Dare to Try a New Vegetable

This post is in partnership with the #V8VegOut campaign. All opinions are my own.


If you are like me you eat the same vegetables day after day, week after week. In fact many of my favorite veggies are on this list of the top ten vegetables consumed in America.

  1. Potatoes
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Onion
  5. Lettuce
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Carrots
  9. Cabbage
  10. Broccoli

I would argue that potatoes are not really a vegetable but I would be getting off topic. More often than not delicious vegetables are ignored or even forgotten because we’ve never tried them or learned how to prepare them.

For example have you ever heard of a oca? It is similar to a yam and very popular in South America.

What about a romanesco?



This cauliflower variant is high in vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber.

What about a sunchoke? This vegetable is actually native to North America and can be used as a low-starch substitute for a potato.

You don’t have to travel overseas or consume crazy looking vegetable to try something new. There are many awesome vegetables sitting in the produce section of your local grocery store or farmer’s market just waiting for you to try them.

Most of the time we think we don’t like vegetables because we haven’t had them prepared correctly. For years I thought I didn’t like brussels sprouts, then I had some prepared by my friend Allie and realized I just hadn’t had them prepared the right way.

They are delicious!

Another vegetable I didn’t try until I was older was spaghetti squash. This awesome winter vegetable tastes great as a replacement for spaghetti and if a great gluten free option for dinner.

Spaghetti Squash with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Just last week I learned that the reason I did not like kale was because of the bitter stems, when they are removed kale is delicious in a salad, cooked, or in a smoothie.


This month I’m daring you to try something new. I noticed that the top ten vegetables were mostly summer vegetables. I’m encouraging you to try something new, perhaps a winter vegetable?

They’re on sale and very fresh this time of year and I’m sure there are a few that haven’t been in your shopping cart this season or maybe ever!


If you are unsure of how to prepare a vegetable do a quick google search and I’m sure you’ll find more than enough ideas.

Here’s a list of winter vegetables to help you get started.

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Belgian endive
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cardoons
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chicories
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Tunips


V8 wants you to share your dare on social media with the hashtag #V8VegOut. V8 wants you to celebrate veggies and join the community here.

If you need veggie inspiration follow V8 on all their social channels.

Next month I’ll be sharing some of the new vegetables we tried and a few tricks to get the kids to try them too!

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Jif Almond & Cashew Butter $200 Giveaway!

Have you tried Jif Almond and Cashew Butters yet? If not, you need to pick up a jar next time you are at the grocery store.

A few weeks ago I made this delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookies cashew cookies. So good!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies | The Happy Housewife

If you don’t have a sweet tooth (I think there might be three of you out there) you can spread Jif® Almond & Cashew Butters butters on your favorite snack or even add to a smoothie.

Today I’m giving away an awesome prize pack from Jif® that contains the following:

  • Jif Almond and Cashew Butters

  • $200 Visa/American Express Gift Card

  • Jif notepad

  • Recipe Cards using Jif® Almond & Cashew Butters

I highly recommend whoever wins this giveaway make the Almond Oatmeal Breakfast Bites from the recipe card. They are delicious and a great fast food snack!

To enter this giveaway leave a comment sharing how you would enjoy Jif® Almond or Cashew Butter. Giveaway ends September 12, 2014. 

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

This post is a sponsored partnership with Jif®.  All opinions and sticky fingers are my own.  

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Jif Whipped S’mores

You know that moment when you discover an awesome food pairing? That happened for me a few years ago when I was at a party and someone decided to make s’mores with peanut butter cups instead of chocolate bars.

Hello momma!

peanut butter cup s'more

As someone who isn’t always excited to change from routine, I was a bit apprehensive of this new s’more recipe. But one bite convinced me otherwise and my biggest issue now is keeping the most loved peanut butter cups in the house for the nights we have a fire.

With Jif Whips, my problem is solved!

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When Jif® sent me some of their new whipped spreads to try I was excited to see the s’mores variety! We like s’mores so much around here I even created a Pinterest board dedicated to the delicious treat. Maybe it is because they remind me of camping, cool fall nights, or just because they are pretty delicious, but I was excited to try out this new flavor from Jif.

Since my girls love peanut butter, what better way to try Jif Whipped S’mores than on a peanut butter cookie. My kids love freshly baked cookies and I thought topping one of their favorite cookies with a fun whipped spread would make it extra special.

Think peanut butter s’mores without the mess.

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We piped the Jif Whips on the cookies because my girls are very into decorating right now.

If you don’t have peanut butter cookies in your house, you can always spread Jif Whipped S’mores on graham crackers, use it for dip with cinnamon goldfish, or even pretzels for that salty/ sweet combination.

Sunday, August 10 is National S’more Day (who knew?) so grab some Jif Whipped S’mores and celebrate with a fun snack!

S’more photo credit: James Lee

I’ve partnered with Jif® for this post, all opinions and chocolate fingers are my own. 

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Crock-Pot® Cuisine

It is no secret that my family lived off of cereal and pizza during the deployment. It was quick, easy, and the kids liked it.

Over time, the novelty of cereal and pizza wore off and now I think we would all be happy to never have cereal for dinner again.

After the deployment ended I found out about Crock-Pot® Cuisine. What terrible timing. Had I known about this earlier we would have eaten beef stew more and pizza less.

Here’s how it works. You order your meals through the Crock-Pot® Cuisine website. They currently have seven meals to pick from, but new meals are being added soon. After your order is placed your meals will arrive at your doorstep in a few days.

This is a great service for someone who has just had a baby, or is recovering from a medical procedure. Even if you don’t have time (or are not close enough) to take a meal, you can send them four Crock-Pot®  meals.

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The meals arrive frozen and you can put one in the crock pot right away, or store in them in the freezer for later use.

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When you are ready to start dinner, take out your meal and prepare according to the directions. This basically means, cut open the bag, toss in the crock pot and start cooking.

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Meals take four to eight hours depending on whether you use the low or high setting on your crock pot.

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My family loved the beef stew. It served six people, although a few of those were kids. The veggies tasted great and the meat was cooked perfectly.

I wouldn’t hesitate to order these meals for a friend, they tasted great!

If you are interested in trying Crock-Pot® Cuisine you can save 25% off your first order by using the code CPC25BLOGD. This code is only valid until March 31, 2014 so don’t delay!


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