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Zucchini Spaghetti

Reviewed: Apr. 19, 2015
I used my home canned tomatoes for this recipe and skipped the red pepper flakes (I'm a wimp!). My tomatoes just so happened to be on the thicker side so I also skipped the tomato paste. Sometimes my home canned tomatoes come out a little on the watery side and if that was the case I would have definitely used the paste. And since my hubby wouldn't be eating this I took the opportunity to add fresh onion and also fresh garlic to the sauce and added some basil because I love basil. Using a spiralizer made cutting my zucchini a breeze. I am picky on how my sauce is on my "spaghetti" whether wheat pasta or zucchini noodles - I don't like to coat the entire strands in the sauce so I just ladled the sauce over my noodles. Yum!
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Pork Tenderloin Diane

Reviewed: Mar. 31, 2015
I love a recipe that can be done in under 30 minutes. I followed the recipe as is, cooking my pork to just over 145 degrees and tasted the sauce before serving on the pork. A little bit tangy for us so I toned it down by adding a teaspoon or two of honey, just enough to take the tang away. I added the juices from the resting pork to the sauce, added the pork back into the pan, turned to coat both sides, kept warm for around another two to three minutes while finishing up the side dishes. Very good quick easy recipe easily adapted to suit our taste buds. This will be added to my quick dinner list.
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Alaskan Performance Burgers

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2015
I had to do some adjusting due to the fact that my can of salmon was only 6 oz.The instructions do not indicate whether or not to drain the salmon so I assumed yes and did drain but saved the juice in case I needed it (I didn't). Since I only had a 6 oz. can of salmon I cut the eggs down to two. After adding the eggs to the drained salmon it was like soup and I probably could have gotten away with only one egg. I added the full 1/4 cup of almond meal but felt it needed more because it was still pretty wet/soupy or it would have spread like crazy in the pan. I ended up adding two more tablespoons of almond flour but it could have used more. This needs more seasoning of some sort (bland as is) so I added a teaspoon of dried dill. Finely diced onion would be a nice addition too. Now, having less egg and salmon but more almond flour still would have only yielded two patties at 1/2 cup each. I think the 1/2 cup measurement for the patties may have been a misprint because they would have been gigantic patties. I used a 1/4 cup and ended up with four perfect size patties. I also whipped together a dill sauce to serve with the patties which was a nice addition. As is, these aren't anything to write home about but were edible and protein packed.
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Easy Banana Chia Blueberry Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2015
I really enjoyed these pancakes. I was tempted to leave out the flour but made as written. I think I will sub the flour for a little protein powder next time or just skip it altogether. Instead I just sprinkled some protein powder on the top (along with some cocoa) to give the illusion of sprinkled sugar. I'm not into sugar these days and these pancakes were perfectly sweetened with just the banana.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken

Reviewed: Feb. 22, 2015
This was tasty and I liked that it was ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Quick dinners are a plus in this household. I cut my thick chicken breasts in half horizontally and then in thirds because they were VERY large breasts. I also only used enough garlic powder to give them a good coating, not the full amount called for. Served with a nice garden salad and dinner was done in a flash.
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Creamy Parmesan Sauce for Fish

Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2015
I loved this! This is now my favorite way to eat cod. I scaled the recipe to 2 servings for hubs and I, skipped the hot sauce, added about 1/2 tsp garlic powder and used the thicker cut loins. My fish was broiled on high about 8" from the broiler since it was thick and I knew it would take longer. I broiled about 10 minutes before adding the sauce and broiled for another 2 minutes as stated. I would consider a light oil coating before the first broil next time on the loins to ensure the outer doesn't dry out. This probably wouldn't be needed on fillets since they cook faster. The butter allowed some of the topping to melt off and into the pan. Save that yummy goodness and spread over the fish when done. Or just eat it with a spoon, which ever you prefer. This recipe is a keeper. Yum!
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Hard-Steamed Eggs

Reviewed: Feb. 11, 2015
If you've ever gotten so mad while peeling your boiled eggs that you feel like cussing and throwing them all away because once you turn them into deviled eggs everyone will think a critter had already started chewing on them before they make it to the table then look no further than this method! And I know you've been there. I'm hooked. Once I started making my eggs this way I've yet to say one bad word. Brian deserves a great big kiss for sharing this secret. Shhh...don't tell my husband I said that!
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Curry and Cheese Cauliflower

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2015
I am always looking for new side dishes to try and I love cauliflower so I just had to try this. I didn't have curry in my seasoning supply so I used the Mild Curry Powder recipe from this site. It worked great. Since I was cooking this for just myself I decided against using the whole head of cauliflower. I cut the florets apart, which were quite large themselves, and boiled about six of them. I wanted to follow the recipe as is but I would have preferred to steam them. For the cheese I just shredded some sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and combined them. While I enjoyed the chance to try something different I'm not convinced I'm a curry fan. Loved the ease of this recipe.
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Creamy Green Drink

