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Shop the Sale: Kickin’ Chicken


Kickin’ ChickenSimplify.

Simplify.

Simplify.

That’s my motto for 2015. Life just gets too darn complicated sometimes, like on Wednesday evenings when I’ve picked up one kid from chess club, another from a STEM after-school program, worked a 9-hour day and then decide to try a new recipe while doing laundry, feeding the dog and sorting the mail.

This easy chicken recipe follows that directive. However, for such ease, it’s full of flavor. The lime juice tenderizes the chicken beautifully while the olive oil ensures the flavor seeps into the meat. Of course, I love anything with hot sauce.

The recipe calls for marinating for four hours, but I like to do mine overnight.

Boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts are on sale this week, so heat up your winter with this chicken recipe.

Kickin’ Chicken
Serves 6

Ingredients:
2-3 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
1 cup Frank’s® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
limes, cut into slices for serving

Directions:
In a medium-sized bowl, mix hot sauce, olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Place chicken in a pan, bowl or zippered bag; pour marinade over top, making sure the chicken is submerged in the marinade. Marinade for four hours in the fridge. Remove chicken from marinade and grill. Serve with lime slices.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 340, Calories from Fat: 124, Fat: 14 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 1309 mg, Potassium: 426 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 49 g.

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Company News: Spirit of Christmas Food Drive provides meals for over 16,000 families


TYLER, Texas, Jan. 7, 2015 – The results are in – more than 16,000 families throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas received a week’s worth of food this holiday season through Brookshire Grocery Company’s 33rd annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive.

From Nov. 19 – Dec. 20, participating BGC stores (which includes Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores and FRESH by Brookshire’s) collected donations of non-perishable food items and also sold pre-assembled “grab bags” and scan coupons for cash contributions. All donations stayed within each store’s community.

In total, approximately 500,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to local service organizations and food pantries for distribution to families in need. In addition, more than $41,000 from scan coupon sales was used to purchase additional food items. Along with a box of food, each family also received a coupon for a free roasting hen, courtesy of Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods.

“The goal for our 2014 Spirit of Christmas Food Drive was to provide a week’s worth of food to approximately 15,000 families throughout our market area,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers, we were able to surpass that goal and assist even more families during the holiday season. This event would not be successful without the support of the local agencies we work with to eliminate hunger in our communities.”

The Spirit of Christmas Food Drive began in Tyler in 1982 with the Rose City Kiwanis Club, providing assistance to approximately 90 families in the Tyler area. In 2013, the food drive assisted more than 14,000 families in BGC’s operating area.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Claves para Estar Animados


Claves para Estar AnimadosNo sé si ustedes, pero yo no amanezco con el mismo ánimo todos los días. Cada vez que abro los ojos en las mañanas puedo saber cómo me siento… He aprendido también que la actitud que tomemos frente a nuestra realidad puede determinar si vamos a tener un buen día o no. Cuando no descansamos lo suficiente, no nos alimentamos bien, o estamos estresados y con problemas,  en muy fácil estar malhumorados y desanimados. Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes algunas de las cosas que yo trato de hacer para que mis días cambien de color y se conviertan en oportunidades para ser feliz. Lo primero que yo hago es recordarme siempre que la felicidad no es una meta sino un estilo de vida que trato de practicar, a pesar de las dificultades. Cada día trato de pensar en lo positivo, la bendiciones y no me enfoco en lo negativo. Antes de poner los pies fuera de mi cama pienso “Hoy va a ser un gran día” y lo declaro, luego le doy gracias a Dios por un día más. Otras de las cosas que les ayudara a mantener el ánimo arriba y la energía positiva son:

