American Heritage Chocolate Recipes #ChocolateHistory

Last week, I had a REALLY fun day down in NYC in Times Square with my friend Julie.  It was a quick trip, but lots of fun and I love to see my blogging pals!

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All in all a great day.  Plus, it was full of chocolate.  Specifically, American Heritage Chocolate (a newer favorite) and M&Ms chocolates (a lifelong favorite).  Wednesday marked the arrival of American Heritage Chocolates to the Times Square M&M’S World® store.

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It’s kind of crazy to see the American Heritage Chocolates right there amidst the crazy bright M&Ms merchandise, but it totally works.  And without our ancestors having discovered the AWESOME of chocolate in sweets, M&Ms might not even exist.  (Let’s not even think about that).

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It was great to see our chocolate friends from AHC again in person and to have a taste of their Chocolate Drink that’s so steeped in history.

 

To celebrate the event, I wanted to share with you some American Heritage Chocolate Recipes to enjoy.

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Triple Chocolate Cupcakes  from Lolli at Better in Bulk

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Chocolate Apple Pancakes from Racquel

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Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate from Dawn at Homemaking Hacks

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Chocolate Mango Apple Bread from Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom

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Chocolate Crepes from Julie at Happy Strong Home

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Chocolate M&Ms Bark from Amanda at Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

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Vegan Mexican Chocolate Pudding from Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom

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Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkles from Amanda at Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

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Chocolate Nonpareils from Julie at Happy Strong Home

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American Heritage Chocolate not only brings history right into our modern kitchens, but it’s interchangeable with regular chocolate.  If a recipe calls for 1 cup of chocolate, you’d use 1 cup of American Heritage Chocolate.  With the holidays here, and so many of us taking extra time to remember family traditions, what better time to change up some family favorite recipes and start some new recipes to pass down using American Heritage Chocolate? 

 

This post is brought to you by our friends at American Heritage Chocolate.  Love of the product is my own. 

Sloppy Joes Stuffed Peppers #McSkilletSauce

McCormick®’s Skillet Sauces® launched recently, and as part of that launch, they asked bloggers like myself to give the sauces a try and share a recipe post about them.  We’ve tried two of the flavors at this point- the Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce and Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce, and I’m planning to use the Taco with Chipotle & Garlic Skillet Sauce for Taco Tuesday this week.

The new Skillet Sauces are available at many Walmart stores. (Mine didn’t have them for several weeks into this campaign but they do now! I’ve also found the sauces in a few other stores locally). You can find them with the spices and seasonings in the store. Each pouch has a recipe suggestion on the back and a list of what you’ll need to add (meat, veggies, or both). The Skillet Sauces make dinner quick and easy- 3 simple steps, simple ingredients and about 15 minutes, and you have dinner on the table. With schedules like ours, this makes my life a lot easier. These Skillet Sauces have endless possibilities for meal preparation- great to have on hand for quick meal ideas for your family.

Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce can be made into Sloppy Joes the traditional way, with sandwich buns.  With 1 lb of ground beef (or turkey if you prefer, even meatless crumbles for the vegetarian in your family), and the buns, you can have Sloppy Joes on the table in about 15 minutes.  Maybe a few less.  Brown the meat, drain it, add Skillet Sauce, boil 1 minute and voila! Serve it on the bun.  Add some veggies on the side and you’ve got dinner.

You can also do a variation of the Sloppy Joes, which I did- my family LOVES stuffed peppers.We also love Sloppy Joes.  With a few minutes extra of cook time, I was able to make Stuffed Peppers from the Sloppy Joes.

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Sloppy Joes Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef

McCormick® Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce®

4 Peppers

3 TBSP water

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350

Cut tops off peppers, pull out seeds, etc.

Put peppers into a glass baking dish with 3 TBSP water, place into oven while it’s preheating

Brown meat in skillet, drain

Return meat to skillet, add Skillet Sauce

Bring meat and sauce mixture to a boil for 1 minute

While sauce is cooking with meat, remove peppers from the oven (it’s likely been about 10 minutes) and set aside

After meat and sauce mixture has boiled for 1 minute, scoop into peppers

Put stuffed peppers into oven for 10-15 minutes (until peppers start to look softer)

Serve and enjoy!

