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Overnight Coconut Pecan Steel Cut Oats

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2015
This recipe grew on me and I have made it three times now. First time I thought raw oatmeal this is just too weird to eat. Then, I ended up sprinkling on a little more brown sugar and eating it all. I accidentally bought steel cut quick oats instead of regular quick oats. I came upon this recipe looking to use them up. Only change is using a quick type of steel cut oat and adding 2 teaspoons of generously packed brown sugar to the oats. Still has to be healthier than the alternative breakfasts I have eaten. I like cinnamon, but I have found I like this better without it after adding the extra brown sugar. A review posted here mentioned heating it for a minute before eating. I may try that too. ty
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Classic Minute® Rice Pudding

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2015
This is so good! I have been trying for years to find a recipe that tastes like the rice puddings at the Greek restaurants and this is it! Only thing they do is garnish it with sprayed whipped cream and cinnamon. Rice pudding really is a formula recipe like baking. Follow this recipe verbatim. I used golden raisins, my preference, and 2% milk as my only minor deviations. Do not use non fat milk, artificial sweeteners, or regular rice, and expect this to turn out thick and creamy. I made sure not to boil it at the end, as stated, so it did not separate. It stayed pudding like with that suggestion. Unless one eats large desserts, I would say this is probably closer to 5 servings. This one is being saved in the recipe box, for future rice pudding cravings. ty
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Cheddar Bacon Hamburgers

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2015
I liked these burgers. They are really different. I don't even know how to describe the taste? Its sort of like a burger with a smokey cheese on top. I couldn't really taste the bacon or horseradish distinctly. I used sharp cheddar and made sure to buy the real bacon bits. I used lean beef, lined a rimmed baking sheet with foil, and broiled them on high after spraying with a little oil. After flipping, they started to splatter a little as oil from the bacon bits and cheese started to release. Possibly heating the bacon bits briefly and drying off excess oil or changing the foil when flipping would have possibly helped with that. If broiling or using the bbq just be careful. I don't normally have that issue, broiling burgers, always buying the leaner beef. I served them on wheat buns with regular condiments, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. I would try these if desiring a burger with a different taste. I made slightly smaller burgers and got 8 at 142 calories each or about 350 calories with a wheat bun and condiments. Note: Even though these dont taste salty, the bacon, cheese, and added salt, left me awfully thirsty. It also really smoked up my oven the next time I used it. I think I will save something like this for the grill.
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Unstuffed Cabbage Roll

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2015
I was really wanting to like this recipe. I grew up eating stuffed cabbage. Unfortunately, this just was not a hit in my home. I have well over half left and believe it may get tossed. Changes I made were using lean meat and cutting the salt back to a 1/2 tsp. The sodium would have been astronomical otherwise. It tasted plenty salty still. It was tons easier than boiling and rolling cabbage. I tasted it when done and it just didn't remind me exactly of stuffed cabbage. I ended up adding a little minute rice at the end. That seemed to do the trick to give it more of that stuffed cabbage flavor. I am realizing, though, what makes the classic dish special is its presentation. It just falls short appearance wise chopped up in a skillet. I am hoping I can turn this into a soup, or something similar, to improve the leftovers.
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Banana Muffins II

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2015
These bake up very nicely. I topped the muffins with chopped walnuts, which I highly suggest for appearance and texture. I got 12 muffins, exactly, with a #16 scoop. I sprayed my non-stick pan with Bakers Joy and they removed effortlessly after cooling slightly. My only issue was these reminded me very much like banana bread and not a banana muffin cut open and when tasted. The only difference is these are slightly sweeter and very soft. I would consider them an easily portioned banana bread, if craving that. My only change was the garnish and subbing a 1/2 cup of the flour for white whole wheat. I would make these for a banana bread lover.
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Broiled Cauliflower with Four Cheese Tomato Sauce

