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Shop the Sale: Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the fall.

Cooler, crisp weather. Football games. Leaves crinkling underfoot. Delicious aromas wafting through the house after a day spent outside hiking.

This recipe reminds me exactly of that.

I love using ground turkey in slow cooked dishes. It stays a bit more tender than ground beef and positively melts in your mouth after a day in the slow cooker. The fall-colored peppers are even on sale this week, so you can stock up and freeze extras for another day.

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers (for the slow cooker)
Serves 4

4 hothouse grown bell peppers (red, gold or orange) tops removed and seeded
1/2 cup brown rice
20 oz lean ground turkey
1/2 cup black beans
1 cup flash frozen corn kernels
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbs cumin
28 oz canned tomatoes, divided and crushed

Remove tops from bell peppers, core and seed.  Cook rice according to package directions. Let cool slightly.  Combine turkey, beans, rice, corn, garlic and cumin. Mix with about 3/4 cup of the tomatoes. Stuff turkey mixture into peppers (you’ll probably have a bit extra). Place peppers in slow cooker. Top with rest of tomatoes. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 614; Calories from fat: 189; Total Fat: 21 g; Cholesterol: 145 mg; Sodium: 172 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 57 g; Dietary Fiber: 11 g; Sugars: 12 g; Protein: 50 g

Healthy Living: Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

I just returned from my annual beach vacation to Virginia.

Not born, but bred in the capital of the confederacy, I return to my home state every summer with my boys to meet my entire family at Sandbridge Beach, just south of Virginia Beach.

I have four siblings. They have spouses. They have children. It’s a week of carefully (and sometimes not –so-carefully) controlled chaos in our beach house. Chaotic, but completely glorious.

Needless to say, mealtimes can be one of the most trying times of the day. Each sibling – and my parents – take a night to cook dinner for the entire crew.  “What’s for dinner?” is often the most-asked question of the day. The meals are magnificent!

This year, my mom made chicken souvlaki with tzatziki. A Greek dish, souvlaki is simply a skewered and grilled meat. Mom used chicken in order to appeal to the large crowd. Tzatziki makes the dish, in my opinion. Made with Greek yogurt, the light, refreshing tzatziki sauce packs a powerful punch on the grilled chicken and elevates it from a meal to an experience. Sitting on the deck of the beach house, I was instantly transported across the ocean.

Everyone loved this dish. Greek  yogurt has substantially more protein than standard American yogurt. A 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt, contains a full 15 grams of protein. Additional protein can help you to feel full and satisfied. A 6-ounce serving also provides 20 percent of your daily calcium needs.

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
Serves 4

2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon, juice and zest
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 seedless cucumber, finely diced
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

Mix all of the ingredients except chicken, place them in a sealed container and let flavors blend for a few hours. Skewer the meat, and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Serve with sauce.

Nutritional Information: Calories 198; Calories from Fat 37; Total Fat 4g; Sodium 232mg; Total Carbohydrates 3g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 1g; Protein 36g

Product Talk: Back-to-School Healthier Pancakes

You don’t automatically think of pancakes as one of our healthier breakfast choices, but think again! These fruity, nutty pancakes are packed with flavor – and nutrition. We played around in the kitchen until we came up with the perfect combination of oats and whole-wheat flour to give your morning a delicious start, not to mention extra fiber and heart health!

So why the whole-wheat flour? Changing from white to whole-wheat adds extra wholesomeness and whole grains to your daily diet, something we all need to do for better digestive and heart health.

And the good news, these are kid-friendly. Adding bananas and berries to the batter make each bite sweet and tangy. If your kids don’t like the texture of the oats, simply process them in your blender or food processor for about 30 seconds before mixing with the flour.

Back-to-School Healthier Pancakes

1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 cup fat-free milk
1 egg or egg substitute
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup frozen blueberries

Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet to medium heat. In a bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, oats, almonds, baking powder and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix mashed bananas with milk, egg (or substitute) and vanilla extract. Combine with dry ingredients, and stir until smooth. Gently fold in berries. Spray heated griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into skillet, about ¼ cup at a time. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping when bubbles start to form.

