tjohnson034

Mexican Bean Salad
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Excellent! Used black-eyed peas instead of cannelli since that is all I had. Also used dry cilantro...would have been tastier with fresh. Substituted Splenda for the sugar and only used 1/4 c. olive oil. Since my family isn't crazy about onions, I only used about 1/2 a red onion and minced it instead of chopping it. Was served with blue corn tortilla chips...it disappeared FAST!

Squash Casserole
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Pretty good but not fantastic. May make again for a potluck or bbq. Others liked it (it went pretty quickly) but my husband and kids didn't care for it much.

Dad's Excellent Scallops
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Very salty for our taste...maybe use smaller pieces of ham next time? Overall pretty good. Will try again.

Baked Teriyaki Chicken
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Yummy! My enitre family LOVES this (including 3 kids)! I substituted lite soy sauce, flour, and a mixture of Splenda and a little brown sugar since that is what I had on hand. It turned out perfect! I will definitely be making this again!

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Banana Bran Muffins
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These muffins were great and the kids LOVED them...even with my wacky substitutions. I really tried to make these a tad healthier so instead of brown sugar I mixed Splenda and sugar free pancake syrup (1 c. Splenda/1/4 cup syrup). I used Silk soymilk instead of regualr because one of my kiddos has a milk allergy. I used wheat germ instead of wheat bran-I don't know if these are the same thing or not? I used 1 c. deflated soy flour instead of regular flour (I try and stay away from regular flour whenever possible). Once I started mixing everything together I realized I didn;t have any eggs so I sub'd 4 tbsp cornstarch (I would have just added more banana if I had it). I was really surprised at how tasty these were. They did not have a cupcakey texture like the original but I think if I cooked it for longer at a lower temp they might have gotten that way. If these are good I am sure the original ones are awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

Crispy Sesame Fried Chicken
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This didn't do much for me. It was very salty. The breading fell off the chicken everytime I turned it over...I wound up with a pan full of breading and a plate full of naked chicken. Taste was just ok. Sorry.

California Smoothie
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This was a huge hit! I added lemon zest for a little more zing. I froze one batch into popcicles and the kids devoured them! Thank you!

Iced Mocha Fusion Shake
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absolutely delicious! I substituted vanilla soymilk for milk & vanilla and Splenda for the sugar. yummy!!

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Fettuccine Alfredo
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This was so yummy. The kids really enjoyed it. Definitely use a high quality cheese. I only had the bagged shredded cheese and it didn't melt as well as it should. Next time I make it I will use a better cheese-maybe only 1-1 1/2 cups though. Thanks for a great recipe!

Dog Food Dip
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
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This soup is awesome! I did not cook the chicken breasts before adding them to the pot and they cooked thoroughly and shredded easily. I used diced tomatoes w/ green chilies in place of the whole tomatoes because that's what I had on hand. I cut back on the onions and used a little less than half of the chili powder and omitted the green chilies entirely (because of the kids) To compensate, I used 4 cloves of minced garlic and a bit more cumin. It still had a little kick but everyone enjoyed it. This one's a keeper!

Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers
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These were a huge hit with my family! I had to cook it a bit longer but we really used alot of stuffing. The center was a bit gooey but no one seemed to mind. I think next time I will lower the temp a bit and increase cooking time. These would be great packed in a lunchbox. I will try the other suggestions and try different lunchmeat/cheese combinations. Thanks!

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