I Am Baker

Truth or Dare

Let’s play a little game of Truth or Dare.  This should be fun.

First, I pick DARE.

I dare myself to live in Minnesota during a long, cold winter (there is a high of -15 today.  I am not kidding.) and still feed my family fresh farm-to-table ingredients.Beautiful Corn from DelMonte

Ha ha ha! (Evil villainous laugh here). Dare accepted!  See that gorgeous corn up there? That is from a can. A can of Del Monte® Whole Kernel Corn that was picked at the peak of ripeness and often canned that very same day.

Not only are they gorgeous straight outta the can, but they are even better roasted.

To make Roasted Corn, I drain and dry the corn softly with a paper towel. Then place the mostly dry corn on a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and coarse pepper.  Roast at 350 for 25-30 minutes. (The reason I roast for so long is because the corn sweats off a lot of liquid. Start watching your corn around 15 minutes so that none of the delicious bits get burned.  If the edges get too dark, simply open the oven and carefully toss the corn to evenly disperse.)

Amazing Roasted Corn (And its from a can!)

My family fights over the little brown bits. They are the best.

Fresh food in sub-zero temps? Check. (Ok, ok. So Del Monte made that easy for me.)

This time I pick TRUTH.

Ok… here goes.

“I can get my kids to eat green beans without complaining.”Roasted Green Beans

Do you think I am lying? Ha, ha! (there’s that evil laugh again!) Not only do they like these roasted Del Monte® Cut Green Beans, they ask for them.

Roasted Green Beans


  • 1 can DelMonte Green Beans
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil*
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Open can of green beans and dry very well. Place bean on parchment lined baking sheet. Break coconut oil up into little bits and drop sporadically over beans.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the paprika, garlic powder, onion flakes and salt and pepper over beans and roast for 15 minutes at 350.
  3. *You can also use Extra Virgin Olive Oil; just drizzle it over all beans.
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So clearly I dominate at Truth or Dare. I tell you what. No one likes a know it all. You (and by you I mean me) have one more chance to win this. For this last challenge, I choose dare. But not just any dare, a DOUBLE DARE.

I double dare myself to serve my family a dessert that they will accept as dessert but that will have no added sugar.

**starting to panic**

Must scan the garden of freshness in my pantry… Garden in my Pantry with DelMonte

Do you see what I see?  Del Monte® No Sugar Added Sliced Pears, and right at my fingertips! Pears & Blueberries, a bright winter time treat!

Top with a couple fresh blueberries and I have a delicious dessert that the kids like to eat and that I feel good about serving them. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling pretty darn good.

Not only did I dominate Truth or Dare, but I fed my kids nutritious and delicious food. That’s pretty much the best mom day ever!

And I want YOU to have the best mom (or dad!) day ever. I would love to give one of you a $100 Visa Gift Card!  To enter simply tell me: “What are your favorite fruits or veggies to stock in your pantry?”


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