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 Which of the new Skillet Sauce flavors are you going to try first?

 

 

 

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 McCormick® Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce®
  • 4 Peppers
  • 3 TBSP water
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350
  3. Cut tops off peppers, pull out seeds, etc.
  4. Put peppers into a glass baking dish with 3 TBSP water, place into oven while it's preheating
  5. Brown meat in skillet, drain
  6. Return meat to skillet, add Skillet Sauce
  7. Bring meat and sauce mixture to a boil for 1 minuteWhile sauce is cooking with meat, remove peppers from the oven (it's likely been about 10 minutes) and set aside
  8. After meat and sauce mixture has boiled for 1 minute, scoop into peppers
  9. Put stuffed peppers into oven for 10-15 minutes (until peppers start to look softer)
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Peppermint Pudding

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TruMoo Chocolate milk is one of my kids favorite treats and can always be found in my refrigerator.  That it tastes delicious is made even better by the fact that it contains NO artificial growth hormones, NO high fructose corn syrup, and is fresh from your local dairies so I don’t feel guilty giving it to the kids like I do a lot of other drinks.  TruMoo also lends itself well to recipes like this delicious creamy Chocolate Peppermint Pudding. Two kinds of chocolate and a bit of peppermint make this treat a hit for the season- Santa would probably prefer this to cookies for his snack!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups TruMoo chocolate milk

1 Tbsp. water

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

3 Tbsp. cornstarch

¾  tsp. peppermint extract

pinch of salt

 

Directions:

Whisk water and cocoa powder into large saucepan over medium heat until smooth.

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Stir in sugar, salt, 1 ½ cups chocolate milk.

In a separate bowl whisk together ½ cup chocolate milk and cornstarch.

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Bring chocolate mixture to a boil then whisk in  cornstarch slurry.

Remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract.

Scoop pudding into single serving sized bowls and refrigerate until chilled and firm.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint.


Makes 2 cups.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups TruMoo chocolate milk
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp. peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk water and cocoa powder into large saucepan over medium heat until smooth.
  2. Stir in sugar, salt, 1 ½ cups chocolate milk.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together ½ cup chocolate milk and cornstarch.
  4. Bring chocolate mixture to a boil then whisk in cornstarch slurry.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract.
  6. Scoop pudding into single serving sized bowls and refrigerate until chilled and firm.
  7. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint.
  8. Makes 2 cups.

Non meat protein sources

Often times when people think of protein sources they immediately think of beef and chicken. But there are many other great and nutritious sources of protein available. Here is a list of non meat protein sources.

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Eggs. One large egg contains about 6 grams of protein, and about 90 calories. Eating a two egg omelet for breakfast is a great way to start the day. Don’t be afraid of the yolk – it’s the most nutritious part! Yolks contain protein, Vitamin B12, Phosporus, Selenium and more. Check out this table that compares all of the nutrients in egg whites vs. egg yolks.

Mini Spinach and Cheddar Quiche makes for a great breakfast- or even a quick snack

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Cottage Cheese. Cottage cheese is an amazing source of protein. A half cup of cottage cheese contains about 15 grams of protein. Combine it with fruits, like pineapples or strawberries, for a delicious snack. Less solid cheeses (like cottage cheese) contain less fat than solid cheeses. Cottage cheese is also a good source of Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Calcium.

Greek Yogurt. Six ounces of Greek yogurt equates to about 15 grams of protein – much more than traditional yogurt. This snack also contains calcium (about 20% of the daily recommendation) and live bacteria cultures, which can aid stomach health and digestion.

Lentils. One cup of lentils makes up about 18 grams of protein. This is a great option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! If you want to have one meatless meal a week, using lentils is a great options. One cup contains about 200 calories, and they’re a low-glycemic food, which  means it won’t spike your blood sugar. Lentils are also an excellent source of Folate, Phosphorus and Iron. Lentil Soup is a wonderful cold weather dinner that’s great for your body and fills the belly!