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2015
The ingredient list screams healthy, which it is, and the final result 'looks' refreshing but the taste was rather bland. This drink was probably created for those watching both sugar and grain intake. If you are not one of those, a natural sweetener would help tremendously. If you like to get your greens in but also like a drink with a touch of sweetness I recommend the addition of a fruit, dates or even some stevia. I don't keep safflower oil on hand so I substituted flax oil. I'm not sure why the description states that this tastes like a banana smoothie. I tasted no resemblance. I give this 2 stars for taste and 4 stars for health.
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Easy Shake and Bake Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2015
This is such an easy recipe and turned out nicely golden and crispy. I only used two tablespoons of butter for 4 chicken thighs for hubby and I. I really think you could skip the butter altogether. The chicken was surrounded by lots grease as well as the butter by the time cooking was complete. So skip the butter, you won't need it. I doubled up on the paprika for a little more color and used seasoning salt instead of regular. I also added both onion and garlic powders. So versatile - just add seasonings of your choice to taste. The lightly seasoned coating sure lets the flavor of the chicken shine through. Although I have bought some tasteless chicken in the past I got lucky this time with chicken loaded with natural flavor. I suggest if you know your chicken may be lacking in flavor in advance to amp up the seasoning a bit.
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Coconut Hot Cocoa

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2015
The coconut milk I had on hand was plain and not vanilla flavored but worked well. If expecting a coconut flavor to your cocoa research your coconut milks first. The brand I had on hand has no coconut taste at all(So Delicious Dairy Free brand), which is great for coconut haters. For me, I was disappointed - but no fault of the recipe. As is, I thought two tablespoons was too much cocoa. I usually use one tablespoon cocoa per cup of milk. If you like the deeper flavor then two tablespoons may work well for you. Sometimes too much cocoa can take on a bitter taste. Adding more milk helped tone down the overpowered cocoa taste and I ended up with a tasty warm drink on a chilly winter day. Great alternative for the dairy intolerant.
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Roasted Broccoli Salad

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2015
This was my first time trying roasted broccoli and I loved it. So simple, quick and delicious. It didn't really seem like it took 40 minutes to prepare this. It was perfectly roasted with a slight char (which I love) at 15 minutes. It was done before I knew it!
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Chicken Milanese

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2014
Using Panko bread crumbs would help retain some crispness. It's hard to know what "to taste" is with the salt & pepper when it's added to the egg, so after tasting a cooked piece I added more salt & pepper to the flour and crumbs because it was bland. I actually thought it was going to be over seasoned after that but it still seemed bland. So heed the advice of other reviewers and season season season - if you don't the chicken will be tasteless. I fried in avocado oil with a touch of butter added. I think this could be improved by adding some additional seasonings. I may try again with Panko and adding in some garlic or garlic butter and possibly some onion powder. I didn't go fancy and just served this with a simple garden salad. I did love that dinner was done fairly quickly with very little mess.
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Three Cheese Tortellini with Traditional Sauce and Parmigiano Cheese

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2014
On the table in 15 minutes or less, what can be better than that for a busy weeknight meal? I made it more hearty by using my own pre-made meat sauce. Love the simplicity.
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Three Cheese Tortellini with Chicken Broth

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2014
Purely simple. Nothing fancy. I didn't measure, just used the amount of stock for us and added tortellini until it looked like the right amount for soup. Perhaps the addition of some veggies (sauteed onions, celery, carrot, spinach) would add flavor as well as eye appeal. It doesn't take long to saute veggies and it would add so much depth to this recipe. Even though it's lacking in flavor, I prefer this over a canned soup.
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Low-Cal Roasted Sweet Potato Bites

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2014
I really enjoyed this dish. Unfortunately, there is snow covering my garden herbs this time of year so I resorted to using dried thyme leaves and rosemary (I ground the rosemary more fine in my coffee grinder). I didn't measure the seasonings, just sprinkled to taste. Very good! As others noted, it did take more than 20 minutes to roast - about 40-45 minutes to get a tender bite. The sweetness of the potato combined with the savory herbs was perfect! I love the coconut oil also. Yum! I will make this again.
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Slow Cooker Apples with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I didn't have high hopes for this for some reason but they smelled fantastic cooking. These reminded me of apple crisp made easy. The slow cooker liners make for easy clean up. Love them little gems!
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Shells with Italian Sausage and Ricotta Stuffing

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2014
I really enjoyed these and they were really easy to make. They would be great assembled the night before for a quick easy dinner the next night.
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Slow Cooker Tortellini

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2014
I subbed spinach for the Swiss chard, it's what I had on hand. I'm not a fan of artichokes. I really didn't care for the beans and tortellini together. I did like the parmesan crisps - very tasty and easy. The slow cooker liners make clean up a breeze.
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Cheeseburger Soup I

Reviewed: Oct. 26, 2014
Being an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador I was asked to pick a recipe and use Johnsonville's Italian Sausage. That being said I subbed the ground beef for Johnsonville's Sweet Italian Sausage links. I cut the casings off and and fried like ground beef. I also chose to precook the potatoes and carrots separately, personal preference (I was afraid they would get overcooked otherwise). In a separate pan I cooked the onions and celery in the butter, added the flour and made a roux. I then added my homemade chicken stock, half and half and seasoning and cooked until thickened. Slowly I added shredded cheese, a little at time, until melted. I then added the cooked sausage, potatoes and carrots and cooked until heated through. I found that the amount of flour called for in the recipe was a little skimpy and made the soup a tad too thin for me so I added another tablespoon, sprinkling in a little at a time and whisking briskly until I got the desired thickness. Can't vouch for how it tastes with burger since I made it with sausage but it was good as I made it. I think adding a spicier sausage could possibly make it tastier.
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