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Zesty Chicken and Potatoes

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2013
I thought this recipe was pretty gross... I did make it as listed but used chicken thighs instead of breasts. Followed everything else to the letter. It was easy to make so that was appreciated, but I ended up throwing it all away so the ease really didnt matter. I was just disappointed, the flavor was weird, the potatoes werent cooked all the way, and it just wasnt for us.
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Egg in a Hole

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2013
My dad has been making these since I was little, we call them Toad in the Holes. Wonder if it's a MN thing??? :)
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Pan-Seared Tilapia

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2013
Not sure if I did something wrong or what... this was my first time pan-searing fish so maybe it was just because I'm inexperienced, but this did not turn out how I expected. I followed the directions as is but my fish was kind of plain. It did have some nice crunchy browning around the edges but the meatier parts of the filet were still softer, which maybe is normal, not sure. I also would have preferend a little more seasoning to the fish, but I suppose next time I could play around with that. My husband liked this fish but I just found it missing something.
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Oven Baked Chicken Teriyaki

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2013
This recipe was fairly good and easy to make. I decided to do it on the stove top per some other reviews and because I can never get chicken cooked just right in the oven. I used a package of chicken breast tenders to cut down on prep time as I like my chicken bite-sized. Anyway, this called for WAY too much sauce for me, I left with about half of it after all was said and done, which I love having extra sauce but it was just wasteful. If I make this again, I would probably cut the recipe in half besides the cornstarch because the sauce was still a bit runny even after having time to cook and set. Anyway, the flavor was great, I liked the mix of sweet and spicy. I used Low-sodium soy sauce and I think that was the perfect amount of salt. I also didnt have fresh or ground ginger so I had to make due with crystallized, but it was still very tasty. I added a bag of freshly steamed stir-fry veggies and served over rice. Overall, a good recipe, just found the extra sauce a bit wasteful. Thanks!
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Chicken and Garlic

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2013
Made this tonight and the family LOVED it. I loved how easy it was... I stuck to the recipe pretty much, just used chicken tenders and cilantro paste instead of fresh. I thought this had GREAT flavor and served with spanish rice and black beans, topped with some cheese, salsa, and crushed tortilla chips. Awesome, awesome, awesome.
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Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2013
This recipe was great and SOOO easy. I was able to just throw it together in about 20 minutes and let it bake for about 30 minutes. So yummy. I did make a few changes just due to what I had on hand and after reading some reviews. I used Hot italian sausage, thats what I had and also made seasoning very easy - I didnt have to add a thing! I did not use white wine but that is because I forgot... I used a large shallot instead of onion because I didnt have any onions I added a large bell pepper, chopped For my sauce, I found out that Prego now makes a "Spicy Sausage" flavor and that worked PERFECTLY for this meal. I also added a can of Italian flavor petite diced tomatoes just to keep it moist - I hate dry pasta... Topped with mozzerrela and baked @ 375 for about 30 minutes. Other than adding the pepper, I kept the recipe pretty much as is. I'm not sure what could be added to change it up but it was good and will be made again!
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One-Dish Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2013
I never used to enjoy beef stroganoff but after getting a pre-boxed "kit" from the store, I really enjoyed it and decided to give it a try, homemade. I wanted to be able to control the fat/calories, plus neither me or my husband likes cream of mushroom soup, so the quest was on. I really like this recipe and it is so easy! My husband is also a bit picky and hates sour cream but he enjoys this meal a lot. I use ground beef instead but other than that, I basically stick to the recipe. We make this bi-weekly. Thanks!
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Italian Sausage Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2013
I made this recipe with a few changes based on preference and items on hand and it was AWESOME. I read some reviews and adjusted accordingly. -1lb Hot italian sausage -2 cloves garlic -1 med. sweet onion -1 big baking potato, cubed -2 cans diced tomatoes (1 petite, 1 italian flavored) -24ish oz beef broth -1cup julienned carrots -wilted in about 2cups frozen spinach after removing from heat I did this all in the dutch oven and subbed the potato because my husband does not like beans, and left out the zucchini because I had forgotten to buy some. Other than that, this was a WONDERFUL soup and didnt require any additional seasoning (besides some pepper) because the sausage did that all on it's own. I toasted up some ciabatta bread to go with it but it was perfect all on it's own. For my daughters, I added some pre-made wheat elbows to give it more substance, and I bet adding some sort of pasta in it would be good too. definitely a make-again!
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Classic Goulash

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2013
This was my first attempt at goulash, I remember when my mom and grandma used to make their version of this growing up. I altered it slightly based on preference and items on hand, but it was pretty much the same. I also did cooked macaroni because I never know how much to add for the right ratios, and I didnt do a dutch oven but that is a really good idea for next time. -I did 2 cans diced tomatoes, but one was Italian flavored -Added 1 can corn, added to taste/texture -I did not add a full 2 cans of tomato sauce, only had a mini can so would definitely do at least 1 can -I added a combination of garlic salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper. I thought it was a good mix but could have used more than what I put in. -I used worcestershire sauce instead of soy -I added two sticks of celery, chopped, but found it stayed crunchy, so probably should have cooked it a bit longer Otherwise, great base for this dish. Will definitely make again!
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Pesto Chicken Florentine

