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Healthy Living: Skinny Buffalo Chicken Soup


Skinny Buffalo Chicken SoupAs winter fades into spring, it reminds me that bathing suit season is right around the corner. “Hooray,” said no one, ever.

All joking aside, it also reminds me that I should be thinking about bathing suit season all year long, but my overall health is more important than how I’ll look in a bathing suit.

This soup combines the flavors of my favorite food in a healthy form. To eliminate even more calories and fat, use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in place of the rotisserie chicken, and poach or roast then shred before use.

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
2 lb rotisserie chicken, cooked and shredded
3 Tbs dry ranch dressing mix
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 lb carrots, sliced
6 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
1 Tbs butter
1 cup Frank’s RedHot® Sauce
chopped green onions and bleu cheese crumbles, for garnish

Directions:
Boil cauliflower in stockpot with water, ranch seasoning, chicken broth and chicken stock until very tender, approximately 10 minutes.

While cauliflower is cooking, sauté carrots, celery and onions with the butter. Cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are fork-tender.

Using an immersion blender, blend the cauliflower into a puree in the stockpot. It should blend completely and form a thicker base for the soup. Add the hot sauce and stir.

Add the celery, carrots and onions to the stockpot and stir.

Stir in chicken and let cook on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes

Serve hot with green onions and bleu cheese as garnish (optional).

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 436, Calories from Fat: 188, Fat: 21 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 140 mg, Sodium: 2257 mg, Potassium: 772 mg, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 38 g

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Product Talk: Swanson Chicken Stock


Spanish RiceOf course, you can make soup with chicken stock, but it’s also really good in rice!

I’d always searched for a Spanish rice recipe that was like the kind you get when you eat in a Mexican restaurant, but hadn’t had any luck, until now.

The chicken stock adds a rich flavor to this rice but so does toasting the rice before adding the stock. You start this rice almost like you would a risotto, but the cooking method is different. It still produces a flavorful, rich finished product with a nutty taste and full flavor.

The chicken stock permeates the rice and gives it a great taste.

Spanish Rice

Ingredients:
3 Tbs butter
1 lb long-grain rice
1/3 cup onions, finely chopped
32 oz Swanson Chicken Stock
1/2 cup picante sauce

Directions:
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add raw rice and stir to coat. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice begins to toast. Add onions. Stir frequently until onions become translucent. Add chicken stock and picante sauce. Cover pan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and leave pan on the burner for 18 minutes. Do not open the lid.

Remove from burner, fluff rice and let rest. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 260, Calories from Fat: 43, Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 344 mg, Potassium: 73 mg, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 6 g

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Dine In: Quick Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls


Quick Cheesy Garlic Crescent RollsI think I’ve mentioned before that my boyfriend loves all things meat and potatoes. The problem, sometimes, is finding things to go with meat and potatoes, or as my sons say, “sides.”

“What sides are we having with the steak tonight, Mom?” is an example of a frequently asked question at my house. Even if dinner is a slow cooker or one-dish meal, they want to know what “sides” will be served to complement the main dish.

Their favorite side dish usually comes in the form of bread or rolls. They love garlic bread, cornbread, homemade beer bread, rolls with butter and really any kind of bread you could name.

I knew we’d end up making this recipe when I saw it was a combination of bread…and CHEESE. Now, it had all their favorite ingredients.

Plus, it’s quick and easy to make. They can pretty much do it themselves. It’s a delicious side dish (just don’t forget the vegetables) for a stay-at-home-meal on a Friday night.

Quick Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls
Makes 8

Ingredients:
1 pkg Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
4 units string cheese, cut in half
4 Tbs garlic, minced
4 Tbs butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat oven according to crescent roll package directions.

Unroll each crescent roll. Spread with about 1/2 tablespoon of minced garlic. Place a string cheese half on the long end, roll up and place in pan. Try to cover as much of the cheese as possible. Repeat with remaining cheese, garlic and rolls. Melt butter; pour over rolls in pan. Bake until golden-brown. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 197, Calories from Fat: 133, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 23 mg, Sodium: 372 mg, Potassium: 19 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 4 g

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Family Matters: “Me Time” for Mommy


“Me Time” for MommyWhoooo weeeeee, those first six months of baby’s life are quite the ride.

You’re exhausted beyond all possible endurance, your body is doing all kinds of amazing – and weird – things that you weren’t expecting and another human is attached to you at almost all times.

You wouldn’t trade it for the world, but you still need a break.

“Me time” is good for new mothers. It makes you a better parent, gives you some respite from your rapidly changing world, and refreshes and rejuvenates you.

