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Healthy Living: Black Bean Burgers

My family loves to grill in the summertime. Once the weather begins warming up, we start grilling almost every Saturday and Sunday for lunch. Some of my favorite things to grill are salmon on a cedar plank, asparagus, corn, zucchini and onions.

Recently, I have fallen in love with grilling black bean burgers. Not only do I love them, but so does my meat-loving boyfriend. I know he is not too crazy about having meatless meals, so I was rather nervous about him liking them the first time I made them. He ate the first burger and then quietly said, “Could I have another one?” I was in shock! I thought, if he likes them, anyone would. We have now added black bean burgers into our meal rotation.

Black beans are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. They are also a good source of iron and protein with no saturated fat, making them a great substitute for meat in a vegetarian meal. Black beans get their black pigments from the flavonoid, anthocyanin. Anthocyanin aids in the prevention of cancer, inflammation and heart disease, and it helps protect your memory. So, with all these benefits, why not try a black bean burger?

Black Bean Burger

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

1/2 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and stem removed, chopped
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained, rinsed and dried, divided
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1 egg
1/2 cup cooked corn, dried
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
6 hamburger buns
6 lettuce leaves
1 avocado, sliced

Heat grill or pan to medium-low heat. 

In a food processor, pulse onion, garlic and jalapeno until finely chopped. Add 1 can black beans (make sure beans have been dried completely or patties will not stick together). Add cilantro, cumin and egg; pulse until well combined. Add mixture to a large mixing bowl. Dry black beans and corn, removing any liquid from the surface. Add remaining black beans, corn, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper; mix until well combined. Divide mixture into 6 patties. Line grill with foil. Place patties on grill and cook 6 minutes on each side, or until golden brown crust has formed. 

Toast hamburger buns on the grill. Add patties to hamburger with lettuce leaves and sliced avocado.

Serves: 6

Calories Per Serving: 400, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 27 mg, Sodium: 943 mg, Carbohydrates: 64 g, Fiber: 11 g, Protein: 16 g

Healthy Living: Quinoa

One of my new obsessions is quinoa.  I make it for dinner about once a week; it has become a staple in my house. When I go to Brookshire’s I know to add quinoa to my grocery cart because I will have it sometime during the week. I normally reserve quinoa dishes for busy nights because it’s so easy and quick to make. Quinoa has a nutty flavor and can go with almost any ingredient.

Quinoa is not a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal. You cook it and eat it like a grain, but it is actually an edible seed. Quinoa is not only packed with protein, but it is a complete protein – meaning it offers all of the essential amino acids. Quinoa is also rich in fiber and iron.

This is one of my favorite quinoa recipes that I have very often. I normally have enough to take in my lunch the next day.

Southwest Quinoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


1 tsp canola oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup cooked corn
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Black Beans
1/2 cup chopped cilantro 

In a saucepan, heat oil.  Add onion and garlic; cook until onions are tender. Add quinoa, vegetable broth and cumin to saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add corn and black beans; cook until warm. Stir in cilantro and serve.

Calories Per Serving: 233, Fat: 4 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 538 mg, Carbohydrates: 39 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein: 10 g

Healthy Living: NuVal. New Year, New You

I can’t believe 2013 is almost here! This year has gone by so quickly! Many of us start off the New Year with a healthy bang. We join gyms and stock our fridges with fresh fruits and vegetables in hopes to lose those unwanted pounds that seem to just appear over the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately by mid-January the visits to gym get fewer and the hopes of getting healthy diminish.  

At Brookshire’s we have an easy tool that lets you pick the most nutritious products in a short amount of time. NuVal is a scoring system that places food’s overall nutritional value on a scale between 1 and 100. Simply put, the higher the NuVal score, the higher the product’s overall nutrition. You can find these scores located in the blue double hexagon on the price tag.  

NuVal produces the scores by entering the information from the nutrition facts panel and the ingredients list into an algorithm, called Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI). The ONQI takes into account 30 different nutrients that affect the health of the general public, including sodium, fat, carbohydrates, proteins, cholesterol, fiber, antioxidants and a number of vitamins and minerals.

