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Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Reviewed: May 2, 2008
This recipe was okay for a easy dinner option. Served over rice. I only used 1/2 a packet of dressing and 1/2 a package of cream cheese and I think this was plenty. I think it would have been too over powering in taste for my kids otherwise. Definitely only needs to simmer on low for about 3 1/2 hours (or leave the chicken uncut). I cooked 4 1/2 hours and my chicken was dry. I cut my chicken into good size chunks, not small pieces.
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Nut Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 30, 2008
Made these as stated but without the nuts. I have to say I had high hopes for these muffins, but I was disappointed. They were dry (I only baked 20 min) and they lacked the rich chocolate flavor I was looking for. My kids liked them in spite of their flat taste otherwise I would have rated 1 or 2 stars. I am sure there are better chocolate muffin recipes out there than this one.
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Fruity Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
For once I made a recipe exactly as stated. After chilling overnight as suggested, I served the chicken on croissants. I found the recipe to be okay, but not spectacular. The blend of flavors were unique, but not something we went wild over. I think it is better served over some lettuce versus as a sandwich. The cost of this recipe adds up too. Probably won't make again.
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Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf

Reviewed: Apr. 22, 2008
Ok, I admit it, I tried to make Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf but I did not add rosemary. I did not have it in the house. I also forgot to add the garlic. Although garlic is listed in the ingredients, it is not listed in the directions and I mistakenly forgot to add. As a result, the recipe was pretty boring. I did not care for the crunchy onions - I would recommend sauteing first. Although I feel this recipe deserved 2 stars as made, I will give 3 because of my 2 omisions. I can't imagine the 2 missing ingredients could have won we over on this one however. Not a redo.
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Spaghetti Carbonara II

Reviewed: Apr. 8, 2008
I was concerned about how much 4 eggs looked like once beaten so I cut the eggs back to 3 instead of 4. I would say stick with the 4 for the optimal creaminess. I also used less chopped onion than the recipe called for (I added in some onion powder instead) just so my kids would eat. This recipe was good but I think it could benefit with a splash or two of cream or even milk.
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Apple-Raisin French Toast Casserole

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2008
Very Tasty. I tried to make a bit healthier and I substituted Pepperidge Farm Whole Wheat Swirl Cinnamon Raisin bread. I also only used 1/4 cup of butter. The recipe was still very good and I would make this way again. However, I have made this recipe with the full 1/2 cup of butter and regular Cinnamon Raisin (not whole wheat) and I must say it is better that way. I guess it depends on if you feel like being a little naughty or not. I did quickly soak bread in the egg mixutre prior to layering onto the apple mixture and poured the excess over the bread afterwards. This assures it is not too dry.
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Broccoli Chicken Divan

Reviewed: Apr. 1, 2008
A good and quick mid-week dinner choice. I did some minor tweaking of course. Per others' suggestions I added a 1/2 cup of sour cream. I cheated and used Perdue shortcuts for the chicken which was a real time saver. I did use reduced fat cream of chicken soup in place of the cream of brocolli because I think it is less pungent, and I substituted crumbled ritz crackers for the bread crumbs - this was a nice change. served it all over white rice and the whole family (kids included) enjoyed.
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Buttery Cooked Carrots

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2008
I think this recipe was simple and great. I did use butter instead of margarine because of preference. Per others suggestions I added a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. I cheated and used a bag of frozen baby carrots instead of fresh but they were still very good. These carrots would work well in a more festive holiday meal, like a baked ham - but for that I will use the fresh carrots. The only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 is because my kids were not as in to them as the grown ups were.
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Famous Butter Chicken

Reviewed: Mar. 28, 2008
My kids loved this chicken. I did cut back on the butter, I used about 3T. A whole stick of butter would definitely make it 'butter chicken', but I try not to clog my arteries to that extent. I served with the 'orzo and rice' and 'buttery cooked carrot' recipes from this site, and it made a nice kid friendly meal.
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T's Sweet Potato Fries

