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For me to say I like cooking during the holidays would be an understatement. I actually LOVE it! I look forward to creating a wider variety of dishes that I don’t normally cook throughout the remainder of the year.

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Getting kids to eat fresh vegetables or vegetables in general can be a real challenge.

Honestly, getting some adults to eat veggies can be a challenge as well. At least it’s that way in my home. Even my hubby dislikes many vegetables and so when it comes to cooking, I have a much harder time trying to please everyone.

I, on the other hand, LOVE vegetables —  the more the merrier! Bring ‘em on baby! hehee.

I actually prefer and only purchase fresh and frozen veggies rather than going for canned. In my opinion, canned vegetables have a metallic aftertaste that is quite a turnoff. Not to mention the fact that they’re typically packed with water and salt. Who needs extra salt? Blah!

One way I know I can get my family to eat their vegetables is by incorporating them into meals either cut up into tiny little bits so they aren’t noticeable or by including ingredients I know they love such as cheeses, pasta, and or butter flavored spread. Ah yes, melted butter. Even I can’t resist that!

My all time favorite butter flavored spread is Country Crock. It’s so rich and creamy and full of flavor. Plus, it melts so easily and spreads so well on bread, even the softest bread without tearing it up. It’s perfect!

DID YOU KNOW? Country Crock has 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter?

Speaking of Country Crock, we were recently sent on a ‘Crock Country Adventure’ to our local grocery store, armed with a very helpful veggie shopping kit to help make our trip fun and educational. See, Country Crock wants to bring to life a place where good habits are delicious and families are proud to serve vegetables — that place is in our homes.

CHECK OUT WHAT OUR VEGGIE SHOPPING KIT INCLUDED:

~ A reusable veggie shopping list
~ Aisle assignments to make shopping educational
~ Two shopping totes
~ Reusable produce bags
~ $25 gift card for groceries
~ Coupon for a tub of Country Crock
~ Veggie scrubber
~ Veggie peeler

* the plate and butter knife were sent for a plate makeover to show how easy it is to fill half of your plate with vegetables

Part of our shopping trip included using the aisle assignment cards which pertained to finding particular veggies that were purple, or those that are good for your eyes. Something else we were asked to do is select a recipe from the recipe cards included in our kit and shop for the veggie ingredients using the vegetable list. For each item we bought, we were to use the crayons and color in each one.

The recipe I selected for my family was the Broccoli Rice Pilaf. It sounded really tasty! You can view the entire recipe below:

Broccoli Rice Pilaf
Recipe type: Vegetable, Side Dish
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Shedd’s Spread Country Crock® Spread
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 1 cup fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Melt Shedd’s Spread Country Crock® Spread in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook onion, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in rice and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute. Stir in broccoli and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Notes
TIP: Use cooked chopped fresh broccoli instead of frozen broccoli. * Recipe is the property of Country Crock
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 140g Calories: 130 Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 17g Sugar: 1.2g Fiber: 2g Protein: 2g

 

What I love about this recipe besides the yummy taste, is that it contains just 6 ingredients and each one is really healthy. They are also items that I would normally have in my home anyway so whenever I choose to make it again, I won’t have to make an extra trip to a specialty store in order to get them.

Wanna give one of the other Country Crock recipes a try? Choose from Crumb-Topped Roasted Tomatoes, Easy Mashed Gingered-Carrots, or Roasted Cauliflower.

It’s not always easy to choose healthy over fatty and flavorful but who said healthy had to be bland? With a little help and lots of creativity, you can make some really tasty meals even when incorporating fresh or frozen vegetables, especially when you use Country Crock.

Connect with Country Crock on Facebook and Twitter and stay up-to-date on new products and other yummy recipes you and your family can try!

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the product(s) mentioned above free of charge from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive post. ~

One lucky Bella So Savvy reader is going to win their very own Veggie Shopping Kit (valued at $75)!

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To enter, 1st complete the mandatory entry by leaving a comment in the comment box below on this blog (not in the rafflecopter widget) telling us which Country Crock veggie recipe you would like to make for your family. Then enter as normal using rafflecopter.

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