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2015
This is a quick and easy side dish I came up with to utilize a jar of tomato sauce and not wanting pasta. Its great for those on a low-carb diet or can be eaten with a main dish. I tried to keep it simple and the flavors fresh. I hope you enjoy!
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Beef and Cabbage Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2015
I dont know what I did wrong? After 1 hour there was virtually no liquid in the pot cooking the meat. I had the temp on 4, but I was using my wider 3" pot with a lid. That is typically a simer with it. After 1 hour, I ended up having to add five cups of water. The meat was plenty tender, so I just added the vegetables at that point. I simmered it about 45 more minutes, adding the tomato sauce at some point. My only change was adding an extra carrot and using a 10oz bag of shredded cabbacabbage, which equaled 4 cups approximately. A bit of my potatoes did disolve, along with the cabbage, but it thickened the soup anyhow. I like all the vegetables in this, but for me that is a long time sitting over a pot. I near halved all the cooking times and it was still plenty. I rated this a 4 for flavor. Its actually pretty good and much less salty tasting than other stews. Just a little too time consuming for a week night meal for me.
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Perfect Breakfast

Reviewed: Jan. 23, 2015
I thought this was okay. To bring it to the 300 calorie range I halved all of the ingredients but the avocado. My issue was the dijon mustard didn't really seem to go with this. I think, it is better suited to a lunch sandwich. I also didn't love the parmesan and think cheddar or a softer cheese would have went better with this. I can see reworking this so it all comes together better. It just seemed like a lot of separate components. Maybe, scrambled eggs, mashed avocado, a softer cheese, and get rid of the spicy dijon, would be my changes. I like that this breakfast has 2 sources of protein and it was a break from my usual toast, English muffin, or low-cal muffin with coffee. Note: Video adds mayo, bacon, and tomato. May be the trick to this open faced sandwich/breakfast sandwich.
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Hominy and Cheese Casserole

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2015
I like hominy, so I expected to really like this side dish. I might take the cream cheese and green chilis idea and use it in another recipe. After baking, it became watery. I was surprised, because I drained the hominy and green chilis well. However, as it cooled it did absorb the liquid. Even so, the hominy did not seem to absorb the cream cheese mixture. I also had an issue with the onion being slightly crunchy, after baking, despite sauteing them first.
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Lentils And Spinach

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2015
I felt this was flat in taste. I reduced the cumin and salt, however I ended up adding some garlic salt and Adobo seasoning anyhow. I used 1/2 of a 1 lb of fresh box of organic baby spinach and red lentils. I am thinking the recipe called for green lentils or another type. Mine were mush in 20 minutes. It almost looked like mashed beans and spinach. It worked fine for lunch and fresh. Just hope last couple portions are not wasted.
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Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2015
I really liked this chili and will more likely make it again. I am not a big fan of heat or spice, so I only did about 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes and 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the chili powder. For the kidney beans I used one can each of pink and pinto beans. It was what I had and I just prefer them. My only real issue is the sodium level. I would definitey opt for low-sodium canned goods. As my crock-pot is an older model and I wanted to make sure the soup was done in the 3-4 hour range I did sauté the onions in the oil, until soft, then added the ground turkey to the pan. This was good garnished with a little shredded cheddar, and jalepenos, on top, as desired.
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Pumpkin-Oat Scones

