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February is American Heart Month

It’s Never Too Late to Start! – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right?


If you have no heart problems, now is the perfect time to prevent problems later. And if you already have heart issues, why not help your body become healthier?


Your healthy attitude will help; instead of thinking of foods you CANNOT eat, think of how much healthier you’ll be by modifying recipes to be more heart-healthy. Some foods help promote heart health.


Enjoy them with your family!

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: good sources include salmon, nuts,flaxseed, canola oil, soy and spinach. You can also find products with added Omega 3s.
  • Monosaturated Fats: olives, olive oil, avocados and nuts contain heart-healthy oils that can lower some of your “bad” cholesterol numbers.
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: produce is loaded with anitoxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins, minerals and virtually no fat. Enjoy them plain and simple—avoid sauces and heavy cooking methods.
  • Whole Grains: brown rice, whole wheat and oats give your body nutrition and fiber.

We all love to nibble and these snacks (in moderation, of course) are on the good list for heart-healthy choices:

      • Pretzels with low fat cheese cubes
      • Half a whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter, low-fat cream cheese or 100% fruit jelly
      • Baked tortilla chips with fresh salsa
      • 100% pure fruit juice ice pops
      • Green and red grapes – try them frozen for a treat
      • Crisp apples cut into wedges dipped in a bit of peanut butter
      • 1% cottage cheese with a few berries on top
      • Low-fat cheddar cheese slices on salt-free, whole grain crackers
      • Fat-free, sugar-free yogurt sprinkled with chopped nuts

You can’t just eat your way to heart health. You also need to exercise—activities that get your heart pumping—regularly. Start out small—walking or maybe jumping rope—and build up to more as your strength grows. See your doctor to be sure your plans fit with your physical condition.


French Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes · Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4



4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 Tbs Food Club Olive Oil

1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 Tbs all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white wine**

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock

1 Tbs fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)

2 Tbs parsley, chopped


**You can substitute more chicken broth for the white wine, if desired.



Place the chicken breasts between wax paper and pound with a mallet to flatten. This will help the meat cook evenly. Cut each piece in half lengthwise. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. In a small frying pan, heat 1 Tbs of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and wine until all the lumps are gone. Add the flour mixture to the onions and mushrooms. Stir in the chicken stock and cook over medium-high heat. Stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbs of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and sauté until no longer pink or until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 170° F, about 5 minutes. To serve, transfer 2 chicken portions onto each plate. Spoon mushroom sauce over the chicken and garnish with parsley and rosemary.


Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 239, Fat: 9 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 66 mg, Sodium: 98 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 28 g

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


Extreme Makeover….Boot Scootin’ Through Texas

Hopefully most of us know by now a little bit about the ABC hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, because it’s about to be as big as Texas, in East Texas!! 

The reality show, which focuses on home renovations and construction for deserving families, is heading to East Texas to surprise one family with a complete home makeover. But, mums the word on just who this lucky family is, and I know we all can’t wait to find out all about them next week! 

All the frenzy began yesterday with a pep rally held at Green Acres Baptist Church. The magical “door knock” happens next Thursday, Feb 25th, when Ty Pennington and the design team surprise the family and send them packing on a trip while their new home is built in just SEVEN days! (I wonder where ABC will send this family? I hope somewhere warm, so I can be there in spirit) Then, the most exciting moment will happen Thursday, March 4th, when everyone welcomes the family back to their new home by yelling “MOVE THAT BUS!” 

Building a house in just 7 days is a remarkable feat. But with all the overwhelming support coming from all of our BGC partners in addition to the many hundred community volunteers, we will be able to welcome the winning family home in no time. BGC has over 90 partners that have committed to help, not including many of you that are volunteering through the local builder, Gary Bayless (he created a site specifically for volunteering + info on this project: Plus, BGC is donating food during one of the construction days and we will have one of our reefer trucks parked on the home site for the week….isn’t that cool?! We aren’t just helping one family; we’re all coming together to support the community that has supported us, BGC, for so many years. 

Now….let’s start practicing our yells to “MOVE THAT BUS!”



Family Matters: Leftover Pasta, Anyone?

The one drawback to pasta is that it’s hard to judge how much to make, because it expands as it cooks. I sure hope you don’t throw away that leftover pasta! Besides serving up more leftovers for lunch, extra cooked pasta can come in really handy.

You can make Mexican Pasta Skillet in a snap! Heat a teaspoon oil in a skillet. Brown 1 pound ground turkey, 1 chopped onion and 2 teaspoons cumin. Stir in 1 can mild enchilada sauce, 1 can Mexican-style corn and 1 cup of leftover cooked pasta. Add some chopped parsley or cilantro and shredded cheese just before serving. 

Or Try Spaghetti Pizza. Mix 2 cups leftover spaghetti  with a beaten egg, and press this pasta crust into the bottom of a baking pan. Top with spaghetti or pizza sauce, some pepperoni and handfuls of mozzarella cheese. Bake to melt it all, and serve in wedges.

Wow, it almost makes you want to cook up extra pasta on purpose, just so you can make these recipes!

Shop the Sale: Cereal

Kellogg’s cereals are on sale when you buy 4 boxes. If you have kids, that won’t be a challenge at all!