  • Relaciónese con los demás, familia, amigos, compañeros de trabajo, sus vecinos, la comunidad. El compartir con otros nos enriquece y nos alegra el corazón, sobre todo asegúrese que sean gente positiva. Hace poco estuve de reposo por una semana porque tuve una cirugía, así que estuve obligada a quedarme en casa y a no hacer nada sino descansar y hablar por teléfono con todas mis amadas amigas y familia que estuvieron pendientes de mí… Que alegría me causo hablar y estar en contacto con ellas. A veces las ocupaciones diarias nos alejan de los otros.
  • Siéntase feliz con lo que hace, procure tener un trabajo o hacer algo que disfrute. Que cada día usted se sienta contento y útil con lo que haga.
  • Mantenga esa autoestima en alto. Quiérase, mírese en el espejo y ámese. Consiéntase. Disfrute de cada etapa de su vida.  Imagínense que a mí me están gustando mis arruguitas y estos kilitos de más…
  • Mantenga una dieta equilibrada, duerma lo suficiente, medite, relájese, váyase de vacaciones, cambie de ambiente y rompa la rutina de vez en cuando.
  • Haga una lista de todas esas cosas que usted disfruta, por ejemplo a mí me encanta leer, escuchar música, bailar, pasear, así que yo sé que debo darle prioridad a estas cosas para sentirme feliz. Si no lo hago me comienzo a sentir triste o frustrada. Así que  saque tiempo de donde sea para esto.
  • Sonría porque esto mejora el estado de ánimo, está comprobado por los médicos que reír mejora el sistema inmunológico. Vea películas que le hagan reír a carcajadas, rodéese de gente chistosa. La risa es contagiosa y produce felicidad. Así que a reír.
  • Mueva el esqueleto… Haga ejercicios y baile… Esto lo aprendí porque tenía amigas que sufrían de depresión y sus psicólogos las mandaban a patinar, a hacer Zumba o a correr y yo me preguntaba el por qué. Y descubrí que al ejercitarnos o movernos, nuestro cuerpo libera endorfinas y su vez estimula la creación de dopamina, estas dos hormonas generan una sensación de felicidad. Yo no soy muy deportista que digamos, pero me encanta y me fascina bailar así que bendito sea el que invento la Zumba…
  • Relájate, tranquilízate y respire profundo (Inhala y exhale), parece mentira pero a veces estamos tan ocupados y estresados que hasta nos olvidamos de tomar pausa u respirar correctamente. Respirar oxigena nuestro cerebro y nuestro organismo en general generando bienestar.
  • Tomar sol también es importante para mantener buen ánimo. Los rayos del sol son los que estimulan la vitamina D3 en nuestro cuerpo y está comprobado que la carencia de esta vitamina produce depresión, ya que ésta estimula la parte del cerebro que mejora el estado de ánimo. ¡Ya yo entiendo porque cuando voy a la playa y tomo sol, me siento más feliz que nunca!
  • Organízate, planifica, crea prioridades y te vas a evitar estar ansiosa, preocupada y estresada… Hacer esto te va a estimular y ayudar a mantener el buen ánimo.
  • Ayuda al prójimo, haz cosas por los demás. Dar no necesariamente significa cosas materiales, sino de toda índole. Esto siempre nos va a llenar de sentimientos positivos. Sentirnos útiles nos hace más felices.
  • Explore, busque, investigue, aprenda cosas nuevas, maravíllese, asómbrese. Que un día no se parezca a otro hace que la vida sea más interesante. Estas cosas nos nutren y producen energía positiva. La vida es bella y está llena de cosas que nos pueden hacer inmensamente felices.
  • Organiza tu espacio, decora con colores que te gusten y disfruta tu entorno. Rodéate de fotos e imagines que te recuerden momentos felices o de gente a quien ames. Yo pase la mayor parte de mi día en mi escritorio así que estoy rodeada de fotos de mis seres queridos, pensamientos positivos, versículos bíblicos, flores y por supuesto una foto de mi Hermosa ciudad natal de Caracas, a veces la miro, recuerdo y sonrío…

Espero que estos consejos los ayuden a mantener ese ánimo siempre arriba y dibujar cada día una sonrisota en sus rostros… ¡Que la gente que los rodea se sienta contagiada!



