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Product Talk: Canned Tuna


Why do we snub our noses at canned tuna? It’s a great, healthy food and it’s convenient, too! If tuna salad and tuna casserole are all you can think of, maybe you need to think again!

Tuna can make a quick weeknight supper. Stir a can into tomato sauce, add some spices and crushed red pepper. Serve over hot pasta and you’ll be a convert! Or add some tuna and roasted red peppers to your favorite tossed salad for a protein boost….or melt tuna, shredded cheddar and a tomato slice on an English muffin. See what we mean?

Canned tuna generally comes in light, white and albacore varieties. White and albacore (terms are used interchangeably) are generally milder and chunkier. You can also find tuna in pouches rather than cans. Many prefer the flavor of pouched tuna, since it doesn’t have water or broth included. It’s also very easy to take as a portable lunch!

Interested in tuna trivia? Check out Tuna Facts here:

http://www.healthytuna.com/about-tuna/tuna-facts



Dine-In: Grilling Salmon


Seafood has never been my favorite category of food. I always eat fish for their omega-3 fatty acids, but have not really enjoyed it. A few weeks ago I was in a restaurant in Chicago looking over the menu. I looked at the chicken, which is normally what I pick, then the salmon and beef. The salmon came with roasted sweet carrots, asparagus and potatoes. The vegetables sounded delicious so, out of character, I selected the salmon. After one bite of the salmon I knew I made the right choice. As soon as I got back to Texas all I wanted was cedar plank salmon.
 
This weekend I strongly suggest grilling salmon for you and your family. Fresh salmon will give you the best results, but frozen will work just fine. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over your salmon; make sure the fish is evenly coated. Sprinkle your favorite seasoning over the fish. When I grill salmon I normally use either Julio’s or citrus grilling seasoning. Preheat your grill to medium heat. I recommend using either a fish basket or cedar plank to grill your fish. I personally enjoy using cedar planks to grill my fish. If you use the planks, soak them in water for at least an hour before grilling. Place your fish on the grill and grill for 5 minutes for every ½-inch thickness. I hope you and your family enjoy grilling salmon this weekend!



Family Matters : What To Take On a Walk With Your Dog


When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors. One outdoor activity that I enjoy is walking my dog.  If you’re taking your dog on a walk, ASPCA suggests bringing along water and treats.  It’s not only important to keep yourself hydrated while being outdoors, but also keeping your dog hydrated. 

I always carry a jar of water and a plastic bowl with me when taking my dog on a walk. Periodically, my dog and I will stop for a brief water break to help hydrate ourselves. Another item to bring is your dog’s favorite treats. You never know when the perfect training opportunity will arise and it’s important to have treats to reward your dog for good behavior.

 



Corn and avocado salsa


Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus marinating
Serves: 10  

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Whole Corn Kernels
3 avocados, ripe but firm, peeled, pitted & large diced
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, diced 
1/3 cup Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced 
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
4 limes, juiced
Food Club Salt, to taste
Food Club Ground Black Pepper, to taste 

Directions:
In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 215, Fat: 17 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 90 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 3 g



Crunchy Onion Chicken


Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4

Take your oven outdoors and bake these crunchy chicken breasts on the grill. 

Ingredients:
2 cups (2 oz) FRENCH’S®  Original or
Cheddar French Fried Onions
2 Tbs flour 
4 (5 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
1 egg, beaten 

Directions:
Place French Fried Onions with flour into plastic bag. Lightly crush with hands or with rolling pin. Transfer to shallow dish. Dip chicken into egg; then coat with onion crumbs, pressing firmly to adhere.  Place chicken into disposable foil pan. Sprinkle with additional onion crumbs, if desired.  

Prepare grill for indirect cooking over high heat (400° F). Cook chicken in pan on covered grill 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center.  

Tip: To prepare grill for indirect cooking, arrange coals to one side of grill or turn gas on one side only. Place food on grill away from heat. Close grill.  

Courtesy of French’s®



Shop the Sale: Chicken!


Brookshire’s ad this week features chicken!  For my family that means their favorite part of the bird is on sale: chicken tenders and chicken breasts. 

There are so many great ways to fix chicken, so stop at the store and pick up some packages of chicken breasts and chicken tenders while they’re on sale this week. You can be assured you’ll be serving your family nutritious meals when the main ingredients start with healthy chicken from Brookshire’s.



Healthy Living: Vitamin D


Vitamin D is one vitamin that I can confidently say I am not deficient in. I spend so much time outside that I rarely worry if I’m lacking in it. A neat fact about vitamin D is you can get it from not only food, but also the sun!  This explains why vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin.

Food sources are egg yolks, liver, tuna, salmon and fortified milk. Since more people, particularly kids, are spending more time indoors, it brings up the concern if we are getting enough vitamin D. 

We have all heard to have healthy bones we must have calcium, but we must not forget the importance of vitamin D in bone health. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphate, as well as maintains the levels of these two minerals in the blood. Drinking milk, fortified with vitamin D, and spending time outdoors are two ways to prevent vitamin D deficiencies.

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Dine-In: Grilled Asparagus


Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minute, plus marinating   

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb asparagus, trimmed

2 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 lemon, juiced

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper 

Directions:

Place trimmed asparagus in a large zip-top bag. 

In a small bowl combine olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over asparagus and marinate as grill is warming-up. Place asparagus on grill and grill for 5 minutes; rolling after a minute. Remove asparagus from grill and serve immediately.  

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 88 , Fat: 7 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 584 mg, Carbohydrates: 6  g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3  g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 

 



Family Matters: Family Time!


Spring is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. Spring is when the trees begin to bud, flowers start to bloom, and gardeners plant their first seedlings. There is no doubt that this is a beautiful time of the year. 

Around my home, Spring means different things to each family member. My animal loving daughter is outside creating her own world with her many animal friends. My son is dressed in his army gear, building forts in the back yard, while my husband is planning his next big home makeover project. That leaves me keeping up with all of them, while trying to find time for a few of my own projects. 

The Spring weather has allowed us to tackle some of these projects around the house while keeping the whole family involved in what I like to call “family time”. It really doesn’t matter what we are doing during “family time” it’s just about being together. My daughter enjoys doing things outdoors, so last weekend we decided to put in a small vegetable garden. She and I picked the perfect location… in our flowerbed. Not a lot of work required here. We hoed a section till the soil looked just right for planting. Then together we planted onions, yellow bell peppers and chives. She helps with watering and looks forward to seeing the garden’s progress every day. Hopefully the end results will be that she and I together can harvest our fresh vegetables and I can show her how to prepare them in a delicious meal for the family. 

So, while the weather is right, get outdoors and enjoy Spring and some quality “family time”. Plant a small vegetable garden, rake leaves, wash the car, or simply have dinner outside on the patio. Whatever you choose for your “family time” you can rest assure your kids will remember the time you spent with them!



Grilled Cheese


Kraft American Singles on white bread, grilled until toasty: it’s a childhood tradition.  

But, are you ready for something a bit more adventurous and adult?

Try these combinations: 

1-Pumpernickel bread, smoked Virginia ham slice, a dab of
grainy brown mustard and gouda cheese. 

2-Whole wheat bread, extra-sharp cheddar cheese and thinly sliced tomato. 

3-English muffin, pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese. 

4-Rustic sourdough bread, thinly sliced onion and Swiss cheese. 

5-Italian bread, shredded parmesan and Havarti cheese.

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