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Family Matters: Baby Survival Must-Haves


Baby Survival Must-HavesWellements™ has the baby remedies you need for the first year and beyond. You can feel good about using them, too!

At Wellements™, the employees are also parents, so they understand that making choices about what you give your little one is a big deal! That is why they put love, countless hours and research into every product. They have created safe, high-quality products that are consistent with the company’s belief that ingredients do matter.

All of the Wellements™ products are:

  • Certified-Organic
  • Preservative-Free
  • Made in glass packaging: No harmful plastics!

Organic Gripe Water: When the crying and fussing just won’t stop!
Wellements™ Organic Gripe Water is an herbal supplement that safely and effectively helps ease occasional stomach discomfort and gas often associated with colic, fussiness and hiccups.*

Baby Tooth Oil: Teething turned happy!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Tooth Oil has a touch of sweetness to help make teething a happier time. The benzocaine-free, belladonna-free and alcohol-free formula is specifically designed to be gentle on baby’s gums.

Baby Move for Constipation: Help your little one move things along!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Move relieves occasional constipation and promotes regular bowel movements.* Designed without the use of harsh laxatives, this organic prune and prebiotic formula is safe and gentle for infants and toddlers starting at 6 months of age.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and they are the own opinions of the Wellements™ company. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.



Shop the Sale: Crawfish Etouffee


Crawfish EtouffeeCrawfish Etouffee

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:  45 min
Serves: 4

Enjoy the tantalizing flavor of The South in your own kitchen with a Mardi Gras favorite! Our Crawfish Etouffee recipe keeps things simple so you can spend more time celebrating and less time cooking. Grab your ingredients today including on-sale Bell Peppers, get cooking, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 cup yellow onions, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1/2 cup green bell peppers, finely diced
1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbs dry sherry
1 1/2 cups seafood stock, chicken stock or water
1 lb crawfish tails
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs fresh parsley leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
Long-grain white rice, cooked

Directions:
In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook to make a light roux, stirring often. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Add sherry; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock and crawfish tails; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Stir in parsley; remove from heat. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve over rice, garnished with additional parsley.

Nutritional Information Calories: 182, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 660 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 19 g.

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Chef Tips

It All Starts With the Roux
The secret behind many of your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes is starting with a good roux. While not a difficult process, making roux does require patience and attention to detail because it’s easy to mess it up. Start out heating your butter or oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add flour gradually, sprinkling evenly into the pan. Reduce heat and cook, stirring continuously until the roux has darkened. Depending on the recipe, this can be anywhere from the color of a penny to milk chocolate. The main thing is to keep the heat low and don’t stop stirring – if you don’t consistently stir the roux, the flour will burn. Note: if you find black flecks in your roux, it’s ruined and you’ll have to start over.

Mardi Gras Themed Meals
With so many traditional dishes to choose from, it’s easy to go overboard with meals and party planning during Mardi Gras. For a well-rounded menu go for Shrimp Dip, Po Boy Sliders and Crab Cakes for appetizers followed by Etouffee, Jambalaya or Gumbo, and finish with New Orleans Bread Pudding and King Cake for dessert. Or you can toss the menu out the window and simply throw down a home style Crawfish Boil.



Product Talk: Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes


Simply Done Disinfecting WipesI have a canister in my desk at work. I have a canister in my car. I have several stashed around the house (one in each bathroom, one in the kitchen).

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes are simply necessary this time of year.

I especially love them at the office, when people sometimes walk in wiping their noses or coughing and then sit at my desk. After they leave, you’d better believe I’m going to whip out a wipe and disinfect the door knob, my desk and anything else they might have touched. I don’t need germs on my desk, thank you very much.

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes, in lemon or fresh scents, kill the flu virus and 99.9 percent of bacteria in 15 seconds. They are bleach-free and come in a portable canister, so they’re easily stashed wherever it is that you need them most.

Find them on the cleaning aisle at Brookshire’s.

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Shop the Sale: Mustard-Glazed Pork Chops


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2

Pork chops are a simple, tasty option for healthy weeknight meals for two or as part of a big weekend cookout. The secret to the juiciest, flavorful chops is taking the time to marinate them. Our mustard glaze is an easy recipe that packs a huge flavor punch, making for delicious eating with minimal effort. Pro tip: they’re perfect served with Creamed Brussels Sprouts. And with Assorted Pork Chops on sale, there’s even more reason to give it a try this week – or weekend!