Nutritional Information: Per Serving (2 pancakes): Calories: 330; Fat: 8 g; Carbohydrates: 57 g; Fiber: 8 g; Protein: 11 g

Dine-In: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken DipMy mom used to serve what she called a ‘munch lunch’ on weekends. I think basically this meant that she was trying to clear out any leftovers she had in the fridge from the week, and we could take it and do with it what we wanted for lunch. Sometimes it was “real” food like leftover meatloaf we could make into a sandwich, but sometimes it was cheese, crackers, some leftover tuna salad or other bits and pieces of former meals we could “munch” on for lunch.

Sometimes my boys and I purvey this idea into a fun Friday night dinner. Somehow it just feels festive to snack in front of a good movie on a Friday night.

This Buffalo Chicken dip is a family favorite. You can serve it on crackers, pitas or with celery or carrot sticks. We’ve also been known to dip chicken wings in this Buffalo Dip!

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Serves 10 – 12

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 12-oz bottle Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce
8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
8 oz lite ranch dressing
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Poach the chicken breasts in boiling water until cooked through. Drain, let cool and then pull meat apart with a fork. In a 9-inch casserole dish, spread out the chicken and pour the wing sauce over. Mix well and spread out, covering the entire bottom of the dish. In a medium sized saucepot, combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing.  Whisk while heating until smooth. You don’t want any cream cheese clumps! Pour the cream cheese mixture over the chicken and spread out. Sprinkle the celery on top. Bake for fifteen minutes.

After fifteen minutes, sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and continue baking for another ten to fifteen minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Remove from oven and let sit for ten minutes. Stir well and serve with chips, celery sticks and buffalo chicken wings.

Nutritional Information: Calories 306; Calories from Fat 184; Total Fat 21g;  Cholesterol 98mg; Sodium 1076mg; Total Carbohydrates 5g; Sugars 3g; Protein 25 g

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Family Matters: Listen to your life

Some girlfriends and I were having dinner the other night, and the conversation lingered around the times in our lives when our children were still small enough to hold in our arms. I have two huge teenage sons now, so I bypassed this milestone about 10 years and 80 pounds ago. They pick me up and swing me around now!

To be honest, one of us in the group had just become a grandmother. It pains me to write this, knowing that this means I am old enough to be a grandmother as well! I don’t feel old enough to have grandbabies – until I look in the mirror and think, “Who is that woman with the frizzy gray hair and wrinkles?”

My friend is having so much fun snuggling with her little grandson. We all sat around the table and spent probably 30 minutes talking about the little things we remember and miss – like our babies’ sweet smell right after bath time. Believe me, teenage boys don’t smell quite the same.

We went on and on that night over our banana cream pie, remembering some of the most ordinary, everyday experiences in raising our children, but yet these seemingly insignificant events had ended up being quite important.

Presbyterian minister and author Frederick Buechner writes, “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Banana Cream Pie
Serves 6

1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 pkg (4-serving size) instant vanilla flavor pudding & pie filling
1 envelope (1 1/3 oz) whipped topping mix
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 medium ripe bananas
1 Ready-Crust Pie Crust Keebler® Ready Crust® Chocolate

In large mixing bowl beat milk, pudding mix, topping mix and vanilla on low speed of electric mixer until combined. Increase speed to medium. Beat about 3 minutes or until very thick. Spread 1/3 of mixture in crust.

Slice bananas on top. Spread remaining pudding mixture over bananas. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set.

Garnish as desired. Store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: 116 Calories, Calories from Fat: 2.5g,  Sodium: 343 mg, Carbohydrates:  20.7 g, Fiber: 1.1 g , Protein: 2.6 g

Shop the Sale: Pork and Apple Tagine

I’ve been breaking my former rule of ‘no fruit and meat together’ more and more frequently these days and let me just tell you, it’s quite liberating. Why did I resist the delicious combination of fruits and meats for so long?

