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Dry Ranch Mix

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2013
I have been using this recipe as is for years. It is good. The flavor is just about spot on for Hidden Valley. My only complaint has been that it does not thicken like Hidden Valley especially for using as a dip. I also like the idea of using a buttermilk powder. So when I mixed up a batch this time, I did not use the saltines, but added a 1/2 cup buttermilk powder instead. The flavor is still great. When I mixed up the dressing, just used milk instead of buttermilk since I had used the powder. This recipe is great for using in other recipes, meals that ask for a package of dry Hidden Valley. It's way cheaper & of course far healthier. Also, I use good Celtic sea salt & don't like to use the premade onion & garlic salts because the table salt in it is horrible. So I omitted the garlic & onion salts, and instead did the conversions needed to add an extra tablespoon of garlic & onion powder & the salt separately. I worked out great. I'm experimenting now w/ added a bit of guar gum which is a natural thickener to see if I can thicken it up. Then it will be perfect! Also, my next experiment will be to mix some up using greek yogurt instead of mayo to see how that tastes & see if I can make it a nice lite ranch!
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Dry Buttermilk Ranch Mix

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2013
I wanted to love this..I really did, but just did not. It just didn't taste like ranch to me. It was bland. I admit, I did not have any chives, so I added just a bit more onion, but other than that followed the recipe to a tee. It just didn't have much flavor. I really think it needs much more salt. I had another recipe for this that uses crushed saltines, and I really liked the idea of using the buttermilk powder instead. The other recipe tastes like Hidden Valley to a tee, so I just made it with substituting the buttermilk powder for the saltines. It has a great flavor, just waiting to see if it will thicken up a bit more.
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Burrito Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2012
I used less meat & added a can of beans. My family is used to that, so it's fine for us! I don't keep taco sauce on hand, but have salsa. I still wanted the taco sauce consistency, so I just blended the salsa up for a second in my mini processor. I was lazy tonight & used dehydrated onion & garlic in the meat. I used the suggestion of another reviewer & made the tortilla layers 2 thick so it wouldn't get too mushy. That was actually perfect & I don't think we would have liked it as much without the extra tortillas. I also added a cup of sour cream to the meat mixture. I have another recipe that is very similar to this one, & the sour cream gives it a good little twang! I used rotel tomatoes & combined with the chili peppers & salsa it was quite spicy! I thought the perfect amount! It was very very good, a definite keeper recipe for us!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2012
I made this soup today, but on the stove top instead of the crockpot...didn't have enough time for the crockpot. It came out with less liquid I'm sure because some cooked off in the pot whereas no liquid cooks off in the crockpot. When I first took a taste right out of the pot, I wasn't sure what I thought of the broth. I did substitute chicken broth as I don't keep beer on hand. It had plenty of zing..no problem there. I used Rotel tomatoes & plenty of the good taco seasoning everyone talks about on here. I think the different flavor was because I didn't rinse my beans, it just gives a different flavor. All that liquid from cooking beans is full of nutrients! Anyway, then I got the idea this would be great on brown rice. I took some cooked brown rice out that I keep in the freezer, thawed in the microwave & scooped the soup/stew over it & it was WONDERFUL. Not to mention one plate was so filling! It ended up being lunch & dinner. I think this will be a go to recipe for me as I have been trying to eat a lot more rice & beans. Beans are at the top of this list right under veggies & fruits to have the highest vitamins & minerals for the lowest calories. So they are a perfect food to fill up on!
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Hamburger Mac Skillet

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2011
This is a keeper for us. I will add this to my rotation as a substitute for "hamburger helper". It is cheaper & much more healthy! I never keep tomato juice on hand, so I substituted a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes. Because the tomatoes were pretty thick, I added 4 cups water. I used a lot more pasta than called for, like triple which is another reason I needed so much water. I used dehydrated bell pepper, dried onions & garlic which made this very quick to prepare. I added a lot more Worcestershire. It needed some more flavor since I didn't use tomato juice. At the end I stirred in a bit of Parmesan. Next time I might try stirring in a 1/2 cup or so of sour cream. Seems like that would be yummy. Also I will try the other suggestions such as cumin & chili powder.
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Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Reviewed: May 22, 2010
Thanks for the best beef enchiladas I've ever had!! When I make them again, I am going to add just a spoonful of sauce to the top and see how that is. The sauce does soak up into the tortilla a bit if cooked too long, so I'll be real careful not to over bake. The meat is to die for!! I did 2 roasts at one time in my dutch oven on the stove. I usually do this in the crockpot, but enjoyed doing it differently and having it done a bit faster. The flavor was excellent. Whatever we can't use in the next few days, I will freeze already cooked for an easy meal down the road.
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Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2006
Really yummy! I was looking for a quick meal i could throw on with what i had on hand. then i realized i was out of cream of chicken. so i made my own! just used butter, flour & chicken stock. Added some garlic powder, onion powder, salt, Pepper, celery flakes & a pinch of dry mustard to my "soup". of course the recipe wasn't as quick, but it only took a few minutes to whip that up and WOW. the sauce was awesome. the wine made the difference, and maybe i didn't have the problem with it being bland because of all the seasonings i added to my "soup"!! will definately make again!
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Chicken Parmigiana

