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Chipotle Pepper and Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2014
This one's a winner! Very fresh and bright flavor. The chipotles are a perfect addition! My chicken breasts were rather large, so I used 3 instead of 4. Instead of 2 cans of chicken broth (29oz) I just used 1 carton (32oz) which worked out great because this soup is pretty hearty. I ended up using 3 chipotle peppers, minced with 2 tbsp adobo sauce (about half the can). This made the soup about a medium spicyness. Trying to use only the leaves of the cilantro is kind of a hassle, but I ended up using the leaves as best I could, with some stems too. One bunch seems like a lot, but the bunch I had was small-medium size, so it worked out well. I recommended starting out with half a bunch if yours is large, then adding more in if necessary. Also, it's not really necessary to dirty a bowl just to mix the cilantro and tomato. Just throw it into the pot at the same time. The only addition I needed to make was a bit of salt to really bring out the flavors. Such a simple recipe, but SO good! I can't wait to have this for lunch tomorrow! EDIT TO ADD: This makes 4 HUGE servings! You could easily get 6 smaller servings.
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Carrot and Parsnip Puree

Reviewed: Nov. 7, 2014
This was a nice change from the usual. I don't buy parsnips very often, for lack of recipe ideas, so I was excited to try this. I made it exactly as written. The recipe didn't say to drain the cooking liquid, so I assumed it was to be left in the pot. It seemed like a lot of liquid to me, so I drained about half of what was left. Even with the liquid I removed, the mixture was plenty moist to puree. I think next time I might blend in the green onion after cooking for more flavor. Much easier to remove liquid first and add in later, then to puree and realize the mixture is too runny! I served this with some roasted turkey breast for a nice healthy meal. Thanks thischris!
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Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Reviewed: Nov. 6, 2014
I've been searching for the perfect turkey breakfast sausage and this is it! Finally! Not only is it much healthier than store-bought greasy pork sausage, it's delicious too! The seasonings are spot-on. I did use 93/7 lean turkey and the packages I bought (Jennie-O) were 1.25lbs each, so it made a little more than the recipe stated. I think if I used 1lb packages of turkey, I might lower the salt a tiny bit since the 2tsp stated was perfect for the 2.5lbs turkey I used. Also, DO NOT overcook these or they will be dry. Personally, I think 5mins per side is too much. Thank you cathy35 for the great recipe!
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Quick Quinoa Chili

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2014
I'm shocked this recipe hasn't been tried and reviewed yet! This is a winner! I'm a chili lover, but I usually make mine with meat, and lots of it. This was my first time making quinoa chili or chili with no meat! This recipe sounded super intriguing, so I just had to whip some up. The recipe couldn't be easier, and it's ready fairly quickly. I couldn't find a tri-bean blend, so I used Bush's Mixed Beans (mix of Pinto and Great Northern beans). For the chili seasoning, I used McCormick's Tex-Mex flavor. The only thing I might change is to add a bit more broth (at least another 1/2 cup) bc I found the final product to be very thick. Also, next time I will omit the first step of pre-mixing the broth and seasoning mix. These ingredients can easily all be tossed in together in step 2. Thank you ciao bella for the great recipe and providing me with some delicious and nutritious lunches all week!
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Applesauce Energy Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 4, 2014
Really great flavor! I brought these into work this morning and I had 2 people asking for the recipe, and the bars disappeared within an hour. I didn't have any trouble with the bars falling apart. Here is what I did. I lined my pan with foil. When they came out of the oven, I let sit for about 5 minutes, then lifted them out of the pan using the foil. I sliced the bars immediately, and gently pressed down, and pressed the sides in so that they were compacted. I let cool, then placed them in a container, uncovered overnight. This morning they had a dense muffin texture and weren't crumbling. I do have to say they definitely DO NOT look like the Mott's/allrecipes photo. They don't have a granola bar texture at all. They are moist and dense. For the dried fruit, I used a mix called New England Crunch, made by Mariani. It is a mix of cranberries, almonds and dried cinnamon apple bits. This recipe can easily be scaled down for 12 servings by using an 8 x 8" pan. For the egg, just mix the 1 egg with a fork, measure it, and use half.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Gumbo with Shrimp

