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German Chocolate Pie

German Chocolate Pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus refrigeration
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12


2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1 cup marshmallows
3/4 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
4 oz German chocolate baking squares
1 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Food Club Fat Free Whipped Topping

Preheat oven to 350° F. Press coconut into 9-inch pie pan; bake 8 to 10 minutes.

In a double broiler, over medium-low heat, add marshmallows, milk, salt and chocolate; stir until chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Remove chocolate from heat and stir in vanilla. Once chocolate is cool fold in whipped topping. Pour mixture into pie crust and refrigerate for 1 hour. Top pie with whipped topping and chocolate curls.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 153, Fat: 8 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 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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German Cabbage

German Cabbage
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

2 Tbs Food Club Canola Oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs red cabbage, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Food Club White Vinegar
1/4 cup Food Club Light Brown Sugar
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a skillet, over medium heat, add oil and garlic; cook garlic for a few seconds. Add cabbage and cook for about 5 minutes, or until wilted. Increase heat to high and add vinegar and brown sugar; mix until cabbage is evenly coated. Continue to cook until liquid begins to reduce. Remove from heat and add cooked bacon.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 92, Fat: 4 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 83 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 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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Apple Butter

Apple Butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Serves: 22

4 lbs Honeycrisp apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup Food Club Light Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Allspice
2 Tbs Food Club Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; cook 6 to 8 hours on low. Store leftover apple butter in jars in refrigerator.

*For a quick apple butter, bake in the oven, at 300° F, for 3 hours.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 56, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 29 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 0 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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Healthy Living: Get your flu shot!

Have you had your flu shot yet this fall? You can now get your annual flu shot at most Brookshire’s pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas – and for just $20!

The 2011 flu shot protects against the three strains of influenza determined to be the biggest risk this season by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot because flu viruses are constantly changing and a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time.

In Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, BGC pharmacists can give flu shots to children ages seven and up without a prescription. Customers should check with their pharmacy regarding the shot for children under seven (with a prescription).

Customers can check with their Brookshire pharmacy to schedule the shot. There is a brief questionnaire to complete, and payment by cash or Medicare Part B is accepted. Customers must bring their Medicare card to the pharmacy before receiving the flu shot.

Though age restrictions apply in certain areas, the CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the vaccine.

Additionally, the CDC advises certain high-risk groups (seniors, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, and healthcare workers) to receive the shot each flu season.

It takes about two weeks after the shot for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu virus infection.

In addition to the $20 flu shots, our pharmacists will also be offering pneumonia shots for $65 at the majority of our pharmacy locations.  Please check your local store for details.

For your convenience, we are also offering you an opportunity to give the gift of health to your employees, family, and friends.  Stop by the pharmacy to pick up a form and a $20 gift card and give it to someone you care about.

Let us help you beat flu season!

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Product talk: Whole wheat pasta

Whole-wheat pasta is an easy, delicious way to add more fiber and nutrients to your family’s diet.

Yes, I said delicious. While early versions of whole-wheat pasta were often heavy, gummy and, frankly, didn’t even taste like pasta, that is no longer the case.

Over the last several years, pastamakers have really improved the process of making whole-wheat varieties – keeping the great nutritional value while creating whole-grain pasta that is much more delicate in texture and neutral in flavor. If you haven’t tried a whole-wheat pasta lately, you may be surprised at the taste. Sometimes it can even be hard to tell the difference from regular, refined-wheat versions.

Whole-wheat pasta is just what it sounds like. It is made from flour that uses the whole grain of the wheat. (Regular white pasta is made from refined wheat flour, which has been stripped of the bran and germ, which contain most of the fiber and nutrients.) Some whole-wheat pastas use a combination of refined and whole-wheat flours.

Because it contains the whole grain, it’s a healthier choice. Whole-wheat pasta usually has at least two times as much fiber as regular pasta, as much as six grams per serving compared to just two for regular pasta. It also usually contains more protein, and more vitamins and minerals.

The result is usually a pasta that tastes a little nutty and earthy, and that is a little firmer when you bite into it. Because it’s a little heavier, whole-wheat pasta seems to go best with hearty, robust sauces like a meaty Bolognese or a rich Alfredo or carbonara. It can also stand up to strong cheeses, like gorgonzola or aged parmesan or romano.

This four cheese sauce is one I plan to try soon. With whole-wheat noodles, of course.

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Dine-In: Easy Cannoli

These cannoli make a wonderful dessert after an Italian meal.

They are a traditional dessert throughout Italy, especially in Sicily, where they are made of little fried tubes of pastry dough and stuffed with a sweet ricotta cheese filling. But delicious as they are, cannoli can be labor-intensive.

So, here, we use a shortcut by substituting ice cream cones for the pastry shell, and lighten them up a little bit by using low-fat cheese.

Buon appetito! 