HEALTHY LIVING: Chicken Avocado Burritos


Chicken Avocado BurritosIt’s that time of year.

You know what time! That time when we all try to get healthy again and renew our commitment to fitness and proper nutrition.

If you’re like me, you work at it hard for the first few weeks, but then slack off. I think the secret is moderation, at least it is for me. If I eat nothing but salads for weeks on end, I promise you I’m going to end up binging on the biggest plate of Mexican food known to man. So, I take it slowly. I try to eat healthier versions of the things I love, like the burritos. You can even bake them instead to save having to use the extra oil. You can cut back on the cheese and use low-fat sour cream, as well. I never recommend using low-fat cheese. It doesn’t melt right and leaves a weird aftertaste, in my opinion. Just use less of it.

The avocado provides heart-healthy fats and the chicken, of course, is lean protein.

Chicken Avocado Burritos
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs mustard
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
1 avocado, diced
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
4 large tortillas
4 Tbs sour cream
1 Tbs oil

Directions:
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan. Place chicken breasts sprinkled with salt and pepper in pan, and roast for about 5 minutes on each side. Spread 1 tablespoon mustard over each chicken breast, add about 1/4 cup water and cook covered for a few more minutes.

Cut cooked chicken into thin strips. Mix the chicken, cheese, cilantro and the diced avocados.

Spread 1 tablespoon sour cream on each tortilla; add 1/4 of the mixture then form a roll.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil into a pan and place all four tortillas on the pan. Cook for 2 minutes on medium- high heat. Flip on the other side; cook for another 2 minutes or until the tortillas are golden.

Serve warm.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 390, Calories from Fat: 220, Fat: 24 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 130 mg, Potassium: 518 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 0.7 g, Protein: 28 g.

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Product Talk: Owens Smoked Sausage Kolaches


Owens Smoked Sausage KolachesBack in my grad school days, I lived within striking distance of West, Texas. Not to be confused with the geographic region, West is a town as well-known for West Fest and The Czech Stop as it is for being the scene of a tragic fertilizer plant explosion a few years ago.

West, Texas, was settled by people of Czechoslovakian descent, and arguably the best food in town is to be had at The Czech Stop.

While it looks like a gas station (admittedly, it’s next to one), The Czech Stop serves up the very best authentic, homemade kolaches in the state of Texas.

Southerners call kolaches by different names: kolaches or pigs in a blanket, usually. The very best ones are in West.

I tried to duplicate them myself but failed miserably until I happened upon Bob Evans’ Owens Smoked Sausage Kolaches in the frozen foods aisle of Brookshire’s, near the breakfast foods.

A tender sausage link is encased in a mass of flaky doughiness for a heavenly treat that’s easy to heat in a toaster oven or microwave for a quick breakfast or snack. They could easily be a main dish or a party staple as well. Owens sausage, with its world-renown, gives these kolaches a full-bodied flavor that would be enviable in certain other cities.

My son eats them, along with Greek yogurt, every morning.

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Dine In: Egg Roulade


Egg RouladeI don’t know about you, but I’ve pretty much had my fill of rich foods, creamy dips, cheesy appetizers and food laden with calories and fat this holiday season. I’m ready for some simple fare that’s filling and delicious, without breaking the belt!

This recipe for egg roulade, like a big, rolled up omelet, fits the bill perfectly. I tried it not too long ago for a brunch and knew I wanted to make it again for a simple Friday supper. Serve it with a salad and a glass of sauvignon blanc.

You can swap out the filling ingredients in this dish; just be sure to keep your choices light. If you don’t have prosciutto on hand, use thinly sliced ham.

My kids LOVED this, and it easily serves a crowd.

