Captain America Snack Mix Recipe – A Great Marvel Party Food Idea

captain america snack mix recipe

I’m something of an equal opportunity Marvel Avengers fan. I don’t have a favorite superhero. I have two favorite superheros!

Iron Man and Captain America are my top 2 favorite Avengers. It’s making this whole idea of choosing #TeamIronMan or #TeamCap sides for Captain America: The Civil War so confusing!

Even if you thought you had a favorite, if you attended the Hollywood premiere of Iron Man 3 and visited the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set on an amazing Marvel press trip you probably wouldn’t be able to choose either!

Whether you’re Team Captain America, Team Iron Man or just an Avengers fan, I think almost everyone is looking forward to the newest movie, Captain America: The Civil War!

captain america snack mix recipecaptain america snack mix

There are plenty of ways to celebrate a new movie, but food definitely needs play a part. This Captain America snack mix recipe is perfect for a movie party. I also love that the red, white and blue candies in the recipe also make for some great 4th of July recipes!

What makes this recipe the best Captain America snack mix recipe is that it’s a Marvel spin on delicious Muddy Buddies. This chocolate and peanut butter combination melts in your mouth and finishes with a crunch.

Note: the recipe calls for red white and blue Peanut M&Ms. If it’s not June or July, these are hard to find! I recommend getting a big bag of standard Peanut M&Ms and only using the red and blue ones.

Also, you can use any candy you want here, so feel free to be creative with your color combinations and flavors!

Captain America Snack Mix Recipe

Ingredients

captain america snack mix recipe

1 cup milk chocolate chips
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Peanut M&M’s in red, white, and blue
Whoppers Candy

Directions

1. Line a large baking sheet (I like this one) with wax paper or parchment. Put your 4 cups of cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set both aside.

2. Put the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.

captain america snack mix muddy buddies

3. Use a large spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the cereal. Gently mix as you drizzle, making sure to coat the cereal evenly.

4. Place the powdered sugar in a 1 gallon zip-top bag.

5. Carefully scoop the chocolate-coated cereal into the bag with the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake it to cover the cereal with the powdered sugar.

captain america snack mix recipe

6. Let sit for 1-2 minutes, then spread it out onto the prepared baking sheet. let dry for 1 hour.

7. Put your cereal back in the large bowl and gently mix in the Whoppers and M&Ms.

Find and print just the Captain America Snack Mix recipe below.

If you haven’t seen the latest trailer you need to right now! Check it out here:

Captain America: The Civil War opens in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016! Get your tickets today!

Quick Asian Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe – A One Bowl Meal

Yum
crunchy asian chicken salad disclosure

Crunchy Asian Chicken Chop Salad recipe

It’s the time of year in Minnesota when I start feeling like a hermit. It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s just all winter outside and I would rather not face it.

A side effect of my natural inclination to hibernate is also to eat fewer fresh vegetables. Obviously, nothing is in season around here, grocery stores advertise “hearty” produce like potatoes and squash, and I’m just not feeling my healthiest.

Then I remind myself that I need to set a good example for my kids. I also remember that there are modern technologies–like airplane–that bring fresh foods from warmer climates to stores all over the frozen tundra of Minnesota. I’m more than able to get both kids out of the house to pick up some groceries.

And you know what? Eating all those fresh foods helps with the reclusive feelings I tend to have around this time of year. It replenishes my energy and makes me feel less like huddling under a blanket for a few months while I wait for the snow to melt.

If you’re feeling at all like a winter hermit, let me tell you this right now: eat some fresh foods. It helps!

A few days ago we headed to Walmart to find plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing and the rest of the ingredients to make a really, really delicious salad for dinner the next night.

Crunchy Asian Salad Recipe

When I’m planning on making a really good salad with a variety of vegetables and other ingredients, I usually just toss in serving of protein to turn that salad into a balanced dinner in one bowl!

This time, I bought some Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken to add to my salad. It was the perfect way to add another dimension of flavor and texture to the rest of the salad fixings.

Once I decided I wanted to make a Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad with this post, I knew I was going to have to doctor up my Italian Dressing to give it an Asian twist.

Do you think that’s a weird idea? Let me tell you, Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing is delicious. It’s tangy and tastes great. But, there’s nothing distinctly Italian-flavored about about it. The basic (not all) ingredients include water, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, red peppers and salt. that means you can add other ingredients to use it for more than just a popular salad dressing.

Adding just four ingredients to the Italian dressing turned it into a delicious Asian dressing that was perfect for the salad I made!

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Recipe:

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Recipe

For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1-2 teaspoons rice vinegar
Flavor packet from ramen noodles in recipe below (optional)

Directions:

Whisk all the first five ingredients together in a bowl. Add the ramen noodle flavor packet, a little at a time, if more flavor is desired. Set aside.

