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Healthy Living: Gluten-Free General Mills Products


Manufactures really do listen to customers. General Mills has responded to the many requests for gluten-free foods by establishing a website with information and education about their gluten-free products.

Check out http://liveglutenfreely.com/

The General Mills site is not associated in any way with Brookshire Grocery Company.



Product Talk: Panko


We’re becoming such an international culture. We think nothing of eating Mexican, Italian, Asian or Thai foods. As the international scene becomes more commonplace, we find that many ‘foreign’ foods are downright delicious! Tortillas are very mainstream, for instance.

Have you ever tried panko? It’s a Japanese type of bread crumbs. The only real difference is that they’re extra toasty, so whatever you coat in breadcrumbs will come out extra crunchy. Pretty nice, huh?

You’ll find panko bread crumbs in the baking goods aisle, right by regular and seasoned bread crumbs. Give them a try sometime and see if you aren’t impressed!

Where to start? How about pork chops? Dip them in panko crumbs before cooking and prepare to be amazed!

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Dine In: Chicken with Mushroom-Pecan Cream Sauce


Looking for something special to fix this weekend? There’s no need to go to a restaurant when you can fix a five-star meal with very little fuss—right at home! And here’s something special: this rich and creamy sauce is dairy free!

Chicken with Mushroom-Pecan Cream Sauce
Serves 6

Prep time: 6 minutes; Cook time: 11 minutes

3/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or onion
1 ( 8 oz) pkg sliced mushrooms
4 cups hot cooked egg noodles
Chopped parsley, optional

Place the pecans in a food processor and process until smooth (about 1 minute). Scrape the sides of the bowl and with the motor running, add water and ½ tsp salt.

Sprinkle the chicken pieces with the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper. Heat a large skillet, spray with nonstick coating and sauté the chicken 3 minutes per side, or until done. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.

Add shallots and mushrooms to the pan, sauté 3  minutes. Stir in the pecan cream and bring to a simmer. Simmer 1 ½ minutes. Place 2/3 cup noodles on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with 1 chicken piece and 1/3 cup sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Nutritional Information
Calories Per Serving (without pasta): 229,   Fat:13  g (2 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 64  mg, Sodium: 447 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 2  g, Protein: 26 g.

© 2009, 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: Food Hazards


Pets are curious , and pets love to eat. That can make a dangerous combination any day of the year, but especially so around Christmas. With so many new and interesting scents and sights, most cats and dogs just have to investigate. Do you know what hazards to watch for? You might be surprised at the items that are dangerous for pets, but fine for humans. 

 

  • Onions and garlic: They contain sulfur compounds that can cause digestive problems and harm red blood cells. While few of us would ever feed a cat or dog onions or garlic, they are often ingredients in many soups, roasts and casseroles.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Yummy and healthy for people, grapes and raisins can be deadly to dogs. They can trigger vomiting, diarrhea and kidney failure.
  • Macadamia nuts: Just a handful can cause real problems. There’s a toxin that can lead to muscle weakness, sometimes paralysis, vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia nut poisoning isn’t fatal, though, and most pets recover within 48 hours.
  • Medications: Nobody would deliberately leave medications out for a  pet to eat, but if left out, dogs can crush the bottle easily and get to the contents inside. Keep pets away from all medications—keep the bottles in a drawer or cabinet.
  • Plants: a surprising number of plants are poisonous to cats and dogs, including lilies, poinsettias and others.
  • Sugar substitutes: Xylitol is a common sweetener used in many sugar-free candies, gums, baked goods and toothpastes (it’s sometimes listed as a sugar alcohol) and can cause low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs. Small amounts can cause big trouble, so resist the urge to give your dog a bite of Christmas cookie!

Often, pets find the dangerous materials by rooting through the trash. Make sure tempting scents aren’t available, and keep the trash can secured in an area where it’ll stay safe.



Shop The Sale: Ground Chuck


A burger’s a burger, right? Actually, no. The type of beef that makes up your burger has a big impact on how it’s going to taste. Extra-lean, ground sirloin, ground beef, ground chuck….which to choose?

 It might surprise you, but the really-really lean beef isn’t the best for a basic burger. You see, burgers need a little bit of fat to maintain juiciness. If you get 97% lean beef, you’ll end up with a lean but tough sandwich.  Ground chuck is the way to go. There’s a bit of fat, but not so much that you have burger shrinkage to deal with.

And you know what else is great about chuck? Factoring in the fat that cooks out, chuck is a better deal than cheaper ground beef! If you take a pound of ground beef and a pound of ground chuck, cook and drain, you’ll have more usable meat left at the end if you use the chuck. Pretty nifty!

Brookshire’s has ground chuck on sale this week, so take advantage of the great price and stock the freezer. You can brown up several pounds of it, divide among freezer bags, and be ready for last-minute casseroles. And this time of year, that’s always a smart move!



Christmas Cut-Out Cookies


 

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus chilling

 

Cook Time: 15 minutes 
Serves 24

Ingredients:

1 tsp baking powder

3 – 4 cups Food Club Flour

1/2 tsp salt 

Dash cinnamon, optional

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup Food Club Lite Sour Cream

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter-flavor shortening

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

Colored sugar or frosting, optional

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a bowl, combine baking powder, flour, salt and cinnamon; set aside. Mix the baking soda with sour cream and set aside. In a large bowl, blend the shortening with sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy.  Add the flour and sour cream mixtures to the batter, alternating between the two. Chill for an hour; roll out about 1/8 or 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface and cut into shapes.

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar before baking or frost when cooled.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Average Cookie: 169, Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 113 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g

 

 



Christmas Cut-Out Cookies


 

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus chilling

Cook Time: 15 minutes

 

Serves 24 (depending on the size of the cookie)

 

Ingredients:

1 tsp baking powder

3 – 4 cups Food Club Flour

1/2 tsp salt

 

Dash cinnamon, optional

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup Food Club Lite Sour Cream

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter-flavor shortening

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

Colored sugar or frosting, optional

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

 

In a bowl, combine baking powder, flour, salt and cinnamon; set aside. Mix the baking soda with sour cream and set aside. In a large bowl, blend the shortening with sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy.  Add the flour and sour cream mixtures to the batter, alternating between the two. Chill for an hour; roll out about 1/8 or 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface and cut into shapes.

 

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar before baking or frost when cooled.

 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Average Cookie: 169, Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 113 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 

 

 

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Full Circle Cakes


Make this holiday season a sweet one with Full Circle all-natural cakes.

 

 

We use the finest natural ingredients, always free of additives and artificial colors. So for your next holiday dessert, enjoy the very best nature has to offer.

 

 

 



Scented Pinecones


Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

 

Paint edges of Pinecones with White Glue and sprinkle with your choice of McCormick spices (Ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice or Cloves, or Apple Pie).

 

Tap off excess spice. Let stand until glue is dried. 

 

Trim with Greens or Ribbon, if desired. Place pinecones in a festive basket. Or tie pinecones to gift packages for fragrant wrappings. 

 

Craft recipe courtesy of McCormick Foods, Inc.

 

 



Healthy Living: Artificial Sweeteners


Are artificial sweeteners the answer to your sweet dessert problems? Not really. Artificial sweeteners do contain far fewer carbohydrates than regularly sweetened foods, and they’ve been proven safe in laboratory tests. But the real issue is health. Foods that use artificial sweeteners take the place of healthier foods. We really should be eating the foods that promote health—fresh fruits instead of pies and cakes. But if you’re stuck or heavily tempted, go for a sugar-free item. Just don’t make a habit of it!



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