Liz L.

So delicious. I made one change: I used 1.5 lbs of spicy Italian sausage instead of the ground beef. I also waited until the pepper tenderness was to my liking before adding the cheese in the oven.

Chickpea Salad II
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Liz L.'s rating

I didn't follow it exactly so only 3 stars. Added a cup (dry) of whole wheat couscous and left out the Parmesan to make it vegan (I add Feta at the end for those who aren't) I also add in any veggies that I get that week at the farmer's market-the latest was asparagus! I also nix the dried herbs and opt with fresh dill instead. But use sparingly as a little goes a long way. It usually doesn't need that much Balsamic.

Asparagus Bruschetta
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Liz L.'s rating

I was hesitant about the lime but it worked great. Didn't have green onions on hand, but chives and red onion worked well to substitute.

Sausage Jalapeno Poppers
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Liz L.'s rating

I use 1lb turkey sausage, 16 oz chive cream cheese, and about 15-20 jalapeños. Definitely cut the bacon in half and precook for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Just laying the slice on top works best for me as it saves the hassle of securing with a toothpick. I do wear gloves when cleaning the jalapeños, and stand back from the disposal after tossing all those seeds down it before turning it on too; but I am sensitive to it.

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Eggplant Antipasto
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Liz L.'s rating

Fantastic. I don't bother peeling the eggplant, and I personally don't like mushrooms or olives. I substitute zucchini for the mushrooms, and 1-2 tbl of capers for the olives. Instead of the vinegar sugar combo I followed others suggestion and just use balsamic vinegar to taste-1/4 cup probably. If possible I add fresh herbs instead of dried, and cook it longer than 30 minutes, 45 more likely. Great with fresh soft/crusty bread or over pasta.

Gerry's Chicken Enchiladas
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Liz L.'s rating

This was a great recipe to change, and I'll have to post what it became in our house because they now get requested all the time. Thanks for giving me the idea.

Fruited Curry Chicken Salad
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Liz L.'s rating

I used dried cranberries instead of the raisins, and took another reviewers advice and just used the food processor. Easy and delicious for summer. Great with mini pitas.

Eggplant Parmesan
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Liz L.'s rating

Just for me, so only used one eggplant; followed the suggestion to parboil for 1-2 minutes and cool and dry fully. Only needed one egg and about 10 minutes per side at 375.

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Spinach Alfredo Pizza
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Liz L.'s rating

Used a Boboli, spread some chopped garlic on the crust first. I only used about 7oz of spinach and layered that, then the artichokes, then poured jarred Alfredo sauce over all.

Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing
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Liz L.'s rating

Delish, but I did add some garlic to it b/c I love garlic.

Lentil and Smoked Sausage Soup
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Liz L.'s rating

I didn't make this vegetarian, using smoked turkey sausage instead. I waited until about 10/15 minutes before serving to add the cabbage so it retained some of it's texture.

Garlic Parmesan Orzo
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Liz L.'s rating

Absolutely delicious! I halved the recipe and it made a perfect side for three people. Also, to reduce pots, after draining the orzo, I used that pot to cook the garlic and butter. I added a little bit more milk as the orzo absorbed it almost immediately.

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