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Getting my kids to eat vegetables is not always the easiest thing for me to do. I’m always trying to find creative, tasty was to use vegetables that will appeal to the whole family. In the summer, we have fresh fruits and veggies that we grow in the garden that I like to use in our meals. I also love going to local farmer’s markets to buy produce from area farmers and gardeners. It helps keep our food budget under control and I like knowing that my veggies don’t travel very far from the garden to our dinner plate. I really love to cook. It’s something I do because I enjoy it but also because making healthy meals for my family makes me feel good. When I prepare a meal for my family, I try to think about things like fat content, fiber content and nutrition. I like to make sure that there are more veggies and protein than there is starch for the most part. I love when I can cook with something we have growing around our property as well. It’s not always possible depending on the time of the year, but when it is, I’d much rather grab it from our garden than the store.
I recently learned about a free cookbook you can download that’s loaded with fun, step by step instructions to make some really cute veggie dishes (like this broccoli recipe) that your kids will love. You can download the Clare Crespo Cookbook and print it out. I love all the cute ideas they have! I was searching for a kid friendly broccoli recipe and I decided to make a Broccoli Swamp for dinner:
Broccoli Recipe – Broccoli Swamp
2 T Country Crock Spread
1 large bunch broccoli, about 1 1/2 pounds divided into florets
3 T water
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
5 large eggs
1/2 cup fat free half and half
1/4 t salt
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t ground black pepper
assorted fresh herbs (tarragon, basil, chives, rosemary, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- 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 florets into the sides of your *swamp.*
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! I highly recommend the broccoli recipe!
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.