Easy Valentine Recipes | Chocolate Pretzel Hearts

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If you’re wanting some easy Valentine Recipes to make with the kids – here’s a super simple crowd pleaser!

These Chocolate Heart Pretzels only take minutes to make and are easy enough to let the kids help. Plus – you can send them to school for their class Valentine Party!

Keep reading for directions to make this and other easy Valentine recipes:

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Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

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Homemade Natural Peanut Butter

Recently I had the opportunity to review a Ninja Ultima Blender. We have enjoyed making smoothies almost every single day but wanted to venture out and try something new.. Several of my friends told me that they make homemade nut butters with their Ninja Ultima Blender so I thought I would give it a whirl. It was so easy to make homemade natural peanut butter and just took a few minutes from start to finish. Compared to the brand we were buying at the grocery store, it saved a few dollars too.

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 16 oz jar unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • honey to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add peanuts to Ninja Ultima Blender, pulse 3 times or until peanuts are finely chopped.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, select speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process for a few seconds..
  3. Use a spatula to push mixture down.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil select speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process until smooth.
  5. If needed add an additional 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.
  6. Can also add honey to taste. (optional)
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Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder Recipe

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder Recipe

Jamie here!  Based on Wikipedia, I think I could possibly be kicked off the internet for calling something made with Velveeta a chowder – but this recipe is too thick to be called a soup and too creamy to be called a stew.  And it’s too awesome to not share with you ;)

Feel the need to go pin a healthy recipe after just READING this one? ;)  Kasey has been doing clean eating and living a healthy Advocare lifestyle for awhile now and along the way she’s come up with some FABULOUS Advocare Recipes

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Yesterday was  a day that demanded comfort food (and naps!).  It was rainy & cold and the kids were home sick, so I couldn’t go out to the grocery to get supplies for chili, or chicken noodle soup, or any of my stand-by comfort food meals.  After rooting around, I came up with chicken breasts, a bag of frozen hash-brown potatoes, some leftover Velveeta, and a couple odds and ends in the canned goods department.  There’s nothing at all I don’t like about those ingredients, so putting them together was a no-brainer.  What resulted was a HUGE HIT for my family!

Here’s how to make an easy, tummy-warming, and diet-murdering, slow cooker soup:


What you need:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Frozen will work just fine)
  • 1 30 oz Bag Frozen Hasbrown Potatoes
  • 1/3 – 1/2 of a 2lb Block of Velveeta *See note at bottom if you don’t have this
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 3 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Onion, diced small
  • Pepper
  • Optional: a few shredded carrots (I wish I’d had some to shred in there, but didn’t this time :( )

Directions:

  1. Crank your crockpot up to Low, and put items in this order:
    1)
    Chicken Bouillion cubes, onion, garlic on the bottom
    2) hashbrowns
    3) chicken breasts.
    4) Pour in water, milk and cream soups, making sure the cream soups cover up the chicken so they won’t dry out.  Cube up your Velveeta and toss those in (You don’t want it resting on the bottom or the sides, or it might get burnt)
  2. Let it cook on low for 4 hours.  Then, take out the chicken and cut it up into chunks.  Your potatoes will be very soft by the end (think mashed potatoes) – so it will be nicer to have chicken chunks instead of shreds so there’s something to actually bite into.  Return the chicken to the crockpot and cook for another hour on low.  (It’s ok if it needs to sit there on warm for longer than an hour – mine sat there for 2 hours, waiting for bathtime to be finished.)

*This is also the point where you’ll want to stir, taste, add more milk/water to thin it – or thicken it with some potato flakes to get it just how you like it.  (I stirred in a 1/2 pouch of Betty Crocker Loaded Potato Flakes, to make it go a little further for my hoarde of hungry boys)

To Serve: Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese & bacon bits. Voila!

This was absolutely scrumptious – and my husband and boys went back for seconds!!

TIP: If you’re don’t have Velveeta, pull out a box of mac & cheese and use the whole packet of powdered cheese.  You’ll want to sub out some of the water with milk (and maybe even a little sour cream or cream cheese) to make it creamier, like a cheese sauce should be.  I’ve done this – and it works out just fine!

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder (You’ll lick the bowl!)

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder (You’ll lick the bowl!)

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Frozen will work just fine)
  • 1 30 oz Bag Frozen Hasbrown Potatoes
  • 1/3 - 1/2 of a 2lb Block of Velveeta *See note at bottom if you don't have this
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 3 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Onion, diced small
  • Pepper to taste
  • Optional: a few shredded carrots (I wish I'd had some to shred in there, but didn't this time :( )

Instructions

  1. Turn your Crockpot on Low and add the Chicken Bouillion cubes, onion,and garlic on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add the entire bag of frozen hasbrowns.
  3. Place the chicken breasts on top of those
  4. Pour in water, milk and cream soups, making sure the cream soups cover up the chicken so they won't dry out while cooking
  5. Cube up your Velveeta and toss in (You don't want it resting on the bottom or the sides, or it might get burnt)
  6. After cooking on LOW for 4 hours, take out the chicken and cut it up into chunks.
  7. Return to the pot to cook for another hour on Low.
  8. Adjust consistency to taste - add milk to thin, or add potato flakes to thicken.
  9. To Serve: Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese & bacon bits.
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Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe (Cheesy & EASY!)

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Jamie here!  I love potato soup and I love using my crockpot – which is why this Crockpot Potato Soup recipe is in such heavy rotation at my house all winter.  Not that anyone’s complaining!  It’s loaded with flavor (and cheese) – so the kids love it.  But it’s also loaded with secret veggies, which I love (a whole bag of shredded carrots goes completely unnoticed by my picky eaters).

Now I’ve posted this Easy Cheesy potato soup recipe before with a crockpot version tacked on as an afterthought.  I thought I’d highlight the Crockpot Potato soup version all on it’s own since it seems to be more sought after. :)  UPDATE: I’ve updated this recipe to suggest putting the Velveeta in toward the end, since it sometimes starts to overcook and separate from the broth after all those hours in the crockpot :)

Here’s my go-to, tried and true, never fail recipe for Crockpot Potato Soup:

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Low Carb Chicken Recipes: Baked Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook.  Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe.  Anyone can type up a recipe, and find an image that appears to go with it.  So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.  Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste.  We loved this recipe,  although it was a little spicy.  I  made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal.  If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes,  I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas.  Since we  completed our AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, we are still following the principles of the eating plan so this recipe worked perfectly.  My husband and I both feel so much better and he has lost 43lbs (see our story here).
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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

hot ham and cheese sliders

This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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