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Three Easter Birds Nest Recipes #BunnyTrail

Three different Birds' Nest Recipes for Easter.

Easter is just around the corner and we are having all kinds of fun planning and crafting away in preparation.  One of my favorite Easter treats is making Birds Nests even though each person in my house has a different “favorite” nest recipe.  When HERSHEY sent over a generous box of goodies for me to play with, I thought it might be a good time to share our three favorite Birds Nest recipes with you.  These are delicious, adorable, and easy enough to make that the kids can help out.

Cocoa Krispies Birds' Nest Recipe for Easter

LJ has been a Rice Krispies fan ever since he tasted his first one, so I guess it makes sense that his favorite nest is made out of Cocoa Krispies.  This one doesn’t even need a recipe!  Just melt a little butter in a sauce pan, add marshmallows and continue to melt on medium low until they are liquid.  Add your Cocoa Krispies until you have the desired balance of marshmallow to Krispie.  (Here’s a helpful tip that I wish someone had told me – let the mixture begin to harden a bit before molding it into a nest.  My first few nests fell apart before the marshmallow began to harden enough to keep them together.)  Once the nests are cool, fill them with CADBURY Mini Eggs.

Chow Mein Noodles Birds Nest Recipe with Butterscotch and Peanut Butter

Jay’s favorite nest is one I had not tried before.  We took chow mein noodles and tossed them in melted butterscotch and peanut butter.  I used a 2:1 ratio of butterscotch chips to peanut butter and the taste and consistency were just perfect.  I tossed the noodle in the mixture until they were coated, but not dripping with it and then used a small ramekin dish to mold my nest. An hour in the fridge set it nicely!  Once again we filled the nest with CADBURY Mini Eggs.

Birds nest recipe with potato sticks and chocolate.

I’m a bit of a chocoholic, so it’s no surprise which nest is my favorite.  I love the mix of salty and sweet plus the crunch – ahhhhh, perfection.  My nest is also super easy to make.  I simply melted down a half a bag of HERSHEY’S Kisses and then stirred in some potato sticks.  Once again, I used a ramekin dish as my mold and refrigerated it until it was solid.  I think this one looks the most like an actual nest, and the CADBURY Mini Eggs look totally authentic, don’t you think?

You could easily customize these even more by changing up what you put in the nest. CADBURY Mini Creme Eggs would be a delicious choice, as would JOLLY RANCHER Jelly Beans!  There’s also a delicious nest recipe using coconut over on the Celebrate with Hershey’s website.

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I received product from Hershey’s and a stipend from Global Influence to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

Chicken on Spinach Salad Recipe #Chickenplus5

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I love salads in the summer but was trying to figure out why I tend to eat fewer of them in the colder months.  I finally decided it was my need for substantial protein.  Whether it’s in my head or an actual physical need, I seem to crave more protein during the winter than in the summer. The other thing I noticed is that I have a tendency to load up my salads with too many different ingredients.  I start thinking that everything will taste good in it and pretty soon I have too many competing flavors.

So, to mix things up, I took one of my favorite summer salads – a basic spinach salad.  I added a few different proteins: chicken, bacon (nitrate free of course!), and an egg.  I threw in some tomato (I have used sun dried tomatoes if I couldn’t find good fresh ones) and then topped it off with my favorite extra virgin olive oil or lemon (or both!).  Yum!!  While I was afraid it might be overly simple, I wound up loving how the flavors meld together but don’t over power each other.  The proteins fill me up enough that I’m not raiding the snack cabinet before bed.

chicken spinach salad

 

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Tropical Fish Taco Recipe and Gorton’s Wicked Good Giveaway

Yummy Tropical Fish TacosThere was a local restaurant that had the best fish tacos I had eaten since moving out here to Wisconsin.  Anytime I wanted really good fish tacos, that was our go-to place. It closed a while back and I was so sad and missed my tropical-tasting fish tacos.  After hitting a bunch of other restaurants and eating tons of not-as-good fish tacos, I finally decided I’d better figure out how to make my favorites myself!  Here’s what I came up with.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Tropical Fish Taco Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: seafood
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Serves: 4
 
These fish tacos will make you feel like you are back in the Caribbean.
Ingredients
  • tortillas (flour or corn - whichever you prefer)
  • 1 package of Gorton's Fish Sticks or Crunchy Breaded Tenders
  • 3 limes
  • 1 package of broccoli slaw
  • 1 large ripe mango or jar of mango slices
  • I small red onion
  • fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare the fish stick per package instructions.
  2. Chop the mango into ½ inch pieces.
  3. Dice the red onion.
  4. Juice the limes.
  5. Add the lime juice to the slaw and mango and onion pieces in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Allow to sit for at least an hour.
  7. Once the fish sticks are heated through, place them on a tortilla.
  8. Top the fish with the slaw/mango mix.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. We occasionally add extras like avocado or a little spicy pepper to the mix if we have it around the house.

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I received product to sample in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. 

