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In Season: Lettuce


If you overindulged at the holiday table — and honestly who didn’t, then January is the time to
make dietary amends.

So bring on the salads!

Salads became the dieter’s best friend for a reason: All salad greens are fat-free, sodium-free and super-low in calories, packing 10 calories or fewer per cup.

But all lettuces are not equal. The darker green the leaf, the more nutrients you’ll generally get. Pale iceberg, for instance, has a very high water content. Therefore, though it stores beautifully and its mild crispness appeals even to people who don’t much like vegetables, it doesn’t provide many more vitamins than you’d get in a sheet of tissue paper.

But two cups of dark-green romaine lettuce –– about the amount in a good-sized Caesar salad — provides two grams of fiber, 40 percent of an adult’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 140 percent of vitamin A, plus small amounts of calcium and iron. With all the gorgeous greens in the store this winter, you can make a different salad every day of the week.

Take inspiration from our greens refresher course.

Romaine
Best known as the backdrop for traditional Caesar salads, the crunchy leaves of romaine make it a salad all-star. Its neutral flavor and sturdy texture call for a bold, assertive dressing, rather than a lighter vinaigrette.

Red Leaf and Green Leaf
Softer and lighter in texture than romaine or iceberg, but not as buttery as Boston, these are among the lightest of lettuce varieties, and work best as the base for a salad mix, paired with crisper lettuces like romaine. An acidic dressing will complement the slightly bitter flavor.

Arugula
The spicy, peppery, almost bitter flavor of arugula is usually too much to take if it’s the only ingredient in a salad, but it’s a great accent tossed into salads of milder mixed or baby greens. Sometimes called rocket and popular in Italian cuisine, arugula also can be cooked, perhaps sautéed briefly in a bit of olive oil and minced garlic.

Endive
The narrow, crisp leaves – that look almost like elongated bullets – can also be used as spears to spoon out dips, or as cups for composed salads. White, with pale yellow or yellow-green tips, endive turns rusty quickly once cut. Serve immediately after cutting, or hold it briefly in water spiked with lemon juice until mealtime.

Radicchio
Beautiful burgundy radicchio adds a splash of
color to a salad mix. Among the most bitter of salad greens, it adds a piquant flavor to a green salad, but most diners will find its flavor too strong to eat alone.

Boston
Also called butter lettuce, because it’s so tender it practically melts in your mouth, Boston lettuce has a mild, subtle flavor that holds up well with light or fruit-infused dressings. It’s also great for using in trendy Asian lettuce wraps.

Spice It Up With Flavor
Head south–of-the-border tonight with our spicy salad and asian salad combo!

South-of-the-Border Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Dressing:
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cilantro, minced

Ingredients:

Salad:
4 cups green leaf lettuce
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels, cooked
1 tomato, chopped

Directions:
In a jar, combine garlic, lime juice, sugar, vinegar, olive oil, salt and cilantro. Shake jar until dressing is well combined. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, avocado, corn and tomatoes. Drizzle lime dressing over salad.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 372, Fat: 35 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 304 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 2 g

Asian Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Dressing:
2 Tbs rice vinegar
2 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp sugar

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 lb flank steaks
1 tsp ground ginger
4 cups red leaf lettuce
1/2 cup red onions, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched till tender, chopped
1/4 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced

Directions:
In a jar, combine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sugar; shake jar until well combined.

Season steaks with ground ginger. Place steaks on broiler, in the oven and broil until desired doneness. Once steaks are done, slice across the grain into 1/2-inch thick pieces. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, red onion, broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper and steaks. Drizzle dressing over salad.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 309, Fat: 13 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 526 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 35 g



Snack Happy


Nothing kicks up the flavor and fun of  Cheese Steak Quesadillas like McCormick’s incredible Taco Seasoning.

Just sprinkle McCormick’s Taco Seasoning in with the cheese and steak before you grill and  watch the flavor of your quesadillas come to life like never before!

Cheese Steak Quesadillas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp McCormick Taco Seasoning
3 jalapeño peppers, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup 2% cheddar cheese, cubed
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large skillet over medium heat, add beef; stir until browned. Drain fat: if needed. Add onions, seasoned salt and taco seasoning; cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add jalapeño peppers, cilantro and cheese; stirring until cheese is melted.

Fill tortillas half way full and fold. Place tortilla on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until tortilla starts to brown. Cut quesadillas into sections.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 289, Fat: 12 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 87 mg, Sodium: 838 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 23 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.



