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Healthy Living: Truvía Sweetener


Cranberry-Orange Muffins Made with Truvía SweetenerYou know the expression “sweet as sugar?” Well, this is but without the calories!

Truvía® Natural Sweetener continues to serve as a great-tasting, zero-calorie sugar substitute for people looking to reduce calories and/or sugar in their diets. That’s me! That’s me!

Truvía® is made from the stevia plant, which grows naturally. The extract comes from the leaves of the stevia plant, which was discovered hundreds of years ago in Paraguay and has been used worldwide for decades. Truvía® stevia leaf extract is a high-purity and consistent sweetener containing the best-tasting parts of the stevia leaf.

Truvía® sweeteners were created to help people maintain a balanced lifestyle while retaining the same sweetness they love in their beverages and recipes. Thank goodness for products like this, where you can still enjoy a treat without breaking the calorie bank.

To learn more about Truvía® Natural Sweetener, be sure to check out truvia.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Truvia. You’ll also find lots of great-tasting, reduced-calorie Truvía® brand recipes to try at truvia.com/recipes.

Cranberry-Orange Muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1⁄3 cup Truvía® Baking Blend
1 Tbs orange zest
1⁄2 cup Brookshire’s orange juice
2 Brookshire’s eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup skim milk
1 1⁄2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen), chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F.

Prepare muffin tin by using paper liners or greasing cups.

In a large bowl, add baking powder, flour, salt and baking soda. Mix together with a fork.

In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, Truvía® Baking Blend, orange zest, eggs, orange juice, vanilla and milk.

Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.

Fold in chopped cranberries and fill each muffin cup about 3⁄4 full.

Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean (20 to 25 minutes).

Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 190, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 50 mg, Sodium: 210 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 4 g

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Product Talk: Food Club +H20


Food Club +H20Drink more water!

We all know we should, but if you’re like me, you don’t really get all the water you need.

A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluids every day. Some adults may need more or less, depending on how healthy they are, how much they exercise, and how hot and dry the climate is.

One thing that makes getting all your water easier is Food Club +H20. It’s a flavoring you can add to your glass of water to give it flavor without adding a lot of extra stuff that negates the health benefits of drinking water.

At five calories per serving, six packets of drink mix makes 12 quarts of water.

It comes in flavors such as Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Tea, Peach Tea and more!

Just a quick stir and your water is transformed into a yummy beverage, but it still counts as water!



Dine In: Chicken Parmesan Sliders


Chicken Parmesan SlidersThere is nothing I love more than coming home to a meal completed in the slow cooker, except maybe if it’s coming home to an ITALIAN meal completed in the slow cooker.

I also love when I find a classic recipe that’s been repurposed (especially for a slow cooker).

This Chicken Parmesan Slider recipe is one of those.

Classic Chicken Parmesan is pounded, tenderized, breaded, pan-fried and broiled with Mama’s red sauce then finished with some parmesan cheese.

In this recipe, the breading becomes a slider roll. The tomato sauce is mixed in with the chicken, and I see nothing wrong with adding a bit of provolone (warming it just heightens the flavor profile) to the dish. If you don’t care for provolone, you can swap for mozzarella.

The best part about this dish is that it’s ready when you walk in the door from work. It’s not your traditional chicken parmesan, but then again, it’s not supposed to be.

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Ingredients:
8 slider rolls
4 chicken breasts
1 cup marinara sauce
2 Tbs garlic, minced
4 slices provolone cheese, halved
8 oz parmesan cheese, divided

Directions:
Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Top with garlic and marinara sauce. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. (can be done in advance) Shred chicken with two forks, leaving it in the marinara sauce.

Preheat broiler to low. Halve slider rolls. Top with about 3 tablespoons of chicken mixture, then top with provolone and parmesan.

Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 857, Calories from Fat: 354, Fat: 39 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 182 mg, Sodium: 1758 mg, Potassium: 568 mg, Carbohydrates: 53 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 73 g



Company News: Brookshire’s in Minden officially reopens after renovations


Brookshire’s in Minden officially reopens after renovationsMINDEN, Louisiana, May 21, 2015 – Grand reopening activities began today at the remodeled Brookshire’s in Minden, located at 205 Homer Road. Mayor Tommy Davis, Chamber of Commerce President Jerri Ray de Pingré and Brookshire Grocery Co. Chairman of the Board Brad Brookshire addressed the crowd at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Store Director Mark Sandefur also presented charitable donations to the United Christian Association Program, Minden High School and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals.

Renovations began in October on the now 31,690-square-foot store, which included the addition of 330 square feet to allow for a new storefront and relocated entrance, new customer restrooms, a new customer service office and a new employee training room. Several departments throughout the store were also updated including the bakery, which features freshly baked breads and custom cakes, and the deli, where customers will find an expanded gourmet cheese case, convenient ready-to-eat meals and quality deli meats and cheeses sliced to order. The expanded produce department now features a wide variety of organic items and fresh locally grown produce, along with fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. In the market, customers can purchase meat that is cut fresh daily, with special cuts available upon request.

Other improvements include new paint, décor and signage, new check stands, a new floral display area and environmentally friendly features such as polished concrete flooring, which requires fewer cleaning agents, and an automated lighting control system.

The Minden location, along with all other Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores, also features the NuVal nutritional scoring system. With NuVal, thousands of items throughout the store are scored on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher an item’s NuVal score, the better the nutrition. Customers can use this at-a-glance program to easily determine the overall nutritional value of products and make informed decisions.

“Brookshire’s has served the Minden community since 1997, and we are proud to invest in updating this facility to better serve our customers,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “We are excited about our increased product offerings and services and hope to provide the residents here an even better food and shopping experience for many years to come.”

The grand opening festivities will continue throughout the following weeks with special promotions. Through May 24, the first 500 customers will receive a free item coupon each day starting at 8am. In addition, for a limited time customers can earn $5 off their grocery purchase of $50 or more in a single transaction (some exclusions apply). More special offers will be featured in-store, in the weekly grocery ads and via email.

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Family Matters: Zesty Strawberries


Zesty Strawberries  Looking for a simple, refreshing and absolutely delicious dessert for summer? This recipe is great for family gatherings, weddings, showers, church events…or just a special treat for your family. Fresh strawberries are in season, and though they are sweet by themselves, why not add a little zest to make them even more of a treat. This recipe is one that I recently enjoyed at an event and then decided to make for Mother’s Day, and they were a hit with the family and friends.

Summer is a great time to plan family gatherings or picnics for the important people in your life. Try this simple and easy recipe, and add some “zest” to your family gathering that they will not soon forget. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family!

Key Lime-Filled Strawberries 

Ingredients:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
1 Tbs lime juice
1 lb fresh strawberries
zest of 1 lime (optional)

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, lime juice and lime zest. Place the creamed mixture in the refrigerator to chill. Carefully cut the strawberry tips and stems from the strawberries (be careful to not cut into the edges). Take a small spoon or metal 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon and hollow out the inside of the strawberries. Pipe or spoon the creamed filling into the strawberries and then refrigerate until ready to serve. These can be placed in the freezer for a few minutes to set the filling in case they tip over in the container. Additional lime juice may be added (up to 2 teaspoons) if more lime flavor is preferred.

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Shop the Sale: Campfire Burgers


Campfire BurgersFood always tastes better on a camping trip.

That’s my belief, and I’m sticking to it.

Last week’s camping trip was filled with mountain bike rides, a really long hike around the lake and one seriously long trek to the actual restroom facilities. Oh, then there was swimming and a paddle boat excursion, too.

I know two boys who were hungry. Ravenous, really.

The weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, warm sun and cool breezes. That plus a lot of physical activity made for a great day.

Then, there was dinner.

These “Campfire Burgers” are named as such for their smoky flavor and aroma.

I don’t know whether it was the starry night, the crackling fire or the ghost stories, but these tasted just about perfect.

