Sunday, November 17, 2013

#CountryCrockCasserole Post #3-Thanksgiving Giveaway

Thanksgiving is on everyone's mind these days. It's getting so close! Most of us are starting to food shop for the holiday meal, or are already in the process of.  Like any holiday meal prep, Thanksgiving can be hectic.  Wouldn't it be nice to create a crowd-pleasing dish that takes minimal time to make?


Country Crock buttery spread has 70% less saturated fat than butter and 30% more fewer calories. The spread contains 30 calories per serving and comes in many different flavors.  This is a guilt free spread that will liven up your foods and make your taste buds sing.  What I love most about Country Crock is that there are so many uses for the spread, why not experiment with a new way today? How about using it in a casserole dish that will become a family favorite, or on fabulous freshly baked bread? Whatever way you use Country Crock, I can guarantee you will enjoy it.


This is my last and final kit as a member of the Country Crock Casserole Club.  This time, I was sent a kit that revolved around Thanksgiving. The kit contained panko bread crumbs and a Wusthof chef's knife.  A recipe card was provided for me that I was to make my own.  The initial recipe was a Thanksgiving family fave veggie casserole.  It included ingredients such as chopped onions, mixed veggies, cheese, and panko bread crumbs.  I am not a fan of onions so I knew right away that I didn't want to include those in the recipe.  Since there was no meat in the initial recipe, I felt that it wasn't a very hearty Fall meal. With just veggies in it, it seemed like more of a side dish than anything else.  To take it from a side dish to a main entrĂ©e, you need to include more of a substantial, filling ingredient. 

I thought about what I wanted to include in the recipe and I ventured off to the store.  I purchased ground beef, shredded cheese, corn, lots of broccoli, and shredded carrots.  I then got to work that evening preparing the casserole.  Casseroles are something that I make a lot of.  They are very easy to make, incorporate items everyone loves, and take little time.  My husband usually eats practically the entire casserole dish too.  What more could I ask for? I cooked and drained the entire pack of ground beef, while I chopped the broccoli. Since it's just my husband and I, I cut the recipe in half and used only four cups of mixed veggies.  Next, I assembled the ground beef into the casserole dish and poured in the veggies.  Then, I added about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and corn.  I mixed everything together and then topped generously with the provided panko bread crumbs.  I absolutely love panko bread crumbs.  They have a bigger crunch than just regular bread crumbs and they bring a lot of texture to a dish.  I popped the dish into the oven and baked it for 25 minutes.



Thanksgiving, here we come!

What I like most about this dish is how colorful it is.  The corn, carrots, and broccoli really look beautiful together.  I also love how healthy it is since so many veggies are incorporated.  The ground beef truly ties everything together and kicks the heartiness up a notch.  I think the cheese also adds a nice hint of sharp cheddar flavor to everything as well.  You can't forget the satisfying crunch provided by the panko bread crumbs.  One of the reasons why I've really enjoyed being a Country Crock Casserole member is that I get to create many dishes that I would have never previously thought of.  It's always fun to experiment and make new meals.  My husband and I really enjoyed the dish and he requested that I make it again soon!

Moms everywhere will enjoy a quick meal that takes practically no time to make at all.  I think from prep to being on the table was about 30 minutes.  You can't beat that! Another good idea would be to take Thanksgiving leftovers and create a casserole from them.  It makes leftovers a little more fun for children as it's not just the same thing they had for dinner the previous night.  Happy cooking!









101 comments:

  1. I would add some tator tots or cubes

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  2. The casserole looks good but I would add shrimp & definitely spinach to it with maybe some extra sharp cheese

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  3. Way more cheese for us :)

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  4. I would add some spice with some Chorizo Sausage

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  5. I'd add some dried cranberries to mine

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  6. I would add more cheeeese! Mmm! :)

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  7. I would also add meat and maybe some potatoes.

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  8. i would put a lot of cheese on top

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  9. To any regular "mixed veggies" I'd add chopped sweet potatoes, chopped spinach, maybe chopped butternut or acorn squash. I'd also add a lot of garlic and pepper.
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  10. I would nix the mixed veggies and add broccoli, carrots, celery, onions and boneless chicken breast.

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  11. I would add more cheese and meat!

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  12. I would add pasta and not include the meat
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  13. I think a bit more onion and some portabello mushrooms would make it even better
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  14. I would make it my own by adding some spices and maybe some Jalapenos!

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  15. I would add two large containers of french onion rings and I would add a little cream of chicken soup.

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  16. I would leave out the meat and add some potatoes and spices.

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  17. I would Definately add more cheese and put asparagus instead of broccoli.

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  18. I'd add green beans and stuffing

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  19. I would also add meat and more cheese.

