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Quick and Easy Fish Tacos

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2005
Excellent and easy! What a great taste. I used Essensia southwest salsa (an Albertsons brand) and homemade tartar sauce with low fat mayo and pickles. I found this because I had left over red cabbage and didn't know what to do with it. You do need to pan fry the tortillas (2 T. of oil worked for 2 tortillas), I tried microwaving them for less fat and it won't work (the tortillas split and fall apart).
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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2005
Easy, simple and tasty! I made it for my work's potluck luncheon, having never tasted it before. I was sure it'd be good, but it was better than I thought. I left out the cheese, I'm lactose intolerant, and used soy Paremesan cheese. I left out the tomatoes too, only because I didn't have any at the time. I will make this again.
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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2005
I was not too impressed. They did not have too much flavor in my opinion, but I like that it uses peanuts and oats (pantry items I keep handy). I am going to eat them, don't get me wrong, but I probably won't make them again. I also was not able to cut them. It was like trying to saw a rubber door mat! They aren't hard, but chewy like the name says, so I tore off pieces instead.
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French Cafe Summer Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2005
I came across this while searching for a recipe to use up the head of red cabbage. A little different, but tasty and pretty nonetheless. I cut the recipe in half, but then only used 4 red potatoes (instead of 7). I also had only 1/2 a red pepper, I didn't bother to buy the other 2 colored peppers. I added the dressing and it was soaked up immediately, probably because I didn't let the potatoes cool completely. Anyway I ended up making twice as much dressing just to get it going. Also added a splash of red wine vinegar, it seemed to need it.
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Ham and Pineapple Couscous Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2005
Very eash and good! I like onion but too much will give me heartburn. So I added maybe 1/4 c. of chopped onion. I didn't have left over ham (I don't cook hams), so I got a slab of black forest ham from the deli when it was on sale. Only suggestion, maybe a little more dressing. I used 2 T. of Dijon. Good summer salad.
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Brownie Oat Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2005
Pretty good! I followed the recipe to a T and discoverd that there wasn't enough liquid with just the egg whites, vanilla and corn syrup. I couldn't even moisten all of the dry ingredients. So I added a little canola oil thinking it would fix them up. I didn't measure it, just added enough to make them moist - maybe 1/4 cup in the end or less. The cookies turned out pretty good! I feared that adding too much corn syrup would make them too crunchy (something I've experienced before). So in the end I will probably make these again, but modify it slightly - perhaps 1 egg and 1 egg white, plus 3 T. of oil (or maybe 2 T. of butter) just to get them going. Easy part was everything is always in the pantry ready to go. I'm not too gung-ho on super low fat, a little fat is OK by me. I also got 24 cookies total.
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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: May 13, 2005
I was expecting a cookie more like the traditional no bake oatmeal cookies, but they aren't really like that at all. I don't think I got 24 out of this batch, maybe 18, and they were still small. The flavor was not as sweet as a regular cookie, and the chocolate taste is more for the bittersweet chocolate palette. They did melt quickly (after a 30 min freeze) so I am storing them in the fridge in a container. After being the only one eating these for several days, I've really grown to like the taste of these cookies. For a easy no bake cookie, these are fairly low in fat compared to their traditional version.
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Vegetable Shepherd's Pie

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2005
This was pretty easy and good. Instead of peeling, boiling, mashing the potatoes, I just used a single packet of Instant preflavored potatoes to save time. I also added 1/4 bit of cooked beef I had all ready to go the freezer. It added a little more substinance. We are not vegetarians, however. It's a regular in our house now.
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Baked Pork Spring Rolls

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2005
I love these. They are pretty simple to make along with a ramen stir fry. They are more like low-fat eggrolls, instead of spring rolls, which I think of as cold food items. I did not have a few items on hand (oyster sauce, cilantro, chili sauce) and they still turned out great. I will make these again, definitely.
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Green Tomato Raspberry Jam

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2004
I was hoping to like this recipe, but maybe I didn't do something right. It had the consitency of super thick jello with a weird after taste. Maybe I didn't simmer the tomatoes enough, but I did set the timer. I made 1/2 a batch. It's still sitting in my fridge. I may throw it out, or learn to stomach it.
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Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2004
After reading how everyone said there wasn't enough "sauce," I cut the puffed wheater cereal down to 6 cups. I think it worked fine. Tastes pretty good. I bought a huge bag of Malt-o-Meals puffed wheat cereal, and neither of us like it with milk, but we like it this way. Not the healthiest treat, but at least I'm using up that cereal!
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Zucchini Cobbler