If you want to get really fancy, add soaked hickory chips to your charcoal fire for an extra infusion of smokiness.

Angus ground chuck, which is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, is perfect to pack in your camping cooler.

*Note: You can caramelize the onions in advance and pack them in your cooler. Just reheat them when you’re ready to serve. The sauce can also be mixed up in advance. You can cook the bacon up at home, or fry a bunch at the campsite and save it for the next morning’s breakfast, too.

Campfire Burgers
Serves 4

Ingredients:

Caramelized Onions:
2 Tbs olive oil
1 large Vidalia onion, sliced
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Campfire Sauce:
1/4 cup regular mayonnaise
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/8 tsp liquid smoke

Burgers:
1 lb Angus ground chuck
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
4 hamburger buns

Directions:
Caramelized Onions:
Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions; season with salt and stir to coat with oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook for another 1­2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Campfire Sauce:
In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and liquid smoke until creamy. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Burgers:
In a large bowl, mix ground beef, cheese, bacon, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, salt and pepper until combined. Form into 4 equal-sized patties.

Preheat grill or skillet with olive oil over medium­-high heat. Add patties and cook for about 6­-7 minutes. Flip; cook for another 6-­7 minutes until cooked thoroughly.

Assemble burgers on toasted buns topped with caramelized onions and campfire sauce.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 591, Calories from Fat: 263, Fat: 29 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 128 mg, Sodium: 1324 mg, Potassium: 660 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 46 g

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Company News: BGC departs Monday for 10th Heroes Flight


BGC departs Monday for 10th Heroes FlightTYLER, Texas, May 20, 2015 – Brookshire Grocery Co. is gearing up to escort a group of 30 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., May 25-28 on its 10th Heroes Flight.

Provided by BGC at no cost to those selected for the trip, the Heroes Flight is designed to recognize WWII and Korean War veterans for their service and sacrifices and allows them to see the memorials built in their honor. Twenty BGC employees will also accompany the group as guardians.

In addition to visiting the WWII and Korean War memorials, the group will also be led on a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The veterans will also get to participate in the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Other points of interest will include the Washington Monument and the Air and Space Museum, along with the U.S. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Lincoln, Vietnam, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.

Once this trip is completed, BGC will have taken more than 300 WWII veterans to Washington, D.C, since establishing the Heroes Flight program in 2010.

“While we can never truly repay these heroes for the sacrifices they made to defend our freedoms, the Heroes Flight trips are just one way we can express our sincere gratitude,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “Most of the veterans have never had a chance to see their memorials, and we are thrilled to be able provide this opportunity once again for such a deserving group of people.”

Veterans selected for this trip are from towns throughout East Texas including Big Sandy, Bullard, Gilmer, Grand Saline, Henderson, Jefferson, Longview, Mineola, Omaha, Pittsburg, Rusk, Tyler, Van and Wills Point. A veteran from Shreveport, Louisiana, will also be participating.

A send-off event will begin at 12:15pm Monday at FRESH by Brookshire’s, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. Hot dogs and chips will be provided. The group is scheduled to return to FRESH on Thursday around 3:45pm The community is invited to send-off and welcome home the veterans.

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Company News: BGC supports tornado relief efforts in Van Zandt County


BGC supports tornado relief efforts in Van Zandt CountyTYLER, Texas, May 20, 2015 – Following the aftermath of the severe weather that affected communities in Van Zandt County, Brookshire Grocery Co. is showing its support for the disaster relief efforts, both in its stores and operations support areas.

“We Stand with Van” T-shirts are now available for purchase at Brookshire’s stores in Canton, Emory, Grand Saline, Lindale, Mineola, Tyler (Rice Road and Roseland Boulevard locations only), Van and Wills Point. The T-shirts cost $10, and all proceeds will be donated to support relief efforts in Van. In addition, customers may make monetary donations through $1 scan coupons purchased at the register. Funds from scan coupon sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist communities affected by the spring storms and tornadoes, which includes Van and other areas in Van Zandt County.

