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Healthy Living: Fish!

Growing up in East Texas, I thought fried fish was one of the major food groups.  At least once a week we ate fried catfish, bass, crappie, and any other fish that we caught!  While fried fish is not the healthiest thing you can eat, baked or grilled fish is.  Fish is low in fat and an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.  With the NuVal nutritional scoring system in place in our stores, it is easy to identify and make healthy food choices.  When comparing the different meat items in our stores, it is quickly apparent that fish and seafood is the most healthy protein choice.  The ratings average is as follows:

  • Fish and Seafood      71
  • Poultry                       30
  • Beef                           30
  • Pork                           28

We have many fresh fish choices in our stores such as Tilapia, Catfish, Cod, Halibut, Tuna, Sea Bass and my personal favorite Salmon.  Salmon is easy to cook and very versatile.  Try my favorite recipe:

Pecan Roasted Salmon

4 Salmon Fillets
1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
1 Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Panko Bread Crumbs
2 Tbs Chopped Pecans
1 tsp  Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste (sea salt and coarse ground pepper)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place skin side down on baking sheet.
Combine mustard and honey, brush on top of salmon.
Mix breadcrumbs, nuts and parsley and sprinkle over salmon.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until flaky.


Blood’s a Big Deal–and Not Just to Hollywood Vampires!

Blood–you gotta’ have it. And we may not realize the importance of donating blood until it hits home in the form of a tragedy or accident involving friends or family members.

Normally our blood centers’ supplies are fine, but there are times when they have to ship blood to other areas to cover special needs or the number of donors drops during a certain period. That’s one reason our company has held blood drives at stores, corporate offices and distribution centers for years.

At our company headquarters in Tyler we routinely offer incentives for employees who donate blood, such as chances to win prizes. Very recently one of our stores in West Monroe, La., had nearly 50 people to donate blood in about five hours. Several had to be diverted to another location due to the line of people waiting to give.

Some of our East Texas stores in Athens, Palestine, White Oak and Tyler are planning blood drives in August with chances to win a Sadler’s Tender Split Beef Brisket. When you see that blood center bus pull up, make an effort to go help. A little stick, and it’s done. If helping save someone’s life isn’t reason enough, there’s always the tee shirt, cookie and juice, right? And you never know–you might just win a brisket!

W.C. Ford Joins Elite Group

W.C. Ford, a BGC truck driver the past 25 years, recently became the 13th driver to log one million accident-free miles for the company. Ford hit the mark at mile marker 10 on I-220 while passing through Shreveport, La.

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Product Talk: Spudnuts

How long has it been since you’ve had a Spudnut?  If it’s been awhile, we’re happy to announce that we now carry them in our bakeries!  If you have never tried a Spudnut, or for that matter, haven’t heard of them – let’s talk about them for a moment.

According to the folks at, “Spudnut Shops were a franchised chain of stores selling potato flour donuts called Spudnuts.”  While that franchise is long gone, we now offer a dozen count boxes of Tasty Bakery Spudnuts from one of our suppliers.  This begs the question, “What is a Spudnut made of?”  Simply put, it is typically a donut that is sometimes made from mashed potatoes or potato starch, or in the case of the spudnuts we carry, largely from potato flour – rather than everyday standard flour.  This difference creates a donut with a distinct taste all its own and is a nice change if you’re looking for something new or novel in the world of donuts.

We hope the next time you are looking for a fun treat to take to a summer picnic event; you try some of our Spudnuts.  These are available in all of our stores and we’ll most likely be offering some promotions on them from time-to-time. 

Inside the Store: NuVal

The NuVal system is going great in our stores. We invite everyone to look at our shelf labels and discover a whole new way to shop for nutrition. The NuVal system is a nutritional scoring system that puts all of the nutritional information and ingredients of an item into a complicated formula and produces a score from 1 to 100. The higher the score the more nutritional value the item has.

I was really surprised at some of the scores from the items I eat on a regular basis.

The great thing about the NuVal system is that it will help you make better buying decisions. You do not have to give up what you eat, but the NuVal system lets you see the best item in the category . I still buy some of the lower scoring items that I really like, but I try to mix in some with higher scores. 

Look at the chips: score on cheetos puffs is 6 while Cape Cod potato chips are 31. You can still eat chips; NuVal just lets you choose the right one for you. 

