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Healthy Living: Fiber

When you are on a gluten-free diet, you may have trouble getting enough fiber. Fiber may be hard to get because of the low amount of grains available for you to eat. One good way of having a gluten-free diet and also get enough fiber is to include dried beans and legume in your diet. This includes lentils, peanuts, black-eyed peas, chickpea, green spilt beans, and black beans.

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Rubbed the right way!

Savory Chicken Rub
1/3 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup dry mustard
2 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs thyme

Seafood Rub
1/4 cup Old Bay or other seafood seasoning blend
2 Tbs flour
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp black pepper

Spicy Steak Rub
1/4 cup paprika
2 Tbs course salt
2 Tbs chili powder
2 Tbs black pepper
2 Tbs garlic powder
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs dried coriander
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground allspice

Dine-In: Black Bean Burrito

When I go to my favorite restaurant, which is a Mexican restaurant, there is always a long waiting list. By the time I get to the restaurant, I am hungry, ready to eat, and I do not want to wait thirty minutes to an hour for my food. Here is a bean burrito that will sure make you stay in to eat and not deal with the crowds at restaurants.

Black Bean Burrito
Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 8oz. can of black beans
6 whole wheat or Spinach tortillas
3/4 cup 2% mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1 avocado

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, sauté onion, garlic, and bell pepper until tender. Remove from heat. Drain black beans and combine with cumin. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Set up an assembly line of sauté vegetables, beans, cheese, tomato, and cilantro.  Go through the line and add each ingredient. Once all ingredients are in the tortillas, fold the sides of the tortilla. Place tortillas in an oven safe dish. Cook at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Serve with avocado chopped on top.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 399, Fat: 17g (Saturated Fat 6g), Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 268mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 10g, Protein: 18g.

© 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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Portabella or Portobello?


Makes no difference, the two names refer to the  same mushroom—a grown-up crimini.

The portabella is actually just a large version of the crimini mushroom. But no matter what you call it, your mouth will say “wow” when you cook up these hearty mushrooms. They have a meatier flavor, due mainly to their long cultivation time.

Choosing mushrooms:
Look for firm, solid mushrooms and avoid anything limp, slippery or shriveled. An earthy smell is good; a sour smell isn’t.

Remove mushrooms from any packaging and store in a loosely closed paper bag. Refrigerate up to a week. Once cooked, they can be frozen for several months.

 Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill 5 minutes on each side.

 Brush with oil and place on a baking sheet, cap sides down. Roast at 425˚ F  for about 20 minutes.

Cook them in a skillet with a little oil over medium heat, stirring until tender, about 6 minutes.

Brush them with oil or a grilling sauce, place them in a microwave safe shallow pan or dish and microwave on high  for 5 – 6 minutes.

Onions, garlic and bell peppers are great additions, however you cook your portabellas.

 Full of fiber and free of sodium, cholesterol and fat, there’s no better substitute on a burger than a portabella.

Grilled Portabella Sandwiches With Savory Onions
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves 4

1/2 cup Food Club Reduced-fat Sour Cream
2 Tbs prepared horseradish
4 Tbs olive oil, divided use
3 red or yellow onions, thinly sliced (about 2 lbs)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup red wine (or beef broth)
3 Tbs honey
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
4 large portabella mushrooms, stemmed
Lettuce leaves
4 whole grain sandwich buns

Combine the sour cream and horseradish in a small bowl; set aside. Heat 2 Tbs olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, 1 sprig thyme and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, covered, until onions wilt (about 10 minutes). Add the red wine and simmer until most of the wine is absorbed into the onions. Add the honey and red wine vinegar and simmer until onions soften, about 15 minutes.

Heat a grill or broiler. Whisk the remaining 2 Tbs olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Remove thyme leaves from the stem and add to the bowl. Brush the mushroom caps with the flavored oil and grill, turning as needed, until tender—about 4 minutes per side. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Spread the sandwich buns with the horseradish cream, add a mushroom, onions and lettuce.