Ingredients
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 thick-cut pork chops

Instruction
Whisk the first 9 ingredients together in bowl. Place pork chops in a storage bag; add glaze. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cooking. When ready to cook, remove chops from storage bag. Place glaze in bowl. Grill for 20 minutes or cook over medium-high heat in cast-iron skillet for 8 minutes per side (or until cooked through). Spoon glaze over pork while cooking. For best results, frequently baste chops with glaze while cooking.

Per Serving:
Calories: 537, Fat: 31 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 1964 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Chef Tips

The Benefits of Marinade
If you have a great cut of meat, some basic seasonings and a perfected grilling technique, that’s generally all you need for a terrific cook out. But, if you’re looking to expand the flavor profile of your next barbeque or you’re not exactly a grill master yet, marinating is your secret weapon for fabulous eating. Marinades add flavor and juiciness to any grill meat, and you can keep it simple or get as creative as you like. Easy options include store-bought Italian Dressing or Balsamic Vinaigrettes, or you can try recipes and experiment with your own concoctions. Generally all you need is an oil, an acid (fruit juice, vinegar, beer or white wine) and some herbs and spice, although you can also play around with condiments like soy sauce, honey, mustard and BBQ sauce.

Dinner for Two
Most recipes you find are for four or more, which is fine in most cases because it’s easy enough to halve the recipe or make too much and save the remainder for leftovers. But sometimes, you just want a recipe made for two. If you’re looking for some dinner for two inspiration check out eatingwell.com, bbcgoodfood.com and of course brookshires.com.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil


Brookshire's Pure Olive OilIf there is one thing in my kitchen that I never run out of, it’s Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil.

With its golden color, mild flavor and smooth finish, it’s perfect for grilling, sautéing, marinating and anything else I need when I’m cooking.

The main type of fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fat. If you replace trans fats and saturated fats in your diet with more monounsaturated fats, you can see health benefits from that change.

A friend of mine made this cake over the holidays. I’ve never used olive oil in baking because olive oil does have a distinct flavor, but in this recipe, that’s exactly what you’re looking to get. It was delicious!

Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) box Brookshire’s Yellow Cake Mix
large eggs, per cake mix package directions
Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil, per cake mix package directions
2 Tbs lemon zest
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup raspberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with a circle of parchment paper.

Mix cake batter per package instructions, substituting Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil for the called-for vegetable oil or butter. Stir in lemon zest.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until cake is lightly golden and springs back to the touch, about 40 minutes. (A cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.)

Let cool completely in pan for about 20 minutes. Invert cake onto a stand or plate; remove parchment.

Stir together lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar to make a glaze. Pour glaze over center of cake. Spread to the edges so some drips down the sides. Arrange raspberries in center of cake; serve.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 386, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 366 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Family Matters: Fleas in the Winter


sad looking dogBecause we live in the South, our temperatures don’t usually get below 30 degrees very often, which means fleas and ticks can breed all winter long.

That, in turn, means we have to protect our pets all winter long!

Fleas and ticks can carry heartworms, which are fatal for your four-legged friend. You also don’t want an infestation of fleas in your house or one of the other diseases spread to humans by a tick bite.

Winter is the best time to treat your house and your yard and to keep treating your pet for fleas and ticks.

For your pet, use a topical flea and tick-prevention ointment, usually applied behind the neck, or an oral supplement prescribed by their vet. Both of these are usually administered monthly and are good for 30 days.

For your yard, while fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are less active, use a chemical spray (available at any home improvement store) that you attach to the end of your hose. These pesticides should last 3-6 months and are safe for your pet and your children. (Let dry before letting your pet or your child back outside).

If you have a flea infestation inside your home, call a professional exterminator who can treat the house for you to eradicate the pests and prevent future infestations. Make sure you’re also treating your pets as well.



Family Matters: Keeping Your Cat Flea-Free


wide-eyed catMy cat, Carl, used to be an outside cat. When I adopted him, he was riddled with fleas. After some intense treatment, he’s flea-free, but I have to keep him that way!

