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Chili Potato Burritos

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2004
I was feeling particularly lazy when I made these, and used instant mashed potatoes instead. Worked perfectly fine. I used a lactose-free cheddar/jack mix instead, and added just a bit more chili powder. The taco sauce that I bought to go over top was so-so, but that's not reflective of this recipe, just a poor choice on my part. Using regular salsa would be a better alternative. I will definitely make this again, as it is very very easy, and very tasty.
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Tater Tot Casserole II

Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2004
Very tasty, in a heavy comfort food sort of way. I used 98% fat free cream of chicken instead of mushroom, and left off the fried onions since I'm not a huge fan. I used fat free sour cream, but I agree that the recipe called for too much. Next time I would use about 3/4 of the package. Even using the low fat ingredients, this was tasty. I also added about 1/3 cup of salsa just to give it a little spice. Overall, a very easy dish. It would also be good with hamburger mixed in.
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Hot Curried Tuna Sandwiches

Reviewed: Nov. 1, 2004
This was one of those recipes I kept talking about the rest of the night. I used fat-free miricle whip instead of mayo. I didn't have English muffins, so I used French rolls instead. I used mozzerella instead of cheddar, but left everything else the same. These would make a great appetizer, but my husband and I had ours as a snack. Will definitely make this again.
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Lisa's Lasagne

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2004
I was rather disappointed by this. I thought that if I loved all the vegetables that went in it, that it would be ok... However, I had trouble with the cheese sauce. I think if I were to do it again, I'd just use straight mozzerella and not bother with trying to make a sauce. I didn't have any tomato paste, and I used canned diced tomatoes, thinking it would even out. It ended up being very liquidy instead, and it made the noodles soggy. I ended up throwing away my portion and my husband thought it was so-so. I give it three stars only because it could have been better were it not for some error on my part. Would have been less disappointing if it didn't take so long to make, but that's the nature of lasgne!
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Mexican Rice I

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2004
I was very, very low on groceries and happy to see an easy rice recipe. I didn't have onion or tomatoes, so instead I used a six oz. can of tomato paste. I used double the rice (but it was brown rice) and triple the spices (except the salt). I also added about 1/2 cup of green pepper. The result was good, but not fabulous.
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Quick Black Beans and Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2004
This is very tasty and has a lot of additional potential. I did not have quick-cook rice, so I sauteed the onions first, then added the rice, water, tomatoes and spices. About 3/4 of the way through the cook time, I added the beans. I also added about 1 1/2 tsp. of chili powder, but next time, I think I'll add more. I also used just regualr canned diced tomatoes because that's what I had. This would also be good with green chiles or green pepper.
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Greek Potato Stew

Reviewed: Oct. 12, 2004
I make this a lot when I'm low on groceries, since I usually have all the ingredients on hand. I leave out the olives because I don't like them. I usually use canned diced tomatoes, and I have quite often added zuchinni to the mix! Very, very tasty.
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Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2004
Extra tasty. Instead of jalepenos, I used a can of diced green chilies. I only had 5 1/2 cups of chicken broth and it worked out fine. I also added a can of diced tomatoes and green pepper. It would have been good with onions too, but I didn't use any this time. I pureed half the soup, and we ate all of it over a couple of days. Very easy to make.
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Honey Baked Chicken II

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2004
So tasty! Instead of a whole chicken, I used 3 chicken breasts and cut the sauce recipe in half. I cut them into pieces and poured the sauce over the chicken in a 7x11 dish, and baked it for about 45 minutes. I served it with mashed potatoes, and it was all very good.
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Indian Vegetable Rice

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2004
Really good. Instead of regular onion, I used green onion that I already had cut up. I hadn't bought Basmati rice, so I used brown rice and adjusted the cook time accordingly. I also added 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper. I used vegetable out of a stir fry mix, which had baby corn, red pepper, peapods and bamboo shoots-- not entirely Indian vegetables, but good nonetheless. I did not add them until the last 15 minutes of cook time. I think I may play around with the spices a bit next time, but this is still tasty.
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Corn Chowder II

