Kids friendly Veggies


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.

Do you kids love vegetables? One of my kids loves them and demands produce on the plate every day. The other one prefers meat and potato diet. Two kids on the opposite sides of the table eating completely different things makes a very interesting family dinner.


I have seen some parents get very creative with vegetables, but never though that I would have to make smiley faces out of tomato slices on tortillas. In the whole honesty I have no creativity when it comes to making food fun. But there is hope for people like me – The Clare Crespo Cookbook makes any vegetable very likable. There’s no need to hide veggies, Country Crock makes them taste good!

I doubt my picky eater would be able to resist Mushroom Gnomes

or Veggie Pets

With 60 pages of fun vegetable recipes there is enough fun for every day of the month. When Country Crock offered my family a chance to test one of their fun recipes, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try something new.

Zucini Boats looked simply delicious and I just had to try making them. I have to say I am not a great cook, so any kind of recipe easy enough to follow with good outcome is a great thing.

Prep Time: 15 minutes (4 servings)
Cook Time: 42 minutes

2 medium zucchinis
1 large carrot, peeled
2 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
1/2 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 cup cooked couscous
1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, oregano or mint, finely chopped
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise. Cut 2-1/2 inches off bottom of carrot and cut in half lengthwise, then cut each half on the diagonal.Boil zucchini and carrot “sails’’ for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool until you can handle them. With a small knife or pointed spoon, scoop center of zucchini out (leaving 1/2-inch thickness to zucchini “boat”).

Dice scooped out zucchini and remaining end of carrot. Heat Country Crock® Spread in skillet. Add onion and garlic, cook until onion is soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and zucchini and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add to cooked couscous. Stir in feta cheese, herbs, salt and pepper.

Place zucchini halves on baking sheet. Scoop couscous mixtures into zucchini halves, pressing firmly to form mounds. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Carefully place carrot ends on small skewers or toothpicks and stick sails in boats.


Brocoli Sprouts Molecular Model looks like a great recipe I can do with kids almost any time. It doesn’t take long to prepare and 25 minutes to bake. I love how awesome they look and with only 4 ingredients even my 4 year old can help me make these.

Prep Time: 15 minutes (4 servings)
Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 lb. Brussels sprouts
3 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread, melted
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°.
Cut off the brown ends of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any yellow leaves. Put them on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with Country Crock® Spread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Remove from oven, let cool slightly for easier handling.

Connect a few together using toothpicks or skewers to resemble molecular models.

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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  1. I am not sure about the brussel sprouts one :) but the zuchinni boats are so cool. If this gets kids to eat more veggies–Yay!!
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  2. This is really cool and very creative! I definitely will have to try one of these recipes.

  3. First off, how cute are your kids!
    Your zucchini boats look yummy and the brussel sprouts look edible LOL – I’m not usually a fan. I’m meeting Clare Crespo at a book launch tomorrow! This post has made me very excited to see more of her ideas.
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  4. How awesome are these? They’re perfect for my picky kids!
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