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Three Bean Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2015
I read the reviews, and many said this was bland, so I made adjustments accordingly. I added a chopped jalapeno to the onions and garlic, and then added some chopped ham which I had in the fridge. There were no canned lentils in my supermarket, so I substituted a can of black beans. Since the recipe stated to add the beans undrained, which means extra sodium, I omitted the salt. It already was very thick, so I cut back on the tomato paste, and added some chicken broth to reach the consistency I was looking for. I realized after I took the photo that I'd forgotten to add the mozzarella, and I have to say that I really didn't like what the cheese did to the appearance. In the future, I think I'll omit the mozzarella, and just put some shredded parmesan on the table to sprinkle on as a topping. I almost look at this recipe as a base, so just taste as you go and adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. I know, I know, I made a number of changes to this recipe, but the final outcome was very satisfying, and man, is this easy to make!!
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Venezuelan Swirled Ham Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 28, 2015
Interesting combination of flavors with nice presentation. I only wished that I'd been able to roll out the dough a bit more to get a swirled/pinwheel effect when slicing. Simply couldn't get it rolled out any wider, it just kept springing back, so I just filled, sealed, and baked it. Before filling the bread, I cut it in half, served one today and froze the other one for later. The melted apricot preserves really complement the bread's filling. Very quick & easy to make and tasty.
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Simply Good Eggs

Reviewed: Feb. 25, 2015
These eggs were good but, honestly, I didn't think there was anything to really distinguish them from many other recipes. If I were to make again, I'd probably add more dill relish because that may be the one thing that could differentiate them from deviled eggs that I've made all my life. And please don't take this review as negative because they were tasty, but I guess I was looking for something really different.
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Cinnamon Roll Apple Crisp

Reviewed: Feb. 23, 2015
Used MacIntosh apples (what I had on hand), and used only 5 of them which completely covered the top of the crisp. I don't like to make changes to a recipe first time through, but I just knew that this would have too much sugar and cinnamon for us (personal taste preference), so I cut back on both. The house smelled wonderful while this was baking, and we could barely keep ourselves from cutting into it after it came out of the oven. This was a sweet and juicy apple crisp with a flavorful cinnamon roll base, just delicious. The most time consuming part of this recipe is peeling and slicing the apples, but it's time well invested because this one's a keeper.
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Mashed Cauliflower with Coconut Milk

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2015
Followed the recipe to the letter except I steamed the cauliflower in the microwave for 2-1/2 minutes instead of boiling. First, I must say that this breaks down incredibly well nutritionally, but I must be honest and say that the coconut flavor was negligible. In spite of that, the onion and garlic powders add nice flavor to bland cauliflower, it does have a pretty smooth consistency, so this one's a keeper for me!
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Tasty Breakfast Smoothie

Reviewed: Feb. 18, 2015
I didn't have any fresh apricots on hand (seldom even see them in my stores), so I added 4 dried apricots. I used plain vanilla Greek yogurt but would use vanilla Greek yogurt in the future or add some vanilla extract. I used a frozen banana and added some crushed ice because we prefer our smoothies on the thicker side. Enjoyed this for breakfast today.
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Strawberry-Marshmallow Blondies

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2015
The batter/dough was very thick, and I was concerned about how this would turn out. Not to worry because it turned out great! The marshmallows folded into the batter totally melted helping to keep the cake moist but didn't interfere with the blondie "texture," and the strawberries give just enough sweetness. I made a few substitutions using Egg Beaters® and Splenda Brown Sugar Blend® but kept the measurements in the correct proportion. I did think 1 Tbsp of vanilla would be overpowering, so I cut that in half. Experimenter, this is a very nice blondie recipe, and thanks for sharing, we enjoyed it!
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Curried Coconut Egg Drop Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2015
Wow, really enjoyed this for lunch today. I added a bit more ginger, salt & pepper. The curry flavor is subtle, and I would have liked a little more spiciness, so I'll try red curry paste the next time to suit our personal tastes. This made two servings (appetizer size that you'd get at an Asian restaurant). Thanks for sharing, I'll be making this again.
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Buryl's Ice Box Pickles

