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Lentil Cakes (Patties)

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2005
Pretty good, but very easy and cheap, especially if you omit the walnuts like I did. Didn't have poultry seasoning so I used a mix of oregano, parsely, black pepper, dash of coriander and some garlic powder. I also used red lentils instead of brown, since that is what I had. Mixed a few breadcrumbs in, but didn't bread them on the outside. Ate with ketchup and honey mustard. Probably will make again.
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Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

Reviewed: Jul. 8, 2005
Good, but I had to add spices-- I added 2 tsp of Creole seasoning and 1 tsp of cayenne, but that was too much cayenne, so if I were to do it again, I'd do half. I had some dried black eyed peas to use instead, so I soaked them for 4 hours and then simmered them for around 45 minutes before making the gumbo. Since I didn't have the liquid from the cans to use, I doubled the chicken broth. The end result was seriously spicy, but filling and easy.
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Philly Steak Sandwich

Reviewed: Jul. 7, 2005
This was exactly what I wanted to eat last night. I used top round steak instead of sirloin and used one big loaf of French bread cut into two big sandwiches instead. I didn't have any onion powder or marjoram, but the spices were still perfect. I loved the way the onions cooked up-- almost sweet. There was an excess of the onion/pepper mixture, so my 15 month old happily ate the extra. Overall, this is a great sandwich and very easy.
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Asian Ground Beef and Pepper Saute

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2005
I only had one yellow pepper, but it worked out. I'm sure it is even better with the correct amount of peppers, no matter what color. I subbed 1 tbsp of dried parsley and a little more than 1 tsp of ground ginger. Since I did not have low-sodium soy sauce, I did regular and omitted the extra salt. I used Thai chili sauce for the paste, and basmati rice instead of jasmine. Jasmine rice is too much like eating perfume for me. Overall, I thought this dish was really easy, and really tasty, and I look forward to making it with the right amount of peppers!
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Shuk Shuka

Reviewed: Jul. 2, 2005
Very delicious and really quick to throw together. I don't like fried eggs, so I scrambled them into the mix after cooking the tomatoes and garlic. It was ready much faster after cooking it that way. My roma tomatoes were small, but the amount worked out perfectly. The only other thing I changed was adding a bit of black pepper and only doing the smallest dash of salt. We used honey wheat pitas and it was delicious.
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Easy Olive Oil, Tomato, and Basil Pasta

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2005
This was definitely easy, but I could have done with more tomatoes. I only used 13 oz. of whole wheat rotini, and even then the tomatoes didn't quite seem to be enough, so I added some green pepper. I didn't have fresh basil, so I did dried basil with some additional Italian seasoning. I topped it all with some parmesan cheese, and it was very tasty. I'm sure it's even better with the fresh herbs.
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Fried Plantains

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2005
I love making plantanos. I add a touch of sugar while frying and serve them with black beans. Delicioso!
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Oven Roasted Potatoes

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2005
Delicious. I used 6 potatoes because mine were on the small side, and I used sage instead of marjoram since I didn't have any of the marjoram. Other than just a splash extra olive oil, I kept everything else the same, and they turned out great. Ate them with vegetarian baked beans.
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread II

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2005
So tasty. I halved the recipe because I only had enough zucchini for one loaf (and only one loaf pan). Since 1 1/2 eggs is a pain to deal with, I did 2 and it worked. The only other thing I changed was using canola oil instead of vegetable, and I omitted the walnuts since I didn't have any. I think that this is more than fine without them. This is very delicious and disappearing fast!
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Cube Steak Parmesan

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2005
Really good, though I used crushed ritz instead of saltines, and I think it may be better that way. I had a little over a pound of cube steak, so I used a full can of tomato sauce and upped the spices a bit, as well as adding some Italian seasoning and rosemary. I didn't have sliced mozzarella cheese, but shreds worked just fine. For this being my first "breaded" meal I have ever made, it was actually pretty easy to throw together.
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Garlic Top Sirloin Pot Roast

Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2005
Tasty, but could do without the peppers. We didn't have quite enough paprika, so we made up the difference with old bay seasoning, but left out the bay leaf. The store was out of top sirloin, so we ended up with a lean rump roast, and it worked well. Didn't have beef broth, so did all water, and added an extra bullion cube. Overall, it was good, but the rub on the meat was the best part!
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Roasted Vegetable and Beef Stew