Egg Roulade Stuffed with Prosciutto, Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers
Serves 8

Ingredients:
5 Tbs unsalted butter, plus extra
6 Tbs all purpose flour, plus extra
1 1/4 cups whole milk, warmed
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
6 large egg whites, room temperature
pinch of cream of tartar
2 Tbs olive oil
10 oz baby spinach
1 tsp garlic, minced
8 oz fontina or Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated (about 2 cups)
3 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced
3/4 cup roasted red peppers, cut into thin strips

Directions:
Heat oven to 350° F. Use a bit of butter to lightly coat a 15 x 10-inch rimmed baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with kitchen parchment paper, leaving about an inch hanging over each of the pan’s shorter sides. Lightly butter the parchment. Sprinkle the parchment paper with a bit of flour, then tilt the pan and tap gently to spread the flour. Discard any excess.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the 5 tablespoons of butter. Add the 6 tablespoons of flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the milk in a stream while whisking, and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking the entire time. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and whisk in the egg yolks one at a time. Stir in the salt and pepper.

In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar and a pinch of salt until they form soft peaks. Stir a quarter of the whites into the yolk mixture, then fold in the rest, gently but thoroughly. Pour the batter into the prepared sheet pan and carefully smooth with a metal spatula.

Bake on the oven’s middle shelf, rotating the pan after 7 minutes. Bake for another 7 to 8 minutes, or until golden and firm to the touch. Set the pan on a rack to cool slightly. Increase the oven to 375° F.

While the roulade is baking, in a large skillet over high heat, heat the oil. Add half of the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to wilt. Add the remaining spinach and cook until all the spinach has wilted. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a colander to drain, pressing lightly on the spinach to drain any excess liquid. Season with salt and pepper.

Use a bit of butter to lightly coat one side of a sheet of kitchen parchment paper that’s cut to the same size as the egg sponge. Place the parchment, buttered-side down, onto the top of the sponge. Cover with a damp kitchen towel, then carefully invert the sponge onto a work surface. Peel off the parchment from the top of the sponge.

Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the sponge, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Top the cheese with the prosciutto in an even layer, followed by the spinach. Arrange the red pepper strips in one line down the center (starting and ending at the short sides).

Starting with one of the longer sides, use the towel to help roll up the sponge, enclosing the filling in jelly roll-fashion. Carefully pick up the roulade and place it seam-side down on the baking sheet. Bake it in the middle of the oven until the cheese has melted, about 8 to 10 minutes. Use a serrated knife to cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 340, Calories from Fat: 230, Fat: 26 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 160 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 17 g, Sodium: 770 mg.

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Family Matters: Taming the Teeth Tantrums


Taming the Teeth TantrumsEven before your baby has teeth, you need to be thinking about their oral health.

When they still have their gummy grins, begin rubbing a soft cloth, or a brush made especially for babies, gently over their gums to get them accustomed to the sensation of having their “teeth brushed.” You don’t have to use toothpaste; just gently rub their gums.

When they do have teeth, use a small toothbrush with soft bristles, or a special brush you wear on your finger, to get your toddler’s teeth clean. Don’t use adult toothpaste, though. Find a brand specially made for babies and toddlers.

When we hit the toddler years, it was so hard to get my children to stand still long enough to brush their teeth. Plus, they hated when I did it and wanted to do it THEMSELVES (insert foot stomping and general churlishness here). To combat the teeth brushing tantrums, each boy had their own toothbrush they could hold while I was brushing their teeth. Then, when I was done, it was their turn. They also loved the little sand timers that help you know how long to brush. They were so mesmerized by the sand that they’d forget to focus on how long it was taking me to brush their teeth. Spin brushes were another lifesaver. While they weren’t the primary toothbrush, they were fun enough to distract the boys while I brushed their teeth thoroughly.

Good luck!

TIP: When your baby is a toddler, he likely wants to feed himself. Pick out the appropriate utensils to make this task easier. Utensils with handles with a special texture or shape or those with chunky handles with rubber grips make it simpler for little hands to pick up and grip.



Family Matters: Going All-natural


Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets I’m always very aware and very cautious about what I’m putting into my kids’ bodies, and this was especially true when they were babies.