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
I was not super-impressed by this but maybe it's just because I was expecting something different. It was good but just wasnt delish for me. I made my alfredo sauce without the butter (trying to make it healthier), maybe that was it? Used frozen spinach and a can of petite diced tomatoes, otherwise followed the recipe. Like I said, decent, will probably make again, but not blown away.
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Curried Honey Mustard Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2013
I didnt care for this much at all. I'm not sure if I just cooked the chicken too long and it got dried out, or if maybe I'm just not a honey/mustard/curry kind of person. I made the marinade as directed except with only 1 tsp of butter and let the chicken marinate over night. I put them in a pan and baked for about 45 minutes @ 400 as I had pretty thick chicken breasts and I always end up with undercooked chicken. The breasts were tender but the flavor was just so-so for me and my husband. I was glad we tried it though as we have never done anything like this.
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Campbell's® Healthy Request® Chicken and Pasta Primavera

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2013
This recipe was decent. Nice and quick and easy, had a good amount of flavor, but didn't WOW me. I did change it up just to personal preference but I would make it again. I used 1 can cream of Celery soup instead, we dont care for mushroom. I used egg noodles instead of spaghetti I seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and a seasoning blend I also used a can of canned chicken as I was going for the quick/easy aspect. Like I said, not awesome, but definitely a go-to weeknight meal.
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Chef John's Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
Made this recipe last night and the family LOVED it. I made a few changes just based on personal tastes and what I had on hand. -I used sweet Italian sausage instead of Andouille because I had some leftover in the freezer -I used 1 chicken breast, cubed, since my husband doesnt care for shrimp -used about 2 1/2 cups brown minute rice -used 1 full can of petite diced tomatoes -Used 1 medium sweet onion instead of green Other than those basic changes, I left the recipe as is and was pleasantly surprised. I added some cajun seasoning to my portion (family doesnt like spicy, I do) but it had the perfect stew-like consistancy and flavor. I liked being able to do it all in one pot. The kitchen smelled wonderful too! Definitely a make-again!
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Broccoli Beef II

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2013
This recipe was OK, not the best or the worst I've had. I made 1 1/2 times the marinade (didnt have enough on hand to make 2 times the amount) but wish I would have been able to double or even triple it. The marinade smelled and tasted great but more would have made the dish much better. I only had crystallized ginger but that worked fine; I just ground it against a microplane. I also used green pepper, onion, and broccoli. I feel like the beef broth just watered things down too much. I used long spaghetti noodles as that's all I had on hand and didnt really taste the beef bullion on them like I thought I would. All in all, a decent meal, but not one I would make again as is.
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Campbell's® Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2012
I made this and gave 4 stars because I changed the recipe up. I used chicken breast tenders and cubed them, then mixed in 1/2 can creamy chicken noodle soup and 1 can broccoli cheese. I then added chicken broth instead of water and 1 1/2 bags frozen mixed veggies. For the rice, I got a bag of the steamable brown rice in the freezer section and followed the package instructions to microwave for 4 minutes. That way I knew the rice would be done. I seasoned with garlic salt, paprika, basil, and some red pepper flakes. I poured it all into a casserole dish and topped with shredded Fiesta cheese (all I had on hand). Baked for 50 min and it was very good and satisfying.
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Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage and Sweet Peppers

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2012
Rating this 4 stars because I made a couple changes but my family really enjoyed it!! I was thinking it would be too plain but it ended up being really tasty! I ended up using some frozen sliced peppers, onions, zuchini and potato mix instead of cutting up peppers by hand. I couldnt find a straight-up pepper mix so I got this kind and it worked out well. I cooked my sausage and then removed from the pan to cool. While it was cooling, I added a can of Italian flavor diced tomotoes to the pan. I am a sauce person so I wanted this meal to have a little more liquid to it. I then added my pepper mix and also the cup of beef broth. I then sliced up the sausage and added, then let it cook up for about 10 more minutes to really get the flavor going. I served over bowties. So really, the only big change I made was add a can of diced tomatoes and we all really loved it. Definitely a make-again!
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Slow Cooker Pork Chops II

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2012
I made this and honestly found it to be lacking. It was GREAT to have them in the crock pot all day and they were very tender - fell right off the bone when I tried to take them out! But I didnt think the flavor was anything amazing. I did alter a little by using less than 1/4c olive oil and used 2cups chicken stock, then added garlic, paprika, and cajun season as I didnt feel like doing the italian blend. Maybe that is my fault for choosing to mix it up but it just didnt seem to penetrate the meat very much. Another thing is I was at work all day so didnt get the chance to flip them. That left the chops that were on top a little dry but still edible.
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2-Step Inside-Out Chicken Pot Pie

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2012
This was great!! I made some minor changes and loved it - definitely a do again. I used two cans of soup, per other commentors' advice - Cream of Chicken and Cream of Potato. I also threw in about 1/2cup half-n-half to make it creamier (I only did this because I have some on hand and don't want it to go to waste). I also used a bag of regular mixed veggies and added an extra cup of green beans. I seasoned with garlic salt and pepper. This was reallllly yummy!
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Chicken Pesto Paninis

Reviewed: Oct. 1, 2012
I've made this twice now and really enjoy it. We have not had peppers/onions on hand either time, so I guess I can't say we've made this exact thing, but with the Pesto sauce, the panini is REALLY good. I've used both sliced chicken and sliced turkey, and I get mine from the deli instead of making it at home. I wasn't sure how the pesto would be but it gives it great flavor. We used the Classico and it's awesome. I'm sure with the peppers and onions it would be even better!
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Creamy Parmesan and Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2012
This was really yummy and is a definite add to our meal rotation. I used half-n-half because our store didnt have any light cream, but I figured 1 cup of it wouldnt hurt. When I put in the diced tomatos without straining them I was worried it would be too runny but with the noodles it was perfect. I also wilted in some fresh spinach before adding the noodles and that was a great addition. I wouldnt change a thing and am excited to eat my leftovers for lunch!
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