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Super Spicy Pea Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2011
I haven eaten a canned pea since I moved away from my parents' house when I was 19, and I wasn't about to revisit them, so I used a one-pound bag of frozed peas, thawed, instead. This didn't seem particularly spicy to us, maybe my jalapeno was abnormally mild even though I didn't take the seeds and membrane out of it. I used a combination of reduced fat mayo and fat free sour cream and did not add any cheese only to keep the weight watchers points down. I cut up a big ol' kosher dill pickle instead of using relish, and I hesitated about putting in the egg, but compromised and used two hard boiled egg whites (I fed the yolks to the cats). We loved the combination of flavors, but next time I'll make sure my jalapeno has some punch. Thanks so much for the post, Shunpr!
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Pollo Fajitas

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2011
This was quite tasty. I added some lime juice, cilantro, and cumin to the marinade and let the chicken marinate for about 6 hours. All I had were red bell peppers so that's what I used, and I liked the color they gave the dish better than the green. I seared the peppers and onions on high heat and then removed them from the pan. Then I dumped the chicken strips and the marinade into the skillet and let it cook until it got really nice and thick and then added back the onions and peppers along with a few red chile flakes for some heat. I didn't use the lemon juice; it just didn't appeal to me. Served this with corn tortillas (fewer weight watcher points than flour) and a nice roasted corn, black bean and mango salad from another site. We liked it very much and DH had the leftovers for dinner whilst I was working. Thanks for the post, Teresa!
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Anita's Cozy Apple Fig Compote

Reviewed: Jul. 23, 2011
I am drowning in fresh figs. My Dad has a fig tree and I mentioned I might like some. Now I have three great bags of them. It seems like every time I leave the house, a bag of figs appears on the kitchen counter out of nowhere. So I tried this recipe with fresh figs instead of dried and it was fabulous! I couldn't find apple cider, so I used unfiltered apple juice which seemed to work just fine. I like that there is no added sugar to this recipe. I did add a couple of cloves and a few slices of fresh ginger to the mix. I served this over baked Brie with water crackers and we just loved it! There were more figs on the counter when I got up this morning, so I'll definitely be making this compote again! I may just eat it alone with a spoon. Thank you so much for the post, snorling.
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Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2011
I guess I'll just add my five star review to the other 608. I added more whisky than called for; just because I had a whole bottle and 2 teaspoons didn't seem like very much and my ground red pepper was rancid, so I squirted in some rooster sauce instead. Also it turned out that we didn't have any charcoal, so I had to finish them in the oven. I turned the oven up to 425, slathered on the sauce and cooked the ribs until the sauce turned dark and tacky. Even with all the mishaps, these were the best ribs I've ever made. We were using our fingers to scrape up the burnt bits of sauce on the bottom of the pan. I made these for my husband's 51st birthday, and he wants me to never use another recipe. Thanks so much Scott!
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Cheesy Chicken Meatballs

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
All I had was ground chicken breast which made for an ooey gooey mixture. There's no way I could have made the meat balls by hand or I would have been wearing most of them as meat gloves. So I used a small ice cream scoop and it worked great. I used Laughing Cow light garlic and herb as other reviewers suggested, cut back on the crushed red pepper to protect DH's sensitive palate, and used 1/2 tsp of dried thyme and a tsp each of oregano and basil instead of Italian seasoning. The meat balls cooked in only 15 minutes and were completely done. Twelve or thirteen minutes would probably have done the trick (because of the ground breast). I served these in a mushroom cream sauce from Eating Well with some orzo on the side and dinner was wonderful! Thanks so much for the post, Raquel!
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Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Reviewed: Jul. 13, 2011
I had absolutely no problem with the dough being runny. Maybe it's because I used white whole wheat flour from Trader Joe's, but the dough was easy to pat into 14-inch logs and was not sticky at all. I also used half sugar and half splenda, and half almond and half vanilla extract. I cut the biscotti as soon as it came off its first bake and had no problem with crumbling either. I must have just gotten lucky. This was incredibly good and I can't thank you, Kathianne, enough for posting this recipe.
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Chicken and Artichokes

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
I have tried hard to like rosemary, really I have, but to me it tastes the way Pinesol smells. So instead of chopping it up where I might have to bite into a piece of it, I just placed half a sprig on top of the dish before baking to just perfume the food. DH thouht it was wonderful, but next time I'll use bay leaves instead. Also 3 pounds of chicken seemed like a lot, so I just used 2 large-ish chicken breasts. Everything else I kept the same. I did reduce the cooking time a bit to keep from over-cooking the chicken. This tasted incredible before I put on the rosemary, and it's certainly not the fault of the recipe that I can't stand the stuff. Thank you so much for the post, Christyj. I'll be making this again. With bay leaves.
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Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
Wow, this was good. The only problem I had was with the cooking time. I used whole wheat orzo, which should take longer to cook than the regular kind, and it was done in 12 minutes. The liquid had not been absorbed and if I had cooked it until it was, it would have been a big pan of mush. So I drained off the excess liquid and proceded with the recipe. We just loved this. I even ate the leftovers, cold, for breakfast! Thanks so much for the post, DODIEPAJER!
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Spinach-And-Berries Salad With Non-Fat Curry Dressing

