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Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2004
This was not a hit in my house. My husband didn't like it & said it had way too much pasta. Maybe 1/2 a lb. would have been better than 12 oz. of pasta. I thought it was bland. If you like tuna noodle casserole, you'll probably enjoy this recipe. I did make some changes though. I used 1 can of cream of mushroom soup & 1 can of cream of chicken soup, used a mixture of shredded cheddar & jack cheese, & added some pimento and sliced fresh mushrooms. I also topped the dish with some parmesan cheese (instead of more of the shredded cheddar/jack that had been mixed in with the dish) & some slivered almonds.
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Easy Pasta Fagioli

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2003
I'm giving this 4 stars but I did change the recipe. The amount of tomato sauce (32 oz.) compared to the amount of chicken broth (14 oz.) seemed off to me. I thought it might taste just like eating tomato sauce. Anyway, I reversed the amounts with 32 oz. of 99% fat free broth and 15 oz. of tomato sauce. I may experiment with the proportions in the future. I also added one chopped onion instead of using only one slice & reduced the basil quite a bit, due to family preference. Finally I added whole wheat pasta separately to the soup at the table so the pasta wouldn't get too mushy when the leftovers were reheated.
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Juicy Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2003
Someone mentioned this tasted like fruit cocktail. It kind of does but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing; it's refreshing. I used a 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks and used a clementine orange (2 would have been better) with the little sections cut in half. I didn't bother to peel a granny smith apple as I think the skin is good & it adds color. Speaking of color, I think red seedless grapes would be a good substitution and/or addition. Finally I added a can of drained sliced peaches (that had been in unsweetened pear juice to minimize the added sugar) & cut the slices in half.
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Chloe's Quick Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2003
I mixed plain nonfat yogurt with it. The orange juice gives it a bit of a sour taste. I may add just a little Splenda next time.
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Spicy Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Dec. 17, 2003
Well, my office had our annual holiday "gorgerama" today. I brought this in & it was a huge hit. At least 7 people complimented me, and I had numerous requests for the recipe. One co-worker left a note on my desk that the dish was excellent & another co-worker said it was the best dish she'd tasted at the party. Even though it wasn't an original recipe, of course, I enjoyed the kudos. Anyway, I drained the peas, beans, & corn in a colander & rinsed them under cold water. I drained the jalapeno peppers too but didn't rinse them. I used a red onion and substituted 2 chopped fresh tomatoes for the canned ones & a tsp. of minced garlic from a jar & some salt for the garlic salt. I recommend that you make it at least the day before. Next time I make it, as people say it gets hotter as it sits, I think I may make it 2 days before & then drain it right before serving (saving the dressing for any leftovers) so it's less liquidy. I didn't drain it this time as I'd made it the night before & wanted the ingredients to marinate.
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Marinated Mushrooms II

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2003
I substituted Splenda for the brown sugar & my husband thought the recipe was too sweet! I think they taste vinegary though. Anyway, I served some to a friend, & she rated them "perfect." I'd recommend making them the day before serving as they get better as they marinate. You may want to take them out of the frig a little ahead of time before serving as sometimes the olive oil solidifies in the frig.
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Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2003
I used a 12 oz. jar of drained sweet roasted red peppers. The soup looked like an elegant soup you'd have at a restaurant. It was surprising & a nice change to have a creamed soup that was thickened with beans instead of cream. I tried some with a dollop of sour cream on top and some with some with goat cheese (I'd gotten some in a gift basket) on top, as suggested in the recipe, & preferred it without the additions. It does need some salt & pepper while cooking or at the table.
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Best Ever Split Pea

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2003
I used 99%, instead of fat-free, chicken broth. I didn't bother to puree this in the blender. After cooking, it was creamy already; the only pieces left were the carrots which I didn't mind. I'd suggest adding some more broth or water as needed, when cooking or reheating though. You may need more salt & pepper as well. This was a nice recipe as it tasted fine without adding any ham or beef for flavor.
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Whipped Carrots And Parsnips

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2003
This was OK as a change. I cooked the vegetables longer to soften them, substituted margarine, & used an electric mixer to whip them. I added a little nutmeg to some at the table & preferred them without it.
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Minestrone Soup I

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2003
I substituted olive oil for the margarine & crushed tomatoes for the stewed tomatoes, as I prefer a smoother base. I also substituted small white beans for the potatoes as white potatoes are a "bad" carb on my current eating plan. Using 2 different types of beans was fine. Finally I added whole wheat pasta to the soup separately at the table so it wouldn't get too mushy.
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Fish Fillets Italiano

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2003
This was OK but had no kick. I did substitute orange roughy, omitted the olives, & used fresh tomatoes. Maybe adding some feta would help...
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Fabulous Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2003
I used clementine orange sections instead of the nectarine, although mandarin oranges would probably be good too. As I try to stay away/reduce sugar, I substituted nonfat plain yogurt, 1 tsp. of vanilla & 1 tsp Splenda for the lemon yogurt. I suppose I could experiment & add some lemon juice. I'd also use only one stalk of celery next time. I may substitute grapes for the dried cranberries as well so there'd be natural sweetness instead of more sugar. If you're going to serve this for guests, I'd suggest draining the fruit before serving & then adding the yogurt & nuts as it gets a bit liquidy.
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Butternut Squash with Onions and Pecans

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2003
I substituted olive oil for the butter as it's healthier. It was nice to find a recipe that didn't have brown sugar.
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Andrea's Pasta Fagioli

Reviewed: Dec. 7, 2003
I used chicken broth instead of water, reduced the tomato sauce to 16 oz., & reduced the amount of parsley, basil & oregano due to family preference. I served the pasta separately to be added to the soup at the table That way, if there were leftovers, the pasta wouldn't get mushy when reheated in the soup.
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Hearty Lentil Soup II

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2003
I left out the green onions, leek, & potato & substituted crushed tomatoes as I prefer a smoother tomato base. Next time, I'm going to add adding can of vegetable broth or some water as the soup gets pretty thick. You also may want to add salt & pepper, as desired, at the table.
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Cranberry Waldorf

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2003
This was the 1st time I ever used whole cranberries. I tried it once with dried cranberries but it was too sweet for my taste. The 2nd time I made it, I used the cranberries in the bag. As I try to reduce the amount of sugar in my foods, I substituted Splenda for the sugar. I also used plain nonfat yogurt (that has no extra sugar added) & then just added a tsp. of vanilla. If you think the dish is too tart, you can just add a little more Splenda. I'd suggest stirring it before serving as it gets a little watery. Next time, I think I'll double the recipe.
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Artichoke and Tomato Chicken

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2003
I made this once with the vegetables under the chicken & once with them on top. I thought it just came out too watery, maybe because of the juices from the chicken. Perhaps it would be better if it was baked without the marinara sauce. The chicken then could be taken out of the liquid & the marinara could be added just before serving.
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Cheesy Acorn Squash

Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2003
I'm trying to eat healthier & stay away from sugar so I thought this looked interesting from the usual brown sugar recipes. I used olive oil instead of butter, also sauteed some garlic & used dried parsley, as that's what I had in the house. You can adjust the amount of celery & onion to your taste.
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