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Family Matters: Stormy Weather Disasters

In this part of the country, it seems like it’s always storm season. Tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms and thunderstorms give us more than our fair share of potential disasters. If you find you must evacuate your home, don’t leave your pets behind. They’ll be much safer with you….and after the experiences of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, most emergency management resources realize that pets need consideration, too.

Check with your veterinarian, animal hospital, kennel or shelter to see if you can board your pets during a disaster, or make an arrangement with someone outside your area that you’ll care for each other’s pets in a crisis.

If storms seem imminent, keep a container of extra pet supplies, including clean water and medications, for quick access in an evacuation.

If you are waiting out a storm or other disaster at home, keep pets inside and offer comfort during any noise or confusion. Just your presence will help them feel better!

Shop the Sale: Spare Ribs

Oooh! Spare ribs are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. Get out the grill and the barbecue sauce!

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Salmon Fillets with Orange-Mango Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves 4 

4 salmon fillets, about 5 oz each
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup orange segments, chopped, with membranes removed
3/4 cup mango pieces, chopped
2 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
2 Tbs Full Circle Orange Juice
2 tsp Full Circle Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Combine salt, ground red pepper and paprika in a small dish. Sprinkle mixture evenly over salmon fillets. Bake 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. While fish is baking, slice orange segments and mango chunks into 1-inch pieces. Combine fruit, cilantro, green onions, bell pepper, orange juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Serve each fish fillet with about 1/3 cup of the salsa spooned on top.

Nutritional Information:
  Calories Per Serving: 321, Fat: 17 g (4 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 80 mg, Sodium: 227 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 29 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.

Shamrock Pizza

Convert any Food Club Pizza into a St. Patrick’s Day dinner treat!

Just add some fresh green bell peppers that are sliced across the width into rings. Place these outlines of shamrocks all over and bake at the time given on the package.

It’s a very “clover” idea!

Healthy Living: Taste

Have you tried the blindfold taste test? It’s a great way to learn to like new foods. Try different versions of the same food—such  as canned, fresh and frozen green beans—and see which you prefer. Or try new fruits or grains that are new—and with a blindfold, the fun is intensified. The only way to know if you like it is to try it!

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Product Talk: Peanut Butter

If there was a Top Five list of foods kids love, surely peanut butter would be on it. Moms love it too, because it’s a non-meat source of protein, it’s cholesterol free, and has heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Peanut butter doesn’t need refrigeration, has natural sweetness, and is a lunch box’s best friend. It just might be one of those perfect foods! You can get peanut butter several different ways: creamy or chunky; regular or natural (where the oils will separate and need to be stirred); and reduced-fat (note: there are more sugars in this type). You can even make your own! Just put a cup or two of peanuts (or other nut, for that matter) in a food processor and turn on. The nuts will chop, then turn to dust and then gradually turn to a paste. When it’s smooth enough, it’s done! You can add salt, oil or honey if you like, but plain is just fine.

What else to do with peanut butter? How about a smoothie? Combine 1 cup milk, 1 cut-up ripe banana (frozen), and 2 Tbs peanut butter in a blender until smooth. Or maybe peanutty pops: blend 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 cups milk and 1 small package instant chocolate pudding. Spoon into 4-oz paper cups, insert an ice cream stick in the center and freeze 4 hours. Try Dandy Candy Peanut Butter Balls: equal parts peanut butter and powdered sugar. Squish together in a plastic bag until blended. Add enough honey or powdered sugar to make it yummy. Roll into balls or cut into bars.

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Dine In: Balsamic Broccoli Amandine

Amandine is French for “with almonds” and balsamic vinegar is a great way to add a sweet/tart flavor.

Put them together and you have Balsamic Broccoli Amandine—an elegant and easy side dish for those evenings when you want to add a bit of flair to dinner.


Balsamic Broccoli Amandine
Serves 6
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 8 minutes

2 cups (about a pound) broccoli florets *
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
2 shallots, finely chopped*
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/2  tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup sliced onions
•Broccoli florets are the flower portion of fresh broccoli.
•Shallots are very mild onions. Use 1/4 cup chopped onion if you can’t find shallots.

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine broccoli and water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave until broccoli is tender, about 3 minutes. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, add the shallots and cook until tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add vinegar

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Family Matters: Cubby Boxes

It’s been this way for ages: kids love boxes. Ever noticed on Christmas morning that the gifts are great, but the boxes are even better?

Kids like simple things and you can help them. If you ever get a new appliance or other large item, save the box! Depending on the size and shape, you can cut a door and windows for a great little house, or flip it over to make a car or boat. Tape on some fabric for curtains or make a couple of peepholes. Kids will really enjoy playing peek-a-boo with Mom and Dad, and they’ll fill their boxes with teddy bears, dolls and whatever else suits their fancy. This type of activity encourages creativity and the boxes are generally free.  If you don’t have a big purchase planned, ask at the appliance store and they may have an extra box you can have.

Guiltless pleasure

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes, plus chilling

Serves 16

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
6 Tbs butter, melted
1 (12 oz) pkg reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup liquid egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Dole Frozen Blueberries, thawed and mashed with a fork
1/4 cup reduced-sugar apple jelly

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Spray an eight-inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1 Tbs Splenda® and melted butter.

Press mixture evenly in the bottom of the baking pan to create a crust. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in remaining Splenda® and beat until smooth. Add egg substitute. When smooth, blend in the sour cream and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the crust. Spoon the blueberries over top and blend in several knife strokes to create a marbled effect.

Bake 35 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, and chill 2 hours. Place the apple jelly in a cup. Microwave briefly to melt the jam. Stir and spread over the filling. Cut into 16 bars.

Nutritional Information:
 Calories Per Serving: 165, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 36 mg, Sodium: 156 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 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.

Mango Tango Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves 2

Mission® Extra Thin Chips
1 cup canned black beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped mango (fresh or from a jar), with 2 Tbs juice reserved
2 Tbs red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs chopped cilantro
2 tsp lime juice

Mash black beans with a fork. Add mango, mango juice, onion, cumin, cilantro and lime juice; combine evenly. Serve cold with chips.

Recipe and image courtesy Mission

Nutritional Information: 
Calories Per 1/4-cup dip Serving: 47, Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 2 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

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.

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