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Family-Friendly TROLLS Inspired Recipes

Family-Friendly TROLLS Inspired Recipes

The premiere of the much anticipated movie, DreamWorks’ TROLLS, is tomorrow! I’m writing to share fun TROLLS’ inspired recipes for the whole family to indulge in this weekend.

Meet Branch—he’s the over-cautious, paranoid survivalist in the Troll Village. Branch Survival Potion is just what any inner-Branch character needs to boost their confidence and encourage positivity!

Branch’s Survival Potion

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Serves: 4 // Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
3-4 Fresh Strawberries, hulled
5-6 Fresh Blackberries
Garnishes: Sugar for Glass Rim, Pop Rocks, Dry Ice (optional), Fresh Sliced Kiwi.

Directions:
Blend the strawberries and set aside. Rim a glass with colored sugar of your choice. Smash blackberries at the bottom of the glass. Add the blended strawberries and sliced kiwi. Fill the glass with Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry and add a pinch of Pop Rocks. Drop three small pieces of dry ice (optional) as garnish.

 

Meet Poppy—the relentlessly upbeat lead Trolls character who solves problems with a song, a dance and a hug. Poppy Sherbet Punch will enlighten your senses and put some pep in your step!

Poppy’s Sherbet Punch

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Serves: 3 // Total Time: 10 mins
Ingredients:
2 Cups Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade
1 1/2 Cups Raspberry Sherbet, Softened
Garnishes: Pink Cotton Candy, Sugar for Glass Rim

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade with Raspberry Sherbet. Mix on low speed with a blender or electric mixer until it’s well incorporated. To serve, pour into sugar-rimmed glasses and garnish with a small amount of cotton candy!

 

Meet Guy Diamond—the village’s resident, “naked glitter Troll,” with heaps of body confidence and who loves to party! Serve Guy Diamond Glitter Smoothie Pops which will be a true party favorite!

Guy Diamond Glitter Smoothie Pops

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Serves: 6 // Total Time: 8 Hours, 15 mins
Ingredients:
2 Cups Whole Milk French Vanilla Yogurt
1/4 Cup Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
5-6 Fresh Blackberries, cut in half
6 Fresh Raspberries, cut in half
Edible Glitter, Sparkling Colored Sugar

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup yogurt with Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry; mix well and set aside. Add a layer of vanilla yogurt to the bottom of each popsicle mold. Add a layer of yogurt/Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry mixture and add 3-4 pieces of fruit to the mold. Finish each by dividing the remaining yogurt among the popsicle molds; use a knife or wooden skewer to swirl the mixture slightly. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 8 hours, or until completely frozen.

Before serving, run popsicle molds under warm water to release the popsicles. Allow popsicles to sit at room temperature for 2 minutes and immediately sprinkle or brush with edible glitter or sparkling sugar. Serve immediately or return to freezer until ready to serve.

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Super Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe

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Super Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe

Because I love blogging and supporting my family, this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken.  Thank you for reading and feel free to print the recipe.

I love making meals with chicken.  It can be used in a ton of different ways from casseroles to crockpots, soups and salads.  It is important to me to buy healthy, antibiotic-free meats when cooking and Foster Farms chicken is all that and more.  It is also from California so the meat is always fresh and never frozen.  Creating meals is something I enjoy, especially when the kids rave about the meal and ask for seconds.  This one is a favorite of mine.  A total comfort food and it can be made in the crockpot too.  The recipe below is a crockpot one but you can do it in a pan if you prefer.  For me, with sports, music, field trips, board meetings, etc.  I don’t want to come home and go stare blankly in the fridge to figure out what we are having for dinner.  I like to throw the chicken with some seasoning or marinade in the crockpot bowl (not the whole thing with the cord) in the fridge the night before and around lunch time put the bowl in the base and plug it in.  Then when we come home we have the meat done and just need to add the other ingredients, like tortillas, sour cream, beans, lettuce, salsa and fresh cilantro.  You can also make this a burrito. You can season to your taste on how spicy you like the meat too. This recipe is very flexible and something to enjoy after a long day.

Super Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix.
  • 1 cup chicken broth.
  • 1 cup medium salsa.
  • 2 lbs Foster Farms Simply Raised Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast.
  • After meat is cooked you'll need all the ingredients and garnishings for tacos:
  • Tortillas.
  • Cilantro.
  • Salsa (because you can never have too much).
  • Fresh diced tomatoes.
  • Diced avocado.
  • Sour cream.
  • Beans (refried or black).
  • Lettuce.

