Let soups and stews cool, allowing the fat to rise to the top and solidify, so that it can be easily skimmed off with a spoon. Then reheat gently.
Wintertime isn’t the greatest time to find fresh fruit at its peak of ripeness. If you find yourself craving peaches and blueberries in January, take a look in the frozen foods department. There you’ll find just about any fruit that tickles your fancy!
You can choose from single fruits or bags of fruit blends—ready to thaw and serve, and if you have leftovers? Toss them in the blender with a cup of yogurt and make fruit smoothies! You can’t lose when it comes to fruit!
When it’s cold outside, nothing beats a warm dinner inside! Pile on the tomato sauce and gooey cheese and you might not need to go out for dinner, ever again!Try this recipe for bistro chicken: it’s very Italian, but at the same time, very American. You can have it on the table in a half hour, and everyone—family, visitors or just you—will enjoy a tasty and satisfying dinner—without ever stepping out of the house!
Easy Bistro Chicken
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 20 minutes
2 tsp olive oil
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
In a large skillet, sauté the mushrooms, peppers and onion in olive oil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, the salad dressing and tomato paste.
Place chicken on top of the sauce and cover with a lid. Reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
Serve over hot rice or pasta, if desired.
362 Calories Per Serving: Total Fat 15g ( 5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 114 mg, Sodium: 473 mg, Carbohydrates: 14.2 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 42 g
Are you always the last family to take down holiday decorations?
If you still have piles of Christmas gift wrap sitting around, you’re in luck!
This will provide the perfect family activity—and it’ll save you from having to find a place to store all that paper, as well.
Here are several ideas for using leftover gift wrap:
- Wrap paper around an empty vegetable (clean) can and make a pencil holder!
- Make a bookmark from a gift wrap glued onto a rectangle of cardboard (maybe cut from a cereal box).
- Make book covers for school books or read-at-home material.
- Make greeting cards by folding paper in half or quarters. Hint: send some thank-you notes!
- Wrap cardboard boxes to make pretty storage totes.
Super Flu-Fighter Fruit Smoothie
Prep Time: 3 minutes
In a blender, process 6 fresh or frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple (in chunks), 1/2 cup frozen peaches (in chunks). Add in 1/2 cup pomegranate juice drink as needed to smooth the mixture. Finally, add 3 ice cubes and process till frosty. Sweeten with 1 TBS Food Club Honey—or to taste.
Body Builder Protein Smoothie
Prep Time: 6 minutes
In a blender, combine 2 Tbs peanut butter, 1 bananA, 1/3 cup whey protein and 1 cup Lactaid Chocolate Milk. When smooth, briefly process 1/2 cup no-sugar-added
vanilla Ice Cream with the rest of the ingredients.
Bright Morning Breakfast Shake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
In a blender, combine 1/2 cup Lactaid 100 Whole Milk and 1 Tbs honey. Add 2 bananas (fresh or frozen) and 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) a bit at a time to incorporate into the shake. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
Many meats are injected with flavor solutions that contain gluten and other additives. For this reason, people on a gluten-free diet stay away from deli products. Good news, though! Brookshire’s features gluten-free deli meats from Kretschmar and Boar’s Head. Ask your deli partner to check the labels to be sure you’re getting what you want.
Oh, sure, you could just call it spaghetti sauce, but marinara sauce is a particular type of tomato/pasta sauce. It contains no meat, and often has chunky vegetables (onion, celery, tomato) in the sauce and is seasoned with oregano.. For many pasta lovers, marinara is a pure sauce—the best.
Brookshire’s sells plenty of marinara and other pasta/tomato sauces. Besides a hot plate of macaroni, though, how can you use it? Here are a few ideas:
- It’s a great dipping sauce for bread, veggies, meat and other foods. Serve warm.
- Spread it on a roll when serving hoagies or meatball sandwiches.
- Substitute for ketchup when making burgers. It’s also a great pizza sauce!
- Stir a bit into sautéed vegetables, like green beans or corn.
Wes Hooper, former store director at the Brookshire’s store in Mt. Vernon, Texas, was recently promoted to district manager.
Hooper now oversees Texas stores in Celina, Sweetwater, Azle, Denton, Bowie, Comanche, Granbury, Aledo, Cisco, Eastland, Brownwood, Lake Worth, Weatherford, Springtown, Albany, Crowley, Benbrook and Anna.
Hooper began his career in 1984 as a courtesy clerk at the Brookshire’s in Pittsburg, Texas. He then served as a stocker and grocery manager before being promoted to assistant store manager in Mt. Vernon. He then served as an assistant store manager in Paris, Texas, before being promoted to store director at the Brookshire’s in Atlanta, Texas, in 2002. He has been the store director in Mt. Vernon since 2005.
You know, you can only eat steak so many times. After that, you get a craving for some down-home, country cooking. And nothing says country cooking like pork chops with gravy.
Fix this recipe over the weekend and save the fuss of going out to eat. The good part is that this dish really isn’t that fattening, either.
By using low-fat milk and cutting back the amount of butter, this meal comes in at only 250 calories per serving. That’s not bad!
Pork Chops with Country Gravy
Time needed: 40 minutes
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp poultry seasoning
4 (4 oz each) boneless, center cut lin pork chops, about ¾ inch thick
1 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
Directions:Place flour, salt and poultry seasoning in a shallow dish. Dredge pork in the flour mixture, turning to coat. Save any leftover flour.
Melt butter in a large skillet coated with cooking spray. Add pork and cook 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Reduce heat and cook 10 minutes, or until done.
Remove pork to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Combine the saved flour mixture and milk in a small bowl, stirring with a fork until blended. Add this milk mixture to the pan, and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits from the pan. Simmer 2 minutes to thicken. Serve with chops.
Calories Per Serving: 252, Fat: 9 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 302 mg, Carbohydrates:11 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 29 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.
You hear it everywhere: Don’t feed people food to your pets. Some people foods are deadly!
But if reality means your dog or cat will indeed have a few people foods, here are some foods that are healthy choices for pets:
Apple slices (without seeds)
Cooked lean meats
Plain, cooked pasta
Each Monday we feature a new or interesting product.
Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
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Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
Stop fighting the crowds, save money and dine in, every Friday.