Easy Cannoli
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 12

1 (5 oz) pkg sugar ice cream cones
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1 (15 oz) carton Food Club Low Fat Ricotta Cheese, drained
1/4 cup Food Club Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract
12 maraschino cherries

Dip the rim of the cones into melted chocolate. Roll rim into chopped pistachios and place on parchment paper to dry.

In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla; beat well.

Place ricotta cheese mixture into a zip-top bag. Squeeze mixture into cones. Garnish with cherries.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 172, Fat: 7 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 12 mg, Sodium: 143 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 6 g

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Family Matters: Pet Loss

You can never imagine the pain that accompanies a loss of a pet until it happens to you.

Our pets are loyal companions who quickly turn into best friends. Many of us have bought clothes to keep our pet warm, made a special cupcake for their birthday, and even taken them on our family vacation. Why would we not grieve when we experience the loss of this treasured family member?

To an outsider looking in it may seem silly, but these feelings are normal. Talk to someone you’re comfortable with, like a family member or friend. Don’t bottle up your feelings, but express them. Like any other loss you may feel guilt, denial, anger and depression.

If you have children, pay special attention to their feelings, so they can understand and accept the loss, too. For many children, the loss of a pet may be the first experience they have ever had with serious illness and death.

Most grief experts suggest that you don’t try to “hide” the pet’s death from children but treat it honestly and openly. If you use vague terms or make up a false story about the animal’s disappearance, you will only create more stress, anxiety and sadness in the child.

Use simple, direct, but compassionate language that is appropriate to your child’s age and understanding. For instance, children under 5 do not understand that death is permanent, so you may need to explain simply that the animal can no longer move and will not wake up again.

No matter the age of your child, give them time to get over the loss. Let them talk about their pet, share stories together, and explain that it’s normal to miss them for a long time.

Finally, it’s important to pay extra attention to any other pets in your household, too. Your other pets will notice the loss of their companion and will grieve just like you. Losing a pet can be hard on your whole family. Just remember these feelings are normal and you need to express them.

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Shop the Sale: Canola oil, a healthier alternative

I’m probably like a lot of you; the older I get, the more I try to eat healthier. But that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally indulge in some of my favorite fried foods.

However, I do try to use the healthiest oil I can. So when it comes to frying, especially deep-frying, I stick with canola oil.

Canola oil is considered one of the healthiest oils you can use for cooking, especially frying:

  • Canola oil has the lowest level of saturated fat of all commonly used cooking and frying oils, including corn oil and vegetable oil.
  • It also has zero cholesterol, zero trans fat, and high levels of monounsaturated fat (the healthy kind of fat, which can help reduce cholesterol levels).
  • It even contains  omega-3 fatty acids. (Those are the beneficial fats, which help heart health, that are typically found in fatty fish like salmon.)
  • It’s a good source of Vitamin E.
  • The FDA has even reported canola oil can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease, if used in place of saturated fats.
  • It rarely causes any sort of allergic reaction.

So where has canola oil been all your life?

It’s common on supermarket shelves now, but really only reached most consumers beginning in the early ‘80s.

Developed in Canada during the 1950s and 1960s, canola oil comes from a relative of the rapeseed plant, bred specifically to produce a healthier, milder-tasting cooking oil. It was christened “canola” in 1978, taking the name from the terms “Canadian oil, low acid” as producers began to mass-market the oil.

Canola oil has become popular not just for its health benefits but because it’s a good-tasting, all-around cooking oil. It’s especially good for frying because it can be used at temperatures up to about 450 degrees. (Extra virgin olive oil, another healthier oil, begins to burn at temperatures around 375 degrees, so it is not a good choice for many fried dishes.)

And good news: Kept in a cool, dark place, canola oil stays fresh for up to a year. So stock up this week while it’s on sale at your neighborhood store. Here’s to healthier frying!

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Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12

1 (8 oz) pkg whole-wheat lasagna noodles
8 oz 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
6 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
2 cups fat free cottage cheese
1 egg
1 tsp dried oregano
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10 oz) bag baby spinach
1 (26 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
Grated parmesan, to taste

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 12×8-inch oven safe baking dish with cooking spray. In a pot bring water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles; cook until al dente.

In a large bowl combine mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and cottage cheese; mix well. Mix egg into cheese mixture. Add oregano, basil and minced garlic; mix well.

In a skillet, over medium heat, cook spinach until slightly wilted. Layer noodles, cheese mixture, spinach and spaghetti sauce in baking dish. Repeat layering ending with sauce and grated parmesan. Bake for
30 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 396, Fat: 9 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 38 mg, Sodium: 5752 mg, Carbohydrates: 56 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 23 g

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Caprese Salad

Simple and Classic!

Caprese Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6

2 tomatoes, sliced
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 bunch fresh basil
1/4 cup Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper
1/4 cup Food Club Balsamic Vinegar

In a row alternate tomato slices and mozzarella cheese. Garnish with basil leaves. In a small bowl combine oil, salt and pepper; mix well. Serve salad with oil and balsamic vinegar.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 203, Fat: 17 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 299 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 10 g

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