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Shop the Sale: New York Strip Steak

New York Strip Steak is featured on the front page of Brookshire’s ad this week.  I’ve already suggested to Karen that she pick up a couple of extra packages from the meat department when she goes shopping tomorrow.

This particular cut of meat is great for grilling, pan frying and broiling.  Karen is always eager to let me do the outdoor grilling, and so far I’ve never ruined a piece of strip steak from Brookshire’s. Strip steak seems to come off my grill flavorful and perfectly tender every time.

Healthy Living: Coffee

Some things may come as a surprise to you when it comes to a product with gluten. Instant coffee can actually contain gluten. So if you are a coffee lover, stick to brewing the coffee yourself.


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Healthy Living: Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast is a very important meal by getting you started in the morning. There are many options of breakfast you can choose from; like eggs, turkey bacon, cereal, oatmeal or some fruit. 

When looking for a cereal you normally are concerned about the sugar and fiber content but you should also be concerned about sodium. Cereals that you think are healthy can actually be high in sodium. Using the NuVal scoring system will help you weed out the want-to-be nutritious cereals. The NuVal score for cold cereal ranges from 2-100; you can see that you can get a variety of scores in that category. The average score of cold cereal is 27. 

Product Talk: Pomegranates

In the last few years, pomegranates have become increasingly popular with all the new information about their health benefits. One of the most talked about health benefit of pomegranates is their high content of antioxidants.  Pomegranates are good source of fiber and folate and are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. The NuVal score of a pomegranate is a 91.

If you have never eaten a pomegranate before, they may look kind of scary when you first open them. Place the pomegranate in a bowl of water and remove the arils (pomegranate’s seeds) from the flesh of the pomegranate. Then place the arils in a bowl and enjoy! Be careful when eating the seeds because they can stain your clothing. Pomegranates are delicious to eat raw or add them to a salad.

Dine In: Pumpkin Burger

If you are a vegetarian, a burger is probably not on your menu for game night. You may normally eat a frozen garden burger but have never been able to make one homemade.

Here is a recipe for a vegetable burger made from pumpkin. 

Pumpkin Patties
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6

1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 cup black beans, mashed
1 Tbs oregano
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup mashed pumpkin
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, oats, cheese, black beans, and oregano. In a skillet, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, bell pepper and garlic. Cooking until bell pepper is tender. In a large bowl, combine egg, pumpkin, breadcrumb mixture and bell pepper. Mold mixture into 6 patties, make as thin as possible. Spray skillet add 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook patties for 10 minutes, flipping occasionally. You can place patties on a bun to make a burger or just eat it as a patty. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving : 229, Fat: 10 g (Saturated Fat 3 g), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 269 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 12g

© 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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Family Matters: Cooking with Toddlers

Thanksgiving is a holiday that requires a lot of cooking and with hot foods cooking it can be scary with little ones running around. Keep a close eye on your children while cooking. You may want to put a movie on for your children to watch while you are busy at work in the kitchen.

When cooking on the stove, place pot and pan handles away from children’s reach, to prevent them from accidently pulling the hot food down on them. Make sure that the floor in the kitchen does not have any spills to ensure that you will not slip on anything that would cause you to fall with hot food in your hands. Always wear non-slip shoes while cooking to prevent falling and spilling hot food on yourself or someone else.  

Shop the Sale: Honeycrisp Apples

Honeycrisp apples are my favorite apples; when fall rolls around I am always looking for them in the store. Honeycrisp apples are sweet but yet a little tart too. They make the perfect apple for slicing for a salad or using to bake. Honeycrisp apples are on sale at Brookshire’s!

Healthy Living: Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, early detection is the best protection. Join in with Brookshire’s in the fight against breast cancer. Treasure your chest by following 3 simple steps in early detection.

Step 1: Mammograms- yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

Step 2: Clinical Breast Exam- Clinical breast exams by your doctor or nurse should be part of a periodic health exam about every three years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and every year for women 40 and older.

Step 3: Breast Self Awareness- Women should know how their breast normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctor or nurse. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20’s.

YOU ARE THE CURE by making sure you and your loved ones do these 3 things:

1. Monthly self exam – age 20+
2. Annual Mammogram- age 40+
3. Annual clinical exam- age 40+
( Every 3 years- age 20-39)

So THINK PINK, and help us with the fight against breast cancer. Remember, TOGETHER WE ARE THERE.

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Family Matters: Crock Pot Apple Butter

This past weekend I experienced the fall itch. It’s the desire to pull out the fall clothes, trade in my sandals for boots, and spend Sunday rooting for my favorite team (go Cowboys!) After going through the closets and pulling out all the fall decorations I moved into the kitchen to prepare the final stage of my home makeover. I wanted the house to smell of fall so I decided on a Crock Pot Apple Butter recipe.

Now, I’ve had my share of apple butter but never thought of making it until I saw this recipe. It was so easy to make, no canning involved, and can be frozen for up to six months. I even put some in small jars to give as gifts.

Come celebrate all that’s great about apples at Brookshire’s Apple Festival, October 23-24. Your hometown store will be serving-up special events and sales. Stop by to sample apples, apple juice, apple muffins, apple butter, while the kids bob for — you guessed it, apples!

Crock Pot Apple Butter
Serves: 44

7 cups applesauce
3 cups sugar
1 tsp cloves
2 tablespoon cinnamon
2 Tbs vinegar

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 71, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg,Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 0 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.

In Season

Thank goodness for winter squash:
Just when the runs of most summer vegetables are petering out, along comes the winter squash harvest, giving us new reasons to eat our veggies.

Dozens of varieties of squash come into season from now through early winter, and they all have a few things in common.

• They keep a long time: Kept in a cool, dry place – ideally around 50 degrees, with humidity between 50 and 70 percent – most squash varieties will stay fresh for up to two months. (It’s best to leave stems on, if possible.)

• Unlike summer varieties like zucchini, these have a hard rind that can’t be eaten, and they must be cooked before serving.

• They have a distinctive, hearty flavor that lends itself especially well in soups, stews, purees and casseroles that are naturals in cooler weather.

• Winter squash are relatively high in fiber (3-6 grams per one-cup serving) and deliver good amounts of vitamins A, C and the various Bs. Though naturally low-fat, varieties like butternut and acorn provide omega-3 fatty acids, linked to heart health.

Compact and dark green, these have a tough rind that can be difficult to cut. But they couldn’t be easier to cook: Simply slice in half and bake. For extra richness, fill each half with a little butter, brown sugar or real maple syrup.

The pale-beige, bell-shaped butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor that’s especially good in soups, because it purees beautifully, without being stringy. Its rind is thin and can be removed with a sturdy vegetable peeler.

Spaghetti Squash
This long, oval squash gets its name from its unusual flesh: After cooking, the yellow interior separates into long, thin ribbons that look like noodles. As for taste – no, it won’t pass for pasta. But because it’s milder and not as sweet as other varieties, steamed spaghetti squash pairs nicely with tomato-and-mushroom pasta sauce for a satisfying vegetarian entrée.

Sugar pumpkins
Sometimes called pie pumpkins, these are the much smaller cousin of the giant jack-o-lantern pumpkins traditional at Halloween. (And yes, all pumpkins are a variety of squash.) You can eat either kind, but the diminutive, round sugar pumpkins provide more flesh relative to their size, and they have a sweeter, richer taste and smoother texture than the larger variety. Use them in pies, soups, purees and exotic stews.

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