Making Veggies FUN for Kids and a Free Downloadable Cookbook!


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.

All of you know I have two boys.  And while I have no girls to compare it to, I think that getting my boys to eat their veggies may just be one of the most difficult tasks in the world!  They hem and haw and at the end of the meal, their veggies still adorn their plate!  So finding fun ways to create veggie dishes that are both appealing and scream “Eat Me!” is a challenge that I face on a daily basis.

So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that there is an easy way to make veggies a favorite for every kid!  With the Clare Crespo Cookbook and Country Crock®, you can create fun foods that will make your kids laugh, giggle and gobble up their veggies!

I downloaded this free cookbook and was instantly taken by the super cute recipes.  I mean, who knew food could be such fun?  After looking through amazing creations, we finally settled on bear paws made with sweet potatoes (a favorite of MillerBug’s) – although the boys called them monster paws – RAWR!  They were super easy to make (you know this mama doesn’t go complex when it comes to cooking) and so much fun!  Here’s how you make them!

What You will Need

(taken from Clare Crespo Cookbook)

3 Meduim Sized Sweet Potatoes or Yams, Scrubbed Clean and sliced lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices

3 Tablespoons Country Crock® Spread, Melted

1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Peel (Options and we did not use it)

A pinch of Grated Nutmeg

30 Whole Cashews

How to Make It

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange sweet potatoes in one layer in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle Country Crock® Spread over sweet potatoes.  Sprinkle orange zest (if using) and nutmeg over sweet potatoes. Toss to coat.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Remove from oven. Place sweet potato slices on a serving tray or individual plates. Insert three or four cashews into the end of each potato slices to resemble bear claws.

Wah-lah!  That’s it!  How super simple was that!  And are they cute or what?  I couldn’t even snap a picture before they boys had devoured them.  And if you have  a child with nut allergies, simply use golden raisins instead of cashews.

So there is no longer any need to hide veggies from your kids!  Instead make them cute and feel good about what your child is eating.  Because Country Crock® Spread has 70% less saturated fat and 30% less calories than regular butter and 8 out of 10 kids agree that Country Crock® is delicious!  I know my boys are in with those that love it and the hubs and I are too!  We think Country Crock® Spread tastes great!

Don’t wait a minute longer to get your kids loving their veggies!  You can download the FREE Clare Crespo Cookbook here and start working on your very own fun and fabulous recipes.  The cookbook is full of creative step-by-step recipes that the whole family is sure to love!  And be sure to show Country Crock® a little love on Facebook and Twitter for providing a great way to make veggies your kids will love!

We’re off to eat more bear (or monster) claws!  Don’t you want to join us?

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!


  1. Carolsue says

    What a great idea! And thank you for the heads up on the free book! I loved it!
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