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Three Cheese Tortellini with Traditional Sauce and Parmigiano Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2014
Quick and easy dish to get together. I tried the jarred sauce and decided to make marinara to use instead as I wasn't fond of the flavor of the jarred sauce. I did like the fresh basil added to the top of the tortellini. I am a big fan of Barilla pasta, but, I didn't particularly care for the tortellini. Even cooking it the shorter time listed on the box I thought it was slightly mushy and didn't have much filling. I prefer the refrigerated or even the frozen variety instead.
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Oven-Ready Lasagna with Meat Sauce and Bechamel

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014
This was very different than any other lasagna I have ever had. I added a little ground turkey to the red sauce to make it a little hardier. I also added a touch of mozzarella to the top so I could get a nice browned cheesy top. I had never worked with the oven ready noodles before and they were a huge time saver and cooked perfectly. I did think the lasagna was a little heavy due to the rich bechamel. I would use the bechamel again, but, with my homeade sauce instead of jarred sauce. I would rate this 3-1/2 stars.
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Pineapple-Lime Rice

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014
This was so easy to get together and a nice change from a plain white rice. It was tangy from the lime juice, sweet from the pineapple, & fresh from the cilantro and green onion. It was perfect with "Unbelievable Chicken" from this site and steamed broccoli. The only thing I didn't like was the rice was a little gummy. Overall, it was a very tasty dish!
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Crispy Chipotle Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2014
We loved these! They crisped up beautifully and had a nice spicy, smokey flavor. I will definitely be making these again.
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Green Beans with Warm Dijon Vinaigrette

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2014
I thought these were simple to put together for a week night meal and jazzed up plain green beans. I do think the vinaigrette was a touch oily and could have used some more dijon for flavor. The almonds gave the recipe a nice texture.
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Bruschetta Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2014
This was a huge hit in my house! I made exactly as the recipe stated, but, I doubled the marinade. I had larger chicken breasts and wanted to be sure I had enough to coat them. I marinated for about 10 hours and the chicken breasts had great flavor & were moist & delicious! The bruschetta topping with fresh basil was a perfect accompaniment.
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Upside-Down Double Apple Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2014
I have made other Motts recipes from this site and it seemed that the ratio of applesauce to fat was off and my recipes were not a success, so, after reading previous reviewers comments I decided to take their suggestions and tweak the recipe accordingly. I used 1/2 cup of softened butter & 1/2 cup of applesauce. I also thought my other Motts recipes were a little bland, so, I added a couple of pinches of salt. I made everything else according to the recipe. It took about 40 minutes for my cake to cook. The cake was ok, but, we weren't overwhelmed by the flavor. It was a little dry and I think it would taste better and be moister if some chunked apples were added to the batter and not just slices in the bottom of the pan. I probably would not make again.
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Banana Bread from Mott's®

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2014
This recipe was just fair for us. It really lacked flavor and needed more spice & some salt to bring out the flavor. I used the pan recommended in the recipe, but, my bread rose well above the pan. I tented the pan with foil partially into cooking because the bread was getting too dark before the inside was cooked. I also thought the texture seemed a little off for me. I appreciate using applesauce instead of so much oil that is found in a typical banana bread, but, I do think this recipe needs some tweaking.
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Applesauce Energy Bars

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2014
This recipe had great flavor and my husband in particular was a big fan. I used a mixture of dried cranberries and raisins as my dried fruit. I am not sure what the texture of the bars are supposed to be, but, I was anticipating it to be more of chewy granola bar from the picture Allrecipes posted. The texture of my bars was very soft and more like a really soft cookie or cake. I cooked for 23 minutes until golden brown on top and let it cool in the pan completely. Personally, I would much prefer the texture of a granola bar and not the cake like texture. The flavor is a four-five, but, the texture is a four for my family. 11/3/14 I have to amend my recipe from yesterday. I covered the bars with plastic wrap overnight and after sitting a day they will not stay together. Once you cut - it is very difficult to pick them up without them falling apart. I don't think I would make these again.
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Amazing Gnocchi Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2014
I used Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian Chicken Sausage in place of the chopped chicken because I thought it would be a nice change-up in the soup. The flavor profile of the chicken sausage was perfect with the other flavors in the soup. I added a few shakes of red pepper flakes that gave it a subtle heat in the background. It was very hearty and perfect on a chilly Fall night. It had a touch too much thyme for my family's taste, but, that is an easy fix. The gnocchi was a nice change from the typical pasta that is usually found in soup. I would make again with a few minor changes. Thanks for the recipe!
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Potato, Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Reviewed: Oct. 25, 2014
This was very easy to get together and I was pleasantly surprised how tasty it was! I don't like using prepackaged cooked sausage, so, I used fresh turkey sausage links and cooked them before adding them to the casserole. I also added about 1/2 cup of finely diced onion. Other than that I kept it exactly as the recipe stated. It did take mine about 7-8 minutes longer to cook in order to be set in the middle. Both my husband and I thought it had very good flavor and you would have never known it used egg beaters. I will make this again, but, for our taste probably add a little jalapeno or green chilies. I did serve this with cholula hot sauce which was perfect for us.
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Orange Cranberry Sauce

