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Mango Tango Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves 2

Mission® Extra Thin Chips
1 cup canned black beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped mango (fresh or from a jar), with 2 Tbs juice reserved
2 Tbs red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs chopped cilantro
2 tsp lime juice

Mash black beans with a fork. Add mango, mango juice, onion, cumin, cilantro and lime juice; combine evenly. Serve cold with chips.

Recipe and image courtesy Mission

Nutritional Information: 
Calories Per 1/4-cup dip Serving: 47, Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 2 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Shop the Sale: Bacon

It’s the eternal dilemma: which is best, sausage or bacon? We even ran an unofficial poll on the subject and the answer wasn’t conclusive. But you can try both and save money, as well. This week we have big 3-pound packages of bacon and sausage on sale at Brookshire’s. I think it’s time for a brunch taste test!

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Healthy Living: Beans

Beans are very high in fiber, and that may help control weight and help prevent or manage diabetes. Beans can also protect against colon cancer and heart disease. The National Institute of Medicine recommends 25 to 38 grams of fiber every day and most Americans get only 4 to 11 grams. One cup of beans provides about 15 grams. Go beans!!

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Product Talk: Spinach

Popeye was right! Spinach is a super food that really helps your body grow and be strong. And if babies start out eating spinach, they will learn to enjoy it for the rest of their lives. When they’re very young, babies may have a bit of trouble with spinach, because it’s full of fiber—and chewing. So you can start with jarred baby food! Spinach is full of iron, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. As your child gets older, steam or cook spinach and blend or stir it into just about anything—oatmeal, scrambled eggs, spaghetti sauce—it’s the perfect camouflage veggie. As years pass, use spinach in place of lettuce for salads and in sandwiches. Add a few leaves to quesadillas and pizzas, try cream of spinach soup….and you get the idea. 

If you had a hard time liking spinach in your life, it could be because you had bad spinach. Boiled and squishy spinach can be hard for anyone to enjoy! Instead, get a big handful of leaves and steam them very briefly—just enough to wilt. You can put them in the microwave with a spoonful of water and cover with plastic wrap. Cook 1 or 2 minutes and that’s it! Lightly steamed spinach is amazingly better than the soggy stuff.

Dine In: Greek-Style Tilapia

Take a delicious fish and add an international twist!

Tilapia is one of America’s favorite fish varieties, perhaps because of its extra-mild flavor and easy preparation. This recipe for Greek-Style Tilapia gives you one more way to serve this versatile, healthy fish!


Greek-Style Tilapia

Serves 4
Prep time: 6 minutes; Cook time: 18 minutes

1 to 2 lemons
1 1/2 lbs tilapia fillets (about 4)
1 Tbs chopped oregano leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
8 oz orzo (or any other type) pasta

Preheat oven to 400° F.
Juice the lemons to get 1/4 cup juice, and grate 1/2 tsp of the peel.
Arrange the fish fillets in a 12 x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the fish with lemon juice and peel, chopped oregano, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes to the baking dish around the tilapia. Cover with foil and bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until fish is done.
While fish cooks, cook the pasta in water. Serve the pasta and fish with the juices from the baking dish.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 395,   Fat: 6 g (1 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 310 mg, Carbohydrates: 45  g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 36  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.

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Lawry’s Enchiladas

Quick and Delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves 8



3 cups water
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 pkg Lawry’s® Enchilada Sauce Spices & Seasonings
1 Lb ground beef, turkey or chicken
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 8 oz), divided
8 corn tortillas 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix water, tomato paste and Enchilada Sauce Spices & Seasonings in 2-quart saucepan until well blended. Bring to boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Meanwhile, brown ground meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat, if desired. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Pour 1 cup of the enchilada sauce into 13×9 baking dish. Coat each tortilla in remaining sauce. Spoon meat mixture down center of each tortilla. Fold over tortillas sides. Place seam-side down in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over enchiladas. Bake 15 minutes. 

Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. 

Variation: prepare as directed, using 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken or beef in place of the ground beef.

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 326, Fat: 15 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 72 mg, Sodium: 243 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 26 g 

Recipe courtesy of Lawry’s Seasonings, Inc.



The Baked Potato

Potatoes have a bad image because they have 26 grams of carbohydrates (for a medium potato). But potatoes are fat free, only 150 calories, and full of vitamin C and potassium.

To bake a potato: Preheat oven to 350° F. Wash and dry the potato; prick several times with a fork—this allows steam to escape.

If desired, rub potatoes very lightly with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt (this helps the skin become crispy, but isn’t essential).

Place potatoes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until a fork can pierce into the center easily—about an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes. Cut in half or split open; add your favorite toppings.

The Top Toppers For Baked Potato Bar:

  • SALSA – fat free and only 10 calories
  • LOADED – butter, sour cream, bacon bits, chives and shredded cheese
  • POTATO POLLO – grilled onions and chicken strips
  • SPICY SPUD – a ladle of chili con carne, plus cheese and onions
  • PIZZA POTATO – pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms


Family Matters: Those Growth Spurts Do Slow Down!

In those early months, babies grow—and eat—at a tremendous rate. They nearly triple their weight and grow nearly 12 inches by their first birthday. It’s important to remember that this growth rate will slow down a bit after the first year. Babies will lose their “baby fat” and slim down a bit.

Preschoolers only need about half the calories per pound of body weight than babies do! If you’re not ready for it you may worry that your child is eating less and perhaps has a health issue. 

Kids often go on ‘food kicks’ where they develop extremely picky habits, refusing to eat whole food groups, or insisting on eating the same food every day. For the most part, that’s really not anything to worry about, though it’s also a good idea to suggest kids “try” foods whenever they’re served…to help develop new tastes. Experts say it can take 15 or more tries before a new food becomes one a child will eat. 

It’s important to remember that some people love to eat  and others only eat to survive. If your child isn’t a recreational eater, don’t worry! It’ll be easier for him to eat healthy when he’s not tempted by all sorts of goodies!

Healthy Living: Veggie Power!

Vegetables are a great source of gluten-free nutrition. Do you need some ideas on how to jazz them up a bit? How about roasting? Toss chopped veggies in a little olive oil and roast in a 375 degree oven until they’re tender and golden.

Use Chile flakes, cumin and other herbs and spices to zip them up, too!

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Healthy Living: Eating Heart-Healthy Meals

What do you need to include in your diet, if you want it to be more heart-healthy? Doctors recommend these three points:

  1. Eat “good” fats rather than saturated and trans-fat containing foods.
  2. Eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, which come from fish and nuts
  3. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. 

These three strategies, along with physical activity, not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight, can prevent many of the cardiovascular diseases in our culture today.

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