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Family Matters: Shopping Tips for People on the Run


Doesn’t just about everybody complain about how busy they are? I mean, really. How often do you hear anyone say they have free time and nothing to do with it? It happens; but not often. So for all you busy folks, here’s a list of time-saving grocery-shopping tips!

 The Top Ten Ways to Save Time on Groceries 

10. Try liquid egg replacer (like Egg Beaters) instead of in-the-shell eggs. They’re quick easy and lower in fat and calories! Omelets, anyone?

9. Canned beans are a quick and healthy alternative to meat. It’ll save you time as you add them to soup, chili, pasta sauce and salads. Black beans, salsa, shredded cheese….wrapped in a tortilla….yum!

8. Visit the deli. Besides a great selection of meats and cheeses, our prepared foods are better, easier and cheaper than takeout. You can get anything from fried chicken to eggplant parmagiana.

7. Try a bagged salad or slaw mix for quick and easy fresh veggies. Slaw mix + ranch salad dressing = instant cole slaw!

6. Ready-to-use pizza shells are found by the deli or dairy section. Load them up with cheese, sauce and toppings and dinner’s ready!

5. Frozen fruits and vegetables make it easy to eat healthy. Throw the veggies into casseroles and soups, or get the ready-to-steam variety that can be on your table in 5 minutes.

4. Whole-grain pita, wraps and English muffins are great sandwich alternatives.

3. Pre-marinated and pre-seasoned meats, vegetable, chicken and seafood skewers save prep and cooking time.

2.Pre-shredded cheeses save prep time.

1. Single-serve dairy products, like yogurt, cottage cheese and puddings make it easy to snack and run!



Family Matters: Super Cereal!


One of Baby’s first foods is cereal—baby cereal. It’s mushy and soft, just like a First Food should be. Once babies get a bit bigger and have a tooth or two, they once again begin cereals: real cereals. They make great finger foods and are easy to digest. Until recently, many of the well-known varieties have been full of sugar. It really limited the options for health-minded parents. 

 

Just recently, General Mills announced that it will lower the sugar content of its children’s cereals to 10 grams per serving (it used to be 25% higher!). This is good news for families who like familiar brands, but want to eat a bit healthier! The General Mills announcement follows a similar one by Kellogg’s. 

Isn’t it interesting to see how manufacturers actually DO respond to customer demand? Never hesitate to let a company know how you feel about their products. Since you’re responsible for their profit or loss, they WILL listen!



Dine In: Christmas Ham


What could be more traditional….or delicious? A fragrant, delicious ham is what Christmas Dinner is all about! If you’re an experienced cook, you probably have your favorite way of fixing a ham, but if you’re new to all this, a ham can feel a bit intimidating!

Just about all hams are fully cooked, meaning that all you are doing is re-heating. That makes it easy and takes the fear out of the project, because you have no worries about undercooked meat and food poisoning! 

If your ham is a spiral-cut beauty, it will come with instructions. Generally they’ll tell you to put the ham in a pan and bake it for 15 minutes per pound—that’ll mean about an hour to 90 minutes. They often come with a glaze packet, which you may choose to skip. It will add a sweet tang to the meat, but I kind of like it better plain! With a spiral-cut ham, you’ll cut around the center bone and then the pieces fall away on their own. Pretty nice!

If you ham is uncut, the procedure is still pretty much the same. Put the ham in a pan, add a half-cup of water, and cover with foil. Bake 20 minutes per pound. Brush on a glaze in the last 20 minutes of cooking, if you wish. A glaze can be as simple as a drizzle of honey, or some apple jelly. Serve by cutting long slices around the bone. 

See? Easy peasy, but the perfect Christmas (or New Year’s) dinner. Enjoy!

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Two-Step Lasagna


Prep Time: 20 minutes · Cook Time: 70 minutes

 

 

Serves 10

 

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or sausage

3 1/2 cups (32 oz) Ragu Spaghetti Sauce

1 1/2 cups water

2 cups ricotta cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 

1/2 cup Food Club Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 eggs

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

8 oz Barilla Lasagne Noodles

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

 

Brown meat in a large pan; drain off any excess fat. Add the spaghetti sauce and water; simmer about 10 minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients, except the noodles, for the filling.

 

Pour about 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of a 9×12 pan. Layer 3 strips of uncooked noodles over the sauce and cover with 1 1/2 cups additional sauce. Spread half of the cheese filling over that. Add another layer of lasagna, sauce and cheese. Top with a final layer of lasagna and remaining sauce.

 

Cover with foil and bake for about an hour. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

 

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 377, Fat: 14 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 115 mg, Sodium: 527 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 31 g 

 

© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

 

 

 



Dine In: Apple-Roasted Pork Tenderloin


This recipe fits with the cold weather—apples and pork are a great duo. Cook this easy dinner in under an hour and listen for the compliments!

