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Easy Chicken Stuffed Manicotti

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2015
Really good! I normally try and make my meals from scratch, but being short on time yesterday after a busy day of errands, I saw this and it sounded "too good to be true"! This one's a keeper! Super easy to make, few ingredients, tons of flavor! It's the type of meal that tastes like you spent way more time on. The package of chicken tenders I bought had 8 tenders in it. I kept the rest of the ingredients the same. Some of the tenders were too big to stuff into the shells, so I'd trim a little bit off the sides and set the extra bits off to the side. By the time I had stuffed all 8 shells, I had enough extra bits to stuff a 9th shell. Even though I used the full amount of sauce stated in the recipe, next time I will add slightly more water bc by the end of the hour of cooking, the dish was starting to dry out. I would have prefered a little more sauce. I imagine if I would have made the full 14 shells that there would have been an even greater need for more sauce. I had also used 1.5 tbsp of Montreal Steak Spice instead of 2 bc that seemed like a lot. Next time I might even use just 1 tbsp. Aside from the great flavor, my favorite thing about this recipe is the ease and simplicity. Thanks for the great recipe Jessica! I normally photograph all my recipes, but this one was gobbled up way too fast!
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Basic Italian Bean Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2015
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of how the finished product would taste because of so few ingredients, but it turned out great! The only issue I have is the stated amounts for the tomato sauce and the beans are a little odd. 2 cups of sauce is slightly more than what comes in a standard can of tomato sauce, so I added in some water to make up the difference. My bigger issue was the 24 oz of prepared beans. A standard can of beans is 15oz, and if you drain and rinse them, they are about 8oz. So are we to measure 1.5 cans undrained? Or 3 cans drained? Since the recipe was a little vague, I just threw in 2 cans of rinsed beans and that seemed to be a good consistency. Instead of using 1 tbsp of basil (because this seemed like a lot to me), I used 1 tsp. This was really tasty with freshly grated parmesan on top.
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Mediterranean Kale

Reviewed: Jan. 8, 2015
Delicious! This is definitely lemony and garlicky, but if you love those two things, you'll love this kale! Very easy to prepare, and I loved the slight hint of soy sauce. I steamed the kale for exactly 10 mins. Kale wilts down quite a bit, so in my opinion, this makes more like 6 servings, not 12. Also, when preparing your kale, remove the rib running down each leaf. It is tough and inedible. This will be a go-to recipe in my house!
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Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Baby Tomatoes

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2015
I marinated the chicken for 4 hours, however next time I'd probably prepare it in the morning and let the breasts marinate all day. Instead of marinating in a dish, I find it much easier to marinate in a ziploc bag (with air squeezed out) so that the chicken is evenly coated and you don't need to keep flipping the chicken. Do not omit the lemon! The tartness perfectly balances out the sweetness of the balsamic. Without the lemon, I found the chicken too sweet. My second bite had lemon on it and it was much better. Most importantly, 40 mins is much too long for chicken breasts at 400*F. I cooked the chicken for 20 mins, added the tomatoes, and cooked for 10 more. I might even cut back 2-3 more minutes next time, for a total of 27-28mins. A simple dish to prepare on those busy weeknights. Just pop in the oven when you get home from work. With a few tweaks, this could definitely be 5 star. I thought it was 3.5-4 stars but my boyfriend did not like it and asked me not to make it again.
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Cool Kale Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 7, 2015
Only 2 ingredients make for a very tasty smoothie! I'd recommend only making this if your grapes are on the sweeter side, since grapes' tartness can vary quite a bit. Mine were slightly tart so my first sip was slightly sour and kinda caught me off guard, but overall, I'd def make this again because of it's ease. The grapes didn't completely mask the kale flavor for me, but I love kale so it's not an issue.
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Kale Banana Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2015
Only good things to say about this one! I made it exactly as written and also froze my banana in chunks. I also stuck my avocado in the fridge before making it. This made a HUGE serving - 3 cups of deliciousness all to myself! It could easily be split for 2 people though, but very filling as a meal for 1. I couldn't taste the cayenne, so I might add slightly more next time, but either way, this doesn't make or break the smoothie. Very healthy! I might even add in more kale next time too.
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Broccolious

Reviewed: Jan. 5, 2015
Very tasty drink, and refreshing! Make sure your fruits and veggies are cold before you start bc a room temp veggie drink isn't as enjoyable. This came out kinda pulpy and I would have preferred something smoother (could be due to my blender or the fact that I normally juice my veggies instead of blending them), but the flavor is delicious. The grapes add the perfect amount of sweetness with just a hint of lime. A very healthy way to get broccoli in your diet!
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Vegan Kale and Chickpea Soup

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
A very tasty soup! Instead of almond milk, I used cashew milk because that's what I had on hand. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. The curry flavor is mild, but is definitely noticeable and gives the soup a really nice flavor. I'm not vegan or vegetarian, but I love trying new soup recipes and this one's a keeper!
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Vegan Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
Perfect as is! I didn't add any agave because I don't like my smoothies too sweet, but if you use unsweetened almond milk you may need to. The vanilla extract is a nice touch. The only change I made was to use cashew milk instead of almond milk because that's what I had on hand. I like to blend the oatmeal first on it's own to turn it into a fine powder, then add the rest of the ingredients. Thanks for the recipe Sara!
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Secret Ingredient Smoothie

