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Dine In: Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp


Skinny Bang Bang ShrimpThere’s a Chinese food place near my house that has a drive-thru. It also has dinner specials. Furthermore, the food is irresistible. I love it.

I can’t control how their food is cooked, with fats and oils, so I try to recreate some of their specials at home to remove some of the temptation of driving through on a Friday night and plopping on the couch, laden with heavy sauces and too much rice.

This shrimp dish is a copy of one of theirs, removing much of the fat and replacing it with flavorful and healthier options like Greek yogurt.
You can make these on a grill or in the oven.

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

Ingredients:
1 lb shrimp (about 50 shrimp), cooked or uncooked, shelled and deveined
10 skewer sticks (optional)
3 Tbs plain Greek yogurt
3 Tbs chopped green onion, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 Tbs sweet chili sauce
1/2-3/4 Tbs sriracha sauce

Directions:
If you’re grilling on a grill, be sure to soak wood skewers for about 30 minutes in cold water so they won’t burn easily.

Combine yogurt, onion, sweet chili sauce and sriracha in a bowl and stir well. Set aside.

Place 5 shrimp on each skewer.

If shrimp are raw, grill on each side for 5-8 minutes, or until opaque and cooked through.

If shrimp are pre-cooked, place shrimp skewers on a baking sheet and bake at 350° F for 5-10 minutes, or grill for about 2 minutes on each side over high, direct heat.

Brush each hot skewer liberally with the sauce on both sides. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 156, Calories from Fat: 17, Fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (0.6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 239 mg, Sodium: 367 mg, Potassium: 213 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 27 g.

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Family Matters: Eating Habbits


CarrotsParents often wonder how much their little ones should be eating.

We all know that serving sizes are becoming larger and larger, contributing to childhood and adult obesity. However, toddlers don’t need super-sized portions. 

The average 1-2 year old needs the following:

Milk/Dairy Servings: 16-20 ounces of milk per day. Whole milk, soy or rice milk are recommended. Other equivalents: 1/2-3/4 ounce of cheese = 4 ounces of milk. 1/4 cup of yogurt = 2 ounces of milk.

Fruit and Veggie Servings: 5 or more per day. Serving size: 1-2 tablespoons. Pureed, mashed or cubed.

Grain Servings: 3-4 per day. Serving sizes: 1/2 slice of bread, 1/4 cup of cooked cereal, 1/4 cup of dry cereal. 1/4 cup of pasta, 2-3 saltine crackers or 1/2 tortilla.

Non-dairy Protein (meat, fish, beans, eggs) Servings: 2 per day. Serving sizes: 1/2 egg, 2-3 tablespoons beans (i.e. black, pinto, edamame, etc.), 1 tablespoon peanut butter or 1 ounce of fish, lean beef, pork or chicken. 



Family Matters: Baby Proofing


Crawling BabyBaby is definitely on the move, whether he’s rolling, scooting, crawling, cruising or taking steps. If you haven’t already, now is the time to baby-proof your home.

About 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year and more than 2,500 are killed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why it’s so important to carefully child-proof your home.

Making your residence safe for a curious explorer involves more than just blocking electrical outlets or putting a baby gate at the top of the stairs. Furniture will need to be anchored and locks will need be put on cabinets, among other things.

One of the best ways to see what might entice your baby is to get down on his level. Get down on your hands and knees, and see how things look from down there. Survey what is within reach, what looks tempting and where baby could go if he could roll, crawl or scoot.

This will help you figure out which cupboards, drawers and other spaces your child might get into. As he starts walking and climbing, you’ll have to reevaluate again, looking higher each time.

In recent years, the process of baby-proofing has really come a long way. There are now eco-friendly and non-toxic products on the market that won’t damage your furniture but will still keep your baby safe.



Family Matters: Beach Ball


Beach BallWhen my boys were born, I think my husband and I experienced something a lot of couples go through. I wanted to cuddle the fragile baby tenderly, and their dad wanted to toss them in the air and make them laugh until they spit up.

The truth is that babies need a little of both (I still don’t advocate tossing them in the air but I digress). Babies 0-6 months old need different kinds of stimulation. Most flourish with close-body cuddling and more kinetic activities, such as swinging, rocking or even being rolled back and forth on a beach ball.

Yep, a beach ball. I found this activity when searching for something “more physical” my husband could do with our little ones.

