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Souvlaki

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2015
I used yellow & red bell peppers instead of green due to personal taste, but, other than that prepared exactly as the recipe stated. The pork was perfectly tender and had a lot of flavor. I served on Mediterranean pita bread with Tzatziki sauce.
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Banana and Nutella® French Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2015
How can you go wrong with banana & nutella? This recipe is a delicious & decadent treat! I wasn't sure if you would taste the the chocolate milk, but, there is a slight flavor in the background. I would make it again, but, probably just use plain white milk.
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Nutella®-Stuffed French Toast

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2015
Perfectly rich, gooey, & decadent! I served with just a little powdered sugar and some clementines and it was a nice treat for brunch.
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Pressure Cooker Cream of Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2015
I had high hopes for this soup and was excited about the speed of using my pressure cooker. I made exactly as the recipe stated and both my husband and I thought the soup was overly milky and had too mild of a tomato taste which should be "the star of show". I rated the recipe two stars which is how it tasted as written for my family. I did manage to salvage the soup by making some changes. Luckily I had (2) cans of peeled whole tomatoes in my pantry, so, I drained the tomatoes and pureed in my food processor & added to the soup. It gave the soup more of the tomato taste that was missing and thickened the soup more which we liked. It took quite a bit of salt and pepper to season the soup properly. I did make this soup in January, so, it is possible my tomatoes weren't quite as vibrant in flavor as what you would find in the summer. For my personal taste there were too many changes to make this recipe again.
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Prize Winning Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2015
This was a nice change from my go-to chili recipe. It was quick to get together and didn't have an excessive amount of ingredients like some chili recipes do. For extra flavor, I added 1/2 tsp. of cumin and used chili style diced tomatoes. I followed the "cooks notes" at the end of the recipe and used ground turkey instead of beef. Perfect for a cold wintry night!
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Steak Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2015
The recipe contains a lot of the same ingredients you would find in A1, so, I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, this was not well received in my house. The sauce was extremely thick and had an overwhelming taste of of raisins. I very rarely rate a recipe with one star and hate to do it, but, I ended up throwing out the entire batch.
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Easy Sweet-N-Spicy BBQ Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2015
I don't typically make many recipes using prepackaged sauces due to the sodium content, but, I needed a quick meal I could make and my husband is a big bbq chicken fan, so, I thought I would give it a try. The plus to the recipe is that the instructions are spot on and it was a quick and easy meal to get together. The downside was that the sauce was very sweet due to the quantity of applesauce added to the bbq sauce. I also was hoping that the sauce would become sticky on the chicken, but, it remained more of a sauce instead.
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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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