Apple-Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 40 minutes

 

 2 large sweet-tart apples, such as Fuji or Braeburn, sliced
1 large bulb fennel, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced (or use several ribs of celery)
1 large onion, sliced
1 Tbs plus 2 tsp canola oil1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp black pepper
3 Tbs cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 475° F.

Toss apples, fennel and onion with 1 Tbs oil in a large bowl. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast on the lowest oven rack, stirring twice until tender and golden, about 30 minutes.

About 10 minutes after putting the apples in the oven, sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in a large ovenproof skillet and sear the pork about 2 minutes per side. Then transfer the pork and pan to the upper shelf of the oven. Roast until just barely pink in the center, to a reading of about 145° F (about 12 to 14 minutes).

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Stir vinegar into the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Add the vinegar mixture to the pan of apples.

Slice the pork thinly and serve with the apples. If desired, sprinkle with a few fennel leaves as a garnish.

 

Nutritional Information
Calories Per Serving: 279,   Fat: 10 g (2 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 74  mg, Sodium:371 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 25 g.

© 2009, 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: Hosting a Cheap Holiday Party


Parties are fun. But parties can be expensive! Do you need some ideas on hosting an inexpensive party?

Here are some starters for great holiday parties—on a shoe string.  

 

 

  • Just have appetizers and dessert. Lots of people enjoy the more casual feel of snacking and nobody will miss the rest.
  • Do brunch. Eggs are one of the best bargains in the store, so take advantage of them with a casserole or omelets.
  • Stick to one drink. You don’t need to have a professional bartender serving exotic cocktails. Instead, mix up a pitcher of something that fits your theme—that’s enough!
  • Make it BYO. Whether they bring their own cooler of beer, or a bottle of nice red wine, let everyone know that they can add to the stash—and everybody enjoys!


Shop the Sale: Big Meat


You know it’s the holidays when the big meats are on sale. Brookshire’s has whole and sliced hams and standing rib roast advertised this week. This is the perfect time for some investment cooking: that’s where you cook up something big like this, and end up with enough meals to last a week! Stock your freezer or feed the family! 

Ham? Day One is the sliced ham. The next day is ham sandwiches. On the weekend you cook up the ham bone for some split pea soup. And if there’s still some left, how about a mac-n-cheese  casserole with ham chunks?

Standing rib roast is the diamond cut of beef. It’s an over-sized prime rib, so the meat is fork-tender and juicy enough to skip the gravy. Fix an elegant roast, and then cook up the bones and scraps to make the best tasting beef broth you’ve ever had. That’s the start of awesome soup, casserole sauce or an amazing beef, gravy and noodles. 

Yup, this is investment cooking. Cook now, enjoy several times down the road!



Healthy Living: Gluten-Free General Mills Products


Manufactures really do listen to customers. General Mills has responded to the many requests for gluten-free foods by establishing a website with information and education about their gluten-free products.

Check out http://liveglutenfreely.com/

The General Mills site is not associated in any way with Brookshire Grocery Company.

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Product Talk: Panko


We’re becoming such an international culture. We think nothing of eating Mexican, Italian, Asian or Thai foods. As the international scene becomes more commonplace, we find that many ‘foreign’ foods are downright delicious! Tortillas are very mainstream, for instance.

Have you ever tried panko? It’s a Japanese type of bread crumbs. The only real difference is that they’re extra toasty, so whatever you coat in breadcrumbs will come out extra crunchy. Pretty nice, huh?

You’ll find panko bread crumbs in the baking goods aisle, right by regular and seasoned bread crumbs. Give them a try sometime and see if you aren’t impressed!

Where to start? How about pork chops? Dip them in panko crumbs before cooking and prepare to be amazed!

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Dine In: Chicken with Mushroom-Pecan Cream Sauce


Looking for something special to fix this weekend? There’s no need to go to a restaurant when you can fix a five-star meal with very little fuss—right at home! And here’s something special: this rich and creamy sauce is dairy free!

Chicken with Mushroom-Pecan Cream Sauce
Serves 6

Prep time: 6 minutes; Cook time: 11 minutes

3/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or onion
1 ( 8 oz) pkg sliced mushrooms
4 cups hot cooked egg noodles
Chopped parsley, optional

Place the pecans in a food processor and process until smooth (about 1 minute). Scrape the sides of the bowl and with the motor running, add water and ½ tsp salt.

Sprinkle the chicken pieces with the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper. Heat a large skillet, spray with nonstick coating and sauté the chicken 3 minutes per side, or until done. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.

Add shallots and mushrooms to the pan, sauté 3  minutes. Stir in the pecan cream and bring to a simmer. Simmer 1 ½ minutes. Place 2/3 cup noodles on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with 1 chicken piece and 1/3 cup sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Nutritional Information
Calories Per Serving (without pasta): 229,   Fat:13  g (2 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 64  mg, Sodium: 447 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 2  g, Protein: 26 g.

© 2009, 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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