Reviewed: Jun. 17, 2005
Very good! I realized after planning to make this that I don't have a good roasting pan to use, so I decided to make it in the crockpot instead. I only had 1.3 pounds of meat, but that seemed fine. I left out the olive oil, mushrooms and the bay leaf, but I added 1 tsp of thyme, 1/2 tsp oregano, and 1/2 tsp dried parsley. I used 4 cups of beef broth since I knew a lot of it would cook off in the slowcooker over time. I set it on high for the first 6 hours, and turned it down to low for about 30 minutes. At the 4 hour mark, I added just over 1/2 cup of the wine, and when I set it on low, I added 4 tbsp. of flour to thicken it. I'm sure this is very good roasted, but as I did it, it was good as well.
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Emily's Excellent Taco Casserole

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2005
Very easy! Would have been even easier if I didn't have to grate my cheese. I used organic vegetarian chili that had reduced salt, fritos scoops chips, and left out the sour cream. I doubled the recipe, but only used 3 roma tomatoes. I'm sure I'll make this again.
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Spicy Turkey Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2005
I scaled this to 1.25 lbs of turkey ("5" servings). I wasn't wild about this. It was good, but I've made better turkey burgers. I used ground ginger and dried cilantro, and regular dijon mustard. I only had regular soy sauce, so I left out the additional salt. This was definitely spicy with the jalepeno I used! Next time, I'd leave out the ginger and definitely use the low sodium soy sauce, but still leave out the additional salt. I might make this again. I cooked these by broiling them (don't have a grill, sadly), and ate them on whole wheat buns.
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Sesame Udon Noodles

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
This was much better tasting after it sat in the fridge for a day. I liked it but my husband wasn't wild about it-- said it had too much seasame flavor, which was weird because I thought the heavy flavor was the vinegar. Anyway, I prepared this as listed, with the only change being that it was an 8 oz. package of noodles cooked to pkg. directions (5 minutes), and I tossed some pre-cooked shrimp (tails trimmed off) in with the noodles while they were cooking.
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Emily's Famous Sloppy Joes

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2005
Very, very good. I went a little bit lighter on the cumin, but kept everything else the same. We ate this with whole wheat buns, and while it's not the best sloppy joe recipe I've ever made, it's still very tasty.
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Red Enchilada Sauce

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2005
The best! Like many other reviewers have said, I will never buy the store bottle again. I had an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, so I upped the spices and salsa a touch, but kept the water the same. I used 1 tsp. of dried onion, but otherwise kept everything the same. I used this over the Chili Potato Burritos recipe on this site, and later this week I'll be using the leftovers for Chicken Enchiladas I. Highly reccomended.
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Reviewed: May 26, 2005
Very good, but had to follow many reviewers' suggestions so that's why I'm knocking off a star. The chicken was cut into strips, I added 2 cups of chicken broth, three carrots, 2 celery stalks and one green pepper. I added the biscut dough when there were 2.5 hours left to cook, and they turned out perfectly. I used the reduced fat cream of chicken, and the end result was quite tasty. Since I cut up the veggies the night before, this was easy to throw together in the morning.
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Mexican Lasagna I

Reviewed: May 24, 2005
This was really good and easy to throw together. I cooked the beef ahead of time. I only needed three lasagna noodles per layer because I bought the Barilla ones that are "rolled flat" (and therefore more wide) and say that they don't need any pre-cooking. I added a little bit of cayenne pepper to the mix, and I think that this recipe would benefit from a bit more salsa. I used all Monteray Jack cheese and omitted the sour cream and olives. My husband added some sour cream separately to his portion, but I thought it was fine without. I think layering some cheese in is a good idea, as others have suggested. I'm sure I will make this again.
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Soul Smothered Chicken

Reviewed: May 22, 2005
Really good! I used just over a pound of chicken breasts cut into strips and went light on the salt, but kept everything else the same. For whatever reason, it took me a lot longer to cook than the time said, but it was worth it in the end. However, I think this would be better with mashed potatoes instead of rice.
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