Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes Prize Pack {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Karen F!}

Almost every weekday, without fail, at 5:00 I call my husband to harass him to come home from work and we have the following conversation:

"So... what do you want to do for dinner?"

"I don't know. What do you want to do?"

"I don't know, I feel like we've had all of our usuals this week."

Then there's silence.

Sound familiar? As much as I would love to have a home-cooked dinner on the table every night for my family, it just doesn't happen. Where are the extra hours going to come from to make that possible?

Fortunately, one of the leaders in making it possible to have fast and easy side dishes that taste homemade, Betty Crocker, has given me a way to cut some corners with mealtime with their Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes.

Made with 100% real potatoes, Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes go from the stovetop to the table in just minutes... which pretty much is the amount of time that I have to spend before someone starts pulling on my leg or loudly complaining that they're "hungrrrrrry!"

After boiling water and butter, all I had to do was stir in milk and a packet of the dried potatoes and... well, that was it. Making mashed potatoes has definitely never been easier!

Preparing for mashed potatoes that tasted like... well, like they came out of a box, I was happy to find that I was completely mistaken. The Homestyle Creamy Butter flavor was smooth and delicious and really did taste as though I had just spent hours peeling, boiling and mashing my own potatoes.

Then, for a little extra flavor, the Roasted Garlic variety gave just the right amount of zing - I was really happy with the taste, texture and overall deliciousness of both! Plus, as each box comes with two pouches of potatoes, it provides the ability to make just the amount that you need and have plenty to go around for all.

As Betty Crocker has multiple other varieties of mashed potatoes available, I would love to sample more to see if we are just as happy with the results. Yum! And, to make that easier, right now you can print off a 55¢ coupon for any of Betty Crocker's boxed potatoes because who wouldn't like to save a little money while enjoying their tasty side dish?

Which, thanks to the generosity of Betty Crocker, is exactly what one person is going to be able to do, because...

One lucky person will win a Betty Crocker prize package including two boxes of Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes (one Roasted Garlic and one Homestyle Creamy Butter), a bamboo serving bowl, a trivet and a serving spoon!

To enter to win: Tell me what main dish you like to cook that Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes would best accompany OR which busy night of the week would these most come in handy?

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A big thank you to Betty Crocker for providing a Betty Crocker Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes prize pack for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner through MyBlogSpark. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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momofbestbaby said...

I like to cook Ham with the 4 cheese potatoes and corn. Its delish.

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christina said...

I am actually making some right now. We use it in our cheeseburger casserole. Quick, easy and wonderful for when the kids have after school activities.


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I like roasted chicken with them.
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My daughter says they go well with pork chops and green beans.

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Sheppard's Pie, combining the instant mashed potatoes with Cheddar cheese and ground lamb.

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Sheri said...

I use instant potatoes so seldom it's not funny...but I would use them in potato soup or on Shepard's Pie!

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I like mashed potatoes with steak...or chicken...or roast... or pork chops... ok fine I like mashed potatoes all the time =)

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

steak is good with fresh mashed taters

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I would make the mashed potatoes with baked chicken, baked corn and green beans. My favorite meal!

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I love mash potatoes with meatloaf.

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i love mashed potatoes with pork chops. yum
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these would be great on a friday night when i'm too tired from the week to cook

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baked chicken or steak

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They go good with Swiss Steak

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melsywsou said...

I'd use it as an awesome base for stew.

Monica said...

Meatloaf and Corn on the Cob.

Yum!

Pat said...

I like to fix chicken with the Homestyle Butter Mashed Potatoes.
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We don't eat beef or pork so I would make chicken :)

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Wed-Fri nights. Monday and Tues we're still tackling leftovers from my crazy weekend cooking spree.

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Monday is my most hectic day of the week, so easy sides like this would be great for then!

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I use it in the cheeseburger casserole. Quick and easy

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AmandaG said...

I've had these mashed potatoes several times, and I don't think anything pairs better with it than meatloaf! Love it!

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I like them best when served with ribs with bbq sauce. Or on Souper Supper Pie (a version of a shepherd's pie). :-)
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We like to load spaghetti on top of our mashed potatoes, so the Betty Crocker potatoes would be yummy for that. Thanks.
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perfect for tuesdays, since I get home super late after a long day
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Wednesday is steak night at my house so this would be perfect to serve Betty Crocker Potatoes!
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I like to serve with baked chicken or steak (sometimes with a little gravy). Thanks!
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we eat the 4 cheese potatoes at christmas with ham and green beans

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I like Meatloaf with the mashed potatoes!

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I "cheat" instead of using mom's recipe when I make my cheesy potatoes (which my family LOVES). I use instant potatoes, sour cream, cream cheese and top it off with a layer of shredded sharp cheddar. Yummy! kimbarsness(at)yahoo(dot)com

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I make these all the time. They go great with some pork chops or a nice steak!

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These come in SO handy on Sunday evenings. We have our big meal early because Sunday just gets away from us each week:)

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I think my meatloaf would be great with a side of these potatoes.

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