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Dine In: Primavera Minestrone

Primavera MinestronePrimavera Minestrone
Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves 6

1/3 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) or rice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium leek or several green onions (2 cups, chopped)
1 cup chopped carrots
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup sliced green beans
1 cup chopped yellow summer squash
1 cup sliced asparagus
1/2 cup minced fresh basil, divided
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta, drain and rinse. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large pan and cook leek and carrots 10 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add broth and green beans and bring to a boil.
Add the pasta, squash, asparagus, ¼ cup basil and the pepper. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve each bowl topped with remaining basil and shredded cheese.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 170, Fat: 9g (Saturated Fat 3g), Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 570mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 11g.

© 2010, 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: Ice Cream Bar Pie!

For almost 13 years now, once a year, I go all out to bake and decorate a birthday cake for my son and it’s not your everyday sheet cake either. I plan the cake around the theme of the party, buy new shaped cake pans, new colors of icing, all the ingredients and stay up all hours of the night trying to out do myself from the previous years! In a couple of days he is going to be a teenager and so, as usual, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his party.  Goodbye to Batman, Spiderman and Sponge Bob themed cakes for him, he wants an ice cream cake!

How do I even begin to make an ice cream cake? Luckily, the July Celebrate Cooking magazine has an ice cream bar pie that I’m thinking about trying for his party. I’ll keep you updated and let you know how it turns out or if I modified the recipe any. Best of all, I shouldn’t have to be up all hours of the night baking and decorating!

Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18

1 (12 Ct) box Food Club Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 (12 oz) ctn fat-free frozen whipped topping
2 favorite candy bars (Snickers, Butterfinger,Reese’s or Toffee Bar)
1/4 cup caramel syrup

In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over sandwiches. Crush your candy bar and sprinkle over whipped topping. Drizzle caramel syrup over ice cream pie. Freeze pie for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without candy bar): Calories: 161,
Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 125 mg,
Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 20 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.

A summertime favorite!

Want s’more ideas to make different varieties of s’mores?

• Add peanut butter to your graham cracker
• Use a chocolate graham cracker
• Add toasted coconut to your s’mores
• Use cookies in place of graham cracker
• Add different fruits to your s’mores: banana, strawberry, etc.
• Add pretzels to your s’mores

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Posted in: Entertaining, Kids

Grilled Corn Salsa

Grilled Corn SalsaGrilled Corn Salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves 4

2 ears grilled corn, kernels cut from cob (about 1 cup)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green onion, sliced thin
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs lime juice
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 Tbs cilantro leaves
1/8 tsp salt

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and toss well.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 76, Fat: 4 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 82 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 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.

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Posted in: Cooking, Produce

Shop the Sale: Ground Chuck

This week the front page of the Brookshire’s ad is covered up with more fresh items than normal, most of which are at their best prices of the season.  I’m glad to know Brookshire’s is featuring fresh produce and fresh meat items to feed my family.

Ground chuck is prominently highlighted on the front page of the ad, so I’ve already asked Karen to add “ground chuck” to her shopping list.  I want to grill some burgers this weekend because for me, ground chuck is the best kind of ground meat to choose for juicy and flavorful burgers.  Ground chuck comes from the shoulder and neck area of the cow and usually has an immense amount of flavoring.   Ground chuck is also great for mouth watering meatloaf if you are planning to stay indoors on these hot summer days.

Healthy Living: Your Diet is important!

In my last blog, I talked about the importance of a well rounded fitness routine as part of your healthy lifestyle.  While, in my opinion, it is one of the most important aspects of weight loss and or a healthy lifestyle, so is your diet. “If you are working out 3 to 5 times a week and still not getting the results that you want, why not focus on something that you do 3 to 5 times a day?!”, as my work colleague and fellow ‘healthy living’ advocate said to me in a conversation we had earlier this week; “ If you are working out, but still not losing the weight like you want to, it’s all in what you’re eating”.

Regardless of what YOUR metabolism is, you can still take steps to eat healthier. Eating healthy is not always easy in today’s world, but you can control your portion sizes, or eat the healthy alternatives almost every fast food joint there is has on their menus. The food industry trend has been to move towards providing healthier foods, so take advantage of what is available. Even if “I” have a pretty decent metabolism, I still can’t go out and eat whatever I want.  I am no nutritionist, but eating healthy is common sense.  Stay away as much as you can from fried foods, try baking or even grilling as a healthier alternative. Watch out for foods and or snacks that are full of sugar.

Try eating more fruits and vegetables or even nuts as snacks, as opposed to crackers or cookies.  By eating healthier snacks, you are also fueling your body better and avoiding extra calories (especially if you’re in a weight loss battle) that your body doesn’t need as well as helping boost your metabolism! You can even consult your physician on the right type of diet for you.  Consult your local dietitian or nutritionist for more healthy tips that may better fit your dietary needs!

Healthy Living: Soy Sauce

Some foods that you many not think have gluten just might have it. For example, soy sauce is a sneaky source of gluten but it is so good on stir-fry. Look for tamari, which is a wheat-free version of soy sauce.

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Dine In: Dinner at home

Eating dinner together at home on Friday evenings is such a great way to reconnect with your family after a hectic week. With some planning and input from your family you can get everyone involved and prepare a nutritious homemade dinner together at home. When you regularly sit down for a meal with your children you can learn so much about what is happening in their lives and discuss other things that are going on in the world around us. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had dinner together almost every night.

We talked about our day, made lots of jokes, picked on each other and sometimes laughed so hard that one or more of us almost got choked. Oh, the memories! These and other memories like this from my childhood and the times we spent around the dinner table made a lasting impression on me as I am sure they will in your family as well as you share meals and share life together.

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Healthy Living: Having Support

Diabetes is a difficult disease to live with, therefore you need support.  Support is a crucial component in any challenge in life that you are dealing with. If you do not have a good support system the likelihood of you being successful is slim. Talk to your family member about your plans and eating habits to improve your health. If everyone joins on the bandwagon on a healthier lifestyle not only will it help you excel but it will also benefit your family. If you do not have support within your family, do some research on local diabetes group or mention it to a friend they may know someone dealing with diabetes that needs support as well.

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Mixin’ it up with hamburgers

Mixin’ it up with hamburgersStuffed Hamburger
Combine 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) and 1/2 Tbs Lawry’s 25% Less Sodium Seasoned Salt. Form four bowls from the ground meat; reserve some meat to make a top for the bowls. In each meat bowl, add 2 Tbs 2% cheddar cheese and 1 slice of turkey bacon crumbles. Divide 1/4 cup chopped onions into each bowl. Top each meat bowl with the reserved meat and pinch edges to seal the patty. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

Pizza Burger

Combine 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef), 1/4 cup pizza sauce, 1/4 cup turkey pepperoni, 1 Tbs oregano, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 tsp Lawry’s Garlic Salt. Form ground meat into hamburger patties and cook until desire doneness. Serves 4.

Blue Cheese Burger

In a small bowl combine 1 tsp McCormick Black Pepper, 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, 1/4 cup chopped chives and 2 cloves of garlic. Take 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) and form four bowls, reserve some meat to make a top for the bowl. Place the blue cheese mixture into each meat bowl. Top each meat bowl with the reserved meat and pinch edges to seal the patty. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

Teriyaki Burger

In a medium bowl, mix together 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, 2 Tbs pineapple juice and 1 Tbs Grill Mates Hawaiian Luau Marinade. Add 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) to teriyaki sauce mixture and marinate overnight. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.


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