Blue Diamond almonds will make a great nutritional snack while scoring 81.  Everyone is hunting for a way to snack in a healthier way. Soft drinks score from 1 on regular to 15 on some of the diets drinks. 

Brownies are one of my favorite treats. You can choose from the frosted brownies at a score of 1 to the Walnut brownies with a score of 24. 

When choosing the right rice, some of the rice scores around 8 while brown rice scores 82.  It’s all up to you and what you prefer. 

These are just some of the examples that really stood out. We encourage you to stop by your favorite Brookshire store and really get involved in our NuVal system. Let your family and friends know about your new discovery. We can all enjoy a more nutritional way to shop and eat healthier.

Family Matters: What’s for Supper

If your family is like ours, summer is always a busy time and finding a meal you can prepare while you are out doing other things is helpful and relieves the stress of figuring out “what’s for supper”.  

Below is an easy Crockpot meal that our family enjoys. 


Crockpot Pinto Beans

1 – 2 lb Bag Food Club Dried Pinto Beans
1 – 16 oz Jar Food Club Thick & Chunky Salsa (Medium)
2 slices of Bacon (uncooked)
1 tsp. – Morton’s Natural Seasonings
1 tsp – Margarine
1/2 tsp – Salt


Rinse beans; place in large bowl and fill with warm water until beans are completely covered.  Soak beans for approximately 6 hours and then pour in Crockpot.  Fill Crockpot with water until beans are covered; add jar of salsa, bacon and other ingredients.  Cook on high until beans are tender.  Suggestion:  Soak the beans overnight and put them on to cook in the morning and you will have supper ready to eat when you get home from work! 

The Food Club Thick & Chunky Salsa has bell peppers, onions, and spices that give the beans a great flavor.  Make a pan of cornbread to go with the beans and you have a meal. If you have any leftover beans just add ground meat or sausage the next day and then you have chili for another meal. 

Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a meal together.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family. 

Shop the Sale: Want S’more Ideas

For several years now, when the weather is right, I take my kids camping. We pitch the tents, unpack the coolers and build a fire every night. Of course, our cookouts are not complete without the traditional s’mores! My kids love to toast their own marshmallows because they both want them toasted differently; one—lightly toasted and the other—fire charcoaled! It’s really amazing how something so simple as s’mores can bring the family fun time together. 

Now, Brookshire’s is celebrating summer and s’mores with a special offer for you. Enjoy FREE Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows when you buy one Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams and one Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. See the July Celebrate Cooking magazine for this special offer. 

If you are feeling creative, let your family make different varieties of s’mores: 

Add peanut butter to your graham crackers
Use a chocolate graham cracker
Add toasted coconut
Use cookies in place of graham crackers
Add different fruits to your s’mores: bananas, strawberries or peaches
Add pretzels


Healthy Living: Hot Dog vs. Hamburger

When you are at a picnic or cook-out, do you wonder if you should eat a hot dog or a hamburger? The burger wins by just a nudge. It has 304 calories, 12 grams fat and 21 grams carbohydrates. The hot dog has 308 calories, 19 grams fat and 24 grams of carbohydrates. These numbers include buns.

If you really want to come out ahead, though, go with a grilled chicken breast (no bun) for 142 calories, 3 grams fat and zero carbohydrates!

Product Talk: Leigh Oliver Spinach Queso with Red Ripe Tomatoes

Have you noticed the new Leigh Oliver dips? They are very delicious and can be used for more than just a dip. My personal favorite is the Spinach Queso with red ripe tomatoes.

You can eat this as a dip with your favorite tortilla chip or what I love to do with the Queso is to drizzle it over some baked chicken… delicious!


You can check out some of Leigh Oliver recipes in the July issue of Celebrate Cooking, online and in all Brookshire stores.

Dine In: Primavera Minestrone

Primavera Minestrone
Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves 6





1/3 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) or rice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium leek or several green onions (2 cups, chopped)
1 cup chopped carrots
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup sliced green beans
1 cup chopped yellow summer squash
1 cup sliced asparagus
1/2 cup minced fresh basil, divided
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta, drain and rinse. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pan and cook leek and carrots 10 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add broth and green beans and bring to a boil.
Add the pasta, squash, asparagus, ¼ cup basil and the pepper. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve each bowl topped with remaining basil and shredded cheese.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 170, Fat: 9g (Saturated Fat 3g), Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 570mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 11g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

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