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In medium sized mixing bowl add in broth, salsa and taco seasoning. Mix until taco seasoning is dissolved.
  3. Put chicken in crockpot and pour mixing bowl ingredients over the top. If the chicken is stacked make sure you get around all the pieces.
  4. Put lid on crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  5. With two forks or meat claws shred chicken meat.
  6. Put in a serving bowl and put out with the tortillas and other ingredients.
  7. You can also save 1/2 of the meat for a future meal by freezing it, with the juices.
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My New Comfort Food Meal

When I shop for perishables (meats, dairy, produce, bakery dept) I want things that are fresh, organic or antibiotic-free, and locally raised or grown.  This has changed for me over the years, as I’ve become a mom and been more environmentally aware and health conscious.  I love cooking with chicken since it is easy and healthy.  For me, as a diabetic, I also like that this is low-carb and something that is delicious.  As I change my comfort foods have changed from sweets to fresh and healthy meals.  I now have a salad with every dinner.  I have a garden in my backyard to get fresh and organic ingredients. I try to cook at home and not eat out.  Having a new comfort food of easy tacos makes meal planning easy and dinner times is something I can do on busy days while keeping the meal healthy.  Foster Farms inspires me to search Pinterest and other places for recipes to make at home for my family.

Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken

Crockpot Tacos

 

Seasoning, Salsa and Waterchicken tacos Add the chicken and dump the seasoning mix on top and turn the crockpot on
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Shred the Chicken and add back into the crockpot.

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Chicken Tacos Ready To Eat
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Awesome facts about Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken:

  • No antibiotics ever.
  • 100% vegetarian diet.
  • American Humane Certified.
  • No added hormones or steroids.
  • Locally raised in California.
  • Foster Farms is a family-owned, family-managed company and has been in business for over 77 years.

 

 

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Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

This is an easy recipe for Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup you can make ahead for a nice cozy soup dinner.  My kids love it with grilled cheese.  I always make extra to save for later or freeze (if it lasts that long).  The prep time is only 15 minutes and then most of the work is just letting it cook!  Great for meal planning on busy days.  You can also get creative.  Add more of one or less of another ingredient depending on your taste.

Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients

Printable recipe is at the bottom.

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts.

2 cups carrots  I used baby carrots and cut them in 1/2 since that is what I had in the house.

1 medium yellow onion

3 stalks celery.

4 cloves of garlic.

3 Tablespoons of EVVO (extra virgin olive oil).

Salt and pepper to taste.

6 cups chicken broth.

1 cup water.

2 cups pasta or egg noodles.

Instructions

Spray crockpot with non-stick spray and layer 3-4 chicken breasts at the bottom.

crockpot chicken noodle soup Top with chopped carrots.crockpot chicken noodle soup Add chopped celery.crockpot chicken noodle soup Add diced onion and minced garlic and then seasoning, broth, water and cover.  Cook 3-4 hours on low.crockpot chicken noodle soup When the chicken is done remove it from the crockpot, loosely shred it and put it back into the crockpot.
crockpot chicken noodle soup Everything here except the noodles.  Add them inside the crockpot and cook 10 more minutes or if using pasta that might take longer you can boil in a pan, drain and add in.crockpot chicken noodle soup Delicious Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.  Great for rainy days, lunch or dinner, sick days, or just because you love chicken noodle soup.

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Print to save this delicious chicken noodle soup recipe for your family.

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • 2 cups carrots (peeled and chopped). I used baby carrots and cut them in 1/2 since that is what I had in the house.
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced).
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped).
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced).
  • 3 Tablespoons of EVVO (extra virgin olive oil).
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 6 cups chicken broth.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 2 cups pasta or egg noodles.