Reviewed: Jan. 4, 2015
I was a little skeptical of this one, because although I make tons of smoothies with greens added, I've never made one with Romaine lettuce. I made this exactly as written, including using the vanilla extract. It was sweet enough for my liking because the banana I used was very ripe. The overall flavor was good, however I think I prefer my smoothies with kale or spinach instead. This was a very nice change of pace though!
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3-Ingredient Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 3, 2015
Mmmmm! I could eat these every day! I never eat pancakes because of the calories and carbs, but these are a great alternative, without the guilt! They are naturally sweetened with the banana, so make sure your banana is really ripe. I'd say these are most similar to crepes. I made mine a little bigger (wasn't really sure how much to ladle in the pan) so I ended up with 5 medium sized pancakes. I found them a little hard to flip because the texture is a little "sticky" and they really grip the spatula, so I ended up using 2 spatulas and that worked well. My first couple came out a little dark, but I ended up finding that cooking them at med-low heat (instead of medium) for 2 mins per side did the trick. This one is a keeper! Thank you repeatdreaming for the fabulous recipe!
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Truffled Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2014
I'd say this is more a 4.5 star. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I found the seasonings to be off. I loved the addition of the chicken bouillon granules (I used Better Than Bouillon) instead of using salt. This gives the potatoes a whole other level of flavor. And the truffle oil...well....that's the best part! YUM! I used about half the amount of garlic powder and that was plenty for my taste, but I had a problem with a whole tbsp of black pepper. Yikes! I ended up using 1 tsp instead of 1 Tbsp and that was more than enough. These have a great texture and my guests were asking what I had put in my potatoes. I'll be making these again with the reduction in garlic powder and pepper.
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Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2014
I mixed up the dough the night before, let it chill overnight, then baked them the next evening. The dough was super easy to mix up. If you don't have a double boiler to melt your chocolate, chop the chocolate into small, even chunks, then melt in the microwave at 40-50% power, stirring every 30 seconds or so til melted. This should only take a couple minutes tops. I did find the dough difficult to work with and roll into balls. It was very sticky. It's best to roll all the balls first (or whatever amount fits on your pan - in my case, it was 16), then roll them all in the powdered sugar. Don't go back and forth between rolling into balls, and rolling in sugar. This gets very messy. I baked mine for exactly 9 minutes and they were perfectly done. A nice light minty flavor; not at all overpowering. The recipe only made 55 cookies for me, and I made sure they were about 1" balls (about 7-8 grams each).
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Chardonnay Rosemary Pork Roast

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2014
OH MY YUM! This might just be my new favorite go-to recipe for roast. First off, it's incredibly easy. Secondly, it cooks in an oven bag, so no mess! Lastly, it's incredibly moist and full of flavor. Convinced yet? Just try it! I made the recipe exactly as written. I'm not a big fan of ground ginger, but I used it anyway and I couldn't even really taste it - I may just omit it next time. Still a winner recipe in this house! All the flavors are really subtle. I used a 2.5lb roast and it cooked about 1hr 15mins, only because I was a little late coming home. Even still, it was incredibly juicy. I may have eaten a bit too much. :)
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Pretzel Turtles

Reviewed: Dec. 5, 2014
So easy to make and delicious! I wasn't sure which chocolates would work better, so I tried both Rolos and Dove caramels and they both worked great. I preferred the texture and overall look of the Rolos though. I used Synder's of Hanover "Snaps" (square pretzels). I made these for a bake sale, packaged a dozen each into some nice festive bags, and they were the first items sold!
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Thanksgiving Refreshment

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2014
Very refreshing! I made this using a cranberry-pomegranate blend because that's what I had on hand. I was tempted to add more sparkling water since I didn't think 2oz would be enough to be noticeable, but it's perfect as is! Just a very nice, light fizz. The lime really kicks it up a notch too. Thanks for the fabulously simple and tasty recipe Jacqueline!
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Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2014
HEAVENLY! I made these for a party and all the guests were impressed. These are a little time-consuming, but totally worth it. My cookies ended up rising way more than in the pic, so the final product was more rounded that flat, but still tasty. I do have to point out that the recipe makes WAY too much frosting. You could easily get away with cutting the frosting recipe in half. It also is really thick and hard to beat, so you'll likely need to add in additional milk. The icing is also very sweet, so you don't want to overdo it. Using parchment paper really simplified the baking process. I followed the recipe exactly (well, except I used freshly grated nutmeg in a slightly reduced amount because of its potency) and I made sure I rolled each ball the same size (they were 30g each raw, and yes I'm crazy!). This ended up making 36 cookies, so 18 sandwiches.
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Easy Roasted Broccoli

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2014
Very tasty basic recipe. Much better than steaming or boiling your broccoli! Easily customizable to your family's preferences by using different seasonings. The only thing I suggest is using more oil since 1 tbsp wasn't nearly enough. The pan dried out quickly. This would be excellent using flavored olive oils.
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