Nutritional Information:
 Calories Per Serving: 270, Fat: 13 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 325 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 7 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. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Family Matters: Different Shape Sandwiches

Are your children getting board with the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Well bring some fun in it by using cookie cutters to make sandwiches in animals, hearts, or stars.

Take two pieces of bread put peanut butter and jelly or turkey meat with cheese in between the two breads. Take the cookie cutter and cut the sandwich. Put it in your child’s lunch box for a lunch surprise for them.

Shop the Sale: Fresh Express Salad Blends

Fresh Express Salad Blends are on sale at Brookshire’s. These are great pre-made salads in a bag and very quick to make. If you are not good at making salads this is the way to go, because they include almost everything you need.

Also on sale, are strawberries and oranges, which would be a great touch in a salad.  Adding fruit to your salad can make it very delicious. 

Healthy Living: Ways to be Heart Healthy while being Diabetic

Diabetes and heart disease sometimes coincide; therefore it is very important to watch your saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol along with your carbohydrates. I know you probably do not want to hear about another group of foods you have to watch but these are very simple ways to stay healthy. Here are some tips in helping with saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol:

  • Instead of whole milk try 2%, skim or fat-free milk. Many people do not like skim milk so if you can only reduce the fat to 2% milk that is just fine.
  • If cheese is on your list try to get natural 2% cheese versus full fat cheese. 
  • If you are a sour cream lover, then try to use fat-free plain yogurt. It is just as tasty.
  • Instead of sautéing your vegetables in butter, you could try olive oil or canola oil.
  • Always look for canned soups, soy sauce and other products that are labeled low sodium.
  • Adding spices to meals can reduce the temptation of extra salting at the dinner table.
  • When buying products that are labels fat-free or low fat make sure that you read the nutrition fact. Sometimes the fat will be replaced with more sugar, so it is important to check the label before you buy.
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Product Talk: Potatoes

Did you know that potatoes can be purple? Potatoes can actually be brown, yellow, red and  yes, even purple/blue. You can use purple potatoes with some olive oil and a favorite seasoning to make delicious fries. To surprise your family and friends you can uses these potatoes in potato salad or to add color to dull hash browns. Potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and have lots of fiber. The great thing about potatoes is that they can be cooked in the oven, on the stove top and even in the microwave.

Colorful Hash browns
Serves: 4
Total Time: 30 minutes

2 pounds purple potatoes
2 Tbs chopped onion
2 Tbs chopped bell pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup milk
2 Tbs olive oil

Cook potatoes in the microwave or by boiling, until just tender. In a medium bowl, combine cooked potatoes, onion, pepper, salt, pepper, and milk.  Set aside. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add potato mixture. Press firmly together to form a large patty. Reduce heat and cook until golden brown. Do not stir. Once one side is golden brown flip hash brown. When both sides are golden , remove to a platter and serve.

Nutritional information:
Per serving: 246 calories, 7 g fat (1g saturated fat), 602 mg sodium, 1 mg cholesterol, 41g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 5g protein.

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Dining In: Cheesy Spinach Dip

When my friends and I go out to restaurants, our favorite thing to get is spinach dip as an appetizer.  The creamy taste just draws me in. Instead of going to a restaurant to eat an appetizer with friends, you can invite friends over and enjoy homemade spinach dip. This way you can stay in, save money, eat healthy and enjoy quality time with friends. One of the main ingredients in spinach dip is of course spinach.

Did you know spinach is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber?  You can serve this dip with baked chips, vegetables, or your favorite crackers.

Cheesy Spinach Dip
Serves: 22
Cook Time: 20 minutes  

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
1 can (14oz.) artichoke hearts, drained finely chopped
1 pkg. fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and baby spinach over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Once spinach starts to wilt, remove from heat. In a bowl, combine artichoke, cheese, and spinach mixture. Spread mixture in a thin layer in baking dish. Sprinkle paprika over dip. Place dip in oven and broil until cheese is bubbly with light brown edges.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 37, Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 68mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g.

© 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: Man’s Best Friend as Your Walking Buddy

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.

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