I gotta tell you.  I can find a way to turn even the healthiest of ingredients into junk food.

Blueberry pie.

Broccoli smothered in cheese.

Carrots dipped in buttermilk ranch dressing.

So when I heard that Country Crock was encouraging families to be eat more vegetables and to use a healthier alternative to butter, I knew I wanted to do it.

Normally, we will have a deep fried chicken breast with  pasta smothered in cheese, butter and oil with strawberry shortcake for dessert.

How on earth was I going to make the a healthier meal and make it fit into the new USDA guidelines??

Challenge accepted grasshopper.

(and I soon realized it was a lot easier then I thought!)


I decided to add some of the magnificent zucchini that is growing in the garden.  My husband thought it would be a great idea to grill it, so the kids could see just how beautiful it is.

He cut up 1/2 inch to 1 inch slices and coated with a teaspoon of EVOO and some spices.

Since we are a family of six and since we are trying to be conscience of portion size, I made three chicken breasts instead of five. (the 5 month old doesn’t eat grilled chicken quite yet)

These were simply marinated in terriyaki sauce and then grilled right along side the zucchini.


Instead of pasta we went with an USDA approved organic rice.

Surprisingly, one of my favorite substitutions ended up being some fresh cut strawberries.  Its amazing how that healthy sweetness trigger my brain that I was full, in the same way the cake would have.


Now, I love butter.  I thought I was going to miss it in my quest for cooking better.

After doing some research, I realized that  Country Crock is a healthier alternative to butter,  but with all the flavor!  With Country Crock I could even get calcium and Vitamin D!   Goodbye nasty trans fats!

So I went all in.  And decided to make a Bearnaise sauce.

I adapted this recipe from Micheal Ruhlman.

I would recommend following his directions (full video as well), as I did not have an emulsion blender.

Gotta tell ya. The flavor of the chicken and zucchini when the bearnaise was lightly drizzled over top… was… well…


Guilt free indulgence.


It was also delicious on the white rice!  So with less than a tablespoon of the Bearnaise, we were able to deliciously flavor the entire plate.

Well.  Except for the strawberries.

My kids gobbled up that zucchini.  They gobbled up their rice.  They smiled as they ate their strawberries.

They even went so far as to have seconds of the grilled zucchini!

Now wouldn’t you enjoy seeing that delighted expression on your families faces right after they eat something that you know is better for them???

Think you want to try incorporating vegetables into your everyday meals?  If you do be sure to leave a comment and tell me how it went!

When you do, you will be entered to win a $100 Cooking.com gift card!

Now how easy is that? 🙂

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  1. We try to have veggies with almost every meal. I serve raw veggies as an inbetween snack with dip.
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  2. I serve fruits and veggies at every meal (2, sometimes more) plus I’ll add veggies to meatloaf mix, scrambled eggs, sandwiches, etc. We already eat a ton but there’s always room for more 🙂

  3. Your recipe looks delicious! I get my family to eat more vegetables by making sure we have salad or some other vegetable at every dinner.
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