Getting “me time” in can be as simple as taking a long bath. Don’t just let it be a bath; make it a spa experience with scented body washes from the personal hygiene aisle at Brookshire’s. Treat yourself to your favorite scent and soak away. Or, add about 1/4 cup Epsom salts to your bath, sprinkle in your favorite essential oil and relax. Give yourself a facial at the same time by mixing oats with raw honey and placing slices of cucumbers over your eyes to help the bags (yes, you probably have them, we all did).

“Me time” can also come in the form of finding a quiet corner (let Dad be in charge of baby!) and reading your favorite book or magazine with a cup of Brookshire’s Best Coffee.

Make time for your favorite hobby. Mine, at the time my boys were little, was scrapbooking with actual paper, scissors and glue! I would spend any free time I had at my work table, happily creating new designs. Is your hobby sewing? Make time for 30 minutes a day for that. Do you love crossword puzzles or yoga? Make sure to schedule time for yourself.

Whatever it is, from a monthly Girls’ Night Out or Bunco game to quiet time to rest and recharge, make “Me Time” a priority!



Family Matters: Get More Dairy


Get More DairyOnce your baby is about six months old, they’re ready for more dairy in their diet.

Now remember, this does not include cow’s milk (save that until baby is one year old), but it can include things like yogurt, cheese or baked goods.

Yogurt is a great way for baby to get calcium and the “bacteria” in yogurt that is good for digestion. Yogurt is also a great way for babies to get the fat they need. Choose a Greek yogurt that is high in calcium and protein. Stay away from varieties with artificial sweeteners.

Cheese is another good way to get dairy into baby’s diet, starting at about 8 months. Small cubes of cheese that they can chew or gum on are a good way to snack and to practice fine motor skills. Mozzarella cheese sticks or string cheese is good, too. You can also make cheese toast with American cheese and whole-grain bread. Mac and cheese with whole-wheat elbow macaroni is a good choice, too.

Using cow’s milk in baked goods is just fine for baby. Banana bread, zucchini bread or biscuits are a great start.



Family Matters: Savvy Snacking on the Go


Savvy Snacking on the GoThere are lots of great ways to keep your toddler healthy and happy, and his belly full when you’re on the go. Savvy snacking doesn’t have to be complicated. Just pack a few of these essentials.

Dried fruit – Raisins, dried mangos, banana chips, prunes, dried apricots and dried cherries all make great snack choices.

Kale chips – What a great way to get your toddler to eat greens! Easy to make at home, these are a fabulous alternative to processed foods.

Granola bars – There are plenty of great recipes out there for homemade varieties, or buy something like KIND for your toddler’s nutritional needs.

Roasted chickpeas – My boys used to love these, and I couldn’t help but sneak a few from their baggie, too. Again, these are also easy to make at home, adding the seasonings your little one likes.

Sweet potato chips – Another great idea for a snacking powerhouse and super simple to make.

Homemade fruit leathers – Yummy, fun and highly portable (just stock a few wipes for sticky hands).

Homemade beef jerky – You control what goes in, so you know your little one is getting maximum nutrition and a ton of protein.

Cold grilled cheese – Why not?

Cereals – Look for a whole-grain variety that’s easy for your toddler to pick up.

Applesauce or fruit sauces – Homemade or from the store without added sugars.

Fruit – Sturdy fruits like bananas, apples and pears are easy to toss into the diaper bag.

String cheese – A great snack and a good way to get more dairy into your child’s diet.



Shop the Sale: Bacon-Wrapped Hormel Ham


Bacon-Wrapped Hormel HamI always host Easter Sunday at my house. Since I don’t have family in the area, it usually means my adopted family comes for the day. My adopted family includes the people from my Sunday school class and their children.

The number of guests usually multiplies faster than bunnies, so I need a simple supper that can feed a crowd with little fuss.

Hormel hams are the way to go.

They are pre-cooked, so you REALLY don’t have to do anything to them if you don’t want to. However, dressing them up a little bit doesn’t take much time or effort, and the results are quite dazzling and crowd-pleasing, if I do say so myself.

That leaves you time to dye eggs, hunt for eggs, and visit with friends and family.

Hormel hams are on sale, just in time for the holiday.

Bacon-Wrapped Hormel Ham

Ingredients:
1 Hormel Cure 81 ham, any size (about 1/2 lb per person)
1 pkg Hormel Black Label bacon

Directions:
Place the cut surface of the Cure 81 ham face-down in a baking pan or cast iron skillet, and add one cup of water.