Healthy Living: Cook once, eat twice

When you have special dietary needs, you don’t want to be caught short at mealtimes; that’s when you’ll be tempted to veer off your eating plan! So be prepared by cooking extra food whenever you can. Whenever you’re fixing chicken breasts, make a few extra and keep in the fridge. You might even want to add a dash of Caesar dressing to the chicken as you put them in the plastic bag. The next night, all you need to do is warm them in the microwave, serve over greens and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for quick and easy Chicken Caesar salad!

BGC brings FRESH Concept to Tyler

BGC and local officials celebrated the beginning of FRESH by Brookshire’s, a new food concept store, with a groundbreaking ceremony on February 16 at the store site located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway in south Tyler.

With an emphasis on freshly-prepared food in a more customer-friendly environment, the store will employ a culinary team of more than 75 food experts and ultimately create more than 200 new jobs in the area. BGC has designed the store to appeal to “foodies” – customers who are passionate about food. Food offerings – like a full burrito bar, sandwich bar, and soup and salad bar – will be prepared daily on site, encouraging customers to visit the store frequently for freshly prepared meals not found at a traditional grocery store. 

“With this store we will strive to educate our customers and fuel their passion for food,” said Rick Rayford, president and chief executive officer. “The open concept food preparation area will be viewable by customers so that they can watch our culinary team and not only feel good about the foods they buy, but also learn how to prepare the recipes themselves.” 

Customers will be able to find the products they routinely purchase at traditional grocery chains, yet the new store will offer different brands and varieties not found elsewhere in Tyler. The company’s goal is for FRESH to be the destination for fresh-prepared food, the finest quality and best selection of grocery items, knowledge about selected food products, and an exciting food experience. 

Besides traditional departments and expanded food service offerings, the 55,000-square foot store will feature a coffee/gelato bar, bulk foods, expanded health and wellness items, and a pharmacy. 

“We at Brookshire’s have listened to our customers and believe that FRESH will fulfill an unmet need for a food experience that places a greater emphasis on variety, organic and natural products, quality fresh products, and convenient prepared foods,” said Rayford.

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Fresh by Brookshire’s Groundbreaking

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today for Fresh by Brookshire’s, the company’s new concept store dedicated to helping customers discover the wonders of food. The mayor, Tyler city officials, the Board of Directors, and local media were on hand to mark the event. The store will bring more than 200 new jobs to the area and will employ a culinary team of more than 75.  Customers should expect to find expanded fresh departments from the market, seafood, deli, produce, and floral areas, but they will also discover brands and varieties of grocery items not normally found on the shelves of traditional grocery stores. In addition to expanded varieties, the store will feature 60 to 80 chef-prepared recipes each week and artisan breads baked fresh daily on site. The chef-prepared area will be viewable by customers and the store’s team will be focused on engaging customers—teaching them about new products or just helping them select prepared foods to take home for dinner. 
BGC has spent two years researching, and company leaders believe Fresh incorporates the right mix of what Tyler customers really want. Besides traditional departments and expanded food service offerings, the 55,000-square foot store will feature a full burrito bar, sandwich bar, soup and salad bar, coffee/Italian gelato bar, bulk foods, expanded health and wellness items, and a pharmacy.


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Product Talk: Grits

Grits are one of those foods that either you love or hate. If you’re in the hate group, maybe your problem is in how you fix them!

We’ve got a recipe for a grits casserole that will convince all but the hard-core haters to give grits another try. And if it helps you, call your grits polenta. That’s the Italian word for the same food: cooked cornmeal. 


Cheesy Grits

Serves 10

Prep time: 10 minutes plus chilling; Cook time: 1 hour total


1 cup uncooked grits

4 cups (1 quart) milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/2   tsp pepper

1/3 cup melted butter

1 3/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese


Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
Cook grits according to package directions, using milk and ½ cup butter. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the grits at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes. Pour into the baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Preheat oven to 400 DEGREES.

Cut the grits into 2-inch squares. Place the squares in the baking dish, overlapping slightly. Pour the melted butter over top and sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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Dine-In: Mini Cheddar Burgers

Sliders—mini burgers—are all the rage at restaurants right now. They’re amazingly simple to make, and if you promise not to tell, I’ll show you the secret to awesomely special burgers: it’s the bun. Sure, you can use a dinner roll for a basic slider bun, but why not try something a bit more exciting? Toast some Italian bread baguette slices,  slice open some pita bread, try some of that mini party rye bread….toast it, grill it, top it with a mayo-spice blend….all of a sudden, people will be talking about YOUR sliders! 

Mini Cheddar Burgers

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 11 minutes

Serves 8


1 lb ground beef or ground turkey

1/4 cup bread crumbs

3 Tbs water

8 small slices cheddar cheese

16 slices of small bread or 8 dinner rolls

Olives, pickles and cherry tomatoes for garnish

Ketchup and mustard for toppings


Combine the beef, bread crumbs and water gently. Shape into 8 burgers, about 3/4 inches thick.

Grill outside or broil in the oven, about 5 minutes per side. Top with cheese slices and allow to melt. Assemble patties on bread pieces and garnish with olives, pickles and tomatoes skewered with toothpicks. Serve with ketchup and mustard. 

Nutritional Information: 376 Calories, 16 g Fat, 8 g Sat Fat, 76 Cholest., 732 Sodium, 28 Carbs, 2 Fiber, 27 Protein

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Family Matters: Touch

Kids gain so much when they’re able to touch things. So when they help prepare a meal, they feel a connection with the food—and are more likely to eat some of it!

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