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  20. I would also add meat and more cheese.

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  21. I would add onoins, more cheese and spices.
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  22. I would take the ground beef and corn out and serve it with sour cream. Yummy!

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  23. I would add meat and more cheese.
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  24. Because I would add crushed rice chex instead of bread crumbs because of a gluten free diet

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  25. I would add chicken instead of ground beef and lots of cheese and broccoli

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  26. I would change the beef out for chicken chunks so my son would eat it.

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  27. def add more cheese and some garlic

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  28. I would have the broccoli, carrots, cheese and some chicken.

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  29. I would change the beef to chicken, add potatoes and cheese

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  30. I would add some spicy italian sausage and change the cheddar cheese to montery jack cheese.

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  31. I would add potatoes, lose the carrots, and add broccoli!!!

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  32. I would omit the shredded carrots and add some mushrooms.

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  33. im going to add a tiny bit of cream and cheese

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  34. I'd add some some seasonal veggies and blue cheese. Mmmmm.

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  35. I would add some crab and crawfish meat to it to make it more cajun.

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  36. I am all about spice. May put sriracha seasoning or cayenne pepper or cumin. OR all 3!

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  37. I would put turkey in it and put different types of cheeses!

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  38. I'd try putting in some leftover cranberry sauce too

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  39. Well it would depend on what I have in the house at the time, and I think that I would like to add some has brown potatoes and some browned hamburger meat, with a spicing of taco seasoning and then your recipe and cook it up and enjoy.. I would make sure that cheese ended up on the top

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  40. I would add some has brown potatoes, with browned hamburger meat that was seasoned in taco spices and then use what you had and then top with cheese and then we could eat, after it is cooked in the oven. Sounds yummy here

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  41. I would use peas instead of broccoli (I am allergic to broccoli). I would also use chicken instead of beef.

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  42. Yum - I'd put extra extra broccoli in it.

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  43. I'd omit the corn and add more broccoli

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  44. I would add some parmesan.
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  45. I would add some cauliflower instead of broccoli. Maybe a bit of paprika and hot sauce too. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  46. I would add pine nuts or walnuts.

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  47. I would add pine nuts or walnuts.

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  48. I would add some spice add pasta

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  49. adding chicken rather than ground beef
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  50. I would add some shrimp,more cheese, and possibly some pasta. It looks so delicious!

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  51. I would add extra cheese and some sausage!

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  52. I would leave out the corn and put in green beans

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  53. I would add extra cheese... Thanks for the chance! :)

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  54. I would make it with Italian sausage, mozzarella, drained stewed tomatoes and leave out the corn

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  55. I would have used either ground turkey or shredded chicken instead of beef.

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  56. I would use Ritz Crackers in place of the Panko Crumbs.

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  57. I think I'd swap out the ground beef for some spicy chorizo!

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  58. Pine nuts would be added!

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  59. I would put some shredded cheese on it

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  60. I would definitely keep the onions and add cheese! Both cream and cheddar. Yum!

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  61. I would definitely have the onions and would add cheese. Cream and cheddar! YuM!

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  62. I would definitely keep the onions and add cheese! Both cream and cheddar. Yum!

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  63. I would add onions, more cheese and use sausage instead of hambuger

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  64. This looks delicious. I would add some more cheese and maybe some Chicken.

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  65. I would probably use ground turkey and cheese in it.
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  66. I would add whole cranberries and sweet potatoes.

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  67. I would veganize this recipe.

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  68. I would veganize this recipe.

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  69. I would add cauliflower to this recipe.

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  70. I would add cheese and bacon!

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  71. I would add potatoes. lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

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  72. I'd add caramelized onions and add lots more veggies!

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  73. I'd substitute beans for the beef.

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  74. To make it my own I'd add onion, garlic, hot sauce, ground beef, tomatoes, and parsley.

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  75. To make it my own I'd add onion, garlic, hot sauce, ground beef, tomatoes, and parsley.

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  76. I'd add green beans

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  77. I'd leave out the beef and maybe add shredded chicken.

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  78. I'd leave out the beef and maybe add some chicken instead.

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  79. I'd leave out the beef and maybe add shredded chicken.

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  80. I'd add shredded turkey, broccoli and a creamy white cheese, lots of it!

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  81. I'm trying to eat less meat, so instead of meat, I would use a meat substitute crumble

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  82. id add in sliced potatoes,spinach,broccoli,hamburg and mozzarella cheese

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  83. I would do mine with some cubed chicken and some cheese.
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  84. I'd add some nuts for texture, probably pecans.

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  85. I'd use mushrooms in place of the ground beef you used and extra cheese.

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  86. I would add cheddar cheese and tater tots.

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