08 December 2011

Giveaway: Country Crock Makes Veggies Yummy

When I was a little girl, I didn't spend much time in the kitchen helping out. I don't really have any fond memories of hanging out and helping get meals prepared. So, my cooking skills when I moved out on my own and later on got married, were less than desirable, lol. I'm hoping to do the opposite with my daughter and help her wield a mean spatula when she's older by having her help me in the kitchen. ;) Sometimes it's something as little as helping to get ingredients from our pantry, sometimes it's menu planning, and sometimes it's letting her mix things and open boxes.


Getting kids involved in holiday meal preparation is a great way to get them excited about traditional family meals and introduce them to new vegetables. You can let kids choose which vegetable will be the center of veggie attention at the meal, and let them help choose a new recipe to try and help prepare that recipe. Country Crock can help those veggies fly off plates and into little tummies! With 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter, adding Country Crock to dishes is a perfect way to keep your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals delicious, and loved by the entire family. You’ll also find that when kids contribute to the feast, they are more likely to eat the dishes they’ve helped prepare.

If you're looking for an easy task for little ones to help out with, try having them mash potatoes - kids find this fun, and it's hard for them to make a mess or ruin the dish. You can also pre-measure spices and seasonings, and have kids sprinkle them into the dish for you. Here's an easy to do mashed potatoes recipe that kids can help out with:

Ingredients:

3 medium mashed potatoes
1/4 cup Shedd's Spread Country Crock
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of black pepper

Directions:

Cover potatoes with water in a 2 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and summer uncovered for 20 minutes or until potatoes are very tender, then drain.

Return potatoes to saucepan and let kids mash them. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Easy peasy, right? It just takes a few moments more than the instant kind. (which of course, are easy for kids to help make too, if you prefer)


Win it! Thanks to Country Crock, one lucky winner is going to win a kids cooking kit that includes kid friendly cooking utensils & apron, a Thanksgiving placemat for their seat at the table, Vegetable recipes, and a coupon for $1.50 off Country Crock. To enter, tell us what the child(ren) in your life do in the home to help out at meal time.

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That's four (4) possible entries! Giveaway ends December 17th at 11:59 PM PST, and please leave your email address in your entry or have it available in your profile. US only, sorry :( Good luck everyone!! :)

I received the gift shown above. One winner will receive the same prize, as fulfilled by the giveaway sponsor.

46 comments:

texaswithlove1982 said...

I have nephew and nieces only but when they visit us from out of town, they always help me prepare our meal by chopping the veggies or simply by telling me if the taste is right!

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Monica said...

I always try to get my little girl to help by setting the table and by doing simple tasks like stirring.

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Kathy said...

My kids set and clear the table.

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Charlotte Varner said...

My daughter likes helping with everything whether it be mixing something in a bowl, adding an ingredient or washing something off. She loves being very involved!

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my grandson helps with the food prep
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Grampy said...

My granddaughter loves to help cook. She especially likes baking. But she helps with anything grammy makes. She spends all week with us while her mom works.

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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

Setting the table is what they do.
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Christian said...

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Aileen said...

My kids help to cook, set the table, and sometimes clean up the dishes. arobimom at gmail dot com

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sherry L. said...

My 3 year old sets the table every night lilsis_75@Hotmail.com

coriwestphal said...

My daughter is 9 and is really starting to get curious in the kitchen. She loves measuring out ingredients!

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shopannies said...

my children are all grown now but when they were growing would each have a night to be the cooks helper, dress the table, and help clean up. Now it is my grandchildrens time and Princess is all ready helping her mommy in the kitchen and loves it

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Erica C. said...

They set the table :)
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cpage2323 said...

my 2 youngest help me all the time. My 13 year old plans to become a chef since he has been helping me in the kitchen since he could walk!:)
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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

I like making things with my granddaughter she is a good stir and taster
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missrantsypants said...

They set the table.

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kathy pease said...

my daughter is great she loves to cook and bake so she usually does most of the meals

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cassandra said...

My kids are in charge of setting the table and putting the dishes away after they are clean.
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They help set the table.

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They set the table and do the dishes. garrettsambo@aol.com

karenmed409 said...

help make the salad, set the table, spread butter on bread.. help clear the dishes off the table... they all like to read the directions on the back of package, while doing that they are learning to read words and a little math.. they all help out when needed
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