I’ve been making up for lost time and this recipe, which combines two items on sale at Brookshire’s this week: Hormel Boneless Pork Tenderloin Roast and Royal Gala Apples.

As soon as I read this recipe, I knew I had to try it. It reminds me of fall and is perfect for back-to-school. Don’t be intimidated by the word “tagine,” either. A tagine is simply an earthenware vessel popular in Africa and used to cook stews such as this one. Don’t worry if you don’t have one. I don’t either. I simply used a large stock pot.

Pork and Apple Tagine
Serves 4

400 g Hormel Boneless Pork Tenderloin
1 Tbs plain flour
2 tsp olive oil
2 red onions, cut into 6 wedges
1 bunch baby (or Dutch) carrots, trimmed and scrubbed
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp allspice
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
1 1/2 cups low salt vegetable stock
2  Granny Smith apples
2 Royal Gala apples

Cut the pork fillet into strips. Place flour in a shallow dish. Season with salt and pepper. Dip the pork into the flour, so it’s lightly coated. Shake off any excess flour. Heat olive oil in a flameproof casserole dish, over a medium-high heat. Once heated, add the pork in small batches and cook for 2 – 3 minutes, until browned on all sides. Transfer browned pork to a plate and set aside.

Turn the heat down to medium – low. Add the onions and carrots to the pan and cook gently for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the pork and spices to the pan and cook for a further 30 seconds, until all the ingredients are coated with the spices. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down, place the lid on top and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

Cut the apples into quarters and remove the core (leave the skin on). Add apple to the pork and vegetables. Stir gently and then replace the lid. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes, until the pork is cooked through.

Remove the cloves and cinnamon stick. Serve the apple and pork tagine with a large green salad and couscous.

Nutritional Information: Calories 250; Calories from Fat: 54; Total Fat: 6.0 g; Cholesterol: 54 mg; Sodium: 571 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 33 g; Dietary Fiber: 7 g; Sugars: 21 g; Protein: 21 g

Source:  Recipe from Aussie Apples

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Healthy Living: Cauliflower Poppers

Today is my younger son’s birthday. And in honor of the day, I asked him what his favorite healthy food was.

I expected him to try to rationalize how deep-dish-pepperoni-double-cheese pizza was his healthy favorite.

To my surprise, he did not.

He named his favorite vegetable: cauliflower.

I should have known as cauliflower is one of MY favorite vegetables and I steamed and pureed it for him, as a baby, by the pound.

Cauliflower only contains about 26 calories per cup and is very low in fat and contains no cholesterol. One cup contains two grams of dietary fiber and several anti cancer phyto-chemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols such as indole-3-carbinol which appears to function as an anti-estrogen agent. Together these compounds fight against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers .

Fresh cauliflower is excellent source of vitamin C; and contains good amounts of many essential B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, vitamin B5, B8,B1 and B3 as well as vitamin K. It is also good source of minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium. 

Luke’s Favorite Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Serves 4

8 cups 1-inch-thick slices cauliflower florets, (about 1 large head)
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Toss cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until starting to soften and brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss the cauliflower with vinegar and sprinkle with cheese. Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes more.

Nutritional Information: Calories 149; Fat 10g; Cholesterol 7mg; Carbohydrates 10 g; Protein 7g; Fiber 4g; Sodium 364 mg; Potassium 490 mg

Product Talk: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Today is Labor Day, the last official holiday of the summer.

What better way to celebrate than with a batch of homemade ice cream you don’t even need any special equipment to make? Just remember to start this recipe a day ahead to give it time to freeze.

This ice cream is made with Food Club Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Sweetened condensed milk is cow’s milk from which the water has been removed, with sugar added. Sweetened condensed milk is a very thick, sweet product which, when canned, can last for years without refrigeration if unopened.

Use Food Club Sweetened Condensed Milk to make this tasty holiday treat today.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Serves 8

8 oz Food Club cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) Food Club Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 cup Food Club heavy whipping cream
2 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
3 Food Club honey graham crackers, coarsely chopped

Mix first four ingredients with mixer until blended. Freeze 4 hours or until almost solid.