Even though he’s an indoor cat now, he’s still exposed to my dog, who goes out all day and plays in the yard.

It’s important to use flea prevention for all of your animals, whether they go outside or not, to help keep them healthy and happy. Carl gets a topical flea and tick treatment once a month. I apply it to the back of his neck. He thinks he’s getting a massage and purrs loudly.

You can also get a pill prescribed by your veterinarian, but Carl won’t chew a pill. It depends on the temperament of your cat.

These treatments usually last 30 days and are administered monthly.

Your cat can also wear a flea-repellant collar, which is usually saturated in a substance that fleas can’t stand.

Besides causing intense itching from their bites, fleas can cause tapeworms in cats.

Treat your cat monthly for fleas, whether he goes outside or not, to keep him healthy and happy!



Shop the Sale: Baked Pork Chops with Swiss Chard


Baked Pork Chops with Swiss ChardBAKED PORK CHOPS WITH SWISS CHARD

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 18 min
Serves: 4

For an easy and healthy weeknight dinner for the family, look no further than the old faithful pork chop. These juicy chops baked to perfection with melted parmesan and fontina cheese are melt in your mouth delicious, and with everything going in one pan into the oven, it’s the easiest dinner you’ll make all week. Try it yourself with Assorted Pork Chops on sale now.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves washed and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
1 1/2 Tbs parmesan, grated
4 oz fontina cheese, shredded

Directions:
Heat oven to 450° F. Oil a large baking dish. In a medium bowl, toss Swiss chard with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chard in baking dish.

Rub pork chops with 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Put pork chops on top of Swiss chard. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil over chard and around pork chops. Sprinkle parmesan and fontina over chard and around pork chops. Bake until chops are just done, about 18 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 498, Fat: 40 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 963 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g

Chef Tips 

Did You Know?
There are an estimated one billion pigs on earth at any given time. That’s a lot of pigs! The pig is one of the oldest forms of domesticated livestock, and also happens to be the world’s most popular meat. More than 80 billion tons are produced annually, arriving on our plates as pork and processed meats like sausages, ham and bacon. Pork is a high protein meat and it is a good source of many B vitamins, but our guess is that most people eat it for other reasons!

Know Your Pork Cuts
From chops to different types of loin, hocks and more, choosing the right cut of pork can be confusing. Here’ a quick rundown on the most common types. 

Chops: These are the meatiest cuts from the center of the loin, and can be bone-in or boneless. Choose cuts that are at least an inch thick to ensure the chops are juicy. These are great for baking, grilling or pan frying.

Loin: The loin is a large cut of back meat. It is boneless and perfect for roasting or slicing into chops. A thrifty option is to buy loin on sale, use half for a roast and freeze the remainder as chops for a second or third meal. 

Tenderloin: This cut is from the end of the loin, and as the name suggests, is a tender, juicy cut. It is much smaller than a loin cut, making it more appropriate for a single dinner. Tenderloin is best roasted or grilled.

Ribs: Baby-Back Ribs are small slabs that come from the part of the ribs closest to the backbone. Spare Ribs come from the lower ribcage, making them a fattier cut. Both cuts are delicious barbecued, smoked or oven baked.

Shoulder or Butt Roast: This is a large roasting cut that can be sold bone in or boneless. Its best slow cooked either in the oven or crockpot and is the perfect cut for dishes like pulled pork and carnitas.

Hocks: Front and rear hocks usually come cured and smoked, although they can be purchased raw as well. Hocks are most commonly used for flavoring dishes like slow cooked beans, but can be used as a meat cut for stews or braised dishes.



Shop the Sale: Turkey Taco Soup


Turkey Taco SoupTurkey Taco Soup
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:  50 min
Serves: 4

“Taco bout” the perfect winter meal: taco soup is easy, hearty and filled with protein. This simple recipe is made with canned beans and premade seasonings so all you have to do is drop everything in the pot. Chef tip: this dish can also be made with dry beans, just be sure to soak them overnight beforehand. And with Jennie-O Ground Turkey on sale this week at Brookshire’s, now is the perfect time to give it a go!

