smurphy1

Oat Bran Muffins
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I just made these to use up an abundance of apples that I have. I used homemade applesauce, and upped it to 1.5 cups, used whole wheat flour for the ap flour, and used 1 egg and 1/4 cup nf plain yogurt to cut down on cholesterol (mashed banana also works). I added 2 tsp cinnamon, a tsp of vanilla, and a tsp of ground ginger and omitted the oil altogether. I through in about 1.5 cups of grated apple , and next time I will probably add an additional 1.5 cups of shredded carrot and a good handful or so of raisins. I was also thinking some orange zest and a splash of orange juice would be great. This made about 11 mini muffins (bake only 10 min) and 12 regular muffins for me. All in all good versatile recipe, for a hearty, healthy muffin!

Taco Seasoning
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This was perfect. I followed the recipe to a T. I heated a can of fat free refried beans with a can of diced tomatoes with green chillies, and added about 2 tsp of the taco seasoning. This was perfect to throw in tortillas for a quick dinner!

Spicy Black Bean Vegetable Soup
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This was great with a few minor changes! I added 3 cloves of garlic, only used 3 cups of broth, and a 10oz can of diced tomatoes with chilis. The biggest change was adding 3 to 4 tablespoons of tomato paste to give it more of a hearty chili taste!

Baked Tofu Bites
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I really enjoyed these. I used closer to 1/4 cup ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and doubled the garlic and pepper. I also omitted the smoke flavoring because I did not have any. Make sure to grease the pan well, also any extra marinade will burn onto the pan (not a big deal, but just some extra clean up). The second time I made these I baked them for 10 minutes extra, and they were a much better texture!

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Cucumber Slices With Dill
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I have been making this recipe for years and really recommend using 1 cup of both vinegar and water, it is still really sweet!