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2014
Really delicious for such an easy slow cooker recipe! I added some smoked sausage to this, which really came through in the final overall flavor. I also found the consistency to be too thin, so I added some roux. YUM. This was not spicy at all, so next time Ill either add more cayenne, or serve with some hot sauce. A great hearty and healthy meal! The slow cooker liners are a real time saver too!
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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2014
This one deserves like 50 gazillion stars. I've been making it for years, but just realized I've never reviewed it. Shame on me, but if you're not already convinced to make it from all the other 5 star reviews, then I'm not sure what will convince you! This is moist, perfectly spiced, and just plain YUM. A few weeks ago I tried substituting the oil for apple sauce as suggested by a couple reviewers. Mehhhh, not so good. I mean, it wasn't horrible, but it had a weird rubbery texture. JUST STICK TO THE RECIPE. Trust me. I made another batch last night to take to a bake sale fundraiser we're having at work tomorrow. I made 1 loaf in a pretty decorative fall pan, then once it was cool, I drizzled a glaze over top that was suggested by reviewers: 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 2 Tbs melted butter, 5 tsp of milk, 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp allspice. With the rest of the batter I made 12 muffins, and also drizzled those with glaze. (Normally when I make this recipe, I make 2 loaves instead of 3) WINNER WINNER!
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Sandy's Summer Sausage

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2014
I love summer sausage, but not a lot of places carry it. I saw this recipe and knew I had to try it. Delish! The hardest part is waiting to cook it, then waiting again to eat it! It smells so good while it's cooking. I used very lean ground beef (96/4) which made the sausage a little more dry, but it was still very enjoyable. The only suggestion I have is to use less mustard seed. I served this on a meat, cheese and cracker tray and totally impressed my guests with my homemade sausage. I'll definitely make this again. Next time I might play with the recipe a bit and add jalapeño/cheddar as others have suggested, or add crushed red pepper.
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Pickled Peppers

Reviewed: Oct. 28, 2014
Yum yum yum! This is my first time pickling peppers and what's not to love?! Very simple to make. The hardest part is letting them sit in the fridge overnight. I made a slight change to the recipe - I used only 1/4 c of sugar instead of 1/3 c and that was plenty sweet for my tastes. I also found it easier to cut the peppers in quarters instead of halves. The liquid level was a little low once poured into the jar. The peppers weren't completely covered, but that was fine because I just ate a couple peppers the next day and that solved the problem. :) I later served these on a meat and cheese tray. Thanks for the great recipe Love2C0ok!
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Fast and Easy Zucchini Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2014
Ohhhhhh my goodness this is good! I made up a batch tonight so I'd have some to take for lunch this week. I had to force myself not to eat it tonight! And the crazy part is, it's SO amazingly easy with only a few ingredients. Very impressive flavor. I haven't made a recipe this good with so few ingredients in quite a while. The only thing I might suggest is using less chicken bouillon because I found it slightly salty. I didn't have bouillon cubes, so I used the equivalent of 7 cubes in Better Than Bouillon chicken base (7 teaspoons), which may be the culprit, although from what I've heard, the cubes are more salty anyway. Next time I will try 5. And there will definitely be a next time. Oh, and one more thing....this makes a lot of soup, like 4 gigantic servings or 6 "normal" size servings. Thanks for the amazing recipe Jilly Bean!
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Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Reviewed: Oct. 20, 2014
I would definitely make this again. It's a quick and easy weeknight meal. I decided to kick it up a notch and I used Johnsonville Sweet Italian sausage instead of the ground beef. I kept everything else the same. I don't normally use oil when I brown ground beef, or any other ground meat, so I omitted it. I served this over basmati rice. Yum!
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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2014
Mmmmmmmm!!! DELISH! I brought these to a dinner I was invited to and everyone raved about them! They disappeared in no time! Very easy to make too! I made them as written, except I sliced my apples a little bit too thin. They shrunk while baking and were paper-thin. I should have followed the 1/4 inch suggestion, however I was afraid they wouldn't cook through. The thin apples made the bars harder to cut because the apples had a tendency to slide off the bars. I also found it less messy to cut the bars first, then spread the caramel on each one. These aren't too sweet, just how I like my dessert. I sprinkled these with some coarse sea salt to kick them up a notch. Very impressive dessert!
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Rutabaga Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2014
Ok, I really can't say enough good things about this! The reason I chose to make this is I love rutabaga, and I wanted some new ways to prepare it. Plus this recipe sounded interesting and unlike any stew I had made. Sold! I thought for sure this stew would end up bright red, but surprise! It didn't! The color actually kept getting lighter the longer it cooked and the beets turned a light color. I made this exactly as written, except I added a couple bay leaves like the other reviewer suggested because I was afraid this would be bland. My only suggestion is to add some salt to taste. It was really necessary to bring out all the lovely vegetable flavors in this stew. It's VERY healthy and I don't feel guilty about having two servings. The best part - it's even better the next day! Keeper!!! Thanks for the great recipe BTheGusto!
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My Trainer's Kale Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2014
Very easy, delicious and healthy! I made this exactly as written, well except I used more kale bc it does shrink down quite a bit once cooked. I had the opposite experience as the other reviewer - I felt this had a ton of flavor, especially given that it's only seasoned with salt and pepper! To make blending the beans easier, I removed some liquid from the pot and added that to the beans before blending. This is a very hearty soup and makes 6 good sized portions. I'm looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Thanks for the great recipe sarah!
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Stuffed Orange Peppers