Shop the Sale: Piñata Apples


Apples add a great crunch to a salad without adding too many unwanted calories. Piñata apples are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, just chop an apple up and add to a salad. Piñata apples are a combination of three apples; Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg.  Piñata apples have at tropical taste they make the perfect apple to add to a tropical fruit salad.  Pick up some Piñata apples while you are at the store!



Healthy Living: Fiber


Eating foods that are high in fiber not only keep your intestinal track healthy but it also lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Fiber is an important element in a weight loss regiments because fiber helps you feel full longer. Fiber cannot be broken down by human enzymes but soluble fiber can be broken down by bacteria in your intestine.

Some foods that are high in fiber are fruits, vegetables, beans, oats, barley, and whole grains. Next time you want something fruity, skip the fruit juices and go for the actual fruit. When you drink fruit and vegetable juices, you are losing fiber that you would get from the actual fruit or vegetable.



Dine-In: Taco Soup


There are weeks that I know will be busy and sometimes it can get stressful on what to prepare for dinner. I know that picking-up food at a drive-thru is not in my best interest but I really don’t have time, or the energy, to prepare something to eat. When I know a stressful and busy week is coming my way, I bring the slow cooker out. It is easy to just throw some food in the slow cooker and not have to mess up the kitchen. Here is one of my favorite recipes for soup that I just add the cans of food to the slower cooker and let it cook.

With this recipe I can eat on this soup throughout the week and not worry about having a meal prepared for every lunch and dinner. 

Taco Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 10 

Ingredients:
1 (14 oz) can Food Club Stewed Tomatoes Mexican Style
1 (14.5 oz) can Food Club Diced Tomatoes with Garlic & Onion
1 (10.75 oz) can Food Club Tomato Soup
1 (11 oz) can Food Club Kernel Corn with Peppers
2 (15 oz) can Food Club Chili
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Mixed Vegetables, drained
1 (4oz) can Food Club Diced Green Chilies 

Directions:
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and let soup simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 352, Fat: 7 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 728 mg, Carbohydrates: 61 g, Fiber: 17 g, Protein: 18 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: Introducing New Foods


When I was an infant, my mother told me that I was always sick and not gaining weight. After several test, my parents learned that I had many food allergies.

It can be scary when you start adding different foods into your baby’s diet because you do not know how they will react to them. When introducing different foods, pick a food, like a banana, and let them eat that for 2 to 3 days before introducing a new food. This way if they have an allergic reaction, you will be able to know which food made them sick.

Do not avoid a certain food, unless the doctor has told you otherwise.

The most common foods that small children are allergic to are cow’s milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, and tree nuts.

 



Family Matters: Maintaining a Healthy Family


That New Years resolution to get your family healthy may be in the back of your mind but don’t give up.

If you start your child out young with healthy food choices they will grow into loving fruits and vegetables.

Fruit is not normally hard to get into your child’s diet because they are sweet, but vegetables can be a little difficult.

There are many different ways you can add more vegetables into your child’s diet.

  • You may need to hide the vegetables by adding them to sauces and pureeing them. You can add pureed vegetable into your child’s favorite foods, like chicken nuggets. Make your own batter for chicken nuggets by adding a little pureed vegetable.
  • If you add a side salad to lunch and dinner you will be adding more vegetables to your meal than you realize. You can add tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, avocados and your favorite vegetables.
  • Be creative with your foods. Make your vegetables into animals and flowers to get your kids excited about eating vegetables.
  • Kids love pizza, right? Start having a pizza night at home and make your own homemade pizza. When making the pizza, go easy on the cheese but stack it full of vegetables like corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
  • Think small. Kids are little so they like little foods. They will love baby carrots, baby corn and small cherry tomatoes that they can just pop in their mouths!
  • Find out how your children like their vegetables prepared. Maybe they do not like broccoli because it is cooked, see if they like it raw. Try cooking the vegetables different ways like roasting, baking or grilling.


Get Ready to Play!


Planning a party for the big game this January?

Kick it up a notch by heading “South of the Border” with hot n’ spicy recipes guaranteed to delight! Fans of all ages will love our yummy Touchdown Taco Empanadas. Plus, you’ll score some serious points with our tasty Tequila Wings, hearty White Chili and Grilled Pepper Poppers.

And just for a little crunch, add nachos or fresh veggies for the perfect dippers! No matter which team you’re rooting for, you’ll make this year’s bash a hit with our super selection of snacks!

