Betty Crocker Potato Buds Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Pamela S. Congrats!

Whether you prefer your mashed potatoes topped with butter, sour cream or cheese, the Betty Crocker Potato Buds that you’ve come to know and love has a new and improved taste that is sure to please even your pickiest eaters. And ready in just five minutes, they’re perfect for busy weeknights and last minute dinner ideas!  I like real mashed potatoes just as much as the next person, but with two little ones (and a puppy), I just don’t have the time nor the patience to make them.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll remember a few of my recipes that use mashed potatoes: Cheeseburger Mashed Potato Bake, Italian Style Meatloaf, and Italian Sausage Mashed Potato Pie.  Betty Crocker Potato Buds would work perfect in all three of these recipes.  Betty Crocker has a few of their own recipes that this can be used in too including Beef Pot Pie with Potato Biscuit Crust and Italian Hamburger Deep Dish.

Did you know that Betty Crocker Potato Buds are gluten-free?  If you are looking for some gluten-free recipes, make sure you check out Potato-Crusted Salmon and Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Soup!

Since my family has enjoyed this so much, I’ve arrange for one lucky reader to get a Betty Crocker Potato Buds prize pack.  The prize pack  includes a box of Betty Crocker Potato Buds, a serving bowl, a trivet and a serving spoon.  Who couldn’t use that?  For those who don’t win, I have a 55 cent off coupon you can download, so you can try these yourself!  Here’s what you need to enter:

Tell me what you would use the Betty Crocker Potato Buds for?  A side dish?  Do you have a favorite recipe that calls for mashed potatoes?  Did you find something on the Betty Crocker website that you want to try these with?

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

1. Twitter about this contest. I’ve added a Tweet button at the top of this post to make it super easy to do too! Just let me know in the comments that you did. Also, you can do this daily!

2. Add this post to social media sites like Stumble, Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc. (1 extra entry per site)

3.  Like this post on Facebook (There is a like button at the beginning and the end of this post you can use).

4.  Add this to any forums you belong too. Please give me the URL, so I can verify.

5. Comment on any other post on this blog. Let me know which one and you’ve got an additional entry. (One entry per post you comment on, so if you comment on 5 post, you’ve got five extra entries! Comments must not be spam.)

6.  Follow Betty Crocker on Twitter.

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Good luck! This contest will end November 1st, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

The product, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

A Recipe for Pumpkin Soup Could Make Your Meal

The idea of seasonal eating is becoming a more popular one these days, as more of us find out about how we can have better food and more contact with the natural world. While modern technological advances allow us to enjoy winter strawberries and late summer rhubarb, it cannot ensure that the produce is the same quality all year round. Everyone has had a hard, pink winter tomato, so you know that simply because we have the ability to grow it does not mean it will be great.

This is why so many people are taking up eating seasonally, instead of buying whatever is available. Produce grown when it is naturally supposed to be is better tasting, more nutritious, and of higher quality. Strawberries belong in June and oranges in January. While it can be frustrating to have to wait for your favorites, it is worth it in the end.

Once you realize that the foods you eat in season are the foods that taste best, you will give up on eating them at the wrong times of year. After all, most of us do not really like winter peaches. Try foods when they are meant to grow, and realize what a difference in taste that makes.

Autumn has a lot to offer in terms of seasonal delights, from the fresh corn and new potatoes that come on as summer is ending to the winter squash, nuts, apples, and beautiful orange pumpkins of the later season. For those of us who have been sticking to pumpkin pies made out of a can, there is more to find out.

Pumpkin is not just attractive, but a delicious, good for you choose with plenty of vitamin content and lots of fiber. In addition, this vegetable is easy to cook and works in dishes of all kinds – not just Thanksgiving and Halloween desserts. Make sure you eat pumpkin all autumn long.

This large orange squash can be cooked in many delicious ways, including slicing it thin and sauteing it in a mix of veggies, roasting it in oil and herbs, and choosing to make a recipe pumpkin soup. Pumpkin soup is a rich and delicious addition to your table that is not necessarily sweet. Combine it with great savory ingredients for a creamy delight that you will not want to give up.

Take the time to be a little adventurous, and you will be surprised by the results. Pumpkin soups and stews can make your fall dinners a lot more interesting. Pumpkin chili adds a sweet note to go with your cornbread and salsa. Pumpkin curry is wonderful over rice or Asian style noodles. The possibilities are almost endless!

If you are tired of the same old lackluster meals, it might be time to begin eating seasonally. You will discover all kinds of foods you had forgotten about, including pumpkin. Try a great pumpkin soup recipe this fall, and see what a difference it will make. You will love experimenting with new flavors!

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With this, it is as only as important as what we decide to eat for breakfast. You need to eat something healthy so that you will not be hungry half way through the morning. Eat something filling enough that will last you till lunch time.

The most common breakfast food has to be cold cereal. When choosing a cereal, be sure not to get one that has a lot of sugar and is high in fat.

Adding low fat milk and some sort of fruit to this will make it even healthier. Putting bananas in you cereal is delicious and healthy. Also adding some eggs or peanut butter with toast will add some good protein to your meal.

Eggs cooked without a lot of fat can also be healthy breakfast foods. You should combine them with something that has fiber, like whole grain toast, and you should add some fruit or vegetables and some dairy.

A nice omelet with vegetables and low fat cheese along with a piece of fruit would work out well. The protein in eggs and peanut butter is very filling, and so is the fiber in whole grain toast. For those without a lot of time in the morning, you could make hard boiled eggs ahead of time so you don’t have to cook in the morning.

If you are like me and can’t eat a lot right when you get up, try eating something small and then eat something for brunch.

One option for a take along breakfast is instant oatmeal. Instant oatmeal packets are very portable, and you just need to add hot water, which you can get in most offices. You can bring a packet along with a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts.

With people always in a hurry there are many choices for those on the run at your local grocery store. When grabbing something, make sure that is healthy. Make sure that is has the ingredients to keep you full till you have time to eat again.

Finding the right breakfast foods can be difficult, in particular when your looking for a healthy breakfast. Here are some simple tips to follow to get a total, reasonable breakfast.