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2014
Very simple recipe, but very flavorful. I made it exactly as written, except I added a bit of garlic powder when browning the meat. A wonderful twist on stuffed peppers, and a nice change from the usual ground beef/rice/tomato sauce recipes you always see. The gouda and liquid smoke are just the right touch to give these a light smokiness, without being overpowering. These are healthy too, and one pepper is just the right amount. I was looking forward to having these as my lunches though out the week! Thanks for the great recipe kflamed13! I will definitely be making these again, except next time I might use green, or even red peppers. These orange ones were expensive little suckers! :)
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Potato-Leek Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2014
Such a simple recipe, but as written, this is 3 stars. It turned out a little bland (bc of mostly using water as a base) and it had way too much pepper in it for the four of us who tasted it - and I only used half the amount stated in the recipe! I highly recommend you start out with 1/2 tsp of pepper and go from there. To help with the blandness, I ended up adding in about 2 tsp of chicken base (Better than Bouillon) which helped tremendously. I also added in more milk. I can't say I could even taste the hot sauce, but I didn't bother adding more. I love that this is low fat and low calorie. I will definitely make it again, but with my changes. Thank you Original Lee for the recipe!
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Roasted Garlic, Bell Pepper and Tomato Blender Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2014
No need to change a thing with this one! I made it exactly as written and it was perfect. I used about 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt. I also used 6 roma tomatoes. The only thing I might suggest is to keep a close eye on the garlic towards the end. Mine was starting to burn. This is excellent cold or hot, but I chose to warm mine gently in a pot and served it over spaghetti squash with a sprinkle of parmesan. It is rather thin, so keep that in mind. I'm sure if you simmered it for 15-20 on low, it would thicken up some. Also, for those who don't like spicy, keep in mind that the heat is more prevalent once it's heated. This one's a keeper! Very fresh tasting. Thanks for the great recipe, NUBBYJEN!
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Quick and Easy Baked Carrots

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
I hate to give a low review, but I didn't have much luck with this recipe. First off, the directions aren't very clear. How many carrots should I be using? Bunches of carrots vary greatly in size. I'm assuming we're to leave the carrots whole? I ended up cutting the carrots in thirds cross-wise, then I cut the thicker ends in quarters lengthwise so the carrots were in thinner pieces and would cook evenly. Even still, 20 mins isn't even close to being enough time for these to cook. I ended up cooking them for 40 mins and they were still slightly underdone. I was running out of time for dinner, so I ended up eating them anyway. A full teaspoon of the spices is way too much, especially the nutmeg. I thought this sounded like a lot from the get-go, so I erred on the side of caution and only used 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar and that was still a lot. I wasn't a fan of the I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray. I kept having to spray more throughout the cooking process. These would be better made with butter or oil. I made the recipe as written (except for half the spices) and they had a bitter taste. I don't know if this was caused by the butter spray or the nutmeg. The carrots also didn't have much in the way of a "glaze" on them. They were more dry than anything. This also isn't enough for 4 servings.
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Debra's Pickled Eggs in Beer

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
I LOVE pickled eggs, and this recipe is no different. I was a little skeptical of the beer, but the flavor is very mild. It just all works perfectly together. I used Sam Adams Boston Lager. Next time I will experiment with something different and see what happens. These are perfect for a quick snack or on-the-go breakfast. Btw, this recipe should really have a higher rating - one of the reviewers left a favorable review, yet mistakenly only gave it 1 star. Perhaps they put too much beer in their eggs? ;)
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Katie's Yogurt Veggie Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2014
I'm sorry, I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. I love raita, so this recipe sounded like a nice twist on that. I ate it the first night with some roti and it made for a nice light summer meal. The flavor was very strong and sour because of all the yogurt. I made the recipe exactly as written. In my opinion, there is an excessive amount of yogurt in this recipe. I'd recommend adding more cucumber because I couldn't taste them at all, and using less yogurt. I also recommend eating it as a dip or a topping for kebabs, lamb, chicken or wraps, instead of on its own. Eaten on it's own it's a 1 star recipe - in small quantities as a topping or dip, it's 3 stars. A very healthy recipe though! Thank you for sharing!
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