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Lentil tacos are also great for Taco Tuesdays (we aren’t the only family that has been doing this since the LEGO movie came out, right?

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Chickpeas. Chickpeas are in the same family as lentils (legumes). One cup of chickpeas contains 12 grams of protein. Chickpeas are also high in Folate, Copper and fiber. It’s important to note that all legumes are a great source of fiber (and protein). Add them into your diet regularly. We love to snack on Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in our house!

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Peanut Butter. Two tablespoons of peanut butter contains about 8 grams of protein. Peanut butter is a great snack full of healthy fats. Consuming healthy fats improves heart and brain health, and also keeps you fuller longer. Eat peanut butter with fruits or on toast with sliced bananas. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter.

Trail Mix Apple Snacks are a protein-packed, healthier snack option that still satisifes the sweet tooth.

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Oats. When people think of oatmeal, they probably automatically think “carbs.” But 1 cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 10 grams of protein! That’s a pretty decent amount. Oatmeal is also a good, healthy source of carbohydrates. Don’t be afraid of carbs. The body needs carbs for fuel, especially if you’re active. Combine oatmeal and peanut butter and you’ve got yourself a great, filling snack or meal.

Energy bites are a simple and fast way to prep some healthy snacks for the whole week.

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Quinoa. Quinoa grew in popularity in recent years, and rightfully so. It’s a nutrition packed seed that has been deemed a “superfood.” One cup of cooked quinoa contains about 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Cook it as a side dish or make a quinoa salad with vegetables.

Spinach. Didn’t think a vegetable could contain protein? Think again! One cup of spinach has about 6 grams of protein. That’s a decent amount for a vegetable. Spinach is also incredibly nutritious, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s very high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Manganese and Folate.

Next time you need a good source of protein, think again before resorting to beef or chicken! Many of these options contain much more than just protein, and should be incorporated into your daily regimen. Which of these do you eat on a regular basis?

Spicy Mango Bloody Mary

Remember I said I was doing a raw veggie challenge?  Well, I’ve kept it up for many days. Or most of the past few weeks, anyway.  It also got me thinking, for some reason, about Thanksgiving. Maybe because it’s the V8VegOut Challenge, or because the holiday itself is coming and my family has  a serious thing about enjoying a Bloody Mary Thanksgiving morning as we either go WATCH people run the Manchester Road Race or actually go RUN (walk) the Manchester Road Race.  Either way, almost anyone who pops in at my sister’s house Thanksgiving morning or who has in the past 10-15 years knows that there will be Bloody Mary’s and also? That they will be serious Bloodies and not for the faint of heart.

Because Bloody Mary’s apparently must be taken super seriously.

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12 oz Spicy Mango V8 

1 tsp worcestershire sauce

Fresh squeezed lemon juice

Fresh squeezed lime juice
A-1 steak sauce (1 tsp)

1 TBSP Olive juice (1 tbsp)
1 tsp (if you really like it hot, add 1 TBSP) horseradish
1 tsp celery seeds or celery powder
2 oz vodka (the better the Vodka, the better your Bloody will be

Directions


Use a large 16-20 oz glass. Wet the rim with a piece of fresh lime. Then dip the glass rim into a mixture of sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Add ice about half way up. Mix all of the ingredients in a separate container and then pour into the salt rimmed glass with the ice. Squeeze fresh lemon and lime on top and add a celery stick….Enjoy!!!!!!!

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Spicy Mango Bloody Mary
 
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Recipe type: Alcoholic Beverage
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Spicy Mango V8
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • A-1 steak sauce (1 tsp)
  • 1 TBSP Olive juice (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp (if you really like it hot, add 1 TBSP) horseradish
  • 1 tsp celery seeds or celery powder
  • 2 oz vodka (the better the Vodka, the better your Bloody will be
Instructions
  1. Use a large 16-20 oz glass.
  2. Wet the rim with a piece of fresh lime.
  3. Then dip the glass rim into a mixture of sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Add ice about half way up.
  5. Mix all of the ingredients in a separate container and then pour into the salt rimmed glass with the ice.
  6. Squeeze fresh lemon and lime on top and add a celery stick....Enjoy!!!!!!!