For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing:

Ingredients:

1 3-ounce package original or chicken ramen noodles, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
1 10 oz package broccoli coleslaw mix
1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 package romaine lettuce
6 green onions, chopped
12 ounces (1 1/2 to 2 cups) Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken, cubed

Directions:

1. Chop the dry ramen noodles into rough cubes
2. Brown the chopped noodles in the butter over medium heat. Set aside.
3. Fill a bowl almost to the top with broccoli slaw.
4. Top the slaw with some wide, flat romaine leaves to keep small ingredients on top.
5. Arrange the rest of the ingredients on top of the lettuce.
6. Drizzle Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing over everything.

Scroll down for a printable version of the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad recipe

I used a bowl with a wide rim to segment the ingredients on top of the broccoli slaw. This makes it look pretty, but it’s a lot faster to just stir everything together!

Remember, you can buy both Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing at Walmart. Here’s what the shelf for the salad dressing looked like at my local store:

Asian Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe

Be sure to visit Wish-Bone® and Tyson’s One-Bowl Recipes online for more great flavor combinations!

Asian Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe

Serves: 4

Asian Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

    For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • Flavor packet from ramen noodles in recipe below (optional)
  • For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad:
  • 1 3-ounce package original or chicken ramen noodles, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 10 oz package broccoli coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 package romaine lettuce
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 to 2 cups) Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken, cubed

Instructions

    For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing:
  1. Whisk all the first five ingredients together in a bowl. Add the ramen noodle flavor packet, a little at a time, if more flavor is desired. Set aside.
  2. For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad:
  3. Chop the dry ramen noodles into rough cubes
  4. Brown the chopped noodles in the butter over medium heat. Set aside.
  5. Fill a bowl almost to the top with broccoli slaw.
  6. Top the slaw with some wide, flat romaine leaves to keep small ingredients on top.
  7. Arrange the rest of the ingredients on top of the lettuce.
  8. Drizzle Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing over everything.
http://www.babysavers.com/quick-asian-crunchy-chicken-salad-recipe/

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. All opinions are entirely my own.

How to Make Pedialyte: Natural and Homemade Recipes

Yum

How to make Pedialyte

How to make pedialyte

How to make Pedialyte. I had no idea so many of you were wondering how to make Pedialyte at home! Now I’ve met so many new readers just because my post for Homemade Pedialyte is so popular.

Share this post by pinning it on Pinterest (or repin it), then follow me on Pinterest!
 Since I wrote that post, I’ve received tons of emails from people sharing their own instructions for how to make Pedialyte plus more homemade Pedialyte recipes.

Most of what I received were pretty similar to those that I listed, but there were a few new Pedialyte recipes that I wanted to share. Scroll down to see them 🙂

Before getting to the recipes, I wanted to discuss one point that has come up a few times.

There were a few comments in the other post about real Pedialyte and vitamins. Those same comments stated that my homemade Pedialyte recipes don’t have vitamins. According to the corporate website, Pedialyte does not contain vitamins.

Keep in mind that the purpose of Pedialyte and other electrolyte-replacement beverages is to prevent dehydration, rehydrate, and/or replenish vital minerals and nutrients lost during diarrhea and vomiting. It is not to provide vitamins.

Of course, if you have any medical concerns about your little one or yourself, please don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a doctor!

How to Make Pedialyte Recipes

Back to learning how to make Pedialyte! When you make homemade Pedialyte you should store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator.

I prefer an airtight glass pitcher: this one for large batches, and this cute little glass pitcher for the Pedialyte recipes that only require 2 cups of water.

Another nice perk of making it in a pitcher: it’s easy to pour into ice pop molds if you want to make DIY Pedialyte freezer pops. Any of the Pedialyte recipes below can be used to make popsicles, too!

Need ice pop molds? I’m happy with my Tupperware popsicle molds, and I know a lot of people who love their colorful silicone ice pop molds.

Here are more homemade Pedialyte recipes:

How to Make Pedialyte

Pedialyte recipe #1:

  • 2 cups water
  • Juice from 1-2 fresh lemons or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or honey if your child is at least 1 year old)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pour the hot water, salt and sugar into a pitcher and stir until dissolved. Stir in the cold water and lemon juice. Serve in small amounts. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Pedialyte recipe #2

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup juice, any kind
  • 1 liter water (1 liter = just over 1 quart)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Serve in small amounts. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Pedialyte recipe #3:

  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon clear light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt.

Combine all ingredients and stir until it’s thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

See the original list of homemade Pedialyte recipes!

Did you already know how to make Pedialyte? Share your recipe in the comments!

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

how to pair wine and chocolate

I’m not a huge chocolate person and I’m definitely not a wine connoisseur, so I’ve never thought about how to put those two things together.

