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Fast and Easy Spinach with Shallots

Reviewed: Feb. 13, 2010
YUM! I read the reviews first, so I added some fresh minced garlic and at the end splashed a bit of balsamic vinegar over the spinach - so simple and delicious.
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Healthy Garden Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 14, 2009
I love the dressing! I had to use one lemon and one lime, but it was nice and tangy, salty and sweet. This is the first time I've tried edamame, its ok - the salad is nice and refreshing, healthy and so colorful! I didnt boil the corn, you can just throw it in the bowl frozen.
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Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2009
Very good and flavorful. I baked in the oven (425 and it took mine about 30 min). I did end up drizzling some olive oil over the top as they were sticking a bit with just pam spray. I didnt make the sauce - so just rating the falafel. My first attempt at homemade falafel, it was very easy and I will definitely make again - with sauce and all the fixings. I got 12 decent sized patties out of the mixture
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Cinnamon Griddle Cakes

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2009
I really liked these! I didnt have any corn syrup, not sure if that just makes them sweeter or if needed for texture or anything? I made the powdered sugar glaze and had to put more milk than called for in it. Yum! Nice treat. I also ate with maple syrup. Its sweet - but I love sweet stuff. I did a big heaping T of cinnamon - almost too much, next time I'll level it off.
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Honey Mustard Dressing II

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2009
Quick and easy and good! I used light mayo and it was still good - could vary the types of mustards to change it up. I added some fresh ground black pepper also. Much better than store bought salad dressing.
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Best Ever Muffins

Reviewed: May 28, 2009
very good, I did a drop of jam in the middle and my kids loved them! I did find that they cooked in about 18 minutes (normal size muffins) so watch them and the time.
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Refried Beans Without the Refry

Reviewed: May 15, 2009
I was nervous about adding the salt in at the beginning (might make beans tough), so I added it about halfway through the cooking and I used veggie boulion cubes instead. I added a couple drops of liquid smoke as well. These were delicious! I scooped out some liquid at the end and then pureed with my immersion blender and ate more as a soup with rice. I did not add as much black pepper as the recipes calls for. Just did a couple grinds from my pepper grinder.
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Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad

Reviewed: May 12, 2009
So good - I did change up a bit to my taste. Used 2 fresh tomatoes, black beans and about 4 green onions. I just squirted the juice of 2 limes in and also added 2 cloves of minced garlic. I didnt add any cheese. This was just delicious and I bet its delicious as is - I just cant help myself and end up changing things around a bit ;-) ETA: I cooked the quinoa in veggie broth and added serrano and jalapeno pepper and some frozen sweet corn (just toss in the bowl frozen) - soooo good! Love this!
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Carrot Cake XI

Reviewed: May 9, 2009
Wonderful! I did half oil and half applesauce, 4 tsps of cinnamon and a buttercream frosting. Very moist. yum :)
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Pumpkin Bread IV

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2008
This is my new favorite pumpkin bread recipe! I subbed 1/2 cup of the oil for applesauce and changed the spices around a bit to suite my tastes. Very good, make sure you dont overbake - mine went from almost done to done very fast. ETA: I've made this twice now and have figured out I need to take the bread out when the toothpick has some "doughy" crumbs on it...when I let it cook till it comes out clean, its just a bit overcooked - still moist and good, but better when taken out just a little sooner than I think I should. I also like to glaze my pumpkin bread - I use a box of powdered sugar and pour in milk, small amt at a time till I get a nice thick consistency. Add a tsp or so of maple flavoring and drizzle over the top of the loaves while still warm. I use the throw away pans and pull them out so the glaze runs down the sides of the bread. I like to freeze the bread, it seems to be even moister after thawed out.
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West African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 16, 2008
I just made half a batch and it is delicious. I used one cup of natural peanut butter and threw in leftover rice (just eyeballed what I thought a good amt. would be) instead of cooking the rice in the broth. I added some extra red pepper for a little more kick and also about a T of sugar. I pureed mine before adding the peanut butter. I do think some fresh peppers would be great in it as well (jalapeno, serrano, etc). Its definitely peanut buttery, but I love peanut butter, so its a good thing for me :-) * update...it is very filling! It would be good served with something light and sweet. I also want to try making it without the rice and serving it over rice and stir fried bell peppers and onion, maybe carrot and broccoli as well.
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Almost No Fat Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 22, 2008
I made some changes, so my rating is based on how mine turned out ;-) I substituted some of the AP flour for spelt flour (1/2 cup), put in a heaping cup of bananas (wish I had put in more, maybe 2 cups), used a half cup of applesauce, one whole egg, added a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of vanilla, a 1/4 tsp of almond extract and a pinch of salt. I also put in 1/4 cup brown sugar and the rest turbinado sugar. I made 12 muffins and sprinkled some of the turbinado sugar on the top. I may have overbaked, they cooked faster than I thought (probably about 18 min at 350). The texture was nice, I think my spelt may have made it a little heavier than just AP flour would be. They were on the sweet side but do seem to be missing something. I dont usually put cinnamon in my banana bread, so I might leave that out next time and just try doubling the banana? For having no oil or butter, I thought they turned out great. I'm trying to find healthier breads/muffins for my boys to eat as snacks. I bet they taste better the next day, or I usually like to freeze my quick breads, they seem to get extra moist after being frozen. I will try them again and maybe keep with just AP flour and maybe try adding a little wheat germ.
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Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2008
I first made this bread about three years ago for Thanksgiving as my SIL couldn't have any dairy or eggs. I'm so glad I tried it. Its become my favorite. I also add extra spices and some cloves and substitute a third of the oil for applesauce. I've never added the shredded coconut as most of the family doesnt like it. I like to make a glaze with some of the leftover coconut milk. I take the coconut milk and mix it up with powdered sugar and maple flavoring and drizzle it all over the top while the bread is still warm so it seeps into the bread. I then like to freeze the bread for at least a day. Once thawed it seems to be extra moist. I've got a couple of pumpkin bread recipes and I always come back to making this one, give it a try :-) update: I have to give this 5 stars...I'm making yet again, this time made muffins and sprinkled the tops with raw sugar. The texture is perfect! I did half oil, half applesauce this time and they came out very moist but not too dense. And, as an added bonus, enjoy eating the batter, its delicious and no raw egg to worry about!
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Sesame Noodles

