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Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2005
I read all the reviews and only added 3 beef bouillon cubes. I tasted it after a few hours in the slow cooker and it tasted so bland so I decided to add the rest. Hoping it'd be a good meal, it was way too salty for even myself. My toddler loved it though. My husband did agree with another person who said it tasted like what they had in the military and said the same thing. I'll never make this again unless someone comes up with one that is less salty.
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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 14, 2005
I read reviews from others and used two bouillon cubes along with 2 packs of regular onion soup mix and it came out fine. I also used fresh baby carrots, mushrooms, onions and celery along with 2 canned veggies. I just had to add a little water when I came home, it was thick like a stew. If you prefer it to be a stew then leave as is..otherwise you might have to add a bit of water once it's done cooking and mix well. Other than that, it was great to come home to. My toddler loved it...he wanted seconds! I'll definitely do this one again, with other veggies to experiment with. Thanks for the idea!
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Slow Cooker Lasagna

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2005
I tried this recipe and was surprised how the cottage cheese tasted great instead of the usual ricotta cheese. I cooked it for only 4 1/2 hrs though and it still crustified and burnt all on the top and bottom. The middle part was edible so we ate that part. My toddler loved it, so I might make it again tweeking the time on it though. This would be a recipe to cook if you're home... so you can occasionally check on it (through the lid). It was good though!
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Tofu Parmigiana

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2005
I made this dish on Sunday and my toddler loved it, but husband is the world's pickiest eater and well no dice for him, he ended up making a regular chicken patty. I loved it, I will do this again if I want a break from chicken! very tasty. Also follow the idea of freezing it and dipping in egg instead of water, the texture came out great. Only problem I had though waas it didn't thaw out enough so it was difficult to cut. I guess my freezer is too cold! Other than that this recipe was good. A keeper.
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Chicken Florentine Casserole

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2005
This recipe was great. My dad absolutely ate it (he's a tough person to try new recipes!). I did follow the other comments for using milk instead of half and half. To cut the amount of fat, I also bought the fat free version of the cream of mushroom soup. I also added in some shredded carrots and fresh mushrooms and garlic. I would say to double the sauce if you like it really saucy but for our family, it was fine. We ate it over angel hair noodles. Any type of pasta or rice will work fine for this recipe! Mahalo (Thanks) for this recipe!
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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2005
I am a fan of sauerkraut but this recipe just didn't do it for me. Everything crumbled together and stuck to the sides. The kraut overpowered our very dry chops. Overall a 2 for ease of preparing this meal. We will not be making this in our home anytime soon.
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Butter Beef

Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2005
Like everyone else said....TOO SALTY! I used light margarine, and low sodium onion mix, 1/2 the package, yet still salty. Meat was also dry. So instead of wasting the meat, I gave it a second life by making it into ground beef (grinding it up itnt he blender) and adding a bit of mrs dash and other spices to give it a second life into homemade tacos instead.--Now that was yummy!
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Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes

Reviewed: Nov. 13, 2005
This was delicious! My toddler gobbled up everything on his plate and asked for more. My hubby (who is the picky eater in the house) actually liked this dish too. And wouldn't mind if it's in our rotation. I served it with some brocolli and it was a great compliment. Thanks for this recipe!
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Cabbage Beef Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2005
This came out really good, my 2 yr old liked it. I gave it 4 stars cause it came out to be more thick than a soup, more like a cabbage stew. But it was still very tasty. Made a lot for leftovers--so I packed it up into small containers (single serving sizes for later use. Yummy!
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Quick and Easy Clam Chowder

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2006
I made this last night in my crockpot. My neighbor tried it.. loved it. I added some celery, potatoes, onions. Didn't think of adding some crabmeat, or shrimp, but I will when I reheat leftovers. I used 3 cans of clams, 2 minced and one chopped. Only drained 1. It was chunky.. but not chunky enough for me. It was so easy. And whoever said that this isn't the cheapest soup.. I agree. Unles you can stock up on these canned goods duringa great sale, they add up! But it made a ton of soup for both my family and my neighbor's family. Good luck to everyone else who makes this simple recipe. Have a great New Year 2006!
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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2006
this came out very delicious. I think my chicken breasts may have been too big cause I had to cook it longer than posted. Which in the end, made it a bit dry.. but the coating of seasons was great! Very simple and I didn't have to get any other ingredients. Thanks!
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Chicken Scampi II