 

Make your own cookie butter (Free printable gift tag)

A few years ago a friend heard me mention heading to Trader Joe’s.  If they have Cookie Butter, get me 2.  Maybe 3, she said.

I was all “What is cookie butter??”

and then she told me.  I knew that I would need to try this cookie butter, and I knew I’d probably 1. love it and 2. be really thankful the closest TJ’s is a good solid 35 -40 minutes from home.

I was right, on both counts. But it’s almost holiday time, and it’s always nice to make gifts to give, and I’ve always wanted to do some kind of Copycat Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter and figured hey! Now’s the time. So… if you are like me and don’t live near a TJ’s, or really just like to make things at home… get ready.  And then get excited. I give you….

Vanilla Cookie Butter 

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Ingredients

2 C. Nilla Wafer cookie crumbs
½ stick butter, melted
½ C. sweetened condensed milk
¼ C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
water as needed

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Directions 

#1. To get the Nilla wafers to crumb form, I used my food processor. I added the entire package of Nilla Wafers and turned it on pulverizing them.

#2. For this step you can either continue to use the food processor or simply mix by hand; add in the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, the evaporated milk  and vanilla. Mix well and add a little bit of water as needed.

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#3. Keep in the fridge when not using and feel free to ad a little bit of water to the cookie butter as needed when you use it.

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#4. If giving as a gift simply print the gift tag and write the directions on the back for using. (Clicking the image will bring you to a PDF file you can download as well)

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Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Make your own cookie butter
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 C. Nilla Wafer cookie crumbs
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • ½ C. sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ C. evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • water as needed
Instructions
  1. #1. To get the Nilla wafers to crumb form, I used my food processor. I added the entire package of Nilla Wafers and turned it on pulverizing them.
  2. #2. For this step you can either continue to use the food processor or simply mix by hand; add in the melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. Mix well and add a little bit of water as needed.
  3. #3. Keep in the fridge when not using and feel free to ad a little bit of water to the cookie butter as needed when you use it.

{easy} Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe

I love using my crock pot.  Slow cooker.  Whatever you want to call it…. it makes things a lot simpler for me, especially with busy schedules like ours. This slow cooker chicken breast recipe is easy and so delicious! Plus, this kind of chicken lends itself well to leftover dishes… which means cooking once and eating twice. My favorite kind of cooking!

{easy} Slow Cooker Chicken 

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Ingredients

2-3 large bone-in or boneless chicken breasts, either work fine

2 tbs olive oil

seasoning of your choice (I used blackening, we like to keep it simple)

salt & pepper to taste

2 tsp. dried parsley

2 C. water

*2 chicken bouillon cubes

**You could also substitute 2 cups of chicken stock.

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Directions –

#1. Turn the slow cooker on low and place the chicken breasts in the bottom. Drizzle the 2 tbs. of olive oil over the breasts (I like to rub it in using my fingers) and then season the chicken to your liking.

#2. Add the water and bouillon cubes (or chicken broth).

#3. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until cooked through. My crockpot took about 5 hours and I had to turn it on low. The chicken was super juicy and very flavorful.

#4. Serve with a side of your choice.

*Makes approximately 4-5 servings

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2-3 large bone-in or boneless chicken breasts, either work fine
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • seasoning of your choice (I used blackening, we like to keep it simple)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 C. water
  • *2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • **You could also substitute 2 cups of chicken stock.
Instructions
  1. #1. Turn the slow cooker on low and place the chicken breasts in the bottom. Drizzle the 2 tbs. of olive oil over the breasts (I like to rub it in using my fingers) and then season the chicken to your liking.
  2. #2. Add the water and bouillon cubes (or chicken broth).
  3. #3. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until cooked through. My crockpot took about 5 hours and I had to turn it on low. The chicken was super juicy and very flavorful.
  4. #4. Serve with a side of your choice.
  5. *Makes approximately 4-5 servings

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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We like to have at least 2 servings of vegetables at dinner in our house.  Often, fruit as well, but we do try to do the vegetables at dinner each night.  My kids, I’m lucky to say, are all really good about eating vegetables, Buying fresh vegetables year round can get very, very expensive- and when things are not in season.