That’s not to say I don’t like either one. I can assure you that I enjoy chocolate often and I like to relax with an glass of wine.

How to pair wine and chocolate

When I received a gift of wine and chocolate from my friends at Brookside, it occured to me that I have plenty of friends who also appreciate both. I decided that it would be fun to serve them wine and chocolate if I can get all of us together this holiday season.

I did some reading to learn about pairing wine and chocolate, and it turns out I’m the last person on earth to know that wine and chocolate should be intentionally paired. There’s a lot of information out there!

I think almost everyone knows that a glass of wine can have a complex blend of flavors, and I learned that choccolate can be the same way. Add in the various textures of chocolate and learning about the best combinations of the two could turn into a full on hobby!

While I don’t need a wine and chocolate hobby, there are some basic rules to pairings that will make it easy if I have the opportunity to do it.

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate in 5 Easy Steps

How to pair wine and chocolate

  1. Choose wine sweeter than the chocolate you’re pairing it with. Without getting into the chemistry behind it, the wine will taste bitter if the chocolate is sweeter.
  2. Pair dark chocolate with red wine and pair lighter chocolates with whites or rose wines.
  3. Rich, intense chocolates should be paired with full-bodied wines.
  4. Taste from light to dark. When you’re presenting the pairings to your guests, serve white chocolate and milk chocolates first. End with the darkest and most bitter chocolates. If you’re following steps 1-3, you’ll serve wines from white to your most full-bodied red.
  5. Champagne goes with everything. If you can’t decide the right wine to pair with a particular chocolate choose a dry champagne. It will compliment any flavor.

It goes without saying that you should use good wines and quality chocolates if you’re serving wine and chocolate pairings to…anyone. Even yourself!

While it’s not the time for your liquor store bargain bin wine and dollar store chocolate, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to create intersting pairings.

How to pair wine and chocolate

Pair Clos du Bois Pinot Noir with Brookside Pomegranate Flavor dark chocolate. The soft fruit flavored centers covered in smooth dark chocolate are a perfect compliment to the lighter red wine.

Clos du Bois Merlot can easily be paired with Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberry Flavors. The smooth, full red wine goes hand in hand with the rich berry and dark chocolate combination.

I also urge you not to overthink this. Ask yourself, Do I like wine? Then ask yourself, Do I like chocolate? 

If you answered yes to both of those questions, just nibble on some chocolate and sip some wine. If you don’t like how one tastes with the other, try a different combination. I’m positive you’ll find the pairing that appeals to you!

Visit Brookside online and on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about wine and chocolate pairings.

Enter the giveaway!

Now I have a little giveaway to help you pair wine and chocolate. Here’s what I’m giving away:

How to pair wine and chocolate

The winner will receive Brookside chocolates, red and white wine glasses, wine bottle stoppers and a winged corkscrew!

Wait for the giveaway form to load and use it to enter the giveaway.

Brookside Wine and Chocolate Gift Basket

The giveaway ends December 6, 2015. Good luck!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Brookside Chocolate via MomTrends Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Brookside or Momtrends Media.

Feed Your Whole Gang: Crescent Roll Chicken Strips and Charlie Brown Sauce Recipe

Yum

Minnesota mom bloggerCharlie Brown and Peanuts food ideas

I’m from Minnesota, which means Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of Charles M. Schultz’s creations are in my DNA.

I don’t think you need to be a Minnesota mom blogger like me to appreciate the loveable characters of Peanuts. In fact, it seems like excitement for the whole gang is at an all-time high with the recent premiere of The Peanuts Movie!

peanuts movie poster

If you haven’t seen it, take a look at The Peanuts Movie trailer!

My family has been getting in the spirit by watching classic Peanuts movies. There are so many of them on DVD at our local library that we’ve been discovering all sorts of “new to us” titles to borrow.

In addition to watching those fun films for our family movie night, I also recently made a great Peanuts-themed meal to celebrate The Peanuts Movie!

Tyson chicken at Sams club

Haiden, Piper and I visited Sam’s Club to pick up Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. We just moved, so the three-pound bag was exactly what I needed.

tyson chicken strips at Sam's Club

Quick, easy dinners that my kids love are a must right now while we’re living out of boxes and still finding all of our kitchen stuff!

Tyson provided me with a recipe for Flying Ace’s Bones, which are crescent roll-wrapped chicken strips. It’s a quick and easy twist on the classic chicken strips!

crescent roll wrapped chicken strips

I added more to the theme with my own Charlie Brown Sauce, which is really homemade honey mustard with a zigzag made from balsamic glaze. I think they turned out really cute!