Reviewed: Jan. 19, 2015
We liked these. I am fan of baked goods with oatmeal and pumpkin anything though. I also don't like really sweet baked goods, so these worked good for me. With that being said, I had leftover pumpkin pie filling and this recipe was recommended. I really think, this recipe benefits from pumpkin pie filling over pumpkin puree due to having absolutely no sugar. It is a scone and not a biscuit. It should have even a little. So my rating is on making that necessary change. I don't care much for frosting or icings and opted to make just a half a recipe of it. I actually thought they were fine just as is. The icing makes them look more decorative though. After I measured out half the powdered sugar I realized it still needed the same amount of milk and spices as using the full amount. It tasted a little flat, so I also ended up adding an equal amount of pumpkin spice. That seemed to do the trick. I followed the recipe, as is, and had no troubles. I did knead on parchment and bake on it also. The suggested bake time is also way off. They took 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes I used a sharp knife to separate the scones to ensure the centers were properly baked. ty
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Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2015
I really liked this. Apparently, I made it twice. The first time didn't go over so well as there was too much browning due to reducing the fat too much and subbing some oil. I do not recommend that. I tried it again the other day and we really enjoyed it as a side dish. The only change I made this time was just going with 2 tblsp of regular butter and 2 cloves of chopped garlic. I wanted to keep within the same ratio. The cooking directions worked perfect this time. It makes 2 large or 4 small servings. The only thing it is only good when just made. The next day the butter bits all over the asparagus and the softer limper texture did not make it very good for leftovers. Definitely make this fresh and enjoy. I used about a medium sized asparagus, if that helps, about a 1/4" thick.
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Chicken Club Pasta Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2015
I thought this had good overall flavor. It did remind me of a club sandwich. It is pretty salty though. Also, it is a bit more expensive and time consuming than I prefer for a pasta salad. I did like that it wasn't all watery like I have had trouble with some pasta salads that I have put in the fridge. My husband really seemed to like this pasta salad. I supposed because of all of the add ins. I had to sub mini mozzarella balls for the cheese, because my grocery store did not have block of the munster. I think the cheese in the recipe would have been better for added color to the salad alone. I used a tri-color rotini and think that was a good choice. It ended up as approximately 2 cups of dry pasta. I used a box of pre-cooked bacon, 1/2 cup of the celery, and 1/3 cup of green pepper, which was what I had. For the dressing I used regular mayo, which may have helped with the non watery issue, and Paul Newman's family Italian dressing. I added a pinch of sugar or two as the dressing was a bit more bitter than Kraft Italian. I think, 2 avocados would have been good to in this. ty
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Easy Oven Brown Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2015
LOVED this rice or method of making brown rice. I usually make it in a rice cooker and it is so chewy. I lined my oval ceramic dish with foil, sprayed it with PAM, and added the ingredients with rice first. I microwaved the water right in my measuring cup in the microwave. I put the baking dish on a sheet pan and stirred the ingredients quickly. I covered with another sheet of foil not having a lid. After about an hour and 5~10 additional minutes I removed and the rice was nice and fluffy. This is my go to method now, easy clean-up and no stirring or watching. ty
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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2015
I saved this recipe planning to try it. I dont have a food processor, so I put a 12oz bag of florets in my Vitamix with water to 7 cup line and processed that way 5-10 seconds on speed 3. That worked great. On the dr oz show he swore this would only work by steaming in the microwave with 2 tablespoons of water for 7 minutes. I then, changed methods. I would like to process cauliflower again as rice bits and saute it as instructed instead. I liked the texture, but it was not chewy nor tasted like rice.
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Double Chocolate Biscotti

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2015
I made these over Christmas, with other biscotti, and forgot to rate them. Anyways, these were good. I thought they were more like a biscotti brownie in flavor. For the semi-sweet chocolate I had used a mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate. I had liked that these were not excessively sweet.
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Easy Pumpkin Cornbread

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2015
I was hoping these would turn out great, as I liked the concept of adding the pumpkin puree and using a small amount of sugar. My only change was making muffins instead of a square loaf. The issue with the recipe was without any baking powder the recipe just came out really dense. The whipped egg whites were not enough to cause levening. The flavor was okay and they werent over sweet which I did like. The pumpkin flavor is not real strong, but I did not expect it to be. I hope someone tries the recipe, with some baking powder, to see if it fixes that issue. I got 12 corn muffin/cakes.
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Chicken and Feta Burgers

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2015
This recipe worked well for me. I was looking for a quick and easy recipe to use up some ground chicken and found this one. It is similar to one I used from the site for ground turkey. I don't have a handy grill in the winter, so I just broiled them indoors on a foil lined baking sheet. Meat comes in 1 lb packs, so I used that but kept the rest of the ingredient amounts basically the same. I actually weighed out the 2 oz of feta and it came to 1/3 of a cup. I didn't have kalamata olive tapenade. So, I finely chopped 1 tablespoon and mixed with a tsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. For the 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano I used 1 tsp of dried. The garlic took an amount about 5 ex large cloves. Mincing the garlic was the most time consuming part of the recipe. I got 7 chicken burgers using 1/4 cup scoop at 130 calories made as written. ty
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Vegetarian Hoppin' John

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2015
I hate to rate a new recipe even averagly, but this was just too hot for me with the cajun spice. It also seems like it just needs something. Even meat chicken or sausage might do the trick. I followed recipe, just doing 1 less can of beans. I might see if I can save this by turning it into a soup or something else. It did make quite a bit for just 2 of us. Having had a meal plan in college I am surprised this was served in the cafeteria at the dorms. 20 years ago we paid 800~1000 a month for a meal plan. I would have been pretty displeased if the main dish was cooked white rice and a can of beans.
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