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Ready-Made Crowd Pleasers


Save time—then spend it with family and friends!

Choose fresh, zesty dips and vegetable trays, and yummy desserts like our creme cakes or fudge brownies!

Create a delicious snack table combination with Food Club Dips and Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Trays!

Sunnybrook Farms, Pico De Gallo, Food Club Ranch Dip and Food Club Spinach Dip.

Don’t forget the ice! Premier Mountain Ice. Sold in two convenient sizes.



Shop The Sale: Hass Avocado


Hass avocadoes are on-sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Pick some up to try some homemade guacamole!

Homemade Guacamole
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chilling
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
4 avocadoes, peeled and pit removed
2 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp cumin
2 Tbs cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tomato, chopped

Directions:
In a medium bowl, mash avocadoes with a fork.  Mix-in lime juice, salt, cumin, and cilantro leaves. Fold-in onion, cloves, and tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 133, Fat: 12 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 123 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 2 g

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© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Product Talk: Pistachios


Pistachios: everyone’s favorite little nut. One ounce has about 160 calories and 3 grams of fiber and more nutrition than you can imagine!

If you’ve been around a while, you may remember when you could only get pistachios with bright-red dyed shells. And you could tell who liked pistachios by the red stains on their fingers and lips, too!

Pistachios were dyed because folks thought they looked more appetizing when they were red. Those dyes have since been done away with and now we enjoy pistachios “au naturel.” But they’re more than just a tasty snack…you can cook with them, too!

  •  Top yogurt with pistachios.
  •  Mix chopped pistachios into pancake batter.
  •  Add 1 oz chopped pistachios to oatmeal or cookie dough.
  •  Use ground pistachios as a crust for fish or chicken.
  •  Sprinkle pistachios on a grilled chicken salad.
  •  Toss a few into pasta dishes.
  •  Substitute pistachios for pine nuts or walnuts in pest.


Dine-In: Tomato Soup and Rosemary Grilled Cheese


Grill cheese is the perfect side to go along with a warm tomato soup to help fight the cold in the winter. Heat up a bowl of tomato soup and make a rosemary grilled cheese to go on the side for a simple, but delicious dinner tonight.

Rosemary Grilled Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
1 Tbs butter, softened
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp minced garlic (optional)
4 slices French bread
2 oz. 2% cheddar cheese, sliced
1/4 red onion, cut into rings
1/2 tomato, sliced thin

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F.  In a small bowl, combine butter, rosemary, and garlic and spread over bread. Place one slice of bread butter side down in foil. Place cheese, red onion rings, and sliced tomato on to bread. Place another slice of bread over cheese to make a sandwich. Wrap sandwich in foil and place into oven. Bake sandwich for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 362, Fat: 19 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 45 mg, Sodium: 635 mg, Carbohydrates: 39 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 18 g

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© 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: Indoor Entertainment For Your Pets


In the winter months it is best to leave your animals indoors due to cold weather. Since your dogs and cats are not running around outside, they are not getting the proper exercise and can get bored. Making homemade toys for your pets from household products will help keep them occupied while not spending a lot of money.

Cats love to chase objects; it can be feathers, balls, or small toys. You can take a ball or bell, tie it up with a string and then tie the string to a door handle, or something that the bell or ball can hang down from, for your cat to play with. You can even make a toy for your cat that is as simple as a piece of paper crumbled into a ball or an empty toilet paper roll for them to hit around the house.

Dogs need toys that they can sink their teeth into, like a bone or chew toy. Buying a bone that is the appropriate size for your dog will entertain them for awhile. It is best to buy them a bone versus giving them left over bones from dinner. You can make your dog a chew toy from an old sock by tying it into a knot for something they can chew on. You may need to watch your dog and make sure they do not think all socks are toys.



In Season: Lettuce


If you overindulged at the holiday table — and honestly who didn’t, then January is the time to
make dietary amends.

So bring on the salads!

Salads became the dieter’s best friend for a reason: All salad greens are fat-free, sodium-free and super-low in calories, packing 10 calories or fewer per cup.

But all lettuces are not equal. The darker green the leaf, the more nutrients you’ll generally get. Pale iceberg, for instance, has a very high water content. Therefore, though it stores beautifully and its mild crispness appeals even to people who don’t much like vegetables, it doesn’t provide many more vitamins than you’d get in a sheet of tissue paper.

But two cups of dark-green romaine lettuce –– about the amount in a good-sized Caesar salad — provides two grams of fiber, 40 percent of an adult’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 140 percent of vitamin A, plus small amounts of calcium and iron. With all the gorgeous greens in the store this winter, you can make a different salad every day of the week.

Take inspiration from our greens refresher course.

Romaine
Best known as the backdrop for traditional Caesar salads, the crunchy leaves of romaine make it a salad all-star. Its neutral flavor and sturdy texture call for a bold, assertive dressing, rather than a lighter vinaigrette.

Red Leaf and Green Leaf
Softer and lighter in texture than romaine or iceberg, but not as buttery as Boston, these are among the lightest of lettuce varieties, and work best as the base for a salad mix, paired with crisper lettuces like romaine. An acidic dressing will complement the slightly bitter flavor.