Ingredients:
1 large egg
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion, diced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups chicken broth
10 oz frozen corn
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning
1 packet ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix

Directions:
Spray large pot or Dutch oven with cooking spray. Add ground turkey; cook until browned. Add onions; cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, corn, bell pepper and seasonings. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 661, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 124 mg, Sodium: 2251 mg, Carbohydrates: 77 g, Fiber: 21 g, Protein: 52 g.

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Chef Tips

Ground Turkey Done Right!
If you want to get the best nutrition out of your ground meat, here are a few simple tips:

  • Ground turkey is on par with beef when it comes to cholesterol, so simply choosing turkey instead of beef isn’t going to reduce the amount of cholesterol you’re eating. Look for a fat-free version if you goal is less cholesterol.
  • When it comes to saturated fat, ground turkey does perform better than beef, however, to significantly reduce the fat content of regular turkey, you can drain the fat from the skillet after browning, blot it with a paper towel or rinse the ground meat in hot water before completing your dish.
  • Use portion control. It’s easy to get carried away with the size of the burgers you make or that second helping of self-serve style tacos, so pay attention to how much you’re eating to make sure you don’t go overboard.

More Ground Turkey Recipes
Can’t get enough ground turkey? We understand! While our Turkey Taco Soup is pretty great, we know you want variety in your turkey eating. Other delicious ground turkey options include burgers, meatballs, sloppy joes, meatloaves, and turkey skillets. For something a little less meat focused, you can try turkey stuffed peppers (bell or poblano are great options), a turkey ragu over fresh pasta or other Mexican style dishes like nachos, enchiladas or empanadas. There are a ton of different variations on many of these dishes to try, so start experimenting!



Shop the Sale: Mini Cheesy Meatloaves


Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time:  45 mins
Serves: 6

Mini Cheesy Meatloaves
Why make meatloaf when you can make meatloaves? With this delicious recipe, everyone gets their own mini meatloaf roll with a decadent cheesy filling that tastes amazing, but won’t hurt your waistline. Made with quick-cooking oats, this recipe is low carb and low sugar, which means it’s great for those watching their carb count. And best of all? We have Fresh Premium Ground Beef on sale, so there’s even more to love about our Mini Cheesy Meatloaves.

Ingredients
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
3 string cheeses, cut in half crosswise
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 tsp yellow mustard 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In large bowl, combine egg, milk, oats, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; stir until well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow oats to absorb liquid. Add onions, ground beef and ground pork; mix well. Grabbing baseball-sized portions, form mixture into 6 small meatloaves. (The loaves will shrink slightly as they bake.). Stuff each portion with a string cheese half, forming meat mixture around cheese. Place onto prepared baking sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Spoon evenly over each loaf. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

Per Serving:
Calories: 320, Fat: 11 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 136 mg, Sodium: 897 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Sugar: 8 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 40 g.

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Chef Tips

Know Your Oats
Not everyone is an oatmeal fan, which means many people may be unfamiliar with the differences between quick-cooking, rolled and steel-cut oats. Essentially it all comes down to processing. Steel-cut oats are the least processed. The oat groat is basically chopped into pieces instead of being rolled like the other types and it takes the longest time to cook.

Rolled oats, which are also called old-fashioned oats, are steamed and then pressed to create flat, round oats. They are quicker to cook than steel-cut oats and are often used in cereals, granola bars and muffins.

Quick-cooking oats (also known as quick oats and instant oats) are the most processed type. They are pre-cooked rolled oats that cook in 1-2 minutes. You can use rolled oats in place of quick-cooking oats, and vice versa, but the cooking times will differ.

Low Carb Eating
With healthy eating and weight loss plans in full swing for the New Year, a lot of people are looking to cut down on their carbs. According to the Mayo Clinic, a low carb diet is supposed to reduce insulin levels, which causes the body to burn more fat stores for energy and therefore create weight loss.

This kind of diet is embraced by many people, but it can be a hard one for bread, pasta and rice lovers! If you’re already sick of meat and vegetables and looking for a way to satisfy your carb cravings without the carb count, here are some creative substitutions:

  • Instead of pasta, try zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash pasta
  • For a pizza fix, go for a pizza base made from cauliflower
  • Butternut squash is a great substitute for rice in risotto
  • You can still enjoy a burger with Portobello mushrooms in place of the bun


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