My kids are vegetable haters. I am not really a huge vegetable fan myself, so I certainly don't blame them. It isn't often that they will eat a vegetable. Well, that is, unless we're serving sweet corn. This is the one vegetable that everyone in my house will always gobble up.
Some may argue that corn is not really a vegetable, but a starch instead, and from everything I have read, the general consensus seems to label it as a starchy vegetable. Regardless of the classification, sweet corn has several health benefits. It is packed with Vitamin C and fiber, along with other important nutrients and antioxidants. Not only does it taste good, it is good for you!
Now that we are into the spring and summer months, sweet corn seems to be flying out of the produce section at grocery stores. I love having corn on the cob at cookouts and restaurants, but honestly, I don't think we have ever prepared it ourselves. We never really knew how to cook it, and figured it would be too much of a hassle, so we always bought canned or frozen corn. Until now, that is. I recently watched this video that shows how to cook corn on the cob quickly and effortlessly.
After seeing just how easy it was to prepare corn on the cob, we decided to pick some up to eat on Memorial Day. There are so many ways to cook sweet corn, but since we had just purchased a new grill, we were planning on grilling it. I looked around for some sweet corn recipes and found delicious options like Buffalo Corn Ears, Corn Lollipops, Corn Pancakes and Creamy Fresh Corn Chowder.
After careful consideration, I decided that the Corn Lollipops would probably be a hit with the whole family, and since it looked super easy to prepare, we went with that one. I mixed up brown sugar and spices according to the recipe, boiled the corn for about 8 minutes, and melted some butter.
I decided not to use the lollipop sticks that the recipe called for, and instead inserted picks into the sides so Rylie and Bryce would be able to eat them easier. We grilled some hot dogs (my typical Memorial Day favorite) and we were ready to eat.
Unfortunately, the sugar and spice mix that we were supposed to sprinkle on the corn was too spicy for the kids, so they just ate their corn with butter. However, Brian and I loved it! It was just the right mixture of sweet and spicy, and gave the corn a nice kick. We will definitely be preparing that every time we make corn, which will be often.
The kids didn't need the spices, though. They loved the corn cob thirds with just a little melted butter on them. Rylie enjoyed it so much that when I got up to get a drink, she grabbed the last cob off my plate and started chowing down!
The corn on the cob was definitely a hit on Memorial Day with the whole family, and now we have another delicious item to add to our dinner rotation. Even though sweet corn is popular in the spring and summer months, it is available all year long. It's a good thing, too, because my kids are hooked!
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Sunshine Sweet Corn. I was reimbursed to purchase Sweet Corn and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.