Tequila Wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cayenne
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup tequila
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs chipotle sauce or Louisiana hot sauce
2 lbs chicken wings or drumsticks

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except wings. Place wings in baking dish. Pour tequila sauce over wings and marinate for 15 minutes. Flip and marinate another 15 minutes. After marinating pour tequila sauce into a saucepan. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place wings on a baking sheet and place into oven. Bake wings for 50 minutes. Heat tequila sauce until it begins to thicken. Increase the temperature on the oven to broil. Brush thickened tequila sauce onto wings and place in oven. Broil wings for 5 to 9 minutes or until crispy brown.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 259, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 101 mg, Sodium: 397 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 33 g

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Grilled Pepper Poppers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 16

Ingredients:
2/3 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1/2 cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese
4 oz. Food Club Fat-Free Cream Cheese, softened
2 Tbs green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
8 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeds removed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300° F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together cheese, green onions, red bell pepper, cumin, garlic and salt. Place 2 teaspoons of cheese mixture into each halve of pepper. Place stuffed peppers on baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 63, Fat: 5 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 360 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 g

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White Chili
Prep Time: 3 hours + 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
1 lb white beans, soaked over night in water, drained or 3 (15.8 oz) cans white beans, drained
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, chopped
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilies
1 Tbs ground cumin
1/2 Tbs oregano leaves
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Rinse beans. In a large pot, combine white beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let beans simmer for 3 hours, In a skillet, add olive oil and chopped onion; cook until onion is tender. Add chicken; cook until chicken is no longer pink. In a large pot, add cooked chicken, chopped onions, chopped jalapeño, minced garlic, green chilies, spices and beans; stir to blend. Let chili simmer for 1/2 hour. Before serving sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over chili.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 392, Fat: 10 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 54 mg, Sodium: 189 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 14 g, Protein: 33 g

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Touchdown Taco Empanandas
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 – 18 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
1 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Black Beans, rinsed
1 cup Food Club Shredded 2% Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes and
green chilies
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro sprigs, chopped
3 (16.5 oz) pkgs refrigerated pizza dough
1 egg
1 Tbs water

Directions:
In a skillet, add olive oil and turkey. Sprinkle cumin over turkey. Cook until ground turkey is no longer pink. Preheat oven 375° F. Pour black beans in a colander and rinse with water. In a large bowl, combine black beans, cheese, onion, tomatoes, garlic and cilantro.  Roll pizza dough out on a well floured surface. Using a circle cookie cutter, or a large cup, cut circles into pizza dough. Fill each circle with a spoonful of taco mixture and fold dough over the make a half circle. Press edges of dough with fork to seal. In a small bowl, combine egg and water. Brush egg wash over empanadas. Place empanadas on a cookie sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutritional Information:Calories Per Serving: 352, Fat: 11 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 64 mg,  Sodium: 537 mg, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 24 g

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Celebrate Kids


It’s never too early to get the kids cooking!

Get your children involved in the kitchen by introducing them to measuring tools that will have them pouring, sifting and whipping up a big batch of fun!

  1. sifting – Fill sifter with flour and gently squeeze the handle to sift flour into a dry, clean bowl.
  2. measuring liquid – Pour liquid into a liquid measuring cup, then bend over at eye level to check the marks; the liquid should be at the mark, not above or below.
  3. Leveling – Fill measuring cup to overflowing, then use the back of a knife to sweep over the cup’s top edge to level off at brim.
  4. separating an egg – Carefully crack egg open; gently pass yolk back and forth in the shells while the white drips into a bowl.

Recipe-writers love shorthand; these abbreviations are near-universal:

• T or Tbs = tablespoon
• t or tsp = teaspoon
• c = cup
• oz = ounce
• gms or g = grams (1 ounce = about 28 grams; if a recipe calls for 100 grams, it’s equivalent to about 1/2 cup)

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Shop the Sale: Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale is back!


Oh yea! The Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale is back! This is by far my favorite sale.

It feels like I get a cartload of free stuff…and, I guess I do! Besides, my husband and 13 year-old son love it when I come home with two of everything so they do not have to share!

So, join me and take advantage of this sale with Buy One Get One For A Penny products such as: Top Round Roast, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Boneless Pork Chops, Frito Lay Doritos, Progresso Soup, Mrs. Baird’s Bread, Goldfish Crackers, Lean Cuisine Entrees and so much more!

 



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