 When using NuVal, there is not a particular score to shoot for; rather it’s a tool to help you compare items. If you normally buy a cereal that scores a 10, try to find one that scores a little higher, like a 17. Just remember the higher the score, the better the overall nutrition of the product. The NuVal system is not a diet and should not take place of any dietary recommendations provided by your doctor. NuVal is a quick and simple tool to help you pick the most nutritious foods for your family.  

I personally love using the NuVal system and use it every time I go to the store. I encourage you to give it a try this January!

Knock Knock Knock

Well, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is officially in East Texas, in Mineola to be exact. Let the fun, even with a lack of sleep, begin…..24/7 coffee I.V. please!

Mike and Katrina Carr and their four adopted children of Mineola were, I’m sure, as surprised as they ever have been this morning when Ty Pennington and his design team knocked on their door to notify them that they were the chosen ones to receive a new home.  Now, let the construction begin.

The family is being sent packing to Hawaii this afternoon so that the weeklong fury of tearing down their existing home and building a brand new one from scratch can begin.

Can’t wait to see the progress throughout the week!

New & Improved Greenville Brookshire’s

New look, new features, with the same legendary customer service you can count on….that’s just part of what’s in store for you at Brookshire’s in Greenville, TX!

The store is celebrating its fresh new look with a grand opening tomorrow.
A six-month remodel process will reveal exciting new features to the store, including a new pharmacy layout with a drive-through window, new decor and signage throughout the interior and a completely new storefront design.
Fresh “market” is the best way to describe the new floral, deli, produce and bakery departments that are now located near the entrance.
Not to mention the array of exciting new products that have been added, including Yums (they really are yummy for any occasion) gourmet cupcakes in the bakery; more variety of produce, including organic and natural; new sandwich and salad bars and Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses in the deli; the market has increased its fish and seafood lines; and more specialty gift items with more flower and plant varieties have been added to the floral department.
Visit Brookshire’s in Greenville and see all the “new” we have in store for you!!

Extreme Makeover….Boot Scootin’ Through Texas

Hopefully most of us know by now a little bit about the ABC hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, because it’s about to be as big as Texas, in East Texas!! 

The reality show, which focuses on home renovations and construction for deserving families, is heading to East Texas to surprise one family with a complete home makeover. But, mums the word on just who this lucky family is, and I know we all can’t wait to find out all about them next week! 

All the frenzy began yesterday with a pep rally held at Green Acres Baptist Church. The magical “door knock” happens next Thursday, Feb 25th, when Ty Pennington and the design team surprise the family and send them packing on a trip while their new home is built in just SEVEN days! (I wonder where ABC will send this family? I hope somewhere warm, so I can be there in spirit) Then, the most exciting moment will happen Thursday, March 4th, when everyone welcomes the family back to their new home by yelling “MOVE THAT BUS!” 

Building a house in just 7 days is a remarkable feat. But with all the overwhelming support coming from all of our BGC partners in addition to the many hundred community volunteers, we will be able to welcome the winning family home in no time. BGC has over 90 partners that have committed to help, not including many of you that are volunteering through the local builder, Gary Bayless (he created a site specifically for volunteering + info on this project: Plus, BGC is donating food during one of the construction days and we will have one of our reefer trucks parked on the home site for the week….isn’t that cool?! We aren’t just helping one family; we’re all coming together to support the community that has supported us, BGC, for so many years. 

Now….let’s start practicing our yells to “MOVE THAT BUS!”



Just What Do Women Really Want?

Flowers, cards, sugar and spice….do women want all that is nice? We aren’t sure, but we are so there to try and find out. At Harvey Convention Center that is, next Tuesday, the 9th, for the “what women want…..The Real Women’s Expo.” Brookshire’s is excited to be a major sponsor of this event!

