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Easter Craft ideas


Celebrate earth day and the holiday with fun, renewable and non-toxic, Easter craft ideas!

Paper Mache glue
Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:
1cup Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 cup of water

Directions:
Mix togethe 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of water. Stir it thoroughly with a fork or whisk, add the rest of the water until the mixture is the consistency of glue, a bit  runny and not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary. Mix well to remove any lumps.

If you’re concerned about mold, add 2 tablespoons of salt to inhibit mold growth, and if the smell of this mixture bothers you add a pinch of cinnamon to sweeten the aroma.

You should be able to store this glue for a few days in a covered bowl or jar in the refrigerator.

old fashioned milk paint
Total Time: 1 day
Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:
1 quart Food Club Lowfat Milk
1 lemon, juiced

Directions:
Squeeze the juice of a lemon into 1 quart of low-fat milk in a large bowl. Leave it overnight at room temperature to induce curdling.

Pour the mixture through cheesecloth to separate the solid curds from the liquid whey. Color the mixture with acrylic paints, food coloring or natural dyes. Add your color a little at a time, and stir constantly until you achieve the desired hue.

Adding salt to the mixture will help to inhibit mold growth.

No matter how you color it, milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible. Refrigerating it between uses can extend its usefulness for up to 2 days. It smells sour when you’re applying it, but that will disappear once the paint dries.

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In Season


Grilled Asparagus
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus marinating
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 lb asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions:
Place trimmed asparagus in a large zip-top bag. In a small bowl combine olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over asparagus and marinate as grill is warming up. Place asparagus on grill for 5 minutes; rolling after a minute. Remove asparagus from grill and serve immediately.

Or…

Place asparagus in a microwave safe dish. In a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over asparagus. Microwave asparagus for 3 minutes or until tender.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 88, Fat: 7 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 584 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 g

Asparagus Roll-ups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:
1/2 sheet puff pastry|
6 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 2-inch long slices
18 asparagus spears, trimmed
6 slices turkey bacon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll puff pastry out and cut into 1-inch strips. Wrap puff pastry around cheese and 3 asparagus spears. Wrap turkey bacon around center of puff pastry. Place roll-ups on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving:  294, Fat: 14 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 343 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 13 g



Spinach & Tomato Omelet


Spinach & Tomato Omelet
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 Tbs butter
8 pieces sun-dried tomato, packed in oil; drained and minced*
2 green onions, trimmed and sliced
2 cups baby spinach, washed and chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 eggs
1/2 cup crumbled goat, blue or cheddar cheese
*1 cup chopped, seeded tomato can be substituted for sundried

Directions:
Heat the butter in a large nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Cook the sun-dried tomatoes and green onions about 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted and the water it gives off evaporates, about 4 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the eggs in the skillet, over the tomato and onion; let the pan sit a few seconds until the eggs start to set around the edges. Using a plastic spatula push a piece of the set edge gently toward the center. Tilt the pan and let some of the unset egg from the top fill the little gap you just made. Keep going around the edge of the pan like this, until there is no more unset egg on top.

Scatter the cheese over the top of the omelet. Put the skillet under the broiler and cook just until the top of the omelet is set and puffed, about 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 225, Fat: 12 g (8 g Saturated Fat) Cholesterol: 165 mg, Sodium: 188 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 16 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. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Healthy Living: Which Cereal to Choose?


Cereals have the largest range of NuVal scores in the store. The scores can range from as low as 2, all the way up to a perfect 100. The scores of cereals are mainly influenced by three nutrients sodium, sugar and fiber. Sugar and sodium will lower the score, whereas fiber will increase the score.

Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran has a score you can’t bet, 100! Both Food Club Bite Size Shredded Wheat and Food Club Essential Choice Puffed Wheat have a high score of a 91. Pick up one of these Food Club cereals for an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious breakfast.



Dine-In: Smoked Macaroni and Cheese


This macaroni and cheese is delicious, even if you can’t smoke the cheese!

Smoked Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time: 3 hours  Cook Time:  25 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
1 lb cheddar cheese
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
2 anaheim peppers
apple wood chips, soaked
aluminum pan
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Food Club All-Purpose Flour
3 cups Full Circle Fat Free Milk
1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
1/2 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
Sit cheese out for 1 hour to harden.

Put 7 charcoals to one side of the grill with an aluminum foil wall. Add wood chips when coals turn white. Place cheese in aluminum pan and place in indirect heat. Smoke cheese and peppers for 1 1/2 hours. Add wood chips if needed. Do not allow the temperature of the grill to go above 90° F.

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium saucepan melt butter and add flour; stirring constantly. Slowly add milk and whisk until thickened.

In a large bowl add noodles, milk mixture, cheese, salt and pepper; mix well. Slice peppers and add to noodles. Pour noodles into casserole dishes and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 366, Fat: 18 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 47 mg, Sodium: 424 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 19 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.

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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!



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