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Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Living In: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2014
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
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Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Black Bean Brownies
This review is for people who are on the fence about making these. *For black bean brownies* these were very good. I used 1/3 c cocoa powder instead of 1/4, applesauce instead of oil (as I do in all of my brownie recipes), 2 eggs instead of 3 (actually, egg substitute) for a less cake-y brownie, and omitted the coffee and chocolate chips - resulting in a fat-free brownie. I served them to my boyfriend and he thought they were very rich and chocolateyy...then I told them the secret ingredient. After that, he said he could identify the black bean taste (which is true, I could taste it too, but it was very faint) and no longer wanted to eat them. HAH, more fat-free brownies for meeee!! Overall, very fudge-y, chocolate-y, not-quite-real-tasting brownie. Delicious if you're looking to limit wheat or fat and have a fiber-filled "healthy" brownie. Otherwise, stick to a regular brownie recipe :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2014
Grilled Mongolian Pork Chops
This rating is for the marinade only. The marinade was amazing! I made the marinade exactly as directed using a low-sodium hoisin sauce. I did not baste with the marinade because I was using a George Foreman type grill and I didn't want to clean up the mess, so I took the reserved marinade and heated it to boiling in a small saucepan, while the pork was cooking, to ensure that it was safe to eat, and used that as a sauce over the pork and the broccoli/mixed veggie stir fry/jasmine rice that we ate with it. Will definitely make again!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2014
No-Cream Pasta Primavera
I thought this was very plain and didn't have much flavor. I didn't have asparagus so I used additional zucchini. Everything else was the same. In an effort to give it some more flavor and make it tolerable (because it made A LOT), I added a can of small white beans, a can of diced tomatoes, and Italian-style dried seasoning. A little better, but I won't be making this again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2014
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