Along with the T-shirt and scan coupons sales, BGC has been assisting disaster relief efforts in several other ways. Corporately, BGC donated flashlights, can openers, baby food, brooms, trash bags, Gatorade, water and ice to local churches and relief agencies in Van for distribution among the community. The company also provided hot lunches for Van residents and volunteers throughout the week after the tornado struck the town.

In addition, hundreds of employees from surrounding Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores and corporate headquarters in Tyler have volunteered their time to help clean up debris, serve meals, raise money and sort clothing and other donated goods.

“Brookshire Grocery Company is committed to helping our communities in their times of need, especially when a disaster strikes,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “We will continue to help rebuild and restore the city of Van, which many of our employees call ‘home.’ Our hearts go out to all the people who were affected by the devastating storms in Van Zandt County.”

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Healthy Living: Best Pizza Sauce EVER


The other night, Paul and I made homemade pizza.

It was outstanding for many reasons, including the fact that we made our own crust, grew our own basil for garnish and topping, used fresh mozzarella for the cheese, and made a so-simple-you-won’t-believe-it-sauce for the fresh pie.

It all started when Paul gave me an autographed copy of a Julia Child cookbook. Autographed by hand not a stamp, mind you. I stroked the pages lovingly and did not let anyone touch it for days on end.

Until I wanted to read it, that is.

Paul got me the cookbook because he knew I LOVE cooking, and I LOVE to read cookbooks. This masterpiece was meant to be read.

The first recipe in the book was for pizza, an incredibly simple recipe that let all the ingredients shine.

Easiest of all was the sauce, which is a great base a child can have fun helping you make. It’s made with a can of fresh whole, peeled plum tomatoes with only a few extra ingredients. It’s bright, tasty, fresh and healthy.

This would also be good tossed with fresh pasta, ravioli or tortellini, or used on top of a bruschetta.

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:
1 (48 oz) can peeled Italian whole plum tomatoes
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper

Directions:
With your hands, crush tomatoes in a large bowl until pulverized. Add spices. Add olive oil, whisking until emulsified. Spread onto pizza crust; add toppings. Bake.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 149, Calories from Fat: 64, Fat: 7 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1231 mg, Potassium: 22 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 14 g

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Product Talk: Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts


Borden’s Grilled Cheese MeltsGrilled cheese isn’t only a comfort food; it’s a delicacy.

Yes, really.

There’s at least one restaurant in Austin, Texas, dedicated to nothing but grilled cheese. I hear they start at $15.

You can make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich much more cost-effectively in your own home.

It starts with Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts, individually wrapped slices of cheese specially formulated to melt blissfully into the buttery, bready goodness of your sandwich.

Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts are an American cheese food product designed to dissolve into melted goodness in your sandwich.

My little guy was sick last week, and he wanted grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. So when I ran to Brookshire’s after dropping his big brother off at school, I grabbed a package of these slices, knowing it would make lunchtime easier.

The slices were delicious, melting beautifully while maintaining tons of flavor, but we didn’t stop at your basic grilled cheese.

You see, a friend of mine had posted a recipe on social media for a grilled sandwich crusted in parmesan cheese. I had to try it!

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:
4 slices whole-wheat bread
2 Tbs butter, softened
4 slices Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts
4 Tbs parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
Place 2 slices of Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts between 2 slices of whole-wheat bread, adding whatever extras you desire (bacon, avocado, tomatoes, etc…). Press sandwich together firmly, but be careful not to “smush” it. Butter each side of the bread. Press buttered bread into grated parmesan, dividing evenly across the entirety of the bread. Heat griddle to medium. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place bread onto griddle; cook until bread and cheese are golden-brown and filling is beginning to melt, about 4 minutes. Flip; grill until bread and cheese are crispy and golden-brown, about another 4 minutes. Slide onto plate and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 553, Calories from Fat: 351, Fat: 39 g (24 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 111 mg, Sodium: 1251 mg, Potassium: 146 mg, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 25 g

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