Mango Tuna Sunflower Salad

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Mango Tuna Sunflower Salad #OceanNaturals #cbiasWhen I was a kid growing up, I always thought that I didn’t like tuna fish.  In fact, it was the one thing I absolutely refused to eat.  My mom once made tuna casserole and told me it was “chicken of the sea” but I still didn’t like it.  Well, it turns out that it wasn’t tuna fish I didn’t like – it was tuna casserole!

At some point in college, I had my first grilled tuna steak and could not believe what I had been missing.  I began to try different dishes that had tuna in them and found quite a few that I liked and several that I really love.  My absolute favorite tuna salad not only tastes great, but it looks pretty cool too.  I first had it served to me at a friend’s house. She loved everything having to do with sunflowers and this salad fit right into her” theme”.  I’ve made it more times than I can count and it’s always a huge hit.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Mango Tuna Sunflower Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-4
 
This sunny salad is perfect for a warm summer day or anytime you wish it was warm and sunny.
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe mango (or 1 can of prepared mango)
  • 24 oz of canned white tuna
  • fresh cilantro (to taste)
  • 16 oz black beans
  • a medium red onion
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • olive oil
  • tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Chop the red onion into small pieces.
  2. Rinse and drain the black beans.
  3. Mix the black beans, chopped onion, and lime juice together with some chopped cilantro add salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Allow to set for at least an hour so the flavors can develop.
  4. Slice the mango into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Mix the mango and tuna together.
  6. Spread a layer of tortilla chips on the plates.
  7. Spread the mango and tuna mixture in a circle over the chips.
  8. Place a smaller circle of the bean and onion mixture inside the previous circle.
  9. Place extra chips around the outside to simulate petals.
  10. Note - This recipe should be adjusted to suit your personal taste. Don't like cilantro? Leave it out! Like a little kick? Add in some jalapeno pepper. Make it your own and enjoy!!

For this recipe. I used a new (to me at least)  kind of canned tuna from Ocean Naturals.  I gravitated toward this brand as it is good, good for you, and good for the planet.  Why do I say this?  Well, you’ll have to taste it for yourself to understand how good it tastes! And you can do that for free if you score some during one of their Ocean Naturals Tuna Tuesdays Facebook Giveaways.

Everyone knows that fish is considered a “good for you” food. It’s a great source of protein and Ocean Naturals tuna is wild caught and each can lists the simple ingredients – fish, a dash of salt, and olive oil or water.  You can learn more about where your specific tuna came from by visiting the Ocean Naturals site and entering the code from your can.

If you are like me and always looking for yummy, fresh ideas of how to incorporate tuna into new recipes, this Pinterest board is for you!


Balsamic Roasted Chicken Makes the Perfect Family Dinner



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I know summer is supposed to be a time when things are relaxed and easy going, but somehow things seem even more hectic around here!  I guess there is just too much fun stuff to do and we have to cram it all in while the weather is good.  In an effort to maintain some sort of cohesiveness, I am attempting to have a sit-down family dinner at least three nights a week. (Wish me luck on keeping this up through the crazy back to school season!)

 Nothing says “family dinner” to me like roasted chicken.  Maybe because it’s something that clearly was NOT thrown together at the last minute, it took some thought and planning – but is still deceptively easy to make. Plus, I love that the leftovers create a week’s worth of meals afterwards – chicken salad sandwiches, soup, chicken tacos. Yum!!

 In order to have the best-roasted chicken, you have to start with a quality bird.  You can pour whatever you want over it, if it isn’t a good one to start with, you will know.  I love knowing a bit about the chicken I buy, and love that NatureRaised Farms® ™ brand fresh chicken and NatureRaised Farms® brand value added chicken products contain 100% all natural ingredients*, use no antibiotics ever, and are fed a 100% vegetarian diet (no animal protein and no bakery by-products).

A number of years ago, I heard someone mention using balsamic vinegar when roasting chicken. I tried it a few times, making adjustments each time, and it has now a family favorite. The balsamic vinegar adds a depth and sweetness to the chicken that I absolutely love.

roasted chicken recipe

 Balsamic Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole NatureRaised Farms® Brand chicken (I usually use about a 5 pound bird)

2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

2 tbsp sea salt

4 garlic cloves minced

1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

2 red onions chopped

2 shallots chopped

1/3 C balsamic vinegar

1/2 C red wine

 

Directions:

  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small dish, combine the rosemary, salt, garlic, and pepper.

chicken rub

  • Rub this mix all over the chicken – inside and out.
  • Allow the chicken to sit in the fridge covered for at least 2 hours. (It can be left over night for the best flavor.)
  • When you are ready to roast, place the chopped onions and shallots in a pile in the center of a roasting pan.
  • Place the chicken on top of the onions and shallots.
  • Pour the wine and vinegar over the top of the chicken.

chicken wine vinegar recipe

  • Roast the chicken in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes per pound. (A five-pound chicken would be about 1 hour 40 minutes – but check for doneness to be sure.)
  • Carve the chicken and serve with the onion and shallot mixture from the bottom of the pan.

balsamic roasted chicken

 I love serving this with fresh kale, sautéed with garlic and twice stuffed potatoes, but it really goes with just about anything!
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