Crescent Roll Wrapped Chicken Strips With Charlie Brown Sauce:

Crescent Roll Wrapped Chicken Strips Recipe:

AKA: Flying Ace’s Bones

Ingredients:

8 Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
1 8 ounce can crescent rolls

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Separate the crescent roll dough into 8 triangles.
  4. Roll each chicken strip up in a crescent roll triangle and place on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake the crescent roll-wrapped chicken strips for 12-15 minutes.

Charlie Brown Sauce Recipe:

AKA: Balsamic Honey Mustard Sauce

Ingredients:

1/4 cup yellow mustard
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons mayonaise
Balsamic reduction glaze

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Layer mustard, honey and mayonaise in a small dish.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the honey mustard in a zigzag pattern to mimic Charlie Brown’s shirt.
  4. Serve with Crescent Roll Wrapped Chicken Fingers.

Enjoy while celebrating The Peanuts Movie!

crescent roll wrapped chicken strips charlie brown sauce

Do you have a favorite Peanuts character or a fun way to show your love for The Peanuts Gang?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

20 Hot Fall Drinks To Keep You Warm When the Temperature Drops

hot fall drinks

It’s possible that we’re about to enter this Minnesota mom blogger’s least-favorite time of year.

Fall is absolutely gorgeous in this state, but it only makes me think of how short our summers always are. For me, fall is just a reminder that winter always seems to be just around the corner here!

But there are a few things I like about the change in seasons, and one is hot fall drinks! I can’t bring myself to drink hot coffee or tea when the temperature is hot outside, but as soon as it starts to drop I start dropping all sorts of different capsules into my Keurig!

These 20 hot fall drinks don’t require recipes. You just order up the K-cups, mixes and more and start warming up from the inside out.

Hot fall drinks:

1. Gloria Jean’s Buttered Toffee Coffee K-Cups, 18 ct :: $13.59
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Just $0.76 Per Serving.

2. Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, 24 ct :: $15.27
Free Shipping
Just $0.64 Per Serving.

3. The Bean Co. Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee, 16 oz – 2 pk :: $22.92
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final Price: $9.74 Each or $0.31 Per Serving.

4. The Coffee Fool Pumpkin Spice Drip Grind Coffee, 12 oz :: $12.74
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $10.83 shipped, or $0.45 per serving.

5. Grove Square Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino K-Cups, 24 ct :: $10.99
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $9.34 shipped, or $0.39 per serving.

6. Caza Trail Pumpkin Spice Coffee K-Cups, 24 ct :: $13.03
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final rice: $11.08 shipped, or $0.46 per serving.

7. Assorted Fall Flavored K-Cups, 20 ct :: $17.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $17.99 shipped, or $0.90 per serving.

8. Christopher Bean Apple Cinnamon Ground Coffee, 12 oz :: $11.64
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $11.64 shipped, or $0.49 per serving.

9. Grove Square Caramel Cappuccino K-Cups, 24 ct :: $7.95
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $6.76 shipped, or $0.28 per serving.

10. Cafe Escapes Caramel K-Cups, 24 ct :: $17.75
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $17.75 shipped, or $0.74 per serving.

11. Milford T Toffee Chocolate Hazelnut Loose Black Tea, 55 servings :: $14.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $14.99 shipped, or $0.27 per serving.

12. Lipton Vanilla Caramel Black Tea Pyramids, 20 ct :: $2.12
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $1.80 shipped, or $0.09 per serving.

13. Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Black Tea Bags, 20 ct – 6 pk :: $16.25
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $13.81 shipped or $0.12 per serving.

14. Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Herbal Tea Bags, 16 ct :: $6.16
Free shipping
Just $0.39 per serving.

15. The Republic of Tea Caramel Vanilla Tea Bags, 50 ct :: $10.25
Pay $5.99 shipping.
Final price: $16.24 shipped, or $0.32 per perving.

16. Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Bags, 20 ct :: $7.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $7.99 shipped, or $0.40 per serving.

17. Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Black Tea Bags, 20 ct :: $7.00
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $5.95 shipped, or $0.30 per serving.

18. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Herbal Tea Bags, 22 ct :: $6.67
Save up to 15% and get free shipping with Subscribe & Save.
Final price: $5.67 shipped, or $0.26 per serving.

19. Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea K-Cups, 24 ct :: $16.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $16.99 shipped, or $0.71 per serving.

20. Greenfield Chocolate Toffee Black Tea Bags, 25 ct :: $9.95
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or a $35 purchase.
Final price: $9.95 shipped, or $0.40 per serving.

I’m hoping this list has also helped you remember that pumpkin spice is not the only fall flavor! It definitely reminded me that warm, rich flavors like caramel, toffee and hazelnut will add a bit of extra warmth to my coffee or tea!

Be sure to check out some of my homemade hot drink recipes that are perfect for fall and winter:

A copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice:

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Recipe

How to make a homemade mocha with brewed coffee:

how to make a homemade mocha