Eat green. Or red, or yellow, or orange. When you’re looking for a snack, fresh vegetables are your friends. They’re low in calories, almost always fat-free, and often quite low in carbohydrates. Veggies have many different antioxidants to help boost your immunities, and they taste so good! What’s not to love?
If there’s one product to stock up on this time of year, it might be facial tissues. Cold and flu season brings runny and stuffy noses, coughs and sneezes. And the best way to fight them is with tissues.
Children can have a tough time learning the art of blowing their noses. Think about it: could you write down the steps, one at a time for successfully carrying out the mission? It’s a lot more complicated than you might think.
Blowing your nose isn’t the same as dabbing. When you blow, you really shouldn’t blow hard out of both nostrils at once. That can actually send bacteria into nasal passages. Instead, close one nostril by pressing a finger against one side of your nose; then blow gently out the open nostril.
Tissue etiquette says you should throw tissues away after use, and follow that with a thorough hand-washing (or application of antibacterial gel). Etiquette also says you should turn away from a group of people and try not to blow your nose at the dinner table.
Next time you’re shopping, pick up a few extra boxes of tissue. Chances are, if the cold or flu strikes, you won’t want to hurry out and shop for supplies. Stock up now—better safe than sorry!
Eating healthy has its drawbacks. Sometimes you get a big ole hankering for a greasy cheeseburger, and fixing one at home just doesn’t satisfy the craving. My kids always loved chicken nuggets and fries, and try as I might, my homemade version just never made the grade.
Until I learned how to do it up right, that is. Here’s a great recipe, with no deep-frying required. As for the fries, I’ll leave that up to you. If you want to get a bag of frozen potatoes, go for it! By baking them instead of frying, you’ll already be serving a healthier version. But if you prefer to make your own oven fries, I know they’ll make everyone smile. And they’re easy, too! Just slice up potatoes into fry-sized pieces. Toss them with just a tablespoon of oil in a zipper-top plastic bag. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake at 400° F until done. Stir once.
Crunchy Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 25 minutes
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, rinsed and patted dry
1 ½ cups plain yogurt (or sour cream)
3 cups crushed corn flakes (finely crushed is key to success)
3 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Slice chicken breast into 2-inch strips. Marinate the chicken pieces in yogurt for one to 24 hours, refrigerated.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Prepare the crust by combining the corn flakes, parsley, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Place chicken pieces, a few at a time, into the bag and shake well to completely coat. Remove chicken pieces and place on a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick coating.
Bake about 25 minutes, or until crunchy on the outside and cooked through.
Serve with your favorite sauce.
Calories Per Serving: 260, Fat: 3 g ( 1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 506 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 30 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.
Kids are naturally creative. They’re not restricted by the rules of what ‘should’ be matched and how we arrange designs. If they like it, they do it! With such a liberating view of the world, it’s no wonder kids never run out of things to create.
As a parent, you balance the creativity with a little bit of order. You encourage bold, exciting ideas, but you also make sure that safety comes first. Safety often means organization. Here are some ideas for organizing your kids’ craft activities:
- Put materials where they’ve visible and accessible. Labeled boxes and colorful folders help children see the value in keeping everything in its place.
- Less can be more. Stacks and stacks of paper, and boxes and boxes of crayons just get overlooked. Stock a good amount of inventory, but don’t overwhelm with too much.
- Craft together. Kids watch how adults do things and take hints from that. If you demonstrate scissor safety and how to squeeze the most glue from a nearly-empty bottle, little ones will learn a lot.
- Let the process guide the project. If there’s only one correct way to create a project, it can be frustrating. But if just about anything will work, that encourages expression and creativity. This isn’t about scoring points or winning. It’s about having fun!
If you’re a true Tylerite, I know you’ve sampled the new selections at Brookshire’s in Bergfeld Shopping Center (on Roseland). If you haven’t, don’t just take my word for it, drop what you’re doing and go check them out!
Seafood, seafood, seafood! This store has added a brand new seafood program! Not all of us have time to throw up a Gone Fishing, Back in a Few (Hours) sign outside our door, and this seafood is as fresh as you can get without catching it yourself – and let me tell you, it’s fresh daily!! How about some fresh herbs to season that fish filet you have a hankering for? They too are now available and can be found in the produce section at this store. Healthy, ready-to-go garden salads and a new floral update are also included. And as you’re drawn into the store by the smell of fresh-baking Full Circle breads, be sure to check out our very own corporate chef inspired pimiento cheese, chef’s chicken salad, tuna salad and tarragon & grapes chicken salad. Trust me, they’re good; we’ve had plenty of taste tests here in Marketing. Follow your nose to Brookshire’s in Bergfeld Center, it always knows! The store has plenty more updates to come…keep your eyes peeled. And know that fresh is the word!!
Got any ribs to spare? Apparently Brookshire’s does, because spare ribs are one of the featured sale items this week. Now, around this part of the country, we grill all year round, so the mere fact that it’s November shouldn’t stop you from throwing a slab of ribs on the grill. But do you know there’s a much faster way to fix them and still get that down-home barbecue flavor?