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2015
Very tasty and VERY sweet. I'll reduce the amount of sugar in the future, but then, we've been trending toward less sweet these days (so this is a personal taste preference). Just good, old fashioned comfort food pickles that folks have been making for years. Thanks, bhoff, for sharing Buryl's recipe.
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Simple Breakfast Smoothie

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2015
What's not to like here??? Used vanilla yogurt, so I left out the vanilla extract, and used flaxseed meal. Very nice.
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Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 8, 2015
Should have read the reviews before I made this. I would strongly recommend that you pour this mixture into 2 mugs because my single regular-size mug overflowed big time. Scooped and scraped it all up and put into a bowl, but it would make more sense just to make this 2 servings which also makes it "healthier." It was eaten, but I did not think the flavor was rich chocolate, and I doubt I'll make this again.
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Spicy Salmon Salad Sandwiches

Reviewed: Feb. 7, 2015
I drained the salmon, reserved the juice and would do that in the future. I would suggest you do the same, and add more of the liquid if needed. Even without the liquid, the consistency was "very" moist, but with the liquid, would have been soupy. On the positive side, we enjoyed the sandwich, and although you do get a little kick of heat, it by no means overwhelms. This was a nice break from traditional tuna salad.
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Sweet and Spicy French Dressing

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2015
We love french/catalina-style salad dressings, and this is a good one. Our tastes lean toward "less sweet" these days, so I did cut back on the sugar to suit our personal taste preference. The nutritional breakdown is already pretty good on this dressing, but I used Truvia® instead of sugar, so the calories were even fewer. Thanks for sharing your recipe Grandma39!
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NO YOLKS® Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2015
I like that I didn't have to cook the noodles separately, making clean-up easier. I used roasted turkey instead of chicken and used Italian panko bread crumbs which added great flavor! I also added extra flour to thicken, since it seemed pretty liquid-y. Good casserole!
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NO YOLKS® Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2015
Made one change; I used roasted turkey instead of chicken. I love the simplicity of this recipe, and these 0 cholesterol noodles were tasty. I used Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock which IMO is the best. Just be sure to use a really good-quality stock/broth if you're not using homemade. This comes together quickly, and I definitely will be making this again.
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Spicy Ginger Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 4, 2015
Followed this recipe to the letter and wouldn't change a thing. Don't be afraid of that little bit of cayenne, it really won't smack you in the face. It gives you a hint of spiciness without overwhelming, and it's an important ingredient to what makes this cookie special. I rolled the cookie dough balls in Turbinado sugar, and the cookies' texture was just about perfect. The only thing that I did differently was to bake for 11 minutes instead of 9. Thanks, Anisa, for sharing your unique and delicious cookie recipe.
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Blueberry and Banana Steel Cut Oats

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2015
This was cooked at 4 hours and had started to stick a bit, so watch your time. I'm not a huge fan of steel cut oats, but decided to use them for this recipe. The fresh blueberries really held their shape and give you a real pop of sweetness. Be sure to mash your bananas well; I didn't, thinking they would break down when cooking, but they didn't. It was a little thick, so I did thin out after I took the photo by adding some water to get the consistency we like. I've tried a number of slow cooker oatmeal recipes, and this one actually might be my favorite.
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PB and J Mini Mug Cakes

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2015
What a pleasant surprise. This took 1 minute 10 seconds in the microwave, and it was GOOD! Many mug cakes are dry, but not the case with this one. It's a little spongy, but plenty moist. Thanks, emignance, for sharing the best mug recipe that I've ever had.
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Kristy's Spicy Mustard

Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2015
I used this today on a grilled jalapeño-cheddar sausage, and it was too sweet even after adding more horseradish. If you're looking for a sweet-slightly spicy mustard/dipping sauce, this would be good. It just didn't worked too well on the sausage, but that's not to say it isn't tasty.
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Spicy Thai Shrimp Pasta

Reviewed: Jan. 28, 2015
I didn't have rice vermicelli, so I used spaghetti, added some additional veggies, and garnished with black sesame seeds. The recipe author doesn't give you a recipe for a Thai peanut sauce, so just be sure you use a good one; there are a number of good peanut sauces on this site. That sauce on its own will make or break this dish for you. And if the peanut sauce isn't "spicy enough," add some red pepper flakes. We enjoyed it as a cold salad, chilled for 2 hours.
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