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Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2014
We are splitting this one down the middle. The teenager really liked it, but my husband and I barely managed to get a bowl of it down. It's far too sweet for us, even though I reduced the sugar by half, and the hoisin flavor was a little too prominent. It was certainly very easy, but I don't think we'll make again. Thanks for the recipe to try, though! It's one the teenager can add to his repertoire, and that's always good!
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Apple Pie Muffins

Reviewed: Oct. 24, 2014
I decided to make these last minute and had to substitute but these are very good. I used half brown sugar and half coconut sugar. And I had no AP flour on hand and used 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat and 3/4 cup oat flour. I also shredded the apples and left them unpeeled. The coarser pieces were especially tasty so dicing would be better, I'm sure. I also added a teaspoon of King Arthur Apple pie spice to the batter, and I think it's needed for my tastes. Very moist, and they are getting better as they sit. I will make again.
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Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Dark Chocolate (Paleo)

Reviewed: Jun. 4, 2014
We love this, although the last time we made them, I used raw cacao butter instead of coconut oil as I had only liquid coconut oil and didn't know if it would set properly. And oh my! This batch was KILLER! Full chocolate flavor, and it rivals my all-time fave, Scharffen-Berger. I always add vanilla, and I use only 2 TBS honey since we like bittersweet chocolate. Be sure to use cocoa you really like in this!
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Mamacita's Mexican Rice

Reviewed: May 20, 2014
We really liked this recipe. I have had problems finding a recipe for the dish as we like it, and this one just about nailed it. I had to substitute for what I had on hand since I decided to make this last minute, but it turned out great. I didn't have a tomato on hand (don't buy those out of season) so I used some pureed tomatoes and cut back on the broth just a bit to compensate for the additional liquid. And I didn't have saffron on hand so I used a bit of adobo seasoning and some turmeric for color. I used a very large clove of garlic, and I ommitted the cumin. It takes very little of that for us, and the adobo seasoning had plenty for our tastes. And lastly, I used basmati rice, again what I had on hand. I will definitely make this again; I don't need to look any further for recipes! Thanks, Armi, to you and your MIL for the recipe!
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Green Pea Patties

Reviewed: May 7, 2014
3 1/2 stars is probably closer to the true rating. I made these as the recipe stated except with GF flour since we avoid wheat. My husband said they reminded him of mushy peas, which he loves, but we both think they would be better with sauteed onions and garlic added to the mixture. And I think I could cut back on the flour next time a bit. Still, it's a great idea, and I'll make again with some additions to suit our tastes. Don't skip the freshly grated parmesan...in fact I would add even more next time.
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Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Reviewed: Mar. 11, 2014
I love Kheer, and I loved this recipe. I added a bit of vanilla and used only pistachios (was out of almonds) but otherwise made as written. It is delicious.
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Quinoa with Peas and Parmesan

Reviewed: Jan. 9, 2014
This is very enjoyable. I decided to make this last-minute, so I had to substitute, some from necessity and some for preference. I had cherry tomatoes that needed to be used so I roasted those instead of using the canned, diced tomatoes...had about 4 cups before roasting, and I did roast them until they were browned a bit. And I had no vegetable broth so I subbed with chicken broth. I despise celery, so I omitted that and added some shredded carrots. I sauteed my onions until they were browned a bit and then dumped everything in into my rice cooker. I also had no evaporated milk but did have a half cup of heavy cream to use up, so in it went! :) Based on other reviews, I added quite a bit more cheese, and I would definitely recommend doing that. And I also liked the amount of tomatoes I added. This is a great base recipe that you can tailor to your preferences with veggies. I will definitely add more next time, and I will definitely make it again!
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Paleo Tropical Ice Cream

