Out of the Park Baseballs {Recipe} #veggieworld #spon

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.
Are your kids totally into vegetables?  If you answered yes, I envy you!  My boys go in phases.  Sometimes it’s red foods that are scary, sometimes green foods are gross – you get the idea!  Right now Reece thinks that any and all peppers are spicy and refuses to touch them.  We use Country Crock regularly in our household because it’s a good, easy choice to make and I love being able to spread it on bread or add it to recipes – it’s just so delicious!
I recently had the opportunity to try out a veggie recipe using Country Crock.  We downloaded the Clare Cerespo Cookbook (for FREE!) and I let the boys pick out a recipe to try out.  I have to tell you – it was difficult!  There are so many amazing, whimsical, step-by-step recipes that your family is sure to love!  I’ll give you a teaser: Veggie Pets, Beautiful Butterflies, Hippo Dip (can’t wait to try this one!), Crocky the Caterpillar (made out of beets!) and so many more!  I suggest letting your kids look through the Clare Cerespo Cookbook and find something that looks fun to them.  Reece ended up choosing “Out of the Park Baseballs”.  In honor of his game today – we made them!     
The recipe is super simple and I was hoping to help Reece get over his fear of peppers.  I love how simple it is to add Country Crock to veggie recipes and it adds so much flavor!  The recipe calls for a red bell pepper which I love to eat raw.  I let Reece see me munching away on them as I was preparing the recipe.  You basically make up mashed potatoes using Country Crock, sour cream, garlic, and salt and pepper. Mash it up until you get a consistency that will allow you to mold the potatoes into spheres (flat on one side).
I let the potatoes cool slightly while I prepped the red bell pepper.  I seeded it and then slices it very thin for the laces and cross-stitching.
I used an ice cream scoop to make the potatoes into a half sphere and placed them on a plate.
Finally I added the pepper strips and voila!  We’ve got baseballs folks!
They turned out so cute!  I love serving my kids food that are fun and I especially love being able to serve veggies to me kids without hiding them.  I want them to know what they are eating so they can see that the veggies taste good and there’s nothing to be afraid of.   Now the true test – will Reece eat a pepper?

Yes!  Score one for Mom and thank you Country Crock!  He loved the baseballs and I love that he’s eating his veggies :)  Here is some great information about Country Crock:
  • Kids love veggies with Country Crock
  • 8 out of 10 kids think veggies with Country Crock are delicious
  • Country Crock is a good choice.
  • 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter
  • 0g trans fat
  • RD approved
  • Recommended in 2010 Dietary Guidelines
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I’d love to know how you get your kids to eat their veggies!

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!

Comments

  1. CUTE…CUTE…CUTE! XO, Aimee

  2. What a brilliant way to serve up vegetables! My son will love this-thanks for sharing it!

    My weekly Say G’day Saturday Linky Party is on now and I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this great post!

    Best wishes for a fabulous weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  3. What a fun way to eat mashed potatoes. Would you please link them up on my new linky party Dare to Share. I love food that is good for you but also fun.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/04/dare-to-share-party-3.html

  4. Such a great idea. I never thought that was potatoes! Looks like cupcake tops lol.

  5. These are SO cute! I know several little (and big!) boys who would love these! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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