Beat the cream cheese mixture until smooth and creamy. Blend strawberries in a blender until s mooth. Add to cream cheese mixture with chopped graham crackers. Mix well. Freeze 8 hours until firm.

Remove dessert from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories 382; Calories from Fat 153; Total Fat 17g; Cholesterol 63mg; Sodium 220mg; Total Carbohydrates 51g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 47g; Protein 9g

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Dine-In: Meatloaf and Meaningful Conversation

Miniature Meat LoavesIf you’ve made plans for your family to stay home tonight and enjoy a little time together away from the rush of the real world, the family dinner table is a great place for meaningful, yet still relaxed, conversation.

But sometimes (with two teenage boys), I need help to get the conversation past “yes” or “no” answers! I don’t want to force anyone into a conversation, but I’ve learned that if I can indirectly get the talking flowing, then everything else seems to ease into place naturally.

Along with a yummy miniature meatloaf recipe for your Dine-In Friday night, here are a few questions and ideas to help your slow time flow even better:

Tell us one thing that happened today that made you feel silly (happy, loved, smart, etc.).

Tell us one thing that really happened to you today, and make up another thing that did not really happen. Let us guess which one is true.

Do you have a hero? Mine is…because…

One thing I want to learn to do that I can’t do now is…

What is the very first thing you can remember about your life?

If you could have picked your own name, what would it be? Why?

God made each of us with our own special gifts and talents. What do you think is one of your gifts or talents? Let each family member also share about the other family members.

People always talk about being “successful.” What do you want in life to feel like you are a success?

Would you rather be a professional athlete, president of your country, or a movie star? Why?

Do you have a best friend? What do you like about him or her?

Miniature Meat Loaves
Serves 6

1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs tomato paste
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the onions, green pepper, salt and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are softened. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion and green pepper mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix by hand until the ingredients are well distributed. Place foil liners into a 12-cup muffin pan and shape individual portions of meatloaf to fit each muffin cup. Spread about a tablespoon of ketchup on the top of each portion. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the internal temperature is 155-160°. And the meatloaves are cooked through. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 293, Total Fat: 11.2 g, Saturated Fat: 3.6 g, Sodium 776 mg, Carbohydrates 9.4 g, Protein: 37.4 g

Family Matters: Family Road Trip

We all hear people reminisce about family trips they have taken over the years and what a great time it was for their family to bond.  It is funny to hear someone talk about it and then to sit and recall some of your own family road trips – or adventures, we call them.  There are a lot of fun times that come out of a road trip, but for some reason we seem to always forget (or block out) the rest of the road trip.

As a mother of four teenage daughters I can tell you first hand that a seven hour road trip is an adventure.  Oh, it was fun and we laughed a lot but what about having to stop every hour (or more) because they can’t all seem to need to make a bathroom stop at the same time.  Or, everyone seems to have lost or broke their charger for the electronic devices they are glued to, so you have six people sharing one or two chargers…you can hear the laughter right…

I was really surprised our air conditioner did not burn up from the multiple times I heard it was too cold or too hot and had to adjust it.  Finally after a few hours of that, the cold natured girls were given blankets to cover up with…that took care of that.  What about the four things of snacks you open up and pass back and forth (sharing, that is nice) and then someone ends up spilling the box or bag of goodies all over the car…laughing again?  After eating the snacks they are all thirsty…and yes, time for another pit stop.  You would be amazed at the great souvenirs you find in truck stops.

Don’t get me wrong, after you return these things are really funny when you look back but at the time you feel like you want to pull your hair out or take a vacation by yourself.  You love your children but honestly there are times they make you want to trade them in or tie them to the top of the car for a little peace and quiet.  This does not mean you don’t love your kids it just means that you are human and that things do seem to overwhelm us sometimes, but in the end what great memories we do make and what funny stories about family road trips we will have to share with our grandchildren.

Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you have to share with your family…on and off the road!

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