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Dine-In: Turkey

After Thanksgiving, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Here is a simple recipe that will help you get rid of your leftover turkey.

Turkey Tortellini
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

1 Tbs Food Club Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 (20 oz) refrigerated tortellini
1 lb turkey, shredded, cooked
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

In a skillet, add olive oil and sauté chopped onion, garlic, and chopped bell pepper. Once vegetables are tender, reduce heat and add oregano, basil, and red wine vinegar. In a pot, add water and bring a boil. Add tortellini to boiling water; cook until you can slice it with a fork. In a large bowl, combine vegetables, tortellini, shredded turkey, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 495, Fat: 15 g 6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 598 mg, Carbohydrates: 50 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 40 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: Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies

Tis the season for the holiday traditions to began. I love this time of the year – digging out all the ornaments that my kids have made over the years, baking my husband’s favorite pecan pie, going to the mall on Christmas Eve for pictures with Santa and decorating sugar cookies with my kids. Carrying out family traditions and creating new traditions for my family brings me so much joy.

My oldest holiday traditions began around the age of 10 when I started doing the baking for my mom. To this day, if I do not bring the decorated sugar cookies to the family gatherings, everyone gets really upset with me! For a while, even turkey shaped sugar cookies made an appearance on Thanksgiving! Happily, I have now passed this tradition down to my nine-year-old daughter!

Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies 

1 cup Crisco
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbs milk
3 cups flour

Cookies: Add Crisco, sugar, eggs, vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until creamy. Stir in baking powder then gradually add flour and stir until blended together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least up to three hours.

Lightly sprinkle an inverted cookie sheet and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough out onto an inverted cookie sheet. Press cookie cutter into dough and remove excess dough around cutter. Work excess cookie dough back into a ball and repeat process. Bake cookies for 8 minutes (they should not turn brown).

Icing: you can make your own Royal icing or use Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in a pouch.

What ever your tradition is during the Christmas season, remember that time spent with family is by far the best tradition of all.

Sweet and Salty – Delicious and Savory

For the best of both worlds, satisfy your taste for the sweet and salty with four delicious and savory treats.

Our chewy Tuxedo Pretzels and moist Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies pair well with crunchy Graham Cracker Bark, while everyone will be sure to delight in an indulgent, melt-in-your-mouth Almond Truffle.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 Hershey Kisses

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cream together butter, sugar and egg yolk. Add vanilla, flour and salt; mix well. Roll dough into balls. Roll balls into egg whites and then into walnuts. Place balls onto cookie sheet. Press finger into middle of each ball and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Immediately after getting cookies out of the oven place one Hershey Kiss into center of the cookie.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 309, Fat: 21 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 174 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 5 g

Graham Cracker Bark
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 16

1/2 box graham crackers
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 10×15 baking dish with parchment paper. Place graham crackers on top of parchment paper.

In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in sugar; bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until candy thermometer reaches 310° F. Pour sugar mixture over graham crackers and then chocolate chips. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 5 minutes. With a fork swirl chocolate on bark. Add chopped pecans and toffee bits to bark. Place bark in refrigerator for 2 hours and then break apart.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 281, Fat: 18 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg,  Sodium: 130 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g

Tuxedo Pretzels
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12

oz white chocolate
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 (10 oz) bag twisted pretzels

In a microwave safe bowl, add white chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave in intervals of 15 seconds until melted; stir after every microwave. Repeat with semi-sweet chocolate. Dip half a pretzel in the white chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. Once white chocolate is hard, dip the other half in semi-sweet chocolate and place back on wax paper to harden.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 138, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg,  Sodium: 325 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Almond Truffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time
Serves: 12

1/2 cup Food Club Heavy Cream
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds

In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and butter to a boil. In a metal bowl, combine chocolate chips and hot cream. Once chocolate is melted add almond extract. Place chocolate in refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. Roll chocolate into balls and place back the freezer for 6 hours or over night. Roll balls into chopped almonds.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 171, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 32 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Shop the Sale: Real Big Deal

The “Real Big Deal” on the front page of this week’s Brookshire’s circular offers 4 free items simply by purchasing a Hormel Snack Party Tray.  I’ve become accustomed to looking forward to the “Real Big Deal” when it is advertised every other week.  I like the excitement of receiving my weekly ad and discovering what I can take home for free.  

This week the 4 free items include a package of Hillshire Farm Little Smokies, a can of party peanuts, a bag of Chex Mix and a package of chip dip.  These are all items I can use at a holiday party.  And the offer is so easy – they’re free simply by purchasing a Hormel Snack Party Tray.  Finding bargains like this “Real Big Deal” at Brookshire’s really helps out my food budget when it comes to party planning this holiday season. 

Healthy Living: Gluten-free Christmas Treats

Christmas time is filled with all different kinds of treats and once Thanksgiving is over the Christmas parties start rolling in. Christmas parties can be hard because the food normally is all sweets, desserts, and gluten! This Christmas, if you’re going to a Christmas party ask your host/hostess if you can bring one of your favorite gluten-free treats. You can get a gluten-free brownie mix or make peanut butter cookies without flour. Whatever your favorite gluten-free treat is, take it to your Christmas party so you have something to snack on.