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2014
This was an easy cranberry sauce to put together and had good flavor. I think you will have to adjust to taste and watch the liquids you put into the cranberries. "Water to Cover" and "Juice of 2 Oranges" can vary greatly depending on the size of the pan you use and the size of your oranges or the amount of juice the orange produces. Mine actually simmered down quickly, so, I had to add a little more equal amounts of water and juice. It was also a little sweet for us, so, I would start with a little less sugar, taste, & adjust accordingly.
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2014
This was so easy to get together which was a huge help on a busy morning. I loved the flavor of the sauce although it is a tad salty. The chicken fell apart, but, was incredibly dry. I should have trusted my instincts and known not to cook boneless breasts for 6-7 hours. I will make this again, although, next time reduce the time or just put it in a dutch oven and bake. I am rating based on the taste of the recipe, but, the timing was off.
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Reviewed: Oct. 18, 2014
There are several steps to getting this meatloaf together, but, it was worth it! The flavor was very good and even my husband loved it. The only problem I had was that the meatloaf completely crumbled once sliced. When you tried to cut it with your fork it would completely fall apart. I followed the recipe to a T. I am not sure what happened with the texture - I am wondering if it had too much moisture. I will definitely try again though because it was delicious.
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Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2014
I have made stuffed shells many times before, but, never with the addition of sausage. My husband and I both thought they were very good and loved the addition of the fresh basil. The Italian sausage definitely made more of a hearty dish than just standard cheese. The flavor with the sausage was fantastic! They were a little salty for our taste, but, very tasty!
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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2014
This was such an easy recipe to get together and full of flavor! I added one diced fresh jalapeno and one clove of garlic to the chili. I grilled the chicken and added it to the soup the last 30 minutes of cooking instead of cooking it in the soup because I started it a little late in the day. The grilled chicken actually gave it a nice smokey taste. I will definitely be making this again.
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Breakfast Tortilla Cups

Reviewed: Oct. 5, 2014
We really loved this recipe. For taste as the recipe is written half of the people that I prepared it for gave it a four and half the people a five. I prepared half as the recipe stated and half I added some chopped green onion and fresh jalapeno. I personally thought the green onion and jalapeno added much more flavor that worked well with the ingredients. Keep in mind that the egg mixture is not necessarily going to cover all of the chopped ingredients when you pour it in the tin. I pressed the filling in slightly, but, as the cups cooked the eggs puffed up cooked perfectly. Mine did take about 4-5 extra minutes to fully cook the egg. I noticed that the recipe did not list the amount of milk to use in the ingredients, but, it was listed to use in the directions. I looked on the Johnsonville website and it said to use 1/2 cup of milk. It does take some time to press all the tortillas into the cups, but, as the recipe states makes sure you firmly press them in to mold to the muffin tin. If not, you will have egg leak through the tortilla cup. The bottom of the tortilla will stay softer, but, the tops have a good crunch. It was a nice change from a typical muffin cup and we will make again.
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Roasted Asparagus with Herb Goat Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 25, 2014
I love asparagus and thought the addition of goat cheese would be the perfect complement to the asparagus. The asparagus perfectly cooked crisp tender and had a lot of flavor. I used plain goat cheese because that is what I had in the fridge, but, I think the herb variety would be even better. I will make again, but, I think next time I will add the goat cheese just the last few minutes instead of cooking the entire time. Thanks for the recipe!
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Angel Food Refrigerator Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2014
This really was a quick, easy, & light dessert. It is perfect for last minute guests or a weeknight dessert when you are craving something sweet but don't want to go to overboard on the calories. I used light lemon yogurt & light cool-whip. I am sure it would be even more wonderful with a homeade angel food cake, but, the ease of using a good store bought cake is what makes this such a simple dessert to make. The "icing" is light and fluffy and reminds me of a fruit dip. It would be very easy to switch the flavor of the icing using different flavors of yogurt. I think next time instead of icing I would just top the sliced cake with the fluff and some fresh fruit. Thanks, Perri!
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Strip Steak with Red Wine Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2014
Boy, everyone seemed to love this, but, it was not a hit with my family. Previous reviewers had issues with thickening their sauce, however, mine was very thick. I ended up having to add more beef broth and it was still too thick. The submitter just said to add two red onions and doesn't give measurements, so, maybe my onions were larger. We also thought the sauce was very heavy and seemed overwhelming for the steak. I think using a cup of cream was just too much. I will not be making this again.
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