tortillas stay soft, while the outer one crisps a little. I added garlic to the onion, and sauted both onion and garlic first before adding the beans, which I think is a good idea. I also added fresh cilantro to one layer inside and to the top, which looked great. My husband said "This is the best meal you've made." I have also made it for dinner parties, and someone always asks for the recipe. We will definitely make the Mexican Casserole again and again.
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Sweet Pepper Pasta Toss with Kale

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2006
This is really good! The garlic & the cayenne really compliment the kale. I love the IDEA of kale -- it's soooo healthy -- but don't love the taste, so this recipe addressed that. Make sure you use one "packed" cup of kale, as it really shrinks in the cooking, so more is better here.
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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
Awesome! Can't believe I didn't think of it myself. It seems so simple, and is really, really good. Add 3 ice cubes to the blender to make it cool. I don't use the honey, as I find that too sweet.
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African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
As good as expected. I agree with others that spices can -- and should -- be increased. Certainly twice the chili powder, and a little cinnamon and/or cumin would be good too. I used various coloured bell peppers, all natural peanut butter, and white rice to cut down on the cooking time. Delicious. I bet it would be great with cilantro on top!
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Butternut Squash with Onions and Pecans

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2005
Using an acorn squash instead, I baked it so that the flesh was soft, and therefore, the dish was more of a squash mash. I added dried cranberries on someone else's recommendation, and I think it was this touch that put it up to a 4 star rating for me. The nuts are awesome, especially with the cranberries and parsley. Excellent!
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Satay Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2006
Excellent both in taste and in ease of preparation. Versitile recipe -- my husband had his on chicken, I had mine on tofu. Good with snow peas and other crunchy vegetables. I also have added ground ginger (1 tbsp or so) and a tsp or so of garlic chili paste. I think this latter could be increased, if you like spice. Really great recipe -- I won't be looking for another one.
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Oriental Green Bean Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2004
This is good! A nice change and an interesting way to use green beans. Because of what I had on hand, I made some alterations -- ground instead of fresh ginger; pinch 'a cayenne instead of red chile pepper; and omitted the oyster sauce. Still a good side dish, and I will make again. Thanks.
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Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 18, 2005
Tastes very authentic. Good easy recipe. Instead of fish sauce, I used soya sauce. I also used the food processor to chop & combine first few ingredients. I suggest mixing together everything but noodles first, as stirring noodles is difficult -- I used my hands in the end! My hubby added shrimp to his dish, and really liked that.
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Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles II

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2007
Great cookies. Light tasting, sweet, and they look great. I am not a baker, and they were pretty foolproof for someone like me! I used entirely whole wheat flour, and they were delicious.
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Pasta Con Broccoli

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2004
Quick & good. More veggies should be added, some peppers, and/or asparagus, for instance. I make this now and then because it's so easy and for the work it takes, very good. On other recommendations, I increase tomato sauce & broccoli, which was a very good idea. I have also used half & half rather than whipping cream, and it works just fine.
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Spaghetti Squash I

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2004
A satisfying and surprisingly delicious meal! I sometimes add spinach for the extra iron, and almost always add chick peas into this dish for the added protien (and taste!). I have at times used (a lot of) parmesan when I had no feta, and this works. The recipe definitely requires longer cooking of the squash -- I give it an hour. There are usually lots of left overs, as there are only two of us, so I usually I bake them in a casserole dish, and cover the top with grated mixed cheeses. Leftovers can also be added to whole grain pasta & a simple (ie: jarred) tomato sauce.
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Gazpacho I

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2005
Good recipe, and very flexible. By that I mean, you can play with the amount of tomatoes, vinegar, cucumbers, etc. I don't use the tomato paste at all, nor the eggs or olives. I've added red peppers at the end, red onion rather than regular, etc. Very good, and fun to make. My sceptical husband is now a convert!
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Pasta With Veggies In a Tahini and Yogurt Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2005
The beauty of this recipe is that it can include any vegetables that you like. In fact, I think there are far better choices than those suggested (and a lot more of them), including peppers of all colours, carrots, red onion, asparagus... Definitely too much water in the recipe; I use half of what's recommended. Parmesan cheese or feta cheese are both good toppings. I have also substituted 1/2 lime for the lemon and it's good. Good recipe, great taste. Leftovers also very good.
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Extra Simple BBQ Banana

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2005
My vote would have been a 4-star, but my husband didn't like it. So, three it is. Taste is good and interesting, and I like the hot + cold. I'll make again.
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Fresh Pear Crisp

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2008
Yup, good. But I think you could double the pear and be fine. It was a little thin/shallow for my liking. Otherwise, taste was great.
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