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2004
I can condfidently call this recipe "Awesome" without a hint of nerdiness. To make the recipe less-dairy and friendlier on my stomach, I used Lactaid skim milk. For the cheese, what I had on hand was light mozzerella string cheese. So I just separated two sticks into "strings" and called it good. I added a bit more cayenne pepper than was called for-- very sinus clearing! And, like many people, I added two decent sized diced potatoes to the mix. I left out the sherry and it was fine. The end result was very, very good and I will most definitely make it again.
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Aunt Cora's World's Greatest Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2004
Very delicious. I didn't have any chocolate chips, and added about a tbsp. of cocoa powder instead-- it was good, but I am sure the chocolate chips are way better. To save time, I poured the batter into a 9x11 baking dish and baked it for about 40 minutes. The end result was more like "cookie bars."
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Best Guacamole

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2004
I thought this was all right. I would probably leave out the olive oil next time. I also added cayenne pepper, garlic powder and substituted green onions for regular ones.
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Chicken and Pasta in a Mango Cream Sauce

Reviewed: Sep. 18, 2004
The end result of this recipe was delicious. I had some preparation problems with not having a pot large enough to hold all of the ingredients together for the tossing, so I ended up dividing it in half, and tossing it in the pan I cooked the chicken in and the other half in the pot I cooked the noodles in. I might use penne pasta next time, though I liked the change in using rotini. Instead of heavy cream, I used 3/4 cup of lactaid skim milk and 1/4 cup margarine. The sauce isn't as thick that way, but it cuts down on the fat and is lactose-free :)
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Vegetarian Phad Thai

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2004
This was absolutely delicious. I soaked the noodles in water for a little over an hour. I didn't have peanut oil, but seasame oil worked just as well. I cooked the sauce in a large pot, and sauteed the vegetables in a large pan. The noodles were plenty soft and so I just added them to the sauce while I was cooking the vegetables. (I didn't have a wok) I added the veggies to the large pot and stirred everything up and served. Absolutely yummy the next day as leftovers too. Restaurant quality. I've also cut the recipe in half and used linguine noodles, which made it all come together really quickly.
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Thai Coconut Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2004
I found this to be really tasty and easy. I used probably double the curry called for, and added probably close to the same amount of chili powder. I didn't have the exact vegetables on hand, but I had planned on leaving the asparagus out anyway since I don't like it. Instead, I used some frozen stirfry-style veggies that I had, which contained pea pods, red peppers, babycorn, carrots and bamboo shoots. I did have fresh green onions to use, however. I used regular white rice instead of jasmine, since to me, jasmine rice tastes like drinking perfume. ;) Overall, I loved this recipe and will definitely make it again.
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Onion Pasta

Reviewed: Sep. 9, 2004
I only did 2 onions instead of the 5 and they were plenty! (They were just standard yellow organic onions, nothing special) I used oregano instead of basil (just like oregano better) and added a dash of garlic powder. I used more pepper than the recipe called for. Maybe 1/4 tsp. I liked this quite a bit as an easy recipe when you're low on groceries. I wasn't 100% wowed, but I'm sure I'll make it again.
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African Peanut Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2004
I thought this was rather tasty. I cut the recipe in half, as there were only 2 people going to be eating it! On a whim, I added 1/4 tsp. of chili powder instead of the 1/8 it would have called for, and I did closer to a half cup of peanut butter. The extra chili powder was excellent. The extra peanut butter was ok, but what it calls for would be fine too. The only complaint I have is that I need about double the time to get the rice cooked-- 15 minutes wasn't nearly enough time. I will still make this again.
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Chicken Enchiladas I

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2004
I give this 5 stars because the unenjoyable part of the recipe was on my end--- my taco sauce choice (Pace's Classic Taco Sauce) didn't mesh well with the rest of it, so the filling was definitely the best part. I agree that the water can probably be left out. I used fat-free sour cream. I didn't have cheddar or green pepper, so I used mozzerella and orange pepper, and it was tasty. I didn't use as much cheese as the recipe called for to make it less dairy-intensive. I had trouble rolling the tortillas, as I only had small ones on hand, so I ended making a layered dish that my husband termed "Echilsana."
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Curry Pumpkin Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2004
I really liked this flavor, but I'm knocking off one star just cos I had to modify it so much. I used a milk/margarine combination because I can't eat cream, and I added more curry (and the second time around I will use even more.) I also added sauteed onions, as was suggested in the description. I thought that this wasn't going to make a very good meal on its own, so I cooked up some rice and ladeled the soup over the rice. The end result was very tasty and filling--- the pumpkin works well in this recipe!
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