Product Talk: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts belong to the family Cruciferae Brassica, which include broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower. Brussels sprouts’ dark green color indicate that they are high in vitamin K; which a half a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has 137% of the daily value for the average adult. A half a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts also has 81% of the daily value of vitamin C, 12% of the daily value of vitamin A and Folate.  The best way to cook Brussels sprouts, to preserve the most nutrients, is to steam or microwave.

Dine-In: Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When you think of sweet potatoes, do your think of your aunt’s sweet potatoes covered with brown sugar and marshmallows?

A lot of people do not like sweet potatoes because they have only had it one way and did not like it.

Try this recipe; it’s simple and delicious!

My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is to roast them with varies seasonings in the oven.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425° F. On a cutting board, cut sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch slices. Spread potatoes out on cookie sheet. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Drizzle seasoned olive oil over potatoes. Toss potatoes to make sure they are evenly coated. Bake sweet potatoes for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 162, Fat: 7 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 204 mg, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 3 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: Crying Babies

Babies cry for various reasons, because they are hungry, tired, wet or just plain bored. One way to comfort your baby is to take them back to a familiar place, where they feel the safest; the womb. Your baby was with you for 9 months, it misses you. It misses your smell, your warmth, and even your voice. Holding your baby is one way to comfort it, another way is to swaddle your baby.  If your baby is a little fussy and you don’t know why, try to either swaddle or hold your baby.

Healthy Living: Pie Wars

On Thanksgiving there are a lot of foods that have to be apart of the meal like turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and a pie. Thanksgiving only happens once a year, so you have to have a piece of pie. Choosing between your grandmother’s pumpkin pie and your aunt’s pecan pie can be difficult.

Here is a tip that can help you choose between the two pies.

In comparing a slice of pecan and pumpkin pie, both 1/8th of a 9-inch round pan of a traditional pie recipe, pumpkin pie comes out on top calorie wise. A slice of pumpkin pie has 316 calories, while a slice of the same size of pecan pie has 503 calories. When looking at the amount of carbohydrates in both pies, a slice of pumpkin pie has 41 grams of carbohydrates and pecan pie has 64 grams of carbohydrates.

Healthy Living: How to Live with Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some helpful tips on how to live right and stay healthy while living with Diabetes. 


If you have diabetes, your doctor may tell you to regularly check your blood sugar levels at home. There are a number of devices available, and they use only a drop of blood. Self-monitoring tells you how well diet, medication, and exercise are working together to control your diabetes. It can help your doctor prevent complications.

The American Diabetes Association recommends keeping blood sugar levels in the range of:

  • 80 – 120 mg/dL before meals
  • 100 – 140 mg/dL at bedtime

Your doctor may adjust this depending on your circumstances. 


You should work closely with your health care provider to learn how much fat, protein, and carbohydrates you need in your diet. A registered dietician can help you plan your dietary needs.

People with type 1 diabetes should eat at about the same times each day and try to be consistent with the types of food they choose. This helps to prevent blood sugar from becoming extremely high or low.

People with type 2 diabetes should follow a well-balanced and low-fat diet. 


Medications to treat diabetes include insulin and glucose-lowering pills called oral hypoglycemic drugs.

People with type 1 diabetes cannot make their own insulin. They need daily insulin injections. Insulin does not come in pill form. Injections are generally needed one to four times per day. Some people use an insulin pump. It is worn at all times and delivers a steady flow of insulin throughout the day. Other people may use inhaled insulin. See also: Type 1 diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes may respond to treatment with exercise, diet, and medicines taken by mouth. There are several types of medicines used to lower blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. See also: Type 2 diabetes.Medications may be switched to insulin during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Gestational diabetes may be treated with exercise and changes in diet. 


Regular exercise is especially important for people with diabetes. It helps with blood sugar control, weight loss, and high blood pressure. People with diabetes who exercise are less likely to experience a heart attack or stroke than those who do not exercise regularly.

Here are some exercise considerations:

  • Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse if you have the right footwear.
  • Choose an enjoyable physical activity that is appropriate for your current fitness level.
  • Exercise every day, and at the same time of day, if possible.
  • Monitor blood glucose levels before and after exercise.
  • Carry food that contains a fast-acting carbohydrate in case you become hypoglycemic during or after exercise.
  • Carry a diabetes identification card and a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Drink extra fluids that do not contain sugar before, during, and after exercise.

You may need to change your diet or medication dose if you change your exercise intensity or duration to keep blood sugar levels from going too high or low. 


People with diabetes are more likely to have foot problems. Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves and decrease the body’s ability to fight infection. You may not notice a foot injury until an infection develops. Death of skin and other tissue can occur.

If left untreated, the affected foot may need to be amputated. Diabetes is the most common condition leading to amputations.

To prevent injury to the feet, check and care for your feet every day.

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