Country Crock Baked Squash Recipe #HolidayVeggieDish #Giveaway

I LOVE Veggies, my family loves fruit but I love veggies, all kinds of veggies and I often use them in dinner. I’ve made pumpkin soup, butternut squash soup, candied carrots, creamed corn , and even corn chowder. That’s just the beginning too. My Pumpkin and Squash soup were very similar. I used fresh pumpkin and found that it’s actually very easy to cook pumpkin. You can even wait to pull all the meat out of it until after you roast it in the oven. By waiting it just falls off the skin and it’s so good. Squash is the same! Here is my pumpkin soup recipe.

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Today I’m featuring a recipe from Country Crock as I love using Country Crock on my veggies. Here’s Their Baked Squash recipe.

Country Crock Baked Squash Recipe

imageIngredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or pancake syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 medium butternut squash, halved and seeded
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients except squash in small bowl. Arrange squash cut side up on baking sheet; brush with 1/2 of the Spread mixture.
  3. Bake 45 minutes or until squash is tender, brushing with remaining Spread mixture halfway through cooking.

Here are a few other recipes from Country Crock:

o Holiday Broccoli Saute
o Baked Spiced Squash
o Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower
o Easy Creamed Corn

If you are looking for even more recipes or veggie ideas then visit the Crock Country Chronicle. We would love to hear what your favorite family holiday side dish is and what Country Crock veggie dish you’d like to try.

Enter to Win:

Country Crock Holiday Veggie Kit:

· 1 coupon for a FREE tub of Country Crock

· Veggie preparation tips

· Four Country Crock holiday recipes

o Holiday Broccoli Saute

o Baked Spiced Squash

o Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower

o Easy Creamed Corn

· Vegetable Chop & Measure

· Calphalon® Contemporary Nonstick Bronze 12" Frypan

 

To Enter:

Tell us what veggie dish you want to try

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This giveaway ends December 11th. Please see the giveaway rules

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During the summer my family loves to eat all kinds of fruit that’s in season. Me on the other hand, I don’t like fruit with tiny seeds in it so I stick to the veggies. Summer is one of the best times of year to enjoy veggies—from grabbing fresh ears of corn at your favorite road-side stand to visiting the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning for crisp cucumbers and crunchy carrots. Not to mention the many great veggie moments that happen in the summer—snapping green beans on the back porch or firing up the grill to char up peppers, mushrooms and more! My daughter’s favorite veggies are carrots and cucumbers. She loves to eat them raw.

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I love to cut bell peppers in half and grill them where they sit like a bowl so all of the juices of the peppers stay in the pepper. I also love to have zucchini and mushrooms on the grill. My son and I are crazy about mushrooms. He even begs to have mushrooms on his pizzas. When you’re grilling the veggies it’s good to cover them in oil or Country Crock. Just melt it in the microwave and then lightly brush on the butter and then salt or pepper them and grill them until they are done. Then you have fresh yummy veggies. With 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter, adding Country Crock to your veggie dishes is a perfect way to keep your meal healthy, delicious, and loved by the entire family! Be sure to leave your opinion on the The Crock Country Chronicle, a great destination for veggie news, and comment on an article.

 

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner, Erica C.

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Getting Kids to Eat Healthy How Do you Do It? #TysonNuggets

When it comes to eating in our house, I’ve never really had to battle with my children. My children were born with a love of food. They love to eat and I’m really fortunate I know. As Zoe is getting older she’s becoming more finicky about some of the foods she likes to eat. Miles however, still likes pretty much everything. I would say he prefers to stay away from green foods but usually changes his mind after he finds out his sister actually likes it.

Now as I was saying about Zoe, she’s developing her taste buds deciding that there are things she doesn’t like. That includes most meats are and a few veggies. She also insists that veggies are not a snack in her opinion. And sometimes she has issues with texture. I hear that’s a common problem with kids. So how do we get her to eat the things she doesn’t like.

We try a few different methods and sometimes none of them work. First off, in our house we have a rule that you eat what mom and dad make for dinner or you don’t eat. Sometimes, she’s fine just not eating and since I know she ate every other meal that day, no big deal. I don’t fight it. Other times, we try really hard to get them to have a no thank you helping. I have yet to actually get them to say no thank you. Most of the time it’s that’s gross mom. I don’t know about your house but we’re a work in progress working to say no thank you.

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Also the biggest tip I can give you is telling you that we always have a variety on our plate. I try to have two veggies on the plate and I give them one that Miles like and one that Zoe likes. In addition to the variety we often add a dip of some kind. Low fat yogurt, hummus, and mustard are favorites in our house. It’s also worked in getting Zoe to try the meat she thinks she doesn’t like. Most of the time she ends up liking it, it’s just getting her to try it.

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Getting Kids to Make Healthy Veggie Choices Crock Country

Did you know that according to statistics parents don’t make children eat their veggies because they don’t want to upset their children? YIKES!  Can you imagine a place where you don’t have to hide veggies to get your kids to eat them, a place where carrots and broccoli fly off plates and into tummies? This place is called Crock Country. Inspired by the scene depicted on their tubs of spread, Crock Country brings to life a place where good habits are delicious ™ and families are proud to serve vegetables. There you will find really great recipes to serve the whole family.

I took my kids to Costco yesterday to pick out some veggies to eat, and I had a terrible time with my phone camera so I never got a good shot of them picking out veggies. Miles picked out a package of organic carrots and Zoe picked out a package of organic spinach. We also purchased potatoes and corn and we made potato soup.

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Potato Soup Crock Pot Recipe

Ingredients:

6 Potatoes peeled and cut
1 bag frozen corn
1 16 ounce package of chicken broth
1/2 cup of Country Crock
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup whipping cream
2/3 cup cheddar cheese

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours.

Then turn to low add the cheese and stir until melted

Then add the cream and turn off the crock pot.

 

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner, Cynthia C.

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