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2013
I really liked this. I love ice cream but don't really care for too-sweet things, so this was perfect for me. Nice texture, too. Don't expect a really sweet dish if you aren't accustomed to eating Paleo, but I love the flavors, and it's sweet enough for me as is. I also aded a dash of vanilla. Using really ripe bananas will make it sweeter if that's your preference. I like the ones that are just beginning to get a few spots on them but are still firm. Thanks for the recipe!
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Dec. 29, 2013
I really liked the idea of this, but it needed some changes for me. The dressing was very sweet so I had to cut way back on the sugar (I made a tiny portion first to sample), and I used a raw cane sugar...about2 tbs or so. And I left the peel on the fruit. I used mixed power greens instead of romaine as I had no romaine on hand. I also used toasted pecans instead of cashews...again just what I had on hand. My lemon was a Meyer lemon, and I think that added a great flavor. I would definitely make again with my revisions. It's a good mix of flavors and textures.
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Amazing Muffin Cups

Reviewed: Dec. 27, 2013
It's a good base for us, but it just needed...something. I followed the recipe except I used refrigerated hash browns and freshly shredded cheddar cheese due to pantry limitations. I had no trouble with these coming out of the muffin cups, but my potatoes did not come out crispy, and they just don't have enough flavor for our tastes. I'll try them again, but this time I'll crumbled tater tots or hash brown cakes, and I'll cook the pepper (adding more pepper) with some onion before adding to the eggs and omit the green onions. These would also be a great place to add all sorts of veggies, and I'll definitely do that next time, too. Once I tweak these to our tastes, they will be a great prepare ahead breakfast that I can just keep in the fridge.
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Ginger Bars

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2013
These are so good I'm going to have to ban them from my house! I cannot stop eating them. Chewy, buttery, gingery, brown sugar goodness! I avoid gluten, so I used GF flour but otherwise stuck pretty close to the recipe. I added a sprinkle of nutmeg and allspice and about 1/3 cup soft diced ginger (from King Arthur Flour). Since I was adding a crystallized ginger product, I cut the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and used mostly dark brown sugar. The bars are nice and moist with a lovely ginger flavor. Next time (and there WILL be a next time!!) I may add some fresh ginger, too.
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Hash Brown and Egg Casserole

Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2013
This turned out well. I knew this would be far too thick for us in an 8x8 pan, though, so I used a 9x13 pan and added one extra egg. I didn't have frozen hash browns and used refrigerated ones. I kept everything else the same. Our favorite part was the crispy edges, so next time, I'll bake in muffin cups or mini loaf pans for more edges. I had more potatoes than I needed, so I made a small pan with the leftover hash browns and used bacon in that one. But we liked the sausage one much better. I'll definitely make this again, but I think I'll add more to the mixture...peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and/or greens would all make great additions for us. And next time I'll mix a little of the cheese with the hash browns before I pat them in the pan...maybe a little of the sausage, too. The potatoes got a little lost flavor-wise with the thick layer of cheese and sausage on the top. But this is definitely a keeper for us, and it will probably be our Christmas morning breakfast!
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Turkey Tortilla Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 4, 2013
I started this very close to the recipe using only red enchilada sauce because I didn't have any green and omitting the cumin (don't care for it--used smoked paprika instead)and using cream instead of half and half (1/2 cup instead of full cup). But the flavor just wasn't there for me. I sauteed onions and garlic and added those. Still needed something, so I added part of a jar of homemade salsa, a bit of Velveeta cheese I had leftover from dip made over the holiday, and I dumped in some frozen corn and drained and rinsed pink beans. Tasted then added a couple tablespoons of pureed chipotles in adobo sauce. It's better, but it still seems to be missing something for our tastes. I may try again using green sauce and keeping the onions and garlic, too. Great way to use leftover turkey, though!
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Molasses Spice Smoothie

Reviewed: Nov. 26, 2013
The first time I made this as written except I omitted the ice. With the banana being frozen, mine was thick enough and cold enough without it. It was good. The next time I made it, I subbed coconut milk for the regular milk, and I liked it much better this way. I also added a teaspoon of roasted almond butter and some ground flaxseed. Great smoothie.
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Paleo Friendly Banana Shake