Reviewed: Jul. 10, 2008
This was good, a bit too sweet for me though. I used canola oil and cut the amt. in half, also halved the sesame oil. I used chili paste and just one tsp and put in one tablespoon of sesame seeds. I also added some shredded carrots. I didn't have the patience to chill in the fridge and my sauce was soupy at the bottom of the bowl....maybe chilling would've reduced that somewhat, we'll see how the leftovers are. Some chopped peanuts or cashews would be good sprinkled on top.
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Playgroup Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jul. 4, 2008
I left out the cinnamon and put in a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I loved the chewiness and the taste of honey. Perfect treat for those that are craving a chocolate chip cookie, but cannot have dairy. Update to review - I'm a chocolate girl, but must say I like them better with the raisins and cinnamon. Watch out if you are not used to eating wheat germ....if you are like me and eat one too many of these delicious bars....well, lets just say next time I'll cut the wheat germ in half :-)
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Black Bean and Corn Salad II

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2008
I've been making this salad for about 4 years now and love it. I use less oil and a little extra lime juice (fresh). I also put in extra corn, about the whole bag of frozen super sweet white corn. I put in extra garlic and I leave out the cayenne. I love the cilantro, but leave out sometimes depending on who I'm making it for. I always get requests for the recipe when I bring it to bbq's and potlucks. I like to eat it as a salad and my hubby likes to use it as a dip for tortilla chips. My only complaint is with the leftovers the next day..they taste good, but the texture is weird.
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Simple Maple Syrup

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2008
This is so good (brings back childhood memories). I also used half brown half white sugar since so many reviewers did that and 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp maple flavoring. I added the corn syrup too (1/4 cup). Its still very thin, but the taste is great. I dont think I'll be buying Mrs Butterworths anymore.
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Bratwurst Potato Skillet

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
I made this for my husband and he loved it. I didnt have any orange juice, so I substituted lemon juice and added extra green pepper. Instead of adding salt to the soy sauce mixture, I sprinkled a little over the potatoes while they were cooking. He thinks it would be better over rice so I'll do that next time. It was so quick and easy, thanks for a great recipe.
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Pizza Crust I

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2008
Very good. I also made it for 17 servings and got two 9 inch round pizza's and one that just fed me, done on a pizza pan with holes in it. Its light and crisp on the outside. I'll have to wait to see how the 9 inch ones turned out, they are deep dish and for the hubby. The texture is perfect but I might like a little more flavor. Updating : the crust was great right out of the oven, but just so/so after it sat and cooled. It seemed to lose the lightness/crispness.
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Jamaican Spinach Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2008
Unique soup, I love the ginger. I tripled the spinach and could even add more as it really cooks down. I went ahead and pureed it all but found a few potato chunks which were nice, so next time I'll leave some more chunky. I'd actually like a little more garlic and maybe some black pepper as well, I went lite on the cayenne just incase :-) I'm looking forward to eating it tomorrow and seeing if its even better.
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