Reviewed: Jul. 12, 2011
We really enjoyed this salad. I added some raspberries and some chopped apricots I had just purchased. I rummaged through my freezer looking for some pecans I knew were in there, but for the life of me I couldn't find them. So I put in sliced almonds instead. Of course, I found the pecans later whilst looking for something else. The dressing as written was very potent, I think it could possibly be used as fuel, so I added a couple tablespoons of water to calm it down. Otherwise, the salad was very good.
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Fully Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2011
I was intrigued by this recipe because I was amazed that a side dish made from the healthy cauliflower could be 352 calories per serving. It's made with fat-free sour cream and reduced fat mayo, after all. Then I looked at the proportions. Even a half a cup of low fat mayo is a lot. And one whole cup of full fat cheese adds on the fat. So I reduced the sour cream and mayo to a total of one half cup, and I didn't even use all of it. I cut the olive oil to one tablespoon and used only 1/4 cup of Parmesan instead of a full cup of cheddar. This was delicious and we enjoyed it very much. Thanks so much for the post, Sarah Jo!
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Peanut Sauce II

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
I didn't cook the onions and garlic, I just put them in the sauce raw because I wanted the bite the fresh onions/garlic give the sauce. I used Better Than Peanut Butter to reduce the calories a bit and Sriracha instead of jalapeno. This sauce was delicious! Thanks so much for the post, Mary!
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My Thai Chicken Wraps

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
This was tasty, but it was the absolute messiest meal I've ever served. There was an enormous amount of liquid in this dish. The recipe says to simmer 10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Absorbed by what? There is no rice or pasta or anything else to absorb this liquid. The cabbage just wilted away to nothing and I'm sure contributed to the soupiness. We scooped out the chicken and wilted cabbage with a slotted spoon to place some on a lettuce leaf, but it was impossible to eat this way. The juice ran down my chin and my arm and got all over everything. We used up 4 paper towels cleaning up our faces, arms and plates. I finally just cut up the rest of the lettuce and put the chicken on top to make a salad. It was still a runny mess. This was very tasty, but I'm not sure I'd make it again without some major changes. Thanks for letting me try.
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Mushrooms with a Soy Sauce Glaze

Reviewed: Jul. 1, 2011
I've been making something just like this for years, only I just throw it together. I've never used a recipe. So I thought I'd give this a try. I used crimini mushrooms because that's what I had and added a touch of sherry along with the soy sauce. This was very good and went well with grilled steak and caprese salad. Thanks so much for the post.
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Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2011
We loved this dressing! However I had to make a few changes to suit my Weight Watchers program. I only used 1 tablespoon of honey and made up the sweetness with Splenda. I cut the oil to 2 Tablepoons and added 2 T of water. Served this over an arugula salad with oranges and reduced fat smoked gouda. The smoky dressing and the smoky cheese really complimented each other. Thanks so much for the post!
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Beef Sirloin Steak with Baby Spinach

Reviewed: Jun. 28, 2011
This was pretty good. I used Heart Healthy Cream of Mushroom soup, cut the oil to 3 teaspoons and served the dish over whipped cauliflower (from the South Beach cookbook) instead of mashed potatoes. I try to like rosemary, but it is just not in the cards. Next time I'll use thyme or oregano or basil, anything but rosemary. Otherwise, this was quite good and I'll make it again.
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Hudson's Baked Tilapia with Dill Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2011
I have to force myself to eat fish; it is just not one of my favorite foods, but this recipe made it almost a pleasure. My fillets were quite small and my Cajun seasoning really salty so I didn't use anywhere near a tablespoon. And even though I used reduced fat mayo and fat free sour cream, the sauce was still delicious. I had leftover sauce which I used on some cucumbers. This was an excellent recipe and I'll use it again the next time I feel guilty for not eating fish. Thanks so much for the post!
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BLT Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 9, 2011
Very good salad. The only changes I made was to use reduced fat mayo in the dressing and halve the recipe because there were just 2 of us. We had the salad for dinner and ate the whole thing! Thanks so much for the post.
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2011
These were absolutely wonderful. The only changes I made was to use reduced-fat Bisquick and I added a little garlic powder to the dough. We were very impressed with these and I can't wait to make them again. Thank you so much for the post!
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Mango Walnut Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2011
This was a great salad. I used sliced almonds instead of walnuts because I've been eating a lot of walnuts and I suddenly couldn't face any more of them. I also only had one mango, but it was huge and it didn't seem like I needed more. I also added some chopped red onion. I dressed the salad with a sugar free raspberry vinaigrette and my husband and I devoured the entire bowl. Thanks so much for the post!
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Best Apple Salad

Reviewed: May 30, 2011
I followed this recipe exactly except to add the step of soaking the chopped apples in acidulated water to prevent them from turning brown as I was planning on taking some salad to work for lunch. This was quite good and even though my husband was afraid of the beans with the apples, he liked it quite well after he tasted it. Thank you so much for the post.
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