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Healthy Living: Unexpected Gluten Containing Foods


The tricky part of being on a gluten-free diet is the foods that you would never expect to have gluten. By now you probably know to stay away for wheat bread, breaded vegetables and meat, and anything that has wheat in the ingredients list.

The simple part is to look at the ingredients list, see wheat, rye, or barley, put the product back and move on.  There are a few items you would not immediately know to avoid. For example, caramel coloring is sometimes made from barley, therefore, that is a new ingredient for you to search for on the ingredients list. Also, imitation bacon, nondairy creamer, and seasoning mixes also may contain gluten. Always be careful when looking at the ingredients list. Like I always say when in doubt call the manufacturer!



Healthy Living: Pool Safety


The lazy days of summer mean hours spent by the pool.  Don’t forget your designated “watcher”.  If there is not a lifeguard on duty where you will be swimming, be sure to designate one adult to watch the kids.  It is very important that the designated person not have any distractions. 

Drowning can happen in seconds!  It’s also a good idea to be trained in CPR.  During the time that it takes paramedics to arrive, your training could save someone’s life.



Healthy Living: Fish!


Growing up in East Texas, I thought fried fish was one of the major food groups.  At least once a week we ate fried catfish, bass, crappie, and any other fish that we caught!  While fried fish is not the healthiest thing you can eat, baked or grilled fish is.  Fish is low in fat and an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.  With the NuVal nutritional scoring system in place in our stores, it is easy to identify and make healthy food choices.  When comparing the different meat items in our stores, it is quickly apparent that fish and seafood is the most healthy protein choice.  The ratings average is as follows:

  • Fish and Seafood      71
  • Poultry                       30
  • Beef                           30
  • Pork                           28

We have many fresh fish choices in our stores such as Tilapia, Catfish, Cod, Halibut, Tuna, Sea Bass and my personal favorite Salmon.  Salmon is easy to cook and very versatile.  Try my favorite recipe:

Pecan Roasted Salmon

Ingredients:
4 Salmon Fillets
1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
1 Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Panko Bread Crumbs
2 Tbs Chopped Pecans
1 tsp  Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste (sea salt and coarse ground pepper)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place skin side down on baking sheet.
Combine mustard and honey, brush on top of salmon.
Mix breadcrumbs, nuts and parsley and sprinkle over salmon.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until flaky.

 



Product Talk: Spudnuts


How long has it been since you’ve had a Spudnut?  If it’s been awhile, we’re happy to announce that we now carry them in our bakeries!  If you have never tried a Spudnut, or for that matter, haven’t heard of them – let’s talk about them for a moment.

According to the folks at Wikipedia.com, “Spudnut Shops were a franchised chain of stores selling potato flour donuts called Spudnuts.”  While that franchise is long gone, we now offer a dozen count boxes of Tasty Bakery Spudnuts from one of our suppliers.  This begs the question, “What is a Spudnut made of?”  Simply put, it is typically a donut that is sometimes made from mashed potatoes or potato starch, or in the case of the spudnuts we carry, largely from potato flour – rather than everyday standard flour.  This difference creates a donut with a distinct taste all its own and is a nice change if you’re looking for something new or novel in the world of donuts.

We hope the next time you are looking for a fun treat to take to a summer picnic event; you try some of our Spudnuts.  These are available in all of our stores and we’ll most likely be offering some promotions on them from time-to-time. 

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Family Matters: What’s for Supper


If your family is like ours, summer is always a busy time and finding a meal you can prepare while you are out doing other things is helpful and relieves the stress of figuring out “what’s for supper”.  

Below is an easy Crockpot meal that our family enjoys. 

 

Crockpot Pinto Beans

Ingredients:
1 – 2 lb Bag Food Club Dried Pinto Beans
1 – 16 oz Jar Food Club Thick & Chunky Salsa (Medium)
2 slices of Bacon (uncooked)
1 tsp. – Morton’s Natural Seasonings
1 tsp – Margarine
1/2 tsp – Salt

Directions:

Rinse beans; place in large bowl and fill with warm water until beans are completely covered.  Soak beans for approximately 6 hours and then pour in Crockpot.  Fill Crockpot with water until beans are covered; add jar of salsa, bacon and other ingredients.  Cook on high until beans are tender.  Suggestion:  Soak the beans overnight and put them on to cook in the morning and you will have supper ready to eat when you get home from work! 

