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Healthy Living: Meet Brooke

Hi! I’m Brooke, Brookshire’s Consumer Nutrition Specialist. 

I’m here to help you with any questions involving food, from cooking to information about a particular food.

You can obtain more about recipes and food from Brookshire’s Celebrate Cooking and here on the Brookshire’s Blog. On the Brookshire’s website, we also have cooking videos to walk you through the steps of food preparation.  If you have any questions, you can email me at

See the video below for more information about Brooke.

Dine-In: Black Bean Salsa

Why do you go to Mexican food restaurants? I know I go for the chips and salsa! A lot of people judge restaurants based on their salsa. Some people like their salsa fresh with a strong tomato taste while others want their salsa spicy and hot.

Here is an appetizing salsa that you’ll want to make for family and friends. 

Black Bean Salsa

Serves: 12
Prep time: 7 minutes

1 can (16 oz) black beans (drained)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbs lime juice
1/2 Tbs cumin

In a medium bowl, combine beans, vegetables, and lime juice. Sprinkle on cumin. Refrigerate for an hour.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 136, Fat: 4g (Saturated Fat 0g), Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 3mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 8g© 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: Pizza

Pizza first became popular in America after World War II and then in the late 1950’s is when frozen pizza became available. Pizza is a very delicious food and come is a wide variety. There is a pizza for everyone; you name it, they make it from a vegetable pizza to a meat lover’s pizza, everyone can enjoy a pizza.

Frozen pizza comes in handy when you do not have time to cook dinner after a busy day, or it is good with teenagers in the house because all they have to do is throw it in the oven.

Picnic Packing Power

Pack the potato salad and the Frisbees. Fire up  the grill and get ready for the best picnic season ever.

Now that the weather is great, give into the urge to dine alfresco with the family at a neighborhood park or lake. There’s no better way to bring the family together than great food and outdoor fun.

Theme It!
Whether it’s an impromptu romantic afternoon, or a full-fledged family outing, packing items according to a theme is a great way to inspire memories and keep the menu simple. Music and games are great additions to keep everyone busy and entertained.

To Pack Or Not To Pack
A little planning goes a long way to ensure everyone has fun—including the organizer. Start with a checklist and bring only the essentials.  Pack plenty of serving spoons and items to help you clean up after your adventure is over. And don’t forget your camera to capture all the fun.

On The Menu
Picnics are a snap to pull together when you choose ready-to-serve items like Red Diamond Lemonade, Sunnybrook Farms Fruit and Vegetable Trays, Red Diamond Tea and fresh-made brownie trays. Cold foods should be kept under 40˚ F, so always pack items like Food Club Sour Cream and Yogurt deeper into the cooler and cover with ice to maintain a proper safety temperature. A trick to keeping beverages cooler longer is to chill them in the refrigerator before packing them into the cooler. Keep foods from getting soggy by packing ice in large zip-close bags to keep everything fresh and delicious. If possible, don’t put your cooler in the trunk—the heat will reduce its cooling ability during transport.

Good Clean Fun
Pack hand sanitizer and plenty of paper towels to keep hands and surfaces clean. Make sure any frozen meats, poultry and seafood are thawed in the refrigerator before packing into the cooler, and keep them in separate containers to avoid cross-contamination. A food thermometer is a great item to have to ensure foods are cooked to proper temperature.

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to picnic packed with fun and great memories.

Bug Spray
Trash Bags Or Plastic Grocery Bags
Blankets And/Or Pillows
Plasticware, Plates, Cups, Napkins
Food Thermometer
Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

Try these easy-to-carry items in your picnic!

1. Red Diamond Lemonade
2. Food Club Sour Cream
3. Sunnybrook Farms Fruit Tray
4. Fudge Brownie Tray
5. Food Club Ice
6. Food Club Yogurt
7. Red Diamond Tea
8. Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Tray

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Stick Vase

30 inches of 1/4″ to 3/8″ ribbon of choice
36 – 40 1/4″ thick sticks about 2 1/2″ to 3″ long
Small (4 oz) pimento jar (lid removed)
Small rubber band

Place rubber band around pimento jar. Tuck sticks under rubber band around jar as close as possible until jar is surrounded.  Wrap ribbon around jar to cover rubber band, and tie into a decorative bow.

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Shop the Sale: Pick-up a little something for your Mother

Mother’s Day is coming up! Do you need something to top off your mother’s gift; maybe chocolate or flowers? Brookshire’s is the place to get that little something to show your mother how much you appreciate her.

Brookshire’s has beautiful hydrangeas, fresh tulips, spring mums and rose bouquets. If your mother has a sweet tooth, you can pick up some Russell Stover Candy, Pangburn’s Millionaires, Whitman’s Sampler, or Lindt Linder Truffles. This is a time to really show your mother how much you appreciate all the hard work that she has done for you.

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Healthy Living: Fruit Spread

Fruit spreads are good to top on your favorite meat or vegetable. Do your vegetables taste bland?  You can microwave your favorite fruit spread, whether it is strawberry, raspberry or apricot, and mix it into your vegetable mixture. You can do the same thing with your favorite meat. Most fruit spreads are gluten-free but it is always safe to check the label for sneaky ingredients.

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Product Talk: Applesauce

Have you talked to your babies’ doctor about introducing solid foods? Applesauce is a great first food for your baby to try.

You can try to make it yourself with the recipe below or you can buy natural applesauce at the store.If you decide to get it from the store, read the label to make sure that it only contains apples. 


Blueberry Apple Sauce

1 apple
1/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tsp cinnamon (if infant is ready for it)

Wash apple, core it, peel it, and cut into small cubes. In a pot, place apples, oatmeal and water. After the apple is tender place in food processor with blueberries. If your infant is ready for cinnamon, you can add that too. Process the apple mixture until smooth. Make sure that you allow applesauce to cool before serving it to your infant.

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Dining-in: Spinach Stuffed Chicken

My roommates and I loved to experiment with cooking in college. One of my roommates came up with this stuffed chicken and we cooked it all the time. On Friday night after a busy week at school, we always enjoyed just going to the grocery store to get our entire ingredients, cook dinner together and watch a movie.

Cooking with friends always brings bonding and good memories together.  You know you will come up with good recipes when you and a few friends put your heads together to make dinner.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

4 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 Tbs pesto sauce
1 Tbs Italian seasoning

Take chicken and slice in crossways. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, spinach, sour cream, pesto and Italian seasoning. Mix well and then place in slice of chicken. In skillet, add chicken over medium-high heat and cook for 12 minutes. Remove chicken from heat.  Serve

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 372, Fat: 12g (Saturated Fat 4g), Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 254mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 58g.

© 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: Diapers

Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.

I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving.  They are getting more absorbent and thinner.

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