Reviewed: Nov. 23, 2013
I used two small bananas and did have to increase the coconut milk a bit, but this is great. I added a teaspoon of roasted almond butter,too. This will be in regular rotation for me!
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Slow Cooker Philly Steak Sandwich Meat

Reviewed: Nov. 8, 2013
We haven't even made it to sandwiches yet, but I had to rate this one. WARNING: the smell of this cooking will make you want to eat the paint off the wall! This stuff is good...really good. I didn't have sirloin but had bought a chuck roast on sale and just trimmed the fat and sliced it. I didn't use the bourbon (non in the house), and I used a Corona beer (just what I had on hand). I also had to change up the spices due to my limitations...I used summer savory and marjoram (no thyme or dried basil), and I omitted the powders (chili, onion, and garlic). I used 5 really big garlic cloves and didn't feel I would miss the garlic powder. And I don't realy care much for chili powder. I also omitted the cumin (non on hand and don't really care for) and the beef bouillon (don't do those cubes, LOL) and used a splash of beef broth instead. I used my homemade smoked jalapeno hot sauce, and I used hot smoked paprika. I added a touch more soy sauce, too, just to use up the bottle. I just took a taste to check the meat tenderness and had to stop myself from dipping out a generous serving! This is a definite keeper. Thanks, Duboo!
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Natural Protein Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
I have made these bars before (very tasty made per the recipe!), but I was looking for a foundation for making something similar to the Nature Valley protein bars. I had to go with what I had in the pantry, so I used brown rice instead of corn syrup, brown rice puffed cereal instead of corn flakes, and an unprocessed cane sugar instead of white sugar (and used dark brown sugar--again just what I had on hand). I also added 2 cups peanuts (roasted at home and very lightly salted)and the whole bag of chocolate chips (bittersweet chips is what I had on hand), and I added a splash of vanilla and a scoop of protein powder to the peanut butter mixture before I added the dry ingredients. My end result was almost spot on for what I was going for, and it actually tastes even better than the store-bought bars. I cooked my mixture in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. It turned out perfectly!
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Babe Ruth Bars

Reviewed: Oct. 3, 2013
I have made these bars before (very tasty made per the recipe!), but I was looking for a foundation for making something similar to the Nature Valley protein bars. I had to go with what I had in the pantry, so I used brown rice instead of corn syrup, brown rice puffed cereal instead of corn flakes, and an unprocessed cane sugar instead of white sugar (and used dark brown sugar--again just what I had on hand). I also added 2 cups peanuts (roasted at home and very lightly salted)and the whole bag of chocolate chips (bittersweet chips is what I had on hand), and I added a splash of vanilla and a scoop of protein powder to the peanut butter mixture before I added the dry ingredients. My end result was almost spot on for what I was going for, and it actually tastes even better than the store-bought bars. I cooked my mixture in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. It turned out perfectly!
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Vegetarian Chickpea Curry with Turnips

Reviewed: Sep. 19, 2013
Great vegetarian dish. I omitted the cumin (don't really care for it) and used Garam Masala instead. And I used rutabaga instead of turnip and crushed fire-roasted tomatoes instead of tomato sauce because that's what I had on hand. I also added the whole onion and pepper (red Diablo from my garden). I didn't use the red pepper flakes but added a generous dose of cayenne which was perfect. I also added chopped kale for the last half or so of cooking time. I will definitely make again, but I'm thinking about roasting the veggies first to caramelize them a bit (still leaving them firm) and then proceeding. This dish has endless possibilities!
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Habanero Heat Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2013
I thought this was great. I had to change a bit due to personal preference and pantry limitations. I used half sesame (untoased) and half roasted peanut oil instead of olive oil--personal preference--and a red serrano pepper from my garden--what I had on hand. I also used a natural peanut butter so I added a bit of honey, too. I love the idea, and the taste is great. Makes a great sauce for pasta or other grains, dip, marinade, etc. It's definitely a keeper recipe. Thanks, Soup Lover-Sue!
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