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Product Talk: Potatoes

Did you know that potatoes can be purple? Potatoes can actually be brown, yellow, red and  yes, even purple/blue. You can use purple potatoes with some olive oil and a favorite seasoning to make delicious fries. To surprise your family and friends you can uses these potatoes in potato salad or to add color to dull hash browns. Potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and have lots of fiber. The great thing about potatoes is that they can be cooked in the oven, on the stove top and even in the microwave.

Colorful Hash browns
Serves: 4
Total Time: 30 minutes

2 pounds purple potatoes
2 Tbs chopped onion
2 Tbs chopped bell pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbs olive oil

Cook potatoes in the microwave or by boiling, until just tender. In a medium bowl, combine cooked potatoes, onion, pepper, salt, pepper, and milk.  Set aside. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add potato mixture. Press firmly together to form a large patty. Reduce heat and cook until golden brown. Do not stir. Once one side is golden brown flip hash brown. When both sides are golden , remove to a platter and serve.

Nutritional information:
Per serving: 246 calories, 7 g fat (1g saturated fat), 602 mg sodium, 1 mg cholesterol, 41g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 5g protein.

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Dining In: Cheesy Spinach Dip

When my friends and I go out to restaurants, our favorite thing to get is spinach dip as an appetizer.  The creamy taste just draws me in. Instead of going to a restaurant to eat an appetizer with friends, you can invite friends over and enjoy homemade spinach dip. This way you can stay in, save money, eat healthy and enjoy quality time with friends. One of the main ingredients in spinach dip is of course spinach.

Did you know spinach is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber?  You can serve this dip with baked chips, vegetables, or your favorite crackers.

Cheesy Spinach Dip
Serves: 22
Cook Time: 20 minutes  

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
1 can (14oz.) artichoke hearts, drained finely chopped
1 pkg. fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and baby spinach over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Once spinach starts to wilt, remove from heat. In a bowl, combine artichoke, cheese, and spinach mixture. Spread mixture in a thin layer in baking dish. Sprinkle paprika over dip. Place dip in oven and broil until cheese is bubbly with light brown edges.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 37, Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 68mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g.

© 2010, 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: Man’s Best Friend as Your Walking Buddy

Just like humans, dogs need exercise too. When dogs exercise, their bone, joint and emotional health improves. Dogs make great walking and jogging buddies. Next time there is a sunny day, put a leash on your dog and take it on a walk or jog. This way both you and your dog are improving your health. Do not forget to bring water for you and your pet.

Shop the Sale: Ground Turkey

Ground turkey meat is a healthy alternative to beef; you can use it in almost anything you use beef for. With ground turkey you can make delicious turkey burgers as well as turkey meat balls.

It is getting warmer outside so you could heat up the grill, grab some ground turkey on sale at Brookshire’s, and make a delicious turkey burger.  

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Healthy Living: Mayo

Most mayonnaise is gluten-free, but it always pays to read the label to be sure. When in doubt, check the mayo products from Kraft Foods. Kraft is good about providing clear labels about gluten content.


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Product Talk: Mini Rice Cakes

You can jazz up the snacks in your child’s life by switching them up—just a little. Have you ever tried mini rice cakes? They come in a range of flavors from plain to ranch to caramel. All you need to do is spread a mini rice cake with a teaspoon of cream cheese (try the flavored whipped cream cheese!) and you have a healthy, tasty treat! And of course, it’s easy to go from there and add all sorts of toppings: a slice of cucumber or banana fits perfectly, and you can smear on a bit of peanut butter and/or jelly, a bit of leftover chicken or cheese….you get the idea!

Mini rice cakes—the perfect way to eat a bit healthier and have fun while you’re at it!

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April Is Grilled Cheese Month

Grilled Cheese—It’s Not Just For Kids!

Kraft American Singles on white bread, grilled until toasty: it’s a childhood tradition.

But, are you ready for something a bit more adventurous and adult?

Try these combinations: 

• Pumpernickel bread, smoked Virginia ham slice, a dab of grainy brown mustard and gouda cheese

• Whole wheat bread, extra-sharp cheddar cheese and thinly sliced tomato

• English muffin, pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese

• Rustic sourdough bread, thinly sliced onion and Swiss cheese

• Italian bread, shredded parmesan and Havarti cheese

Dine In: Bring the Restaurant to Your Home!

Cooking for someone you love is the ultimate gift. After all, nobody can duplicate it, and you created it with your own hands. As the weekend rolls around, how about  setting aside less than an hour to produce a gift of love from your kitchen? This chicken and white wine (the French call it coq au vin) is savory good, and surprisingly quick and easy! But that can be our little secret.
Use your favorite white wine. Suggestions include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chicken with White Wine Sauce
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium shallot, chopped (or use 2 Tbs chopped onion)
1 Tsp dried basil, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 small bone-in chicken breast halves

In a large skillet, cook the mushrooms, shallot, basil and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes—until the shallot is tender.
Stir in the broth, wine, salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken over top of everything. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter and spoon the pan juices over the chicken.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per serving:  215. Fat: 6 g ( 1 gr. Saturated fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium:  285 mg, Carbohydrates:  2 g, Fiber:  0 g, Protein:  34 g.

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Family Matters: A Wave Bottle!

Some days—often it’s a Saturday—you just need something different to do. That’s all there is to it—you’re bored.

Here’s a fun craft idea kids will enjoy and it’s easy to keep the supplies on hand so that you’ll be ready the next time boredom strikes your house!



Wave Bottle

Materials needed:
Cooking Oil
Blue Food Coloring (or any other color)
Empty bottle from soda (2 liter, 1 liter or 3 liter)
Super glue

Have your child fill a bottle halfway with cooking oil, and then add some water that has been dyed with food coloring (hint: use a funnel!) to fill it 3/4 of the way full. Replace the cap and glue it on with super glue.  As you place the bottle on its side, the waves will roll gently.

Kids will have so much fun watching the surf….and adults will find it strangely relaxing, too!

Shop the Sale: Strawberries

Does anything say SPRING more than a bowl full of fresh strawberries? When I see berries in the store—like they are at Brookshire’s this week—I know the beautiful days of spring are upon us—at least some of the time. So while the weather may be unreliable, at least you can count on some things—like strawberries!

Ever made macerated strawberries? Macerated is a fancy-schmancy food term that means you cut them up, and let them sit so they get really juicy. So…slice up berries, sprinkle with just a tablespoon of sugar or Splenda, and let them stand 20 minutes. They’re the perfect dessert, just the way they are!

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