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2008
This recipe is only so-so. I don't think they had the consistency of a french fry at all. They were soggy! Per others suggestions I only microwaved 2 1/2 minutes and then I baked for 45 minutes in attempt to have them crisp up. I even broiled for a few minutes to try and had crispness. This was still not accomplished. My fries were sliced just slightly larger than a standard fry. The taste was decent enough, but they had more of a baked potato consistency than a fry. I will try again only because they are a healthy alternative. Next time I will try not to pre-nuke at all and just bake for about an hour.
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Eggplant Parmesan II

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2008
I have been making the fried eggplant parmesan version forever, however, it always bothered me how much oil went into the frying process and was absorbed into the eggplant. After making this baked version of the recipe it is hard to believe I fried in oil all these years. Not only did it taste the same, but the huge clean up afterwards was eliminated. I also cut the fat further on this recipe by using fat free mozzarella (mutz, for you Northeasterners). I'll never fy again!!
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Orzo and Rice

Reviewed: Mar. 4, 2008
This rice was good, but is it any different from a box of rice a roni? I'm sure their must be less sodium this way. I did add a T. of minced garlic and doubled the bouillon to make sure it had enough flavor. Definately a good base recipe from which you could add to based on personal preference.
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Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2008
Very, very good. I love the idea that it is lower fat and not too sweet. I am not a huge fan of pumpkin flavor usually (I think it can be overpowering at times) but these would be one of the exceptions. The cream cheese frosting added just the right amount of flavor and sweetness. I didn't add the lemon zest to the cream cheese frosting because I didn't think it needed it. Update: I have since doubled this recipe- bake entire recipe in a 13x9 for an additional 10 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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Spaghetti Pie III

Reviewed: Mar. 1, 2008
The whole family enjoyed. Probably would rate 4 1/2 stars. I left out the green pepper/onions so my young kids would eat. I did add a shake of onion powder to the sour cream mix in its place. I also attempted to cut the fat grams by using low fat cheddar/cream cheese and no fat sour cream. This was a nice simple change from a traditional spaghetti dinner and I will use again.
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Raspberry Lemon Muffins

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2008
Very tasty for a lower fat recipe. I did use a whole egg in place of 2 egg whites so they would be denser. I opted to use lemon yogurt instead of plain and blueberries instead of rasperries (personal preference). Next time I would really like to substitute applesauce for the oil to really cut the fat. I didn't bother with the sugar on the tops because I didn't feel they needed it. The best part is the kids really loved. They will make a good healthy snack for school.
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Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2008
Seemed to make more sense to saute the cleaned shrimp (tails off) in the butter and garlic rather than boiling seperately. Also ended up adding atleast 2 or 3 Tablespoons more of butter so that the pasta wouldn't be so dry. Salt, pepper and onion powder to taste. Very good with these minor alterations.
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Lemon Orzo Primavera

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2008
This was okay but far from great. Definately bland tasting. I think this recipe would need a lot of extras to liven up the taste so it is probably easier to just use a different one.
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Awesome Baked Sea Scallops

Reviewed: Feb. 20, 2008
Very easy to prepare. I used half flavored and half plain breadcrumbs to add a little extra taste. I think this recipe would be good with shrimp mixed in as a combo. I added extra lemon to the scallops before they baked which gave it a nice extra flavor too. Served with orzo and asparagus to finish out the meal.
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Cheddar Baked Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2008
Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Kids ate - yeah! I used panko bread crumbs in place of the rice krispies, and plain breadcumbs instead of flavored (this was what I had on hand). I used low fat Cheddar and put a little bit of olive oil on the baking sheet in place of the butter to cut back on the fat. Even with the minor substitutions it was very tasty and I will make again. Also, very good the next day - cold - on a salad with low fat honey mustard dressing.
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Classic Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2008
Just alright, but not great. Made as directed and veggies were still under baked - even though I cut into smaller pieces than recipe suggested. A crock pot would probably work well for this one. Very easy to make but the taste was just so-so.
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