In the summer your kids are going over to friends’ houses and going to sleepovers. To insure that your child is not being exposed to gluten, review your child on what they can and cannot eat. Tell the parents that your child is staying with, what your child should avoid and what is generally ok for them to eat. You may want to pack gluten-free snack for your kid while they are away from home.
Applesauce is such a delicious snack to have, especially when the applesauce is cold. Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for oil in a recipe? It is ideal to use unsweetened applesauce but if that is not what you have then sweetened is just fine. If you are using sweetened applesauce, just make sure that you reduce the sugar so you do not get a super sweet surprise. You can start by using a little applesauce and the remainder oil, doing half applesauce and half oil, or you can go all the way and use all applesauce. All you have to do is match the applesauce to oil, so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil just add 1 cup of applesauce. This substitute is not great for everything but it works for cake, muffin, and bread recipes. Why would you do this? Well when you substitute the applesauce for oil you are reducing the amount of fat which results in lower calories.
A catch phrase that is often floated when we talk about great tasting foods is ‘scratch made.’ This phrase is believed to have originated from the British, so say the folks at phrases.org. They go on to note that when ‘scratch’ is used in say, cooking – it means using ordinary ingredients that have not been pre-mixed or specially processed. Probably everyone loves talking about that special cake recipe that someone in their family made on special occasions that was, yes, made from scratch. The taste, texture and most importantly – the flavor, was something that didn’t taste – ‘store bought,’ (another widely used phrase).
Since we operate almost 150 bakeries – in grocery stores, we sell lots of ‘store bought’ cakes (and they’re really good!) However, we set about the task of offering a ‘scratch’ made cake that was also ‘all natural.’ (I talked about all-natural in my blog posting in May) We were fortunate enough to partner with a bakery in Oakland, California that makes their cakes will all-natural ingredients that are baked from ‘scratch’ – no mixes or bases, just ingredients!
The end result of our journey to offer some scratch-made cakes was four very flavorful varieties! We now have Chocolate, Lemon, Mocha, and my all-time absolute favorite – Carrot! As an aside, the Carrot Cake has an awesome cheese cream icing, tons of carrots, butter, walnuts and vanilla extract – making what is one – oh so good cake! The other flavors are off the charts as well, but in case I didn’t mention it – the carrot is incredible! I invite you to stop by one of our bakeries and try a scratch cake – from one of our stores, which by the way, are a fun place to shop.
Dining in on Fridays does not necessarily require a tremendous amount of time in the kitchen or time away from your family. What most of us want these days is some help in pulling together meals.
We all value our time with our family and especially at mealtime. Most of us will agree that dining-in is healthier than eating out and the best way to connect with family on a regular basis.
We have many meal solutions throughout our stores with ready-to-eat, ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook options. These items are not only easy but affordable so stop by your local Brookshire’s store, grab some dinner and enjoy a Friday night at home with the most important people in the world…your family.
These days spending quality time with your family seems almost impossible. Sunday for our family is the day we set aside by first worshiping together at church and then going home and enjoying a sit down lunch as a family.
We visit, laugh and catch up on the happenings of the prior week. A home with four kids gets pretty hectic at times, but just sitting down together for a meal brings things back to what is most important – our family. One of our favorite meals is homemade meat loaf, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
Below are two easy recipes you can enjoy with your family.
5 lbs Ground Meat
1 1/2 pkgs/sleeve of Food Club Saltine Crackers
1 (16 oz) Jar of Food Club Medium Salsa
Add little bit of Worcestershire Sauce
Sprinkle in Morton’s Natural Seasonings
Mix these ingredients all together and put in a 9 X 12 pan and bake at 350 for approximately 45 – 55 minutes.
While the meatloaf is cooking take two cans of Kentucky Wonder Green Beans, add 2 Tbs of Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tsp of margarine and a touch of Morton’s Natural Seasonings. Cook on the stove top on medium heat while the meat loaf is cooking. When you sit down to eat, you will think you are eating fresh green beans out of the garden.
Hope you set aside some extra 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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
3 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries), thawed if frozen
2 Tbs Food Club Orange Juice
1 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbs sugar
1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
6 slices Tasty Bakery Angel Food Cake
In a large bowl, combine the berries, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar. Mix lightly. Place 1 cup of the fruit mixture in a blender or food processor and puree. Add nectarine slices to the un-pureed fruit mixture.
To assemble the dessert, place a slice of angel food cake on 6 plates. Spoon a portion of fruit on a corner of the cake slice, allowing some of the fruit to spill down the side. Drizzle the fruit sauce over and around the fruit salad. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 134, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 211 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 3 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.
Watermelon Party Cups
Prep Time: 25 minutes, plus freezing
Spoon a 1/2 inch thick layer of softened 1 pint (2 cups) Goldenbrook Farms Lime Sherbet in the bottom of 8 small clear plastic cups.
Freeze, uncovered, until firm. Spread a 1/2 inch thick layer of softened 1 pint (2 cups) Goldenbrook Farms Pineapple Sherbet, over the lime layers; freeze until firm.
Pack 1 1/2 pints (3 cups) Goldenbrook Farms Watermelon Sherbet, slightly softened in the center of the sherbet-filled cups. Smooth the tops to resemble a cut watermelon.
Cover and freeze until firm, about 8 hours.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 192,Fat: 2 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 9 mg, Sodium: 26 mg,Carbohydrates: 43 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g
© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.
Most of the time I cook breakfast for my kids because I’m a fanatic about starting the day off with a good breakfast. However, there are mornings when I just cannot get it together…the back up plan…Cheerios with local honey on top. Good thing Cheerios is on sale, I foresee a busy week coming up!
If you have trouble with portion sizes or can not stop yourself from eating the whole box of cookies, try a small snack size bag. Buying snack size products are ideal to have around the house. When buying a snack size product just grab that one snack size package, eat just that package, and do not go back for more.
Snack size items help you control yourself when eating food, so you do not overeat. When eating something out of a big box or a big bag, it is hard to just quit, you just continue to snack and before you know it the whole box or bag is gone. If you can not buy something that is premeasured in a package, do it yourself. Just measure out a serving size, put it in a bag, and enjoy just that serving size later.
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Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
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Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
Stop fighting the crowds, save money and dine in, every Friday.