Ladies, look no further, this Expo is sure to be an experience for all women! From gourmet chocolates + jewels to tasty foods + sips. There will be plenty of shopping, browsing and interacting with the experts. Brookshire’s chefs will even be on the scene cooking up some yummy treats and our very own Nutrition Specialist Maggie Griffin will be hosting seminars throughout the day. Take advantage of Asking Maggie about some of her topics “Women Want Simplified Meals”, “Women Want Stress Relief at the Grocery Store”, and “Women Want To Eat Healthier—Without a Lot of Fuss”.

For more info, and to purchase tickets, visit:

For everything a woman could want, it seems “what women want…..The Real Women’s Expo” is the right place to be next Tuesday.

We hope to see you there!

Together, We Donated over $100,000 to Haiti Relief Efforts

How amazing are our dedicated partners and customers who heeded the call to help those in need in Haiti! Brookshire Grocery Company stores company-wide have collected nearly $100,000 in donations for the American Red Cross’ Haitian earthquake relief effort.

In addition to the donations received in our stores, BGC matched the first $10,000 that was donated. And on top of that, Western Union matched our company’s donation; raising an additional $20,000!

While not surprised by the generosity from so many, our company is so very grateful and humbled that our customers and partners stepped up to the plate to become a part of a major step toward economic recovery for Haiti.

To quote my grandfather, Bruce G. Brookshire, “We may sell groceries, but people are our business.” Thank you!


Now That’s Fresh!

If you’re a true Tylerite, I know you’ve sampled the new selections at Brookshire’s in Bergfeld Shopping Center (on Roseland). If you haven’t, don’t just take my word for it, drop what you’re doing and go check them out!

Seafood, seafood, seafood! This store has added a brand new seafood program! Not all of us have time to throw up a Gone Fishing, Back in a Few (Hours) sign outside our door, and this seafood is as fresh as you can get without catching it yourself – and let me tell you, it’s fresh daily!! How about some fresh herbs to season that fish filet you have a hankering for? They too are now available and can be found in the produce section at this store. Healthy, ready-to-go garden salads and a new floral update are also included. And as you’re drawn into the store by the smell of fresh-baking Full Circle breads, be sure to check out our very own corporate chef inspired pimiento cheese, chef’s chicken salad, tuna salad and tarragon & grapes chicken salad. Trust me, they’re good; we’ve had plenty of taste tests here in Marketing. Follow your nose to Brookshire’s in Bergfeld Center, it always knows! The store has plenty more updates to come…keep your eyes peeled. And know that fresh is the word!!

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Tyler, Giada, Paula…Can I Please Have Your Autograph!!!???

We’re still on cloud nine after today. Can I first say what a gentleman James Gandolfini is? We were pleasantly surprised to find him to be the one opening the hotel door for us as we walked in. I did a slight double take and tried to remain cool, calm and collected, but oh my gosh, James Gandolfini opened the door for us!!

However, I couldn’t keep very calm amidst the FLURRY of camera flashes and  excitement at the wine and food festival today in Chelsea. It was the big day to meet + get signings from a lot of the celebrity chefs!!!

First up were Tyler Florence and Giada De Laurentiis. I think Tyler was a last minute addition, but a welcome addition at that! He was adorable, but nothing quite like Giada, with the absolute biggest smile I’ve ever seen. She was so gracious and as excited to see us as we were to see her. Yes guys, she’s as beautiful and personable in real life as in her show!

Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to describe the thrill of the next line-up….. Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie. All three were good looking and so sweet. Paula got the crowd going as she walked by and said “hey ya’ll”…yes, her hair is as big as Texas. Gotta love it!

I was loaded down with Celebrity Cooking magazines and Brookshire’s reusable bags, only to get there to a strict policy of NO signing anything but their cookbooks and no advertising of any outside material. Man, was I disappointed. But a few Barnes + Noble workers were excited to see my green reusable bag and eager to have one of their own. So after all, I did spread a little Brookshire’s love around New York. Yay!

Well ya’ll, it’s been a long day, so I’m signing off for now. We’re heading back to the great state that is Texas tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be paying a hefty hefty hefty fine for overweight baggage with all of my cookbooks I’m bringing back. Until tomorrow!

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