Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Progresso´s panko bread crumbs review and giveaway!

Thanks to My Blog Spark and Progresso because they provided me with the free chicken broth and the Panko Bread crumbs, the information, and awesome prize pack to giveaway to my readers!

I was so excited when I got a chance to try out Panko Bread Crumbs! I went straight to Progressofoods.com and checked out all the neat new recipes and I decided to try my hand at my first go at homemade mashed potatoes....on Christmas day no less!

Michael Chiarello´s Mashed Potato Gratin was super easy to make (with the peeling and dicing help of my daughters!) and WAY YUMMY! Though my mashed potatoes don't look as good as the pic on the website! The Panko bread crumbs gave the mashed potatoes a great different texture and an extra boost of taste....there were none left by the end of lunch!

Press Release Thingy

If you´re looking for some helpful cooking tips and exciting new recipes, visit Progressofoods.com and Progressobroth.com for celebrity chef Michael Chiarello´s expertise on casual weekend entertaining, preparing a holiday feast or inspiration for a weeknight meal - all using Progresso panko bread crumbs and Progresso broth.

If you´ve never cooked with panko before, now is your chance because it´s never been easier. Progresso´s panko is a flaky bread crumb which adds a light crispiness to your food and is available in two flavors, plain and Italian.

Progresso broths are 100% natural and use high quality ingredients to achieve a great homemade taste. They are fat free, gluten free, contain no preservatives, no added MSG and no artificial flavors. Progresso broth is available in chicken and reduced sodium chicken and beef flavors.

Chef Michael Chiarello appears daily on the Food Network and can also be seen on Top Chef Masters. In addition, he runs and owns Bottega Restaurant in Napa Valley, CA. Below are just a few of Chef Chiarello´s tips to help you create quick, flavorful meals you and your family will enjoy.

Sample Panko Tips:
Breading 1-2-3: Panko adds the perfect light crunch to fish fillets, chicken breasts and pork chops. Dip in flour, then beaten egg and coat both sides in Panko before frying or baking
Go here for more tips!

Faux Fried:
Instead of frying, bake Panko-coated chicken in a 400F oven for 20 minutes to get the same crispy crunch without the fat

Sample Broth Tips:
Give New Life to Leftovers: Time in the fridge can steal moisture and flavor; drizzle a little broth over last night´s pasta or casserole before reheating

Better than H20:
Water adds moisture, not flavor; replace water with broth when you cook potatoes, rice and grains

Also available on ProgressoFoods.com is a coupon for $1.00*off any two Progresso products.

At ProgressoBroth.com you´ll find a coupon for $.50 off a package of broth. Feel free to share these coupons with your readers.

Here is a quick link to the coupons!

Want to try out new Panko Bread Crumbs for yourself?

To Enter : Simply Tell me what you'd use the bread crumbs for! Yup that's it! You can use the website or you can use an old fav recipe that requires bread crumbs!

~The Prize~
One lucky Winner will receive a prize pack from Progresso and MyBlogspark that includes a baking pan, a measuring cup, a ladle, a spoon, a box of chicken broth and a box of NEW Panko Bread Crumbs!

To qualify for your first entry you MUST tell me what you'd use the bread crumbs for and leave your email address!

For extra entries you can:

•Friend me on Google Connect
•Subscribe to my Blog
•Follow me on Twitter
•Tweet about this Giveaway and include a link (each tweet = an entry)

Just be sure to submit a new entry for every method you use!
Also remember to include your Twitter username when submitting a Twitter Follow Entry!

Open to US residents only please. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm CST Thursday December 31st. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator Friday January 1st and announced that same day before noon CST. The winner will be notified by email, and will have a shipping address requested. Personal information of any kind is used only by me to notify the winner and ship out the prize.

$1 off lower in sugar General Mills Cereal!

I recently was offered 4 free cereal coupons that were all provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

And while I haven't used the coupons yet, I have already tried the new lower in sugar Trix as there was a sample box for .99 cents at my local Albertsons...which I haven't tried yet but if you go here, there's a $1 off coupon...so possibly a free sample box of cereal!... I didn't taste much of a difference, but that's just me :)

Press release type thingy!

This week General Mills announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.

Other cereal benefits:
Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.

Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.

More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.