Reviewed: Sep. 15, 2004
This does taste like apples! My husband even asked if I had used the apples from our apple tree! I actually cut this recipe in 1/2 and used a 8" pie pan to bake it in. The zucchini does need to be fully simmered and tender for this to taste just right. This made alot of crumb in my opinion, so I saved 1 c. of the mixture and froze it for a later use. Probably cut down on the fat content too. I will make this again. It's fun to surprise people too!
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German Potato Pancakes

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2004
These are pretty good and pretty easy. Quite economical with a cheap bag of spuds. However, I found that using a small frying pan, the first batch used up all the oil. I didn't replace the pan with more oil for the second batch, and they didn't turn out quite the same. Not as cooked in the center. So next time I think I'll use my largest fry pan and do more at one time so that I don't have to keep refilling the oil, and waiting for it to heat up. A little on the fatty side for us, but a good treat every now and then!
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Fast and Easy Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2004
Pretty good and very easy. I used powdered buttermilk and water as the "milk" replacement to make them more tasty. I don't think I'll ever buy premade pancakes again when the real thing is just too easy to make.
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Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2004
I was very excited to try this recipe. I must say it totally lived up to it's 5 star rating. We really like beans, and this was very good, easy and cheap. I used black beans cooked from scratch, and not the soup. I also, had to use only a half can of chickpeas because my crockpot wasn't that big (saved other half for a soup). I think it's a 3 quart crockpot. I was a surprised how little tomatoes goes in the chili recipe, but it worked great. I pureed a can of diced tomatoes because my husband doesn't like chunk tomatoes. I also added a dash of cumin. Baked beans added a nice sweet touch. Served with corn bread muffins. It was great, I will make this again!
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Apple Yogurt Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 14, 2004
I would make these again. I'd take Apple Yogurt Pancakes any day over plain old pancakes. We made a half batch last night for dinner, accompanied with a veggieham omelet, and it was quick and good. It did make 3 servings, and I reheated the last serving this morning for breakfast. I did shred the apple and not chop it. Easy to make, not time involved at all. Peeling an apple is not hard work.
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IX

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2004
I really enjoyed these cookies. I halved the recipe, and I was able to get 36 cookies instead of 24. I used a 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie. It's a very simple recipe to halve. I was a little scared at how little liquid there was, so I added 1 T. of melted butter. I think it gave these cookies a light crunch and were very good, and the liquid would have been just fine with out the butter. They are quick easy, good for you, lower in sugar and fats than most cookies. The cookies are a bit rounded, not flat, but I like them that way. Thanks Cal!
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Easy Roasted Pork

Reviewed: Dec. 3, 2003
I really loved the taste of applesauce, ginger, and brown sugar. It wasn't super sweet or candy like (like I was thinking), but moist and flavorful. I didn't have a roast, or a roasting bag. I had two 4 oz. lean pork loin cuts, and lots of tin foil. And I didn't flour it. This was my first time I made pork for my husband and I. He actually liked it, he is super picky too. So now I can add pork loin to our repertoire. And this one was easy. Paired it with baked sweet potatoes and stuffing. MMMM.
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Beezie's Black Bean Soup

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2003
This recipe is a keeper! 1) because I can use my crockpot, 2) I can start with dry beans. The day before, I was cooking a pound of dry black beans in my crockpot, wondering what to do with them. I found this recipe and low and behold, I had all the ingredients in my house! This soup recipe has what many other recipes I’ve tried lacked: lentils, rice, tomatoes, jalapeno and lots of chili powder. I halved the recipe for my 3 quart crockpot, and I started with mostly cooked black beans. After that, it took about 2 hours on high. I pureed half and then boiled off a little excess liquid. I’m eating for lunch as I write this and it’s the best black bean soup I’ve had. Crush some tortillas chips, add some sour cream or plain yogurt, and cilantro, Voila! I’m going to dehydrate a couple servings for my upcoming camping trip too. It seems to be the perfect consistency for dehydrating. NOTE TO SCDEMERS: you need to basically cook a pound of black beans BEFORE you begin the recipe. Don't add dry beans to the pot with all the other ingredients. Step 2 is describing the cooking of JUST the beans. There are 2 cooking phases #1 just the beans, and #2 the cooked beans and all other ingredients. You should try it again!
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Cantaloupe Bread with Praline Glaze

Reviewed: Oct. 27, 2003
This bread was excellent. Very easy to make and a good way to use up cantaloupe that has overripened. I made some modifications to "healthy" it up. I discarded 2 of the egg yolks, replaced 1/2 of the oil with plain non-fat yogurt, replaced one of the cups of flour with wheat flour, and used 1 1/2 c. of sugar instead of 2 c. I added walnuts also because I love walnuts. I did not make a praline glaze for the bread. I think it still turned out excellent with the modifications.
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