It’s kind of cheating, but that’s what cooking’s all about: making it look easy! Take a slab of pork spare ribs and put them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 375° F. for an hour or so. This will help most of the fat cook off, and will get them 90% done.
Then…..put them on the grill, slather on the sauce and finish ‘em up outside! They’ll have the crispy, crunchy outside that comes from time on the grill, but you won’t have to stand guard over them, turning and basting.
See? That’s what cooking is: making it look easy! I promise, your secret’s safe with me.
Choosing gluten-free cooking ingredients is a constant challenge. What about vinegar? Does it fit into your meal plan? Most of the time, the answer is yes. Cider vinegar, distilled (white) vinegar, rice, balsamic and wine vinegars are all generally gluten-free. The big exception is malt vinegar, and it does contain gluten. As always, read labels so that you’re not surprised by any changes!
So how do you go about choosing the best disposable diapers for your baby? There are several things to keep in mind:
- Fit: check the leg gathers and elasticity. Nobody wants a leaking diaper, but also, nobody wants one that pinches or irritates.
- Dryness: varies by brand.
- Fastening tabs: tape or Velcro should be easy to use, and re-sealable.
- Boy vs Girl: some diapers have specially designed diapers for each gender. The absorbent padding is strategically placed.
- Size: diapers come in several sizes, and packages come in sizes, too.
- Cost: this can vary greatly!
- Color and design: not necessary, but often preferred
A disposable diaper has a soft, cloth-like, waterproof outside. Inside there is a moisture-wicking layer, and an absorbent gel inner core.
That gel inner core can sometimes cause problems. If babies don’t feel wet, they don’t fuss. Sitting too long in a wet diaper can cause diaper rashes. Sometimes a less-absorbent diaper is better!
How many diapers do you use each day? Generally speaking, newborns go through 10 to 12; infants use 8 to 10 a day; toddlers use 6 to 8 and potty-learning children can still use 4 to 6 diapers every day. That’s a lot of diaper changing! No wonder disposables are so popular; the convenience alone is significant!
At Brookshire’s our store brand diapers, TopCare, are guaranteed. You’ll get your money back if you’re not pleased with their performance!
You know a recipe is special if there’s a hyphen in the title, or if the title is long with lots of descriptive words. This recipe is really amazing, quick and easy, but oh so impressive. And there’s a hyphen in the title, so there’s proof positive that it’s special. But if you’d like a longer, more-descriptive name, how about Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasonings? Now it sounds even fancier!
This dish is special enough to serve for company, but it’s easy enough to fix on a busy Friday evening. If you have a bag of stir fry veggies in the freezer, feel free to throw them in, too, and you can call it Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasoning and Oriental Vegetable Blend. Now THAT’S special!
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small onions
1 large lime
2 Tbs canola oil
1 or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
1 small piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and thinly sliced*
2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Hot cooked rice or warm tortillas (optional)
*Note on ginger? Never used it fresh? It’s in the produce section and looks like a tree root. Get the very smallest piece you can find, since this recipe only needs a 1-inch piece. You’ll be shocked at how cheap this ingredient is when you buy such a small portion—I’m talking like 25 cents!
Cut each chicken breast half into 8 pieces. Cut each onion into 8 wedges.
Remove 3 strips of peel from the lime, with a vegetable peeler. Cut the lime peel into fine shreds and set aside. Juice the lime and measure 2 Tbs lime juice. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet or wok, and add the oil. Cook the ginger briefly, until fragrant. Remove the ginger pieces and discard. In the same pan, cook the chicken breast chunks and onion wedges until nearly done. Add the jalapeno peppers, cilantro, soy sauce and sugar. Stir and cook until chicken is no longer pink.
Serve over hot rice or with warmed tortillas.
What’d I tell ya? Easy and delicious! And fancy too!
How much juice should you give to your baby, and when? Mothers and pediatricians have debated this for ages. Interestingly, opinion is shifting on the matter. While fruit juice is extremely healthy, it’s also extremely sweet, so should actually be given in moderation. After all, it takes a good 10 oranges to make a cup of orange juice. That’s a lot of oranges to be consuming—and a lot of calories!
Pediatricians generally agree that before age 6 months, babies should only receive breast milk or formula, because those are complete foods. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics) After 6 months, if your baby is drinking from a cup, you can introduce some juice into his or her diet. Don’t give juice in a bottle and never put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice. The natural sugars can lead to cavities. Four to six ounces a day is plenty. An option to juice is mashed or pureed whole fruits and vegetables.
As your baby gets older, his or her needs will change. Fruit juice is sweet and many toddlers will overindulge if given the chance. Don’t give your toddler a sippy cup full of juice, or a juice box, to walk around with all day. The prolonged exposure to natural sugars can cause dental problems. Use juice, instead, as a treat or a snack.
When it comes to beverages, babies and toddlers do just fine when introduced to water as the drink of choice. And as always, discuss food concerns with your family doctor or pediatrician.
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