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Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 3, 2012
We loved these! My black bean loving daughter devoured an entire burger. I chose to skip the flour and bread in favor of a bit of panko. I did still add the cornstarch. To help the burgers stay together I chilled the finished mixture a few hours then formed the parties in wax paper and put in the freezers to set up a bit more. Next time I think I will go a step further and pre bake so I can allow them to sit out a bit and dry out so they form a nice crispy outside when placed under the broiler for 10 minutes or so. I added carrots, pre grilled corn I had left over, green onion, and garlic for my veg and to add some smoky flavor I added smoked paprika.
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Brown Spanish Rice

Reviewed: May 14, 2012
I thought this was a great quick base recipe. I made it as specified, but used a can of diced tomatoes with habaneros. After I tasted the finished product, I added a bit more salt, a bit of hot sauce, and some garlic and onion powder and a couple sprays of faux butter spray to keep it moist and it was a nice accompaniment to our tacos.
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Marian's Delicious Strawberry Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
Simple, quick, and tasty! I made it healthier by substituting Truvia for the sugar, and because I did not have fresh strawberries on hand (which is rare!) I had to use frozen. What a nice topping for the coconut pineapple light ice cream we have in the freezer!
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Killer Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2006
I actually divided the batter in half and made it plain and peanut butter chocolate swirled. It was a bit dry, but that was my fault because I used muffin pans to make heart shaped cakes (valentine's day) and wasn't sure exactly how long to bake for. All in all, it was a nice taste.
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Minted Carrots

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2011
I didn't feel that this was a bad recipe. For my taste, it was a bit sweet but it was a nice and simple glazed carrot recipe. I steamed quickly in the microwave, used light butter, splenda brown sugar, and slightly reduced the honey. I felt it could use more mint flavor. Perhaps it could be obtained by steaming the carrots with the mint or even putting the mint in with the butter to infuse and make more of a "mint butter" prior to adding the carrots and remainder of ingredients?
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Healthier Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Reviewed: May 31, 2012
I'm not a mustard and sweet relish kind of girl when it comes to my potato salad. This proved me wrong. I enjoyed the taste very much and also the fact that it was much ligher than your typical potato salad.
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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
This was a nice quick treat for my daughter. I tasted it as well, and liked the tang. She said it tasted too sour so we added a bit more Truvia. With skim milk the calories come down even more. I would send my husband off to work with this as a quick breakfast. I wouldn't, however, have a 300+ calorie snack.
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Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2012
Easy, quick, and great as a main dish or side dish. Easy to customize.
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Cucumber Favorites

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
Quick, easy, light appetizers. We enjoyed the lemon pepper and cucumber combination. I'd recommend leaving the bread out to soften if you purchase the refrigerated cocktail bread. We used light mayo to make the sandwiches even lighter. I'd even enjoy them open faced, as I didn't teven see the need for the top slice of bread if you wanted to furhter lighten these up!
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Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, Endive, & Blueberry Salad with Toasted Pecans

Reviewed: May 14, 2012
Yum. I don't know what else to say! The combination of the sweet apple sausage, the tangy goat cheeese, the tangy yet sweet blueberries, and the dressing, with the added crunch of the pecans was just spectacular. I could see this working with strawberries, almonds, the al fresco blueberry sausage...so many possibilities! This was quick and easy to prepare and very healthy!
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Dana's Cream Cheese Dip

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
My family thought this was a bit sweet and felt like it was missing something. I think with the addition of some parmesan cheese it would be a winner for us.
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Campbell's Kitchen Baked Corn Casserole

Reviewed: Nov. 29, 2011
We really enjoyed this casserole. I used light soup and egg whites instead of whole egg. We also left off the fried onions because we don't care for them. The result was a lighter version with a texture like a spoonbread. Delish!
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Mrs. Payson's SPAM® and Grits Brunch Casserole

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2011
This shocked me! It was really quite tasty. I was originally put off by the SPAM idea, but was able to "lighten" this up a bit, to about 220 calories for a decently sized portion. I used 2% milk cheddar cheese, fat free plain yogurt, and turkey SPAM instead of regular SPAM. Also, I had fresh tomatoes on hand so I diced those up instead of using canned, and just microwaved my grits because I had a few packets in the pantry. I would make this again but my husband wasn't even interested in trying it. He said he was put off by the look of it.
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A Little Bit of Everything

Reviewed: Jun. 16, 2011
When I made this, I wasn't thrilled with the taste but something about it screamed BOLOGNA! So I tossed a slice of fat free bologna in a container with the sauce (I quartered the recipe) and let it sit overnight. I grilled up the slice of bologna for lunch today and it was REALLY great. The vinegar gives it a tang, and for some reason this really pairs great with bologna. Yes, I grilled bologa!
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Abby's Chicken Rollatini

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2006
Eh. That's really all I can say about this. Like everyone else, I was expecting something really spectacular because of the rating. I found it bland, even though the chicken was coated in parmesan cheese. I didn't really like the taste very much, and my cheese kind of oozed out a little bit as well. Won't make this again.
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Carrot Cake I

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2006
I don't know why it said to use a bundt pan, especially since the picture shows a round cake pan...so I used a 8x8 glass pan, and it took FOREVER for this to finish. When it was FINALLY cooked through, the outside had a very burnt look and feel, almost carmelized. I had to reduce the heat of the oven for the last 1/2 hour or so just to get it cooked through without completely ruining it. I think it should be specified how long to cook it in 2 round cake pans, not a bundt. The flavor itself of the cake wasn't that great either, even after I cut off the burnt edges. I also thought that it had a bit too much carrot in it? Also, I used my own frosing- 16 oz. cream cheese softened, 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla. The frosting was the best part! I used the leftover frosting on some yellow cake cupcakes I made the next day. I wouldn't make this one again. I'll keep searching for "the perfect carrot cake" recipe. My search does NOT end here.
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Creepy Mini Pizzas

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2012
I didn't hate this dough, but I much prefer the whole wheat agave version that I usually make. This was very easy though and fun to make the little pizzas.
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Caramel Corn Treat Bags

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2012
Delicious, and much easier than I thought! My daughter and I added green food coloring to make "zombie boogers." Her favorite part was adding the baking soda ;) Very easy to reduce calories using light butter (or in our case, vegan) and light sugar.
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Chocolate-Filled Crescents

Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2012
Beyond simple, and it's great that Pilsbury Crescent dough is vegan so you can use it to make all sorts of quick appetizers and desserts and still keep it vegan!
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Fiber One® Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

Reviewed: Feb. 29, 2012
quick, easy, and fairly guilt free!! I love that you can easily customize with almond butter, cashew butter, white chocolate, dark chocolate, etc etc. The possibilities for mix in's are endless!
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