10/19/2010

Review & Giveaway: Betty Crocker Potato Buds


I've always been a fan of fast, easy and healthy recipes. Now that I'm working again, this is especially true after a busy day and rushing home to get dinner together and all I really want is to enjoy some quality time over a meal with my family. I think both stay at home moms/dads and working parents alike would agree you gotta have some go-to recipes or side dishes that are fast, easy and that the whole family will enjoy.

Betty Crocker takes the hard work out of weeknight meals with their Potato Buds 100% real potato flakes. They're gluten-free and per the nutrition label are trans-fat free and cholesterol free! They're also tasty and so quick and easy to prepare. Betty Crocker offers so many recipes that can be made with them such as potato soup, oven baked chicken or even Potato Crusted Salmon with Potato Buds, just to name a few. They're not just for making mashed potatoes!

Through the MyBlogSpark program, I was given the opportunity to try Betty Crocker Potato Buds and received an awesome free prize pack containing a full sized box of Potato Buds, a silicone trivet/potholder, a beautiful wooden bowl, and a red Betty Crocker serving spoon.

I saw a recipe for a meatloaf casserole, using Potato Buds, so I thought I'd give it a try. I really ended up putting the convenience factor to the test---I did this on the fly, and like I often do, modifying the recipe to use what I had on hand, and cut it in half to meet my family's serving needs. It was a bit like Shepherd's pie, but not quite.

Meatloaf Casserole

1/2 lb Extra lean ground beef (I used the 97% lean)
1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
1/4 Cup toasted bread crumbs
1 egg slightly beaten
Dash of hot sauce (to your tastes)
1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
1 Tsp Onion/Herb seasoning
1/4 cup tomato paste
Optional:  1/4 cup chopped green pepper (I didn't have any), chopped onion, mushrooms. Also you could choose to sub thick BBQ sauce in place of the tomato paste for more zesty flavor.

Topping:
1 Cup Potato Buds flakes
1 1/3 Cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 Cup milk
1/4-1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Paprika
Optional: Chives, Bacon bits

Directions:
Mix all meatloaf ingredients together  (using all but 2 tbsp of the tomato paste) in small food processor or by hand. Press into an 8x8 greased baking dish. Spread the remaining tomato paste over the meatloaf. Next, mix the mashed potato topping ingredients together in a bowl, and spread over the meatloaf base. Sprinkle with paprika and salt/pepper. Bake in 350 (f) degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

I didn't have any fresh onion or green pepper on hand - so it wasn't as flavorful as we normally would make. However, the meatloaf was so tender, and the potatoes were like a nice twice-baked potato. I served it with corn on the cob, and my family gobbled it up! My prep time was maybe 10 minutes, and I played with my son while it baked. How easy is that?!  We are looking forward to trying more recipes from Betty Crocker's website with the rest of the box.



GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the folks at MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker, One lucky reader will also win a Potato Buds prize pack (as mentioned and shown above). 

ENTRY:  
Leave a comment and tell me which of your family's favorite ingredients you would like to try with Betty Crocker Potato Buds Mashed Potato mix. Please include your email address.

1 Extra Entry - Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment with a link to your tweet. Include your Twitter ID and email address. Tweet  "Enter to #Win the @BettyCrocker Potato Buds #myblogspark Prize Pack #Giveaway @Retrogirl66 http://bit.ly/aRGJeu Ends 10/26/10"

Open to USA residents. Giveaway Ends Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be chosen by random drawing using http://www.random.org/ and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

I received one complimentary Betty Crocker Potato Buds prize pack through MyBlogSpark.com - in exchange for an honest review. Individual results and experiences may vary. I did not receive any monetary compensation nor was I required to write a positive review.

7 comments:

Milena said...

I'd probably try to make a shepards pie.

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Milena said...

Tweeted!

@barrettboys

phairhead said...

a potato skin casserole

Michelle said...

I would definitely have to add cheese to those. Yum.

Michelle said...

I tweeted, but I'm technologically challenged and don't know how to do the other things you asked. Leave a link to the tweet? How do I do that?

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Karen said...

We like to add cheddar, bacon bits and chives but sometimes I just love them with lots of butter and pepper too. :-)
~K http://scr.im/nerak

Celeste and Tom said...

My husband likes mashed potatoes with swiss steak as well as noodles. (I had never heard of having so MUCH starch noodles & mashed potatoes until I moved to Central IL)

Celeste

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