I was first introduced to Hyland’s products when my first son started teething, and he needed relief. Let’s be honest: I needed relief, too.

I turned to an experienced mom whose parenting philosophies were pretty much in line with my own for advice, and she recommended Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets.

Hyland’s makes homeopathic remedies for babies and kids. Homeopathic is really just a fancy word for “natural.”

According to the Hyland’s website, the product line was started by pharmacist George Hyland in 1903, driven by the notion that the body can call upon its own natural defenses to heal and restore balance.

Homeopathic medicine has been around for a long time, and it’s great to put to use for children and babies because there are no harmful side effects or drawbacks to trying these methods.

Hyland’s teething tablets reduced the pain of cutting teeth for my son and the stress of his discomfort for me. I loved that I could rest assured that what I was putting into his body was natural.

TIP: In addition to using a homeopathic remedy for teething, try dampening a very soft washcloth and putting it in the freezer for a little while. It will be cold enough to help soothe baby but not frozen so solid that it would irritate baby’s gums.



Family Matters: Going Green


Going GreenI was one of those moms who was determined that my child would only eat the healthiest of organic foods.

That went pretty well until he went on a hunger strike. That aside, for many months he did only eat the healthiest foods, and his introduction to solid foods started with avocado.

Avocado is a great first food. I started my older son at four months but then backed off until six months, as he still had a bit of a gag reflex and couldn’t handle solids very well. Four months is the earliest pediatricians recommend introducing solids, and six months is about average for American babies.

At six months after whetting his appetite with rice cereal, I mashed an avocado and let him try it. He loved it. His baby bird mouth opened time and time again, and I had to mash the second half of the fruit as he devoured the first portion quickly.

Avocado is mild. It’s easily mashed or cut into small pieces, and it’s easy for baby to eat.

Plus, it’s chock full of nutrients.

Avocados provide baby with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are the heart-healthy fats. Avocados also contribute almost 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds to baby’s diet. Baby can eat it plain, mashed or mixed in with cereal, bananas or other first foods.

TIP: Not all babies can tolerate baby wipes; they give some children a rash. It’s perfectly fine to use a damp washcloth or a wet paper towel as well!



SHOP THE SALE: Slow Cooker Carne Asada


Slow Cooker Carne AsadaThere’s frequently nothing better than having a big pan of tender, delicious meat sitting around.

At least, that’s what my friend, Rosa, and her mother, Mama Rosa, believe.

Whenever you go to their house, there is something good cooking, something that smells delicious and makes you gravitate immediately to the kitchen, like a tractor beam is pulling you in and you can’t resist. Really, you can’t resist. As they say in Star Trek, “Resistance is futile.”

The two Rosas (mother has lived with daughter for the better part of 20 years), are a culinary juggernaut. They had a restaurant for a short time until Juan, Mama’s husband and Rosa’s father, died at an early age.

Ever since then, they’ve been cooking in their home.

They usually do this dish in the oven, but even Mama will tell you that it’s too hot to turn on the oven that long during the summer months.

The slow cooker works just as well, and you actually get a juicier product. In fact, I had to drain some of the juice (but best believe I saved it) last time I made enchiladas out of this delicious carne asada!

Chuck roast is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so don’t fear if you’re making a huge amount. It freezes well, too.

Slow Cooker Carne Asada
Serves 10

Ingredients:
1 (10.5 oz) can beef broth
3 diced tomatoes
2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lb chuck roast
2 Tbs ground cumin
2 Tbs chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, salt and black pepper.

Rub it onto chuck roast. Place in a slow cooker.

Place onions, garlic, tomatoes and jalapeños in slow cooker with the meat.

Pour broth over meat and vegetables.

Cook on low setting for 8 hours or overnight.

Shred meat with a fork. Serve in enchiladas, tacos and other dishes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 229, Calories from Fat: 75, Fat: 8 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 92 mg, Sodium: 661 mg, Potassium: 482 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 32 g

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