Just like humans, dogs need exercise too. When dogs exercise, their bone, joint and emotional health improves. Dogs make great walking and jogging buddies. Next time there is a sunny day, put a leash on your dog and take it on a walk or jog. This way both you and your dog are improving your health. Do not forget to bring water for you and your pet.
Ground turkey meat is a healthy alternative to beef; you can use it in almost anything you use beef for. With ground turkey you can make delicious turkey burgers as well as turkey meat balls.
It is getting warmer outside so you could heat up the grill, grab some ground turkey on sale at Brookshire’s, and make a delicious turkey burger.
You can jazz up the snacks in your child’s life by switching them up—just a little. Have you ever tried mini rice cakes? They come in a range of flavors from plain to ranch to caramel. All you need to do is spread a mini rice cake with a teaspoon of cream cheese (try the flavored whipped cream cheese!) and you have a healthy, tasty treat! And of course, it’s easy to go from there and add all sorts of toppings: a slice of cucumber or banana fits perfectly, and you can smear on a bit of peanut butter and/or jelly, a bit of leftover chicken or cheese….you get the idea!
Mini rice cakes—the perfect way to eat a bit healthier and have fun while you’re at it!
Grilled Cheese—It’s Not Just For Kids!
Kraft American Singles on white bread, grilled until toasty: it’s a childhood tradition.
But, are you ready for something a bit more adventurous and adult?
Try these combinations:
• Pumpernickel bread, smoked Virginia ham slice, a dab of grainy brown mustard and gouda cheese
• Whole wheat bread, extra-sharp cheddar cheese and thinly sliced tomato
• English muffin, pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese
• Rustic sourdough bread, thinly sliced onion and Swiss cheese
• Italian bread, shredded parmesan and Havarti cheese
Cooking for someone you love is the ultimate gift. After all, nobody can duplicate it, and you created it with your own hands. As the weekend rolls around, how about setting aside less than an hour to produce a gift of love from your kitchen? This chicken and white wine (the French call it coq au vin) is savory good, and surprisingly quick and easy! But that can be our little secret.
Use your favorite white wine. Suggestions include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.
Chicken with White Wine Sauce
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium shallot, chopped (or use 2 Tbs chopped onion)
1 Tsp dried basil, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 small bone-in chicken breast halves
In a large skillet, cook the mushrooms, shallot, basil and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes—until the shallot is tender.
Stir in the broth, wine, salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken over top of everything. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter and spoon the pan juices over the chicken.
Calories per serving: 215. Fat: 6 g ( 1 gr. Saturated fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium: 285 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 34 g.
Some days—often it’s a Saturday—you just need something different to do. That’s all there is to it—you’re bored.
Here’s a fun craft idea kids will enjoy and it’s easy to keep the supplies on hand so that you’ll be ready the next time boredom strikes your house!
Blue Food Coloring (or any other color)
Empty bottle from soda (2 liter, 1 liter or 3 liter)
Have your child fill a bottle halfway with cooking oil, and then add some water that has been dyed with food coloring (hint: use a funnel!) to fill it 3/4 of the way full. Replace the cap and glue it on with super glue. As you place the bottle on its side, the waves will roll gently.
Kids will have so much fun watching the surf….and adults will find it strangely relaxing, too!
Does anything say SPRING more than a bowl full of fresh strawberries? When I see berries in the store—like they are at Brookshire’s this week—I know the beautiful days of spring are upon us—at least some of the time. So while the weather may be unreliable, at least you can count on some things—like strawberries!
Ever made macerated strawberries? Macerated is a fancy-schmancy food term that means you cut them up, and let them sit so they get really juicy. So…slice up berries, sprinkle with just a tablespoon of sugar or Splenda, and let them stand 20 minutes. They’re the perfect dessert, just the way they are!
Babies and bananas go together like…..Mom and apple pie. Many pediatricians recommend bananas as the ideal first food, because they’re naturally sweet, very low on the allergy-potential list, and they’re creamy and healthy—no fat, no cholesterol and lots of antioxidants.
Fixing bananas for your baby is easy, too. Take a very-ripe banana, and mash it with a fork. And that’s it! If you think it’s a bit thick, stir in a few drops of water or milk. Start with just a tiny serving—one teaspoon is plenty for the first time out—and take it from there. If you prefer a more shelf-stable and convenient serving method, you can also buy bananas in jars of baby food. Read labels to be sure you’re getting bananas and only bananas!
Start a lifelong love of healthy fresh food by putting bananas high on your list of baby-friendly foods.
Why eat out when you can fix something even more delicious at home?
This is a quick, easy and tasty recipe for chicken with the flavors of Europe!
Tuscan Chicken Breasts
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes
1 cup chopped onion*
1 cup each chopped yellow and red bell pepper*
1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breast fillets
1 (13 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes, drained
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Hot cooked pasta
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
*Save time and buy these pre-chopped veggies from the salad bar!
In a large skillet, sauté the onion and peppers in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic and cook until veggies are done.
Flatten chicken to a ½-inch thickness. Place on top of the cooked vegetables. Add the canned tomatoes, broth, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken juices run clear.
Serve with sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
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