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February is American Heart Month


It’s Never Too Late to Start! – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right?

 

If you have no heart problems, now is the perfect time to prevent problems later. And if you already have heart issues, why not help your body become healthier?

 

Your healthy attitude will help; instead of thinking of foods you CANNOT eat, think of how much healthier you’ll be by modifying recipes to be more heart-healthy. Some foods help promote heart health.

 

Enjoy them with your family!

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: good sources include salmon, nuts,flaxseed, canola oil, soy and spinach. You can also find products with added Omega 3s.
  • Monosaturated Fats: olives, olive oil, avocados and nuts contain heart-healthy oils that can lower some of your “bad” cholesterol numbers.
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: produce is loaded with anitoxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins, minerals and virtually no fat. Enjoy them plain and simple—avoid sauces and heavy cooking methods.
  • Whole Grains: brown rice, whole wheat and oats give your body nutrition and fiber.

We all love to nibble and these snacks (in moderation, of course) are on the good list for heart-healthy choices:

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      • Pretzels with low fat cheese cubes
      • Half a whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter, low-fat cream cheese or 100% fruit jelly
      • Baked tortilla chips with fresh salsa
      • 100% pure fruit juice ice pops
      • Green and red grapes – try them frozen for a treat
      • Crisp apples cut into wedges dipped in a bit of peanut butter
      • 1% cottage cheese with a few berries on top
      • Low-fat cheddar cheese slices on salt-free, whole grain crackers
      • Fat-free, sugar-free yogurt sprinkled with chopped nuts

You can’t just eat your way to heart health. You also need to exercise—activities that get your heart pumping—regularly. Start out small—walking or maybe jumping rope—and build up to more as your strength grows. See your doctor to be sure your plans fit with your physical condition.

 

French Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes · Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 Tbs Food Club Olive Oil

1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 Tbs all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white wine**

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock

1 Tbs fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)

2 Tbs parsley, chopped

 

**You can substitute more chicken broth for the white wine, if desired.

 

Directions:

Place the chicken breasts between wax paper and pound with a mallet to flatten. This will help the meat cook evenly. Cut each piece in half lengthwise. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. In a small frying pan, heat 1 Tbs of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and wine until all the lumps are gone. Add the flour mixture to the onions and mushrooms. Stir in the chicken stock and cook over medium-high heat. Stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbs of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and sauté until no longer pink or until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 170° F, about 5 minutes. To serve, transfer 2 chicken portions onto each plate. Spoon mushroom sauce over the chicken and garnish with parsley and rosemary.

 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 239, Fat: 9 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 66 mg, Sodium: 98 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 28 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.

 



Family Matters: Leftover Pasta, Anyone?


The one drawback to pasta is that it’s hard to judge how much to make, because it expands as it cooks. I sure hope you don’t throw away that leftover pasta! Besides serving up more leftovers for lunch, extra cooked pasta can come in really handy.

You can make Mexican Pasta Skillet in a snap! Heat a teaspoon oil in a skillet. Brown 1 pound ground turkey, 1 chopped onion and 2 teaspoons cumin. Stir in 1 can mild enchilada sauce, 1 can Mexican-style corn and 1 cup of leftover cooked pasta. Add some chopped parsley or cilantro and shredded cheese just before serving. 

Or Try Spaghetti Pizza. Mix 2 cups leftover spaghetti  with a beaten egg, and press this pasta crust into the bottom of a baking pan. Top with spaghetti or pizza sauce, some pepperoni and handfuls of mozzarella cheese. Bake to melt it all, and serve in wedges.

Wow, it almost makes you want to cook up extra pasta on purpose, just so you can make these recipes!

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Shop the Sale: Cereal


Kellogg’s cereals are on sale when you buy 4 boxes. If you have kids, that won’t be a challenge at all!

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Healthy Living: Cook once, eat twice


When you have special dietary needs, you don’t want to be caught short at mealtimes; that’s when you’ll be tempted to veer off your eating plan! So be prepared by cooking extra food whenever you can. Whenever you’re fixing chicken breasts, make a few extra and keep in the fridge. You might even want to add a dash of Caesar dressing to the chicken as you put them in the plastic bag. The next night, all you need to do is warm them in the microwave, serve over greens and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for quick and easy Chicken Caesar salad!