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I’ve long gone for frozen veggies- we do both Green Giant and Bird’s Eye, whatever happens to be on sale when I’m at the store, because I know that they are flash frozen and retain so much of their nutrients that way.Freezing fruits and vegetables is nature’s pause button and an easy way to combat things like the cost of fresh produce, the cost of fresh ‘out of season’ produce and issues like fresh fruits and vegetables spoiling before you’re able to prepare and eat them. It’s an affordable way to keep getting those servings of fruits and vegetables in our bellies without worrying about the cost so much!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Ingredients

**2-3 medium size chicken breasts, baked and shredded (I simply salt and pepper mine, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and then shred.)

1 14.5 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

½ medium sized onion, diced

1 C. frozen corn

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1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. garlic salt

2 chicken bouillon cubes

5-6 C. water

**If you’re short on time you can also cook the chicken breasts right IN the crockpot from the get go and then shred after the soup has cooked on high for 5-6 hours to ensure the chicken is cooked through.

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Directions

#1. Add all ingredients to the crockpot and add the 5-6 C. of water.

#2. Cook on high 2-3 hours.

#3. Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese.

*Makes approximately 6 servings.

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You’ll notice frozen corn is one of the ingredients in this soup.  I almost always use frozen veggies, especially when they are out of season. Why? That’s easy. They are a convenient, affordable and easy to serve option that is nutritious. The Frozen Food Foundation partnered with the University of California, Davis, and found that frozen fruits and vegetables are generally as rich in nutrients, and often more so, than their fresh counterparts. 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • **2-3 medium size chicken breasts, baked and shredded (I simply salt and pepper mine, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and then shred.)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • ½ medium sized onion, diced
  • 1 C. frozen corn
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 5-6 C. water
Instructions
  1. **If you're short on time you can also cook the chicken breasts right IN the crockpot from the get go and then shred after the soup has cooked on high for 5-6 hours to ensure the chicken is cooked through.
  2. #1. Add all ingredients to the crockpot and add the 5-6 C. of water.
  3. #2. Cook on high 2-3 hours.
  4. #3. Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese.
  5. *Makes approximately 6 servings.

Maple Bacon Popcorn Ball Recipe

Forget the kids, these delicious sweet and savory Maple Bacon Popcorn Balls are for the grownups (although the kids do love them too, I had to shoo the 3 year old away many times) I mean its real maple syrup.. and bacon… who doesn’t love that? And who doesn’t want to have a great popcorn ball recipe in the house??!

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I a seriously having a rigorous debate with myself about whether these qualify as a breakfast item, I mean they have fiber right? And they have bacon, thats a breakfast food, maple syrup is breakfast-y, and I love to eat butter with my breakfast.. There I have pretty much  successfully convinced myself that these popcorn balls can be enjoyed all day. Bring a batch of these into work and I  guarantee you will be popular, at least for that day.

Maple Bacon Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

12 cups popcorn-popped

1/2 stick of butter

1-10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows

6 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

 

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Directions:

Make your popcorn however you like-microwave, air pop, or in the stove with oil ( I recommend this method) ,remove all un popped kernels  and place popcorn in a large bowl, set aside.

Finely dice precooked bacon, set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat combine butter and marshmallows, stir constantly until completely melted.

Mix in Maple Syrup.

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Remove from heat and add bacon pieces.

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Pour melted mixture all over popcorn and quickly stir to coat wellmaple bacon popcorn ball stir

Allow it to cool enough to be handled, then butter your hands heavily and press firmly to create round balls of popcorn about baseball size.

Place on waxed paper and allow to set up.

When completely cool and set, wrap each one in plastic wrap.

Popcorn balls are best eaten within 48 hours.

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What’s your fave popcorn ball recipe?

