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Family Matters: Introducing Solid Foods


Is it time for you to start introducing solid foods to your baby? We have all seen the commercials of babies eating Cheerios, well one of the first foods you can introduce to your baby is “O” shaped and puffed cereals. Other foods you can start to introduce, when your baby is ready, are mushy foods like diced bananas applesauce and avocado. Pick foods that are easy for your baby to eat, nutritious, and are cut small enough for your baby to eat.



Make your party super easy!


You’ll have plenty of tasty snacks—and time—on hand for the big game when you order one of Brookshire’s delicious and convenient fresh, custom-made party trays.

Because they come ready-to-serve, all you’ll have to worry about is having enough dip to satisfy your hungry bunch!

Don’t forget to order these ahead of time so that they’re ready to be picked up just before kick-off!

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Lime Sherbet Punch


This year, spice up the big game with our sweet and tasty Lime Sherbet Punch or Red Apple Martinis.

And when the hunger hits, serve up an explosion of south-of-the-border flavors and snacks. Just don’t be shocked if they’re gone before halftime!  

Lime Sherbet Punch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 cups Food Club Apple Juice
4 cups Food Club Ginger Ale
1/3 cup Red Diamond Lemonade
1/3 cup Food Club Orange Juice
2 cups Goldenbrook Farms Lime Sherbet

Directions:
In a punch bowl, combine all juices; mix well. Add  lime sherbet.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 269, Fat: 1 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 37 mg, Carbohydrates: 65 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 1 g

Red Apple Martini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Food Club Apple Juice
1/4 cup Food Club Cranberry Juice
2 oz vodka

Directions:
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine apple juice, cranberry juice and vodka; cover and shake. Pour into martini glass.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 86, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 0 g

© 2011, 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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Healthy Living: Asparagus and Cauliflower


The NuVal scores for fresh vegetables can range anywhere from 81 to100 with the average score being a 94. We all know that all fresh vegetables are good for you but you can not beat a vegetable with a score of 100. Cauliflower and asparagus are two vegetables that have a score of 100. Not only does cauliflower and asparagus share the same score but they both can be found in purple, green, and white.

Cauliflower is a good source of 12 vitamins and minerals along with fiber; you can now see why it has a score of 100 with only 144 calories for a whole medium head! Cauliflower is apart of the Brassica family which also includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. The Brassica family contains an anti-cancer property called sulforaphane. It is best to cook cauliflower by steaming or microwaving to prevent the loss of this property.

Asparagus is a good source of 19 different vitamins and minerals along with fiber. Some of those vitamins and minerals include; calcium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, and potassium.  There are 29 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber and protein in 6 medium spears of asparagus. One of the most delicious ways of preparing asparagus is to grill it with a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil drizzled over it.  



Dine In: Red Potato Appetizer


Red Potato Appetizer
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:
12 small red potatoes
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 Tbs minced green onion
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dill weed
24 fresh dill sprigs

Directions:
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and add potatoes; boil potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Let potatoes cool.

Cut potatoes in half, scoop centers out of potatoes and place potatoes into a medium bowl. Do not scoop all of potato out, just the center. Set potato skins aside.  Mix together potatoes, yogurt, green onions, lemon juice, garlic, and dill weed. Spoon yogurt mixture back into potato skin. Garnish each potato with a sprig of dill.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 253, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 35 mg, Carbohydrates: 56 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 8 g

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© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician 



Family Matters: Reaching Out


Cold weather is here with wind, rain, sleet and snow – how it chills us to the bone some days. We often forgot how blessed we are to have a warm place to call home, three meals a day, and warm clothes to wear.  We get comfortable and busy in our every day life and often overlook things that we should be thankful for daily.   

As the New Year begins, take a moment to sit and talk with your family and decide how you can “raise someone else up” by reaching out to them. It is as simple as preparing a meal for someone sick, giving goods to a food pantry, donating clothes to a clothes closet, visiting a nursing home, making blankets for a shelter or volunteering your families time at church or for a non-profit organization.  

A can of soup, a set of clothes, a simple hug or a few hours of your time will change someone’s life…and yours.  Take a moment to give of yourself (and as a family) and see what a reward you will gain in doing so.  If you don’t think you can make a difference, just “reach out” once and the feeling you receive from helping others will change your life…and theirs. 

What a great lesson to teach our children, a reminder to us individually and a family tradition that will touch and change the lives of so many for years to come.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.  



Get Courageous


Ever wish you could prepare a gourmet meal?