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Product Talk: Grits


Grits are one of those foods that either you love or hate. If you’re in the hate group, maybe your problem is in how you fix them!

We’ve got a recipe for a grits casserole that will convince all but the hard-core haters to give grits another try. And if it helps you, call your grits polenta. That’s the Italian word for the same food: cooked cornmeal. 

 

Cheesy Grits

Serves 10

Prep time: 10 minutes plus chilling; Cook time: 1 hour total

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked grits

4 cups (1 quart) milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/2   tsp pepper

1/3 cup melted butter

1 3/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
Cook grits according to package directions, using milk and ½ cup butter. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the grits at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes. Pour into the baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Preheat oven to 400 DEGREES.

Cut the grits into 2-inch squares. Place the squares in the baking dish, overlapping slightly. Pour the melted butter over top and sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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Dine-In: Mini Cheddar Burgers


Sliders—mini burgers—are all the rage at restaurants right now. They’re amazingly simple to make, and if you promise not to tell, I’ll show you the secret to awesomely special burgers: it’s the bun. Sure, you can use a dinner roll for a basic slider bun, but why not try something a bit more exciting? Toast some Italian bread baguette slices,  slice open some pita bread, try some of that mini party rye bread….toast it, grill it, top it with a mayo-spice blend….all of a sudden, people will be talking about YOUR sliders! 

Mini Cheddar Burgers

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 11 minutes

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey

1/4 cup bread crumbs

3 Tbs water

8 small slices cheddar cheese

16 slices of small bread or 8 dinner rolls

Olives, pickles and cherry tomatoes for garnish

Ketchup and mustard for toppings

Directions

Combine the beef, bread crumbs and water gently. Shape into 8 burgers, about 3/4 inches thick.

Grill outside or broil in the oven, about 5 minutes per side. Top with cheese slices and allow to melt. Assemble patties on bread pieces and garnish with olives, pickles and tomatoes skewered with toothpicks. Serve with ketchup and mustard. 

Nutritional Information: 376 Calories, 16 g Fat, 8 g Sat Fat, 76 Cholest., 732 Sodium, 28 Carbs, 2 Fiber, 27 Protein

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Family Matters: Touch


Kids gain so much when they’re able to touch things. So when they help prepare a meal, they feel a connection with the food—and are more likely to eat some of it!



Family Matters: How Do I Take Care of a Stray Cat?


If you find a stray cat hanging around your house, what should you do? First off, make sure the kitty is a stray. Some cats just like to wander and they have a permanent home somewhere else in your neighborhood. Give the cat a chance to go home.

If you determine that this cat has adopted your family, then you need to do some serious thinking about the responsibility. Just feeding it every once in a while isn’t doing the cat a favor, because you’ll create a dependency on your food that won’t be consistently met. If you feed a cat, you need to be prepared to do this permanently.

If this isn’t something you’re prepared to do, then you really shouldn’t start feeding the kitty. If no food is forthcoming, he’ll probably move along to a more receptive household. If you do end up feeding the cat, use good-quality dry food and provide fresh water as well.



Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries! Melt your favorite brand of chocolate, or use dipping bark (found on the baking goods aisle).

Melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, until softened. Dip washed and dried berries, let excess drip off, and place on waxed paper to dry.

If you want to add sprinkles, do it quickly before the chocolate sets; otherwise, you can drizzle with white chocolate once the first layer is firm. Practice a little and you’ll soon be making professional-quality dipped strawberries—at a fraction of the price!

 

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Shop the Sale: Oreos


Oreos are on sale!! Need we say more?! If you can resist scarfing down the entire bag, put half a bag in a zipper-top plastic bag and crush them with a skillet. Then use some of that as a crumb crust. Add in a thick layer of the ready-to-use cheesecake filling you can get in the dairy case and top with more cookie crumbles.

What an awesome Valentine’s Day cake to make! And you can say in all honesty, “I made it myself.”

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