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Dine-In: Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Mash potatoes are my favorite comfort food! Here is a recipe for loaded mashed potatoes:

Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10

4 lbs Yukon potatoes
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
2 tsp Food Club Black Pepper
1/4 cup light butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 (5.3 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped green onion

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add potatoes. Cook potatoes until tender.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut potatoes into cubes. In a large bowl, add potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic and yogurt. Mash potatoes and top with cheese, bacon crumbles and green onions.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 209, Fat: 7 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 23 mg, Sodium: 257 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 7 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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Family Matters: Dry Food vs. Wet Food

Dry food versus wet food is a great debate when wondering which kind of food to feed your cat. Before changing your cat’s diet always check with their vet.  One question to ask yourself is, when will I be feeding my cat? If you are going to be gone all day and are concerned about your cat getting hungry you may want to try dry food. With dry food, you can leave it out all day for your cat to snack on without the food going bad.

If you know that you will have time to feed your cat during the day, you may want to try wet food, so you can feed your cat fresh food when they get hungry. Another benefit to dry food is it helps your cat’s teeth stay clean, so you do not have to brush their teeth as often. You may want to talk to your cat’s vet to see if there are any recommendation on a specific kind of cat food that your cat may need.


Family Matters: Choking Hazards

If you are worried about your baby choking on different foods, provides a list of foods that could be a choking hazard for your baby.

These foods are nuts, seeds, large chucks of fruit, meat, cheese and vegetables, popcorn and hard candies. Also, remember never leave your baby unattended while they eat!

Chinese New Year Stir Fry

Chinese New Year Stir Fry
Prep Time: 25 minutes, plus marinating
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 12

4 (4 oz) beef sirloin steaks, trimmed
3 Tbs cornstarch
2 Tbs reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tsp ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbs canola oil
2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup sliced green onion
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup snow peas, trimmed
1 cup Kikkoman Stir-Fry Sauce
1 (11 oz) can Food Club Mandarin Oranges, drained
5 cups cooked brown rice

Slice steaks into thin strips. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, soy sauce, ginger, and minced garlic. Place steak into a zip-top bag and pour cornstarch mixture over steaks. Refrigerate steaks for 30 minutes.

In a skillet, add 2 tablespoons canola oil and cook steaks for 5 to 6 minutes or until desired doneness. Add remaining oil, broccoli, green onion, carrots and snow peas; cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add stir-fry sauce, cook for 3 to 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Place stir-fry on a bed of rice and add mandarin oranges.

Fresh picked citrus in season!

Grapefruit and Orange Salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Dressing Ingredients:
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
1/3 cup Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Salad Ingredients:
1 large orange
1 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit
4 cups spinach leaves, rinsed
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs fresh parsley leaves, rough chopped

Whisk together vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and cheese.

Cut the top and bottom off of the orange. Then cut the sides of the orange off to remove the peel. Make sure that all skin is removed. With a knife cut into the sections of the orange. Loosen and remove each section from the orange. Repeat with grapefruit.

In a medium bowl, add spinach leaves. Add grapefruit, onion, orange, parsley and dressing; toss to coat. Divide among four salad plates.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 231, Fat: 20 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 269 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g

Grapefruit Sorbet
Prep Time: 45 minutes, plus chilling
Serves: 4

2 tsp grapefruit zest
2 large pink grapefruits, juiced
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water, cold
1 Tbs vodka or Campari

Combine grapefruit zest, juice, sugar and water;
mix well.

Pour mixture into small container. Seal and refrigerate until mixture is no more than 40 degrees. (If mixture has been stirred over a bowl of ice water, it may already be cold enough, and this step may be omitted.) Add vodka to mixture and pour into container of an ice cream machine and churn until frozen.

Scoop frozen sorbet into a container. Seal and transfer container to freezer for several hours to allow sorbet to firm up. (Sorbet can be kept frozen for up to 3 days.) Place sorbet in grapefruit peel.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 255, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 62 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 1 g

Grapefruit  Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus marinating
Cook Time: 25 – 30 minutes
Serves: 4

2 cups grapefruit juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
4 (3 oz) chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2 grapefruits, peeled, segmented
1/4 cup chopped green onions

In a saucepan, combine grapefruit juice, garlic cloves, sugar and cornstarch; bring to a boil and reduce heat. Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts into skillet and brush grapefruit juice mixture over chicken. Cook chicken 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink. Garnish chicken with grapefruit segments and green onions.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 229, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 72 mg, Sodium: 646 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 28 g

Shop the Sale: 10 Items for $10 Sale

We’ve been trying hard lately to stretch our food shopping budget.  So, I’m really happy this week to send Karen to Brookshire’s to take advantage of the “10 Items for $10 Sale” going on starting today, Feb. 23 thru March 1.