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2006
This is a great meal. I like to bake the breaded chicken though to make it lighter. I drizzle a little olive oil so the bread crumbs aren't too dry.
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Cobb Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2006
This is great! I left out the avacado as we aren't fans. I also used a mixture of rommaine lettuce and spinach. Kids and husband loved it. It was a great salad that I will definately make again.
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Southwestern Black Bean Stew

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2006
I found this recipe on here about 6 years ago and have made it ever since. It is a family favorite. I double the beans to stretch it a little farther. I don't drain the beans as the recipe states, so as not to lose all that flavor and nutrition. I add a can of chopped green chili peppers & also a can of stewed tomatoes, chopped up. A lot of times I have ground beef already cooked & drained in the freezer, which makes this about a 10 min. prep meal. A real winner for busy nights. But even if I don't have the ground beef pre-cooked, I cook it in my dutch oven, drain & make this stew in the same pot. I know this is originally a crock pot recipe, but I cook it on the stove. I just bring to a boil, turn down the heat & simmer for about 30 - 45 min. It turns out just great. We eat this with cheese, tortilla chips & sour cream. YUM!
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Chicken Melt

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2006
This is great! My family loved it and I was a little surprised they did with the red wine. But the wine & rosemary are a wonderful combo. We are not big on swiss, so I substituted mozzarella. I also made on the stove instead of the grill.
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Garlic Chicken Pizza

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2006
This is definately a 5 star on taste. I wish I could find a way to reduce the fat a bit and make it a bit more healthy. We loved it so much though, I will make it occassionaly as a treat. I actually made my own garlic/parmesan sauce, which increased the work load quite a bit. (But also made it cheaper, especially since I double it and made 2 as I have a big family) Thanks for such a yummy treat!
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Hearty Turkey Stew with Vegetables

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2006
I have made this a few times now and my family loves it! It is also a winner with me because it is so easy to make. I have made it with both turkey and chicken, and have to admit the turkey is a little better. But I love being able to just drop the raw meat into the stew, no other prep. I also may try adding some peas. i have a large family, so I double this a use a few extra potatoes. It is still quick, easy and a healthy dinner to put on the table. I like how it gives you that wonderful feeling of a filling stew on a cold night, but it is also low fat and healthy.
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Creamy Chicken Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2006
My family loved this. This is going in my regular rotation of dinners. Prep time was pretty quick as I already had cooked chicken on hand. We loved how creamy the chicken was in this recipe! I did make a few changes. First I was out of lasagna noodles, so I just used layers of penne pasta. It was great, but I had to add a lot more sauce. Next time I will definately try with the lasagna noodles. I also added some fresh chopped spinach to the chicken. I also used reduced fat cream cheese and was still impressed at how creamy it made the chicken. (I also used fresh chicken broth from the chicken I had previously cooked instead of boullion) Next time I am going to try adding a few chopped tomatoes to the sauce. Thanks for this keeper. It is not often I find a recipe that I feel is low-fat & healthy and at the same time quick enough for me to throw together on a busy night.
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Mexican Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2006
This is a new family favorite for us! That doesn't happen often. My whole family loved it. I did make some changes, as we are trying to eat a little healthier. I am trying to lower fat and sodium while increasing fiber/veggies, etc. I added 2 chopped tomatoes. And I used dry beans that I had made ahead and also frozen corn to lower sodium. I added more beans. I also used Doritos instead of tortilla chips to add flavor although that may have not helped me on the fat/sod. content. I also thought that this recipe would be great baked without the chips and then just scooped into a tortilla. This would lower fat/sodium content even more.
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