Arugula
The spicy, peppery, almost bitter flavor of arugula is usually too much to take if it’s the only ingredient in a salad, but it’s a great accent tossed into salads of milder mixed or baby greens. Sometimes called rocket and popular in Italian cuisine, arugula also can be cooked, perhaps sautéed briefly in a bit of olive oil and minced garlic.

Endive
The narrow, crisp leaves – that look almost like elongated bullets – can also be used as spears to spoon out dips, or as cups for composed salads. White, with pale yellow or yellow-green tips, endive turns rusty quickly once cut. Serve immediately after cutting, or hold it briefly in water spiked with lemon juice until mealtime.

Radicchio
Beautiful burgundy radicchio adds a splash of
color to a salad mix. Among the most bitter of salad greens, it adds a piquant flavor to a green salad, but most diners will find its flavor too strong to eat alone.

Boston
Also called butter lettuce, because it’s so tender it practically melts in your mouth, Boston lettuce has a mild, subtle flavor that holds up well with light or fruit-infused dressings. It’s also great for using in trendy Asian lettuce wraps.

Spice It Up With Flavor
Head south–of-the-border tonight with our spicy salad and asian salad combo!

South-of-the-Border Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Dressing:
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cilantro, minced

Ingredients:

Salad:
4 cups green leaf lettuce
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels, cooked
1 tomato, chopped

Directions:
In a jar, combine garlic, lime juice, sugar, vinegar, olive oil, salt and cilantro. Shake jar until dressing is well combined. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, avocado, corn and tomatoes. Drizzle lime dressing over salad.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 372, Fat: 35 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 304 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 2 g

Asian Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Dressing:
2 Tbs rice vinegar
2 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp sugar

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 lb flank steaks
1 tsp ground ginger
4 cups red leaf lettuce
1/2 cup red onions, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets, blanched till tender, chopped
1/4 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced

Directions:
In a jar, combine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sugar; shake jar until well combined.

Season steaks with ground ginger. Place steaks on broiler, in the oven and broil until desired doneness. Once steaks are done, slice across the grain into 1/2-inch thick pieces. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, red onion, broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper and steaks. Drizzle dressing over salad.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 309, Fat: 13 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 62 mg, Sodium: 526 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 35 g



Snack Happy


Nothing kicks up the flavor and fun of  Cheese Steak Quesadillas like McCormick’s incredible Taco Seasoning.

Just sprinkle McCormick’s Taco Seasoning in with the cheese and steak before you grill and  watch the flavor of your quesadillas come to life like never before!

Cheese Steak Quesadillas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp McCormick Taco Seasoning
3 jalapeño peppers, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup 2% cheddar cheese, cubed
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large skillet over medium heat, add beef; stir until browned. Drain fat: if needed. Add onions, seasoned salt and taco seasoning; cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add jalapeño peppers, cilantro and cheese; stirring until cheese is melted.

Fill tortillas half way full and fold. Place tortilla on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until tortilla starts to brown. Cut quesadillas into sections.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 289, Fat: 12 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 87 mg, Sodium: 838 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 23 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.



Shop the Sale: Piñata Apples


Apples add a great crunch to a salad without adding too many unwanted calories. Piñata apples are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, just chop an apple up and add to a salad. Piñata apples are a combination of three apples; Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin and Duchess of Oldenburg.  Piñata apples have at tropical taste they make the perfect apple to add to a tropical fruit salad.  Pick up some Piñata apples while you are at the store!



Healthy Living: Fiber


Eating foods that are high in fiber not only keep your intestinal track healthy but it also lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Fiber is an important element in a weight loss regiments because fiber helps you feel full longer. Fiber cannot be broken down by human enzymes but soluble fiber can be broken down by bacteria in your intestine.

Some foods that are high in fiber are fruits, vegetables, beans, oats, barley, and whole grains. Next time you want something fruity, skip the fruit juices and go for the actual fruit. When you drink fruit and vegetable juices, you are losing fiber that you would get from the actual fruit or vegetable.



Dine-In: Taco Soup


There are weeks that I know will be busy and sometimes it can get stressful on what to prepare for dinner. I know that picking-up food at a drive-thru is not in my best interest but I really don’t have time, or the energy, to prepare something to eat. When I know a stressful and busy week is coming my way, I bring the slow cooker out. It is easy to just throw some food in the slow cooker and not have to mess up the kitchen. Here is one of my favorite recipes for soup that I just add the cans of food to the slower cooker and let it cook.

With this recipe I can eat on this soup throughout the week and not worry about having a meal prepared for every lunch and dinner. 

Taco Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 10 

Ingredients:
1 (14 oz) can Food Club Stewed Tomatoes Mexican Style
1 (14.5 oz) can Food Club Diced Tomatoes with Garlic & Onion
1 (10.75 oz) can Food Club Tomato Soup
1 (11 oz) can Food Club Kernel Corn with Peppers
2 (15 oz) can Food Club Chili
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Mixed Vegetables, drained
1 (4oz) can Food Club Diced Green Chilies 

Directions:
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and let soup simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 352, Fat: 7 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 728 mg, Carbohydrates: 61 g, Fiber: 17 g, Protein: 18 g.

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© 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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