This week’s ad is loaded with 10/$10 items throughout the store – canned goods, frozen foods, dairy products, fresh items, paper goods and much, much more!  There’s a huge number of items in the ad all advertised at 10/$10 just this week so I can stock up!  I know when you look over the Brookshire’s ad you will also find many enticing 10/$10 bargains to feed your family.

Healthy Living: February is American Heart Month

February is American Hearth month and that means it’s a good moment to think about a disease that kills more than 600,000 Americans each year. Heart disease is the leading killer amongst both men and women.

But there are lots you can do to stay heart healthy. According to the CDC, making these healthy lifestyle choices can help:

  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
  • Select fat-free, 1percent fat, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 mg of cholesterol each day.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
  • Select and purchase foods lower in salt/sodium.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
  • Keep an eye on your portion sizes.

It’s also important to know the signs of an impending heart attack, because they can start slowly and symptoms may seem mild. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, these are the signs that may mean a heart attack is in progress.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

February is American Heart Month, heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. Make it your mission to fight heart disease and stop the No.1 killer in America. Go RED for someone you love.

Product Talk: Tear N’ Share breads

You might agree that there is nothing quite like fresh baked bread from your own oven – at home!  The difficult part is having the time to kneed, proof and bake bread – with ever demanding work and family schedules.  Good news – we’ve got a solution!

We now carry two new breads, under our Tasty Bakery brand, that you take home and bake-off in your own oven!  We call them ‘Tear N’ Share’ breads.  Simply put, they come in a bakeable container that is placed in the oven for about ten minutes or so, and voila, you’ve got fresh baked bread.  Very cool (or actually hot!)

We have two varieties: Cheese Tear N’ Share, as well as Garlic Tear N’ Share. Regardless of which bread you choose, they are simply put – hard to stop eating (especially with a little bit of butter brushed on them as they come out of the oven!)

In addition, the line also includes several varieties of flat bread, which are par-baked and ready to enjoy.  Some of the new varieties of flat bread include: Basil Pesto, Cheese/Tomato, Garlic Herb, Tomato Asiago and even a pizza crust.  How much fun is that?

You would probably agree that it’s a lot of fun to try different kinds of food!  We believe you will find this line both interesting and yes, fun.  Whether it’s ‘bake it at home’ or ‘building’ your own sandwich with the excellent meats and cheeses from our Deli, we believe that food can and should be entertaining and yes, nutritious at the same time.

Please let us know what you think of our new Tasty Bakery breads!

Dine In: Pork Chops with Spice Rub

Pork Chops with Spice Rub
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves 6

3 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs dried parsley
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper (or to taste)
6 (3 oz) center-cut bone-in pork chops
3 Tbs olive oil

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, parsley, garlic, onion, pepper and red pepper. Evenly coat both sides of pork chops with the spice rub.

In a large skillet, heat the oil and cook pork chops, 3 at a time, about 3 minutes per side, or until done. If the skillet is large enough, all the chops can be cooked at once.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 281, Fat: 16 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 78 mg, Sodium: 76 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 28 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.

Family Matters: Homemade Bird Feeder

Observing birds in your backyard can be so much fun; you can see different sizes and colors of birds flying in and out of your backyard. We all know if you put a little bird food in your backyard, birds will flock to your yard to eat. You can make a homemade bird feeder from recycled items in your house, peanut butter and bird food.

First cut a circle or heart out of a plastic leftover milk jug or a cardboard box and then poke a hole in the top of the plastic/cardboard. Spread peanut butter over one side of your plastic/cardboard shape. Pour the bird food into a plate. Place the plastic/cardboard shape, peanut butter side down, into bird food and carefully repeat with other side. Place a ribbon through the hole on top of plastic/ cardboard and hang the feeder outside for the birds to enjoy.

This is a fun craft to make with your children!


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