Take a package of Hormel Black Label bacon, weave it together on a separate plate and flip the plate upside down over the ham so the weave covers the ham.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil, and bake the ham at 325° F for 15 minutes per pound.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 574, Calories from Fat: 318, Fat: 35 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 171 mg, Sodium: 3831 mg, Potassium: 864 mg, Carbohydrates: 9.2 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 52 g

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Mi Blog Hispano: Tocarte Puede Salvar Tu Vida


Tocarte Puede Salvar Tu VidaEl tema del cáncer de seno no es agradable para nadie. Yo sé, que la mayoría de nosotros, hombres o mujeres, hemos tenido que experimentar, conocer a alguien o tener algún familiar que haya sufrido de cáncer de seno. En muchos casos esta historia ha sido victoriosa y en otras lamentablemente no.

El cáncer de seno es una de las causas de muerte más altas en las mujeres, aunque en los últimos tiempos las estadísticas de mortalidad han descendido por las campañas de detección precoz ya que muchas mujeres han aprendido la importancia del autoexamen, como dicen por allí que “Tocarte” puede salvarte.

Yo tengo el testimonio de mi madre quien es sobreviviente de cáncer. Hace 22 años, ella recibió el diagnostico de un cáncer de seno a los 41 años, bastante agresivo y avanzado, pero que gracias a Dios que ella pudo sanarse. El tipo de cáncer de seno de mi madre fue un tipo de cáncer inflamatorio y ella se dio cuenta porque se le inflamo y enrojeció una de sus mamas y a través de una biopsia y mamografía se pudo detectar y actuar rápidamente. Aquí está la clave de la supervivencia, no se puede esperar, porque hay tipos de cáncer que avanzan rápidamente y estamos hablando de que las horas y los días cuentan.

La sociedad Anticancerosa Americana, sugiere que desde los 20 años las jóvenes comiencen a realizarse los autoexámenes y a partir de los 40 años las mujeres comiencen a realizarse una mamografía al anual. En mi caso por los antecedentes familiares yo comencé temprano a hacerme las mamografías y a siempre tocarme y estar atenta.

El mejor momento para realizarse el autoexamen es de tres a cinco días después del comienzo del periodo, ya que las mamas no están tan sensibles. Se debe estar pendiente al tocarte u observarte frente al espejo de que no se sienta o se vea ninguna anomalía, mientras lo hagas con más frecuencia aprenderás a conocerte y a notar cualquier diferencia. Esta diferencia puede ser en la piel, el pezón, secreciones anormales, bultos o protuberancias, cambios en el tamaño o la figura.

Se recomienda que las personas se acuesten boca arriba para examinarse, colocando la mano derecha detrás de la cabeza, con los dedos del medio de la mano izquierda presiona la mama derecha suave pero con firmeza hacienda movimientos pequeños. Asegúrese de examinar toda el área, yendo hacia abajo hasta las costillas y hacia arriba hasta llegar a la clavícula.

Cuando estés sentada o parada, tócate en el área de la axila también. Presiona los pezones para asegurarte que no hay ningún tipo de secreción y repite todo con el seno izquierdo. Párate frente al espejo con los brazos a los lados, observa si hay algún cambio de textura, color o forma. Levanta los brazos y vuelve a observar.

Recuerda que tu control y mamografía anual son importantes. Una buena alimentación y ejercicios pueden evitar el cáncer al igual que tratar de disminuir el stress. Y lo más importante es saber que una detección temprana de esta enfermedad puede salvar tu vida o la de tus seres queridos así que comparte esta información y TÓCATE.



Healthy Living: Dates


DatesA friend of mine just returned from a trip to China, and she brought back packaged, dried dates. She gave me a handful, colorfully wrapped in cellophane with mysterious Chinese characters on them. She said she ate them all through her trip for extra energy, to avoid hunger pains and for something healthy in a foreign land.

Dried dates are sold at Brookshire’s, too.

Dates are a healthy way to incorporate fiber and antioxidants into your diet.

Dates can give you relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer and many other conditions.

Dates are good for gaining weight also, if you need to bulk up.

Dates are rich in several vitamins and minerals, and they contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Eat them as a snack food to stay full and feel full of energy.



Product Talk: Ultra Thin Crust Pizza


Brookshire's Ultra Thin Crust PizzaIt happens about once a month.

I get an intense craving for Brookshire’s Ultra Thin Crust Pizza. I could eat the whole thing by myself. (I don’t, but I could.)

The ultra thin crust pizzas, found with the frozen pizzas in the store, are my absolute favorite. They cook quickly in about 9 minutes (which is faster than going through the drive-thru at most local eateries), and they are so delicious that you’d think your oven had just transformed into a wood-fired, outdoor hearth in the heart of Rome.

The ultra thin crust is like a crispy cracker, but it’s still firm enough to support a savory tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and lots of pepperoni (both chunks and slices).

I gave into my craving last night, and it was so worth it!

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