When baby is old enough to hold his head up, get a beach ball or exercise ball and deflate it slightly so it has some give to it. Place baby tummy-down on the ball. While supporting him (could be holding his legs or torso, depending on the age and stability of the baby), roll the ball slightly back and forth. This is almost sure to produce giggles!

This strengthens his neck, shoulders, torso and helps promote muscle tone and balance. You can talk or sing at the same time to make it more fun. You can even try rolling him back and forth in front of a mirror so he’s more inclined to look up.

You don’t have to do this for long: stop when baby has had enough.



Shop the Sale: Bacon Cheddar Chicken Tenders


Bacon Cheddar Chicken TendersChicken tenders were one of those products I didn’t buy often, finding it “just as easy” to buy breasts and adapt recipes.

Boy was I wrong.

Boneless, skinless chicken tenders are one of the easiest products to work with. Already trimmed and a perfect size to cook quickly and uniformly, boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders are almost a dream come true.

Add bacon and cheddar, and they’re downright divine.

This recipe bakes up quickly and the chicken is juicy and flavorful, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Plus, boneless, skinless chicken tenders are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. 

Bacon Cheddar Chicken Tenders

Ingredients:
1 egg
1/2 cup Progresso Plain Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1 (3 oz) pkg or jar cooked real bacon bits or pieces
1 (14 oz) pkg uncooked boneless, skinless chicken tenders (not breaded)
chive and onion sour cream potato topper, if desired

Directions:
Heat oven to 400° F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

In a shallow bowl, beat egg. In a large resealable, food-storage plastic bag, place bread crumbs, cheese and bacon. Dip chicken into egg. Place in bread crumb bag; seal and shake to coat. Place chicken on cookie sheet.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in center and bread crumbs are golden-brown. Serve with topper, if desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 330, Calories from Fat: 140, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 150 mg, Sodium: 850 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 37 g.

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Healthy Living: Kiwi


KiwiMy older son discovered kiwi this summer. I’d tried to give it to him before and was met with horrific face contortions, dramatic gagging gestures and rude noises.

However, for some reason this summer, it’s become his favorite thing and that’s great because kiwi, native to New Zealand, has more vitamin C than an orange. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber and potassium.

Eating just a couple of kiwifruit each day may significantly lower your risk for blood clots and reduce the amount of fats (triglycerides) in your blood, therefore helping to protect cardiovascular health, studies show.

My son doesn’t know any of this. He just knows they taste good. He still doesn’t love the texture of the skin, but I’ve taught him how to cut the fruit in half around the middle, then use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and eat it that way!



Product Talk: Italian Sausage


Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I love bulk, ground sausage, and Brookshire’s is so good about putting it on sale.

I use it for so many things.

I freeze slices so they’re easy to heat up for patties for biscuits in the morning. I brown and crumble it (you can then freeze, too) to add to eggs or other breakfast dishes.

Sausage isn’t always for breakfast, especially when it’s Italian sausage. In bulk, this is great for flavoring sauces, pasta dishes, breakfast dishes and this soup.

It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner, especially if you cook the sausage ahead of time.

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:
3 cups Italian sausage, cooked
3 cups tortellini, uncooked
4 cups water
1 can evaporated milk
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbs oregano
1 Tbs parsley
1 Tbs chives
salt and pepper, to taste
parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
Put all ingredients except tortellini in a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer about 15 minutes. Add tortellini and allow to boil according to pasta package instructions. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutritional Information (calculated without parmesan cheese): Calories Per Serving: 307, Calories from Fat: 122, Fat: 14 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 50 mg, Sodium: 1145 mg, Potassium: 257 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 16 g.

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Dine In: Blackberry Cobbler


Blackberry CobblerLast weekend, my boys and I drove to Pittsburg. Texas, that is. At the peak of blackberry season, there’s an orchard there that allows you to pick your own blackberries. You can eat while you’re picking, but the orchard claims no responsibility for belly aches!

Trust me, it would be easy to eat your body weight in blackberries. When you go out into the orchards, the first thing that hits you is the fresh, bright aroma of the fruit. The trees, during peak season in July, are heavily laden with the succulent berries, almost bowed over from the weight of the fruit.

Blackberries, like blueberries, are natural insect repellants, so there’s no need to spray insecticide in the orchard (thus allowing you to snack and pick!).

We didn’t do a lot of snacking, but we did devour the dessert we made that night with our freshly picked bounty.