Instructions

  1. Add into large crockpot: Chicken flat at the bottom.
  2. Top with carrots, onion, celery, garlic and olive oil.
  3. Add chicken broth, water and seasoning. Remember- liquids do not evaporate from a crock pot so don't use too much).
  4. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours.
  5. Remove chicken breasts from crockpot. Cut into small pieces and put back into the crockpot.
  6. Add Egg noodles to the crockpot.
  7. Cook 10 minutes.
  8. Serve in bowls.
  9. *If using regular pasta it cooks better if you put it in a pot with boiling water, cook according to instructions, remove when al dente and add into the crockpot with the other ingredients.
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Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

This chia pudding is a delicious and easy to make recipe using chia seeds and a few other ingredients.  It can be served at breakfast or as a sweet treat.  Chia seeds are high in protein, omega 3’s and fiber and are good for lowering blood sugar.  Chia has 8x’s the Omega 3’s than salmon.  25% more fiber than flaxseed. 70% more protein than soy beans. 2 x’s more calcium than milk.  They is so much goodness in chia seeds!  No wonder people are adding them into everything!

In addition, they can be added to salads, smoothies, baked goods and more.  My sister even enjoys it in sparkling water.  For this recipe I used chai seeds from Mamma Chia.  They are organic, non-gmo and gluten-free.  This is best made the night before so that the chia seeds can absorb the liquid and expand.   I like to add crushed walnuts in the pudding or granola on top to give it some extra texture.


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Ingredients For Chocolate Chia Pudding

For this recipe I used:

2 1/2 cups almond milk.

3/4 cup Mamma Chia seeds.

1/4 cup cocoa powder.

3 Tablespoons honey.

1 teaspoon Pure Chocolate Extract from Nielsen-Massey.

1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Granola Clusters.


chocolate chia pudding recipe With Nielsen-Massey Chocolate extract I know I’ll get high quality extract that is great for all my baking.  They also have other flavors, like vanilla (of course), peppermint and lemon.  Great for cookies, making scented play dough and breads.  As a result I have better tasting foods.

chocolate chia pudding recipe

I used Vanilla Almond Clusters by Mamma Chia and Chia seeds by Mamma Chia for my chia pudding.  They also have granola bars, Chia Squeeze packages,  and energy drinks.  Lots of choices for getting chia in your diet. Seems like a win-win.

Print the Recipe Here:

Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk.
  • 3/4 cup Mamma Chia seeds.
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
  • 3 Tablespoons honey.
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Chocolate Extract from Nielsen-Massey.
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Granola Clusters.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix almond milk, chia seeds, cocoa, honey and extract. Mix well. Cover and put in the fridge at least 1 hour (overnight is better).
  2. Stir the pudding and spoon into bowls.
  3. Top with granola.
  4. Serve.
  5. *Optional add-ins: raisins, crushed walnuts.
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Nutella Swirled Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Nutella Swirled Cheesecake Bars Recipe

This was my first time making this.  It was a total hit and great for a potluck or dinner party.  The bars could be cute up and wrapped for a bake sale too.  They look fancy and taste like heaven.  The recipe was super easy to make.  Prep time is only 15 minutes but you need to plan it because it needs to refrigerate 2 hours after cooling off.  Definitely something that can be made a day or two ahead.

 First I made the cookie dough. Any chocolate chip cookie recipe will work (I included the one I made in the printable recipe below).

2016-09-09-16-35-04ChocZero Milk Chocolate Square (before I broke it into pieces).
2016-09-05-23-41-48 The I added in delicious chunks of ChocZero milk chocolate (they also have dark chocolate).  They have no extra sugar added and it is all natural chocolate.  I put it all in a pan and baked it.2016-09-09-16-36-12

I then added the cheesecake mix on top, then the Nutella swirl and baked it again.
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Nutella Swirled Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Make chocolate chip cookies:
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter (2 sticks).
  • 1 Cup brown sugar.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • 2 Cups flour.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 6 bars of Choc Zero milk chocolate bars (broken into pieces).
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
  • 2- Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1/2 cup Nutella hazelnut spread.

Instructions

  1. Mix cookie wet ingredients, then add in dry ingredients. Spread out in a baking pan. I used a round pie pan (just only one I had at home). Bake cookies 15-18 minutes or until light brown.
  2. Cool 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, start cheesecake mix:
  4. In large bowl mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs until smooth.
  5. Spread evenly over baked cookie crust.
  6. In a small bowl add Nutella and heat up in microwave 10-20 seconds until soft.
  7. Drop Nutella by the spoonful into the cream cheese spread, swirl but do not mix.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes.
  9. Cool 30 minutes.
  10. Put in fridge 2 hours to cool off and so cream cheese part hardens.
  11. Cut bars in to squares.
  12. Serve alone or with ice cream.
  13. 30 servings.
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