Sunday, April 15, 2012

Country Crock "Swamp Thing" Goodness!


This post is sponsored by Country Crock. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

We’ve used Country Crock in our house for as long as I can remember.  My Mom used it growing up and I still use it to cook with today.  It’s rich, creamy texture just can’t be beat.  I love to bake and cook, and almost every recipe calls for some sort of butter.  What I don't like is how fatty it is.  There are lots of alternatives out there on the market today.
Country Crock is a good choice because it contains 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter, 0g trans fat, and is RD approved.  Not only does it have less fat than butter , it tastes great too!

I don't like HARD butter either.  I mean have you ever tried to butter your bread with regular ole butter?  My bread doesn't do so good.  Country Crock is so rich and creamy, spreads on nicely, and comes in all sorts of different varieties.  The cinnamon and honey spreads are delicious for breakfast! 
Here is a recipe I like to use Country Crock with & it's one your kids will love to eat too!

Broccoli Swamp

Prep Time: 20 minutes



Cook Time: 50 minutes



Nutrition Information per serving: Calories 230, Calories From Fat 100, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 11g, Cholesterol 240mg, Sodium 410mg, Total Carbohydrate 12g, Sugars 5g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 19g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 170%, Calcium 35%, Iron 10%

RECIPE


2 tbsp. Country Crock Spread
1 large bunch broccoli, about 1 1/2 pds., divided into florets
3 Tbsp. water
1 clove garlic-finely chopped
5 large eggs
1/2 cup fat-free half and half
1/4 cup low-fat Swiss cheese,shredded
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
Assorted fresh herbs (tarragon,
basil, chives, rosemary, etc.)

DIRECTIONS


Preheat oven to 350°
Spray 9-inch pie pan with no-stick cooking spray.
On the stove top melt Country Crock
® Spread in a pan.

Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes, then add water and
garlic and cook, covered for 5-7 minutes until broccoli is
bright green but firm.
Remove from heat. Set aside 1/3 of the broccoli florets for
garnish and finely chop remaining 2/3.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and half and half. Stir
in cheese and mix well. Stir in the chopped broccoli,
salt, nutmeg and pepper. Pour into pie pan and bake
for about 35-40 minutes until a knife inserted in center
comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Insert
fresh herbs and reserved broccoli fl orets into the sides of
your “swamp.”

YUMMY & FUN!!!
Find this recipe HERE
I'm a Mom of a 2 year old and I'm always looking for healthy things to feed Connor.  Vegetables are one of the hardest things to feed your child.  We try to make eating fun for him so he'll be enthusiastic about what is on his plate.  We turn eating into a game of sorts and feed each other :-) 
Adding a little Country Crock on top of your veggies makes them tasty as well!     In fact  8 out of 10 kids think veggies with Country Crock are delicious!
The Crock Country Chronicle is a great place to find quick and simple tips and recipes to help make serving veggies fun.  It has some of the CUTEST ways you can transform the veggies on your child's plate into something imaginative and fun! 
Whether you like to bake, or just like a good baked potato every now and then I recommend the yummy, creamy goodness that is Country Crock!  You can find a lot more recipes on Country Crock's website HERE.  Happy cooking and baking everyone!
Are you looking for quick and simple tips and recipes to make serving veggies more fun? Download the free Clare Crespo Cookbook here for fun and whimsical recipes your family is sure to love!

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