Well, now you can! At Brookshire’s, we want you to let your inner chef loose and get courageous in the kitchen!
Your efforts and taste buds will be rewarded with chef-worthy cuisine that easily rates five stars!

Jicama Melon Salsa
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cup cantaloupe, diced
1 cup honeydew melon, diced
1/2 cup jicama, peeled and diced
2 Tbs red onions, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeño, minced
salt, to taste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients; refrigerate until serving time. Place salsa on top of your favorite meat.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 45, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 56 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 1 g

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Almond Brittle
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
2 cups Food Club Sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

Directions:
Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed pan. Stir together with a spoon, making sure there are no lumps of dry sugar left. Cover the pan and place it on medium heat for 4 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat to high, and bring it to a boil. Do not stir, but if sugar crystals appear on the side of the pan; use a wet pastry brush to clean the sides.

Cook the sugar until it starts to change color, 300° F. At this point lower the heat and cook the sugar until golden brown or 325° F. Remove from heat quickly and throw in the almonds and pour on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, distributing it evenly. Let cool completely and break in chunks.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 323, Fat: 9 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 61 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g

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Tabbouleh Salad
Prep Time: 2 hours
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1/2 cup bulgur, fine or medium grain, rinsed under running water and drained
2 lemons, juiced
1/3 cup Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups minced fresh parsley leaves
2 medium tomatoes, halved, seeded and cut into very small dice
4 medium scallions, green and white parts, minced
2 Tbs minced fresh mint leaves (or 1 rounded tsp dried mint)

Directions:
Mix bulgur wheat with juice from one lemon in medium bowl; set aside until grains are tender and fluffy, 20 to 40 minutes, depending on age and type of bulgur.

Mix remaining lemon juice, olive oil, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix bulgur, parsley, tomatoes, scallions, and mint; add dressing and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate to let flavors blend, 1 to 2 hours.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 251, Fat: 19 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 608 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 4 g

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Celery Salad with Dijon & Pecans
Prep Time: 30 minutes + chilling
Serves: 6

Ingredients:
Creamy Dijon Dressing:
1 lemon, juiced
1 1/2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Tbs Food Club Fat-Free Sour Cream

Salad:
1/4 cup Food Club Pecans
3 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 pear, ripe but firm, grated
2 Tbs chopped green onions
2 Tbs parsley leaves, fresh chopped
2 Tbs tarragon leaves, fresh chopped

Directions:
In medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard, honey and salt. In a steady stream, slowly whisk in oil. Add sour cream; whisk to combine. Set aside.

Toast the pecans in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes and then rough chop.

Combine chopped celery, chopped pear and dressing. Stir in green onions, parsley, tarragon and pecans. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. Serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 175, Fat: 16 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 379 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

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© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Ready-Made Crowd Pleasers


Save time—then spend it with family and friends!

Choose fresh, zesty dips and vegetable trays, and yummy desserts like our creme cakes or fudge brownies!

Create a delicious snack table combination with Food Club Dips and Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Trays!

Sunnybrook Farms, Pico De Gallo, Food Club Ranch Dip and Food Club Spinach Dip.

Don’t forget the ice! Premier Mountain Ice. Sold in two convenient sizes.



Shop The Sale: Hass Avocado


Hass avocadoes are on-sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Pick some up to try some homemade guacamole!

Homemade Guacamole
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chilling
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
4 avocadoes, peeled and pit removed
2 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp cumin
2 Tbs cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tomato, chopped

Directions:
In a medium bowl, mash avocadoes with a fork.  Mix-in lime juice, salt, cumin, and cilantro leaves. Fold-in onion, cloves, and tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 133, Fat: 12 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 123 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 2 g

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© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Product Talk: Pistachios


Pistachios: everyone’s favorite little nut. One ounce has about 160 calories and 3 grams of fiber and more nutrition than you can imagine!

If you’ve been around a while, you may remember when you could only get pistachios with bright-red dyed shells. And you could tell who liked pistachios by the red stains on their fingers and lips, too!

Pistachios were dyed because folks thought they looked more appetizing when they were red. Those dyes have since been done away with and now we enjoy pistachios “au naturel.” But they’re more than just a tasty snack…you can cook with them, too!

  •  Top yogurt with pistachios.
  •  Mix chopped pistachios into pancake batter.
  •  Add 1 oz chopped pistachios to oatmeal or cookie dough.
  •  Use ground pistachios as a crust for fish or chicken.
  •  Sprinkle pistachios on a grilled chicken salad.
  •  Toss a few into pasta dishes.
  •  Substitute pistachios for pine nuts or walnuts in pest.


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