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Family Matters: Plant the Seed


Springtime is here!  I am sure you have heard the saying “plant the seed and watch it grow”.  I believe this pertains to two things – first, the examples we set for our children daily in the way we live our lives in speech and actions and secondly, taking a small seed, planting it in dirt and watching it grow into something that nourishes others.  These two basically work together and both benefit our children (and family) in a positive manner.

Have your kids save seeds out of items you purchase in the produce department like squash, bell pepper, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc., lay them out to dry on a paper towel and then find some time to work together to plant the seeds.  If you don’t have a little extra room in the yard or flower bed, just take a Food Club Gallon Milk jug, cut the top ¼ part off, poke a few small holes in the bottom (for water to drain), fill with potting soil and you have a homemade planter.

By taking time to plant a few “seeds” for food you are also planting “seeds” in your child by showing them the importance of family togetherness.  When the seeds break ground and start to grow your child will see the miraculous results…what a life changing experience that they are sure to share with others.  How excited they will be when they pick their first squash from the stem and sit down at a meal to enjoy as a family.

A little dirt and a few minutes of your time…“plant the seed” and watch your child grow and flourish as an individual and your family as a whole.  Make time to “plant the seeds”, then sit back and be amazed as the blessings grow in more ways than one.  Give thanks daily for the time you share with your family!

 



Strawberry Frosting


Strawberry Frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
1 (6 oz) Food Club Light Strawberry Yogurt
2 cups Food Club Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract

Directions:
In a large bowl whisk together, with an electric mixer, yogurt and powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread frosting over Tasty Bakery Pound Cake. Top cake with diced strawberries.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 85, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 7 mg, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 0 g

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Shop the Sale: 10 Items for $10 Sale


This week’s “10 Items for $10 Sale” (running April 13 thru 19) is loaded with 10/ $10 items throughout the store – canned goods, frozen foods, dairy products, fresh items, paper goods and much, much more!

There’s a huge number of items in the ad all advertised at 10/ $10 to make it easy to feed your family for less and stock up on many items you need!



Product Talk: Canned Tuna


Why do we snub our noses at canned tuna? It’s a great, healthy food and it’s convenient, too! If tuna salad and tuna casserole are all you can think of, maybe you need to think again!

Tuna can make a quick weeknight supper. Stir a can into tomato sauce, add some spices and crushed red pepper. Serve over hot pasta and you’ll be a convert! Or add some tuna and roasted red peppers to your favorite tossed salad for a protein boost….or melt tuna, shredded cheddar and a tomato slice on an English muffin. See what we mean?

Canned tuna generally comes in light, white and albacore varieties. White and albacore (terms are used interchangeably) are generally milder and chunkier. You can also find tuna in pouches rather than cans. Many prefer the flavor of pouched tuna, since it doesn’t have water or broth included. It’s also very easy to take as a portable lunch!



Dine-In: Grilling Salmon


Seafood has never been my favorite category of food. I always eat fish for their omega-3 fatty acids, but have not really enjoyed it. A few weeks ago I was in a restaurant in Chicago looking over the menu. I looked at the chicken, which is normally what I pick, then the salmon and beef. The salmon came with roasted sweet carrots, asparagus and potatoes. The vegetables sounded delicious so, out of character, I selected the salmon. After one bite of the salmon I knew I made the right choice. As soon as I got back to Texas all I wanted was cedar plank salmon.

This weekend I strongly suggest grilling salmon for you and your family. Fresh salmon will give you the best results, but frozen will work just fine. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over your salmon; make sure the fish is evenly coated. Sprinkle your favorite seasoning over the fish. When I grill salmon I normally use either Julio’s or citrus grilling seasoning. Preheat your grill to medium heat. I recommend using either a fish basket or cedar plank to grill your fish. I personally enjoy using cedar planks to grill my fish. If you use the planks, soak them in water for at least an hour before grilling. Place your fish on the grill and grill for 5 minutes for every ½-inch thickness. I hope you and your family enjoy grilling salmon this weekend!



Family Matters : What To Take On a Walk With Your Dog


When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors. One outdoor activity that I enjoy is walking my dog.  If you’re taking your dog on a walk, ASPCA suggests bringing along water and treats.  It’s not only important to keep yourself hydrated while being outdoors, but also keeping your dog hydrated.

I always carry a jar of water and a plastic bowl with me when taking my dog on a walk. Periodically, my dog and I will stop for a brief water break to help hydrate ourselves. Another item to bring is your dog’s favorite treats. You never know when the perfect training opportunity will arise and it’s important to have treats to reward your dog for good behavior.

 



Corn and avocado salsa


Corn and avocado salsa
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus marinating
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Whole Corn Kernels
3 avocados, ripe but firm, peeled, pitted & large diced
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, diced
1/3 cup Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
4 limes, juiced
Food Club Salt, to taste
Food Club Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 215, Fat: 17 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 90 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 3 g



Crunchy Onion Chicken


Crunchy Onion Chicken
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4

Take your oven outdoors and bake these crunchy chicken breasts on the grill.

Ingredients:
2 cups (2 oz) FRENCH’S®  Original or
Cheddar French Fried Onions
2 Tbs flour
4 (5 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 egg, beaten

Directions:
Place French Fried Onions with flour into plastic bag. Lightly crush with hands or with rolling pin. Transfer to shallow dish. Dip chicken into egg; then coat with onion crumbs, pressing firmly to adhere.  Place chicken into disposable foil pan. Sprinkle with additional onion crumbs, if desired.

Prepare grill for indirect cooking over high heat (400° F). Cook chicken in pan on covered grill 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center.

Tip: To prepare grill for indirect cooking, arrange coals to one side of grill or turn gas on one side only. Place food on grill away from heat. Close grill.

Courtesy of French’s®



Shop the Sale: Chicken!


Brookshire’s ad this week features chicken!  For my family that means their favorite part of the bird is on sale: chicken tenders and chicken breasts.

There are so many great ways to fix chicken, so stop at the store and pick up some packages of chicken breasts and chicken tenders while they’re on sale this week. You can be assured you’ll be serving your family nutritious meals when the main ingredients start with healthy chicken from Brookshire’s.



Healthy Living: Vitamin D


Vitamin D is one vitamin that I can confidently say I am not deficient in. I spend so much time outside that I rarely worry if I’m lacking in it. A neat fact about vitamin D is you can get it from not only food, but also the sun!  This explains why vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine vitamin.

Food sources are egg yolks, liver, tuna, salmon and fortified milk. Since more people, particularly kids, are spending more time indoors, it brings up the concern if we are getting enough vitamin D.

We have all heard to have healthy bones we must have calcium, but we must not forget the importance of vitamin D in bone health. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphate, as well as maintains the levels of these two minerals in the blood. Drinking milk, fortified with vitamin D, and spending time outdoors are two ways to prevent vitamin D deficiencies.

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