The Food Club Thick & Chunky Salsa has bell peppers, onions, and spices that give the beans a great flavor.  Make a pan of cornbread to go with the beans and you have a meal. If you have any leftover beans just add ground meat or sausage the next day and then you have chili for another meal. 

Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a meal together.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family. 



Shop the Sale: Want S’more Ideas


For several years now, when the weather is right, I take my kids camping. We pitch the tents, unpack the coolers and build a fire every night. Of course, our cookouts are not complete without the traditional s’mores! My kids love to toast their own marshmallows because they both want them toasted differently; one—lightly toasted and the other—fire charcoaled! It’s really amazing how something so simple as s’mores can bring the family fun time together. 

Now, Brookshire’s is celebrating summer and s’mores with a special offer for you. Enjoy FREE Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows when you buy one Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams and one Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. See the July Celebrate Cooking magazine for this special offer. 

If you are feeling creative, let your family make different varieties of s’mores: 

Add peanut butter to your graham crackers
Use a chocolate graham cracker
Add toasted coconut
Use cookies in place of graham crackers
Add different fruits to your s’mores: bananas, strawberries or peaches
Add pretzels

 



Healthy Living: Hot Dog vs. Hamburger


When you are at a picnic or cook-out, do you wonder if you should eat a hot dog or a hamburger? The burger wins by just a nudge. It has 304 calories, 12 grams fat and 21 grams carbohydrates. The hot dog has 308 calories, 19 grams fat and 24 grams of carbohydrates. These numbers include buns.

If you really want to come out ahead, though, go with a grilled chicken breast (no bun) for 142 calories, 3 grams fat and zero carbohydrates!



Product Talk: Leigh Oliver Spinach Queso with Red Ripe Tomatoes


Have you noticed the new Leigh Oliver dips? They are very delicious and can be used for more than just a dip. My personal favorite is the Spinach Queso with red ripe tomatoes.

You can eat this as a dip with your favorite tortilla chip or what I love to do with the Queso is to drizzle it over some baked chicken… delicious!

 

You can check out some of Leigh Oliver recipes in the July issue of Celebrate Cooking, online and in all Brookshire stores.



Dine In: Primavera Minestrone


Primavera Minestrone
Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves 6

 

 

  

 

Ingredients:
1/3 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) or rice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium leek or several green onions (2 cups, chopped)
1 cup chopped carrots
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup sliced green beans
1 cup chopped yellow summer squash
1 cup sliced asparagus
1/2 cup minced fresh basil, divided
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Cook pasta, drain and rinse. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pan and cook leek and carrots 10 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add broth and green beans and bring to a boil.
Add the pasta, squash, asparagus, ¼ cup basil and the pepper. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve each bowl topped with remaining basil and shredded cheese.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 170, Fat: 9g (Saturated Fat 3g), Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 570mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 11g.

© 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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Family Matters: Ice Cream Bar Pie!


For almost 13 years now, once a year, I go all out to bake and decorate a birthday cake for my son and it’s not your everyday sheet cake either. I plan the cake around the theme of the party, buy new shaped cake pans, new colors of icing, all the ingredients and stay up all hours of the night trying to out do myself from the previous years! In a couple of days he is going to be a teenager and so, as usual, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his party.  Goodbye to Batman, Spiderman and Sponge Bob themed cakes for him, he wants an ice cream cake!

How do I even begin to make an ice cream cake? Luckily, the July Celebrate Cooking magazine has an ice cream bar pie that I’m thinking about trying for his party. I’ll keep you updated and let you know how it turns out or if I modified the recipe any. Best of all, I shouldn’t have to be up all hours of the night baking and decorating!

Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18

Ingredients:
1 (12 Ct) box Food Club Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 (12 oz) ctn fat-free frozen whipped topping
2 favorite candy bars (Snickers, Butterfinger,Reese’s or Toffee Bar)
1/4 cup caramel syrup

Directions:
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over sandwiches. Crush your candy bar and sprinkle over whipped topping. Drizzle caramel syrup over ice cream pie. Freeze pie for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without candy bar): Calories: 161,
Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 125 mg,
Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 20 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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