Blackberry Cobbler

Ingredients:
4 cups blackberries
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
6 Tbs butter, melted
vanilla ice cream, if desired

Directions:
Heat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with shortening or cooking spray. Place blackberries in dish; drizzle with lemon juice.

In a medium bowl, stir egg, sugar and flour until mixture looks like coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and filling is bubbly. Cool 10 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 368, Fat: 13 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Sodium: 114 mg, Carbohydrates: 63 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Family Matters: Summer Saving Ideas


Summer Saving Ideas

During the summer months with teenage kids at home, our electric and grocery bills greatly increase. So, during this time especially, we try as a family to make good use of resources and find ways to cut back and save. A few ideas:

  • Plan meals the kids can cook for supper. This keeps parents from picking up fast food on the way home. 
  • Use your slow cooker. Go through the freezer and find meat you have not had time to prepare. Put the meat in the slow cooker when you leave for work, and when you arrive home, the main dish will be ready. Just open a few cans of vegetables or make a salad. 
  • Freeze leftover vegetables from meals and use them to make a stew, soup or pot pie one night.  Do not throw out any leftovers. Use for another meal or make something else later.
  • Refrigerate leftover breakfast foods like eggs, sausage or biscuits to be eaten the next day.
  • If you want fast food, find a cheap burger deal and make fries and drinks at home.
  • Rent a new release and watch at home as a family instead of going to the movie theater.
  • Cook a pot of pinto beans and cornbread one day, and then add beef and chili seasoning to leftovers and have chili for another meal. 
  • Teach the family to be mindful:
    • Don’t pour more milk than you need for cereal. If you do, drink it.
    • Don’t forget to tie the bread package so it does not dry out.
    • Don’t forget to close the chip package so they do not get stale.
    • Watch TV with lights off, especially during the day. 
    • Wash full loads of clothes, not just an outfit or two. This may just be a girl thing!
    • Hang clothes on a clothes line outside to dry, and then toss them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up.
    • Push the thermostat up when you leave for work. Anything cooler than outside, the kids will be fine.

With the cost of living and food prices rising, we need to all look for ways to save. Some things don’t appear to be big, but in the end, it all adds up. Teach your children to be good stewards of time and money, a great lesson in responsibility. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the opportunities we have to work together as a family!    



Mi Blog Hispano: Vuelta a Clases


Mi Blog HispanoCuando llega la época de la vuelta a clases, nosotros los padres comenzamos a ponernos un poco nerviosos porque no solo este tiempo viene precedido por las divertidas y muchas veces costosas vacaciones, sino porque también son tiempos en los que tenemos que equipar a nuestros hijos con uniformes o la ropa que van a usar para este año, los útiles  escolares, planear meriendas saludables y también debemos prepararlos psicológicamente para un comienzo con nuevos amigos, maestros y cambios…Los cambios que para algunos produce mucha emoción, pero que para otros por el contrario causa miedo e inseguridad.

Aquí les voy a compartir unos consejos para que este regreso a clases no se haga tan difícil:

  • Una de las cosas que más afecta es comenzar a levantarse temprano, así que es importante que por lo menos 2 semanas antes, comiencen a acostarse a la misma hora, tomando en cuenta que es saludable que se duerma lo suficiente.
  • Procuren hacer una lista con las cosas necesarias para comenzar el año bien equipados. Busque precios y ofertas.
  • Comience a hablar en casa sobre la escuela de forma positiva para que sus hijos comiencen a emocionarse y así ganen confianza.
  • Investigue sobre esas actividades deportivas y  recreativas que ofrece la nueva escuela para que sus hijos comiencen a imaginarse y planear el futuro año escolar y esto le servirá como incentivo.
  • Planee junto a sus hijos meriendas saludables y pruebe junto a ellos distintas opciones y guárdelas en una lista para que le sirva de referencia., esto les encantará.
  • Por ultimo asegúrese junto a ellos que en su casa tienen un lugar adecuado para hacer las tareas y cuentan con todas las comodidades.
  • Ayúdelos a fijarse metas, como obtener buenas calificaciones, que ellos sepan cuáles son los beneficios que obtendrán si comienzan un año escolar con todo lo que necesitan y con toda la energía y positivismo para ser unos triunfadores. 

Espero que estas ideas los ayude a hacer de este tiempo, algo interesante y emocionante. Les deseo a ustedes y a sus hijos una nueva etapa llena de bendiciones, logros y triunfos. 



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