Maple Bacon Popcorn Ball Recipe
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 12 cups popcorn-popped
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1-10 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
  • 6 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. maple bacon popcorn balls ingredients
  2. Make your popcorn however you like-microwave, air pop, or in the stove with oil ( I recommend this method) ,remove all un popped kernels and place popcorn in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. Finely dice precooked bacon, set aside.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat combine butter and marshmallows, stir constantly until completely melted.
  5. Mix in Maple Syrup.
  6. Remove from heat and add bacon pieces.
  7. Pour melted mixture all over popcorn and quickly stir to coat well
  8. Allow it to cool enough to be handled, then butter your hands heavily and press firmly to create round balls of popcorn about baseball size.
  9. Place on waxed paper and allow to set up.
  10. When completely cool and set, wrap each one in plastic wrap.
  11. Popcorn balls are best eaten within 48 hours.

 

Mr. Peabody Pretzels

The excitement was palpable in my house over the weekend because “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” was released on DVD last week, which became the perfect choice for our Friday family movie night!

I decided to have a little extra fun and make this movie night into a viewing party with the kids’ friends. We enjoyed our regular movie treats, but added in some delicious creativity with Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps® Original Minis and Cheddar Minis.

At first I was going to make a fun trail mix (still will make that!), but then I looked at the art on the DVD cover and realized that the Minis shape would make great Mr. Peabody heads. Hence the name…

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Mr. Peabody Pretzels

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I surprised the family with the Mr. Peabody Pretzels, but think next time the kids can help assemble, especially if their friends are coming over again too!

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel Crisps Original Minis
  • White Chocolate chips (about 1/3 bag will cover about 1/2 bag of the Minis) or melting chocolates (about 1/3 bag)
  • Something brown or black for a nose – I used brown Sixlets chocolates.
  • Something black (or blue) for eyes. I used black Sweetworks Pearls.
  • Red gum for bow ties
  • Black icing or a food marker

Directions:

  1. Lay all of your ingredients out on the counter
  2. Melt your white chocolate in a bowl or on the stovetop (don’t do more than half at once or it will harden before you finish)
  3. Drag each mini through the melted chocolate and lay it atop the parchment to dry/set
  4. As puppy faces are drying, add the eyes and nose
  5. Cut red gum into little triangles for Mr. Peabody’s bow tie. Pointed ends face one another. If the chocolate has set and won’t stick to the gum, dip your tips of the gum into the bowl of melted chocolate.
  6. As the chocolate all sets and hardens, you can go ahead and add the eyeglasses around Mr. Peabody’s eyes.

Voila! Mr. Peabody Puppy Pretzels!

Not hard, not rocket science, but TONS of fun for a fun family movie night! The kids loved them!

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Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps® Minis are wholesome, bite-sized snacking options that all members of the family can enjoy at home or on the go. They are delicious and have a LOT of crunch in a mini little pretzel bite. Feeling like you want something a little salty and definitely crunchy? Grab some Pretzel Crisps Minis!

The regular sized Pretzel Crisps are delicious too, but really, the Minis are more fun.  Pretzel Crisps Minis are kind of like Mr. Peabody – a whole lot of personality in a small package!

 

We almost always have Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps in our house in one flavor (or size) or another.  Why? Well, mostly because all five of us love them. Quick and easy and a little serving goes a long way. Plus – less calories and fat than other leading snacks (potato chips, tortilla chips). 42 Original Minis or 35 Cheddar Minis equal just 110 calories!

That’s a great snack size, and perfect for on the go. You can find them in the deli section of your local stores.

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Not into Puppy Pretzels (yea, right! Of course you are!)?? These are GREAT for eating plain, or dipping into things. Who doesn’t love to dip? You could also make up some of our Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzel and Avocado Cookies.

 

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What’s YOUR favorite way to enjoy Pretzel Crisps Minis?

 

 

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This article is sponsored by Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps®.

 

Thanks to Pretzel Crisps Minis for sponsoring today’s post and recipe. Opinions are my own.  Calories consumed are your own!