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2006
This was delicious...totally awesome. Very easy to make, had all the ingredients on hand and well my toddler loved it. Hubby just couldn't get over the fact that it was CHICKEN and not shrimp. What a way to put a twist on chicken. Thanks. Served it over pasta and we had some string beans with it. Yummy. Next time I make it... it'll be over brown rice.
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Cantonese Dinner

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2006
I made this tonight. Doubled the sauce. I also added a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks undrained. Only put in 2 tsp of salt (since doubled the recipe). I added some baby carrots, brocolli, red and yellow bell pepper strips and fresh mushrooms. Cooked everything for 4 hrs on high and it was done by dinner time. Quick and delicious! My toddler ate it up. I even had seconds. Thanks for a new addition to our dinner line up!
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Tofu Lasagna

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2006
Made this again tonight. Simpler this time around. I layered my tofu btwn 2 plates wrapped in paper towel (changing often if they become wet)... I did this for about 30-45 min prior to making this whole thing. The key is to NOT HAVE excess water in your sauce mixture--that's what makes it runny people! Anyhoo after I dried my tofu I eyballed my spices in a lg bowl, parsley, basil, italian seasoning, oregano, pinch of garlic salt, lemon pepper, grated parm cheese (I'd rather use the fresh one, but wanted more flavor in this mix--fresh added later), minced garlic and a smidge of olive oil. Mashed that all together the good old fashioned way (with my fingers--plus my toddler helped) and made it look like the consistency of ricotta cheese--amazing. Still used that Costco size Ragu parm sauce for this-dumped the entire jar in. Think it could be just a wee bit saucier, so I have a sm jar to pop open for the leftovers. Other than that...GREAT EASY RECIPE. Oh yeah and hubby loved it last time... didn't suspect a thing! My new way of making lasagna.
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Portobello Pizza

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2006
Made these for a quick lunch and YUM! It's so easy and well healthy. I used a pizza sauce from an Italian store and some mozz cheese and on my pizza I added some finely chopped onions (yum!) My toddler loved it...I made 2 only so we could try it. Next play date I'll definitely be making these for the kids!
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Stuffed Shells III

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2006
Yum yum yum! When I get that from my pick hubby, I know it's a keeper! It was fairly easy and fun might I add to make. I let me toddler help me with some parts of this. I did follow other reviewers advice and chilled the filling before filling the shells. It was chilled in the fridge all day since I did the prep work in the morning, so by 5pm all I had to do was fill the shells and pop 'em in the oven. You might want to double the sauce though if you're like my family. The sauce seemed to just bake all around the pan and of course on the shells, but not enough to drizzle on each shell that's being served. I ended up opening another jar for that purpose. Overall great recipe, a keeper and very yummy. I wonder if that tofu concept (llike tofu lasagna) will work on these shells too hmm? Anyone try that yet? Thanks again!
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Candied Kielbasa

Reviewed: Jul. 15, 2006
I was excited to finally use my kielbasa that was in the freezer. Made this, eh not to my taste. It was simple to make though, so I might make it as a pupu for my toddler's bday party for the parents. My neighbor loved it though...she ate most of it. Alright recipe, won't make it on a regular basis though.
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Easy Fried Spinach

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2006
Gave this a 4. I boiled the raw spinach in a pot first. Saw that on a cooking show once. That's the key...THEN you can saute it in whatever you desire. Came out alright. I used only 1 tbsp of oil (don't like mine too oily, added a dash of lemon juice, and minced garlic (yum!) But boil the leaves first...trust me it's gonna save this recipe!
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Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2006
Sorry but this wasn't a fave among my family. Though I loved the simplicity of it, the flavor was very bland. And after adding various spices from Mrs Dash, to garlic when sauteeing the veggies, it still wasn't good.
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Fresh Pear Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2006
I made this tonight for my son's breakfast for tomorrow. He loves banana "bread"...and after reading reviews, I decided why not. The recipe doesn't say how thick to cut the pear up, so I did it in small bite size pieces. After waiting for the sugar to mix in a little over an hour, there were still huge chunks that I tried to mash up with a potato masher. Didn't quite work. I didn't have a bundt pan, used a loaf pan and also had enough batter left to make 12 mini muffins. Cooking time seemed longer than listed, but I am thinking it is because after the first 30 min, the oven was opened for me to take out the mini muffins. So you'll just have to keep an eye on the cake or loaf that you make. The chunks came in handy, nice texture. I didn't have almonds, besides my toddler doesn't like them in his breads. But the muffins came out great..tasty and moist! I gave it four stars because of the time involved for waiting for the sugar and pears to form up and the baking time.
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