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Product Talk: Tyson Premium Cornish Hens

Tyson Premium Cornish HensThis year, I cooked for a crowd on Thanksgiving. However, it’s just been me and a friend, or me and the boys in past years. Same with Christmas.

Cooking for two or three is vastly different from cooking for a crowd, and in previous years, I’ve had enough turkey left from holiday meals to feed malnourished children in third world countries for a week. It’s hard to use that many leftovers.

Recently, I was shopping the frozen foods aisle at Brookshire’s, and I saw Tyson Premium Cornish Hens.

They are the PERFECT size for a festive meal for a small group, and they can be used just like you would a turkey or roast chicken. Hens are also flavorful and juicy with very little preparation required.

The Tyson twin-pack of Cornish hens is 100 percent natural with no hormones or artificial ingredients. Each Cornish hen is individually bagged to protect the product from frost or freezer burn.

Tyson recommends seasoning them with salt and pepper, and basting with butter while they roast for about an hour. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

You can serve them like turkey with dressing on the side, and make an impressive main dish for someone special this holiday season.

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Dine In: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

It’s party season!

Friday nights are full of festivities these days, and nights in with jammies have transformed into the holiday social scene of nights out, fabulous friends and delicious food.

Finger foods are so much fun for holiday parties and outings, but I tend to like something more substantial than cheese trays and crackers.

These chicken bites are the perfect party food. If the party is at your house, you can make them ahead, bake them at the last minute and serve them sizzling. If the party is at someone else’s house, you can still make them ahead and they transport perfectly. I’ve even frozen these and baked them right before I needed them.

The appeal of this recipe, to me, is the duality of the flavors. I love the sweet and spicy mixed together.

So, if you have a party on the horizon, consider these delicious morsels.

One recipe serves about 15, so I usually double it. Guests can’t eat just one!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes)
1 1/2 lb bacon
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Mix well.

If using thick bacon, thin out with the back edge of a chef knife. Cut the bacon in half, roll around the chicken cubes and secure with a toothpick.

Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Prepare baking sheet with aluminum foil and a rack, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Roll the chicken pieces in the brown sugar mixture. Be sure to pack some in the ends. Place on the rack.

Bake until golden-brown, about 35 minutes. Cover with foil on a heavy dish to keep warm until served.

Serves 15

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 321, Calories from Fat: 197, Fat: 22 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 84 mg, Sodium: 1091 mg, Potassium: 369 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 28 g.

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Family Matters: Enfagrow is Great for Toddlers

Enfagrow is great for toddlersI could write blog post after blog post about how my kids were awful eaters as toddlers. In fact, I think I have. I did everything from making homemade baby and toddler food to sneaking pureed carrots and broccoli into pancakes.

Something that would have given me peace of mind is Enfagrow.

Enfagrow Toddler Next Step Powder is specifically formulated for toddlers 1-3 years old to help ensure they get good nutrition when they won’t eat anything but applesauce and cheese toast (true story).

Enfagrow Toddler Next Step Powder includes DHA and iron, building blocks of brain development. It also is fortified with calcium, vitamin D, zinc and 19 other nutrients to help support growth and development. In addition, the Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotics® Blend is designed to help support digestive health.

Enfagrow Toddler Next Step is available in natural milk or vanilla flavors to drink plain or mix into a smoothie with broccoli and carrots…just kidding…with fruits and veggies your toddler might love.

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Family Matters: Infant Reflexes

Infant ReflexesWhen my first son was born, I thought one of the cutest things he did was throw his arm back with his hand wide open, like he was grabbing for me.

Then, some nurse spoiled all my enjoyment and said ALL babies did that. She called it the “startle reflex.” Then, my mom, who has a medical background, told me it was called the tonic neck reflex. Infants are born with different reflexes, and even though they might look awkward, they are perfectly normal.

The tonic neck reflex occurs when baby’s head, when he is relaxed and lying face up, is moved to the side. The arm on the side where the head is facing reaches away from the body with the hand partly open. The arm on the side away from the face is flexed, and the fist is clenched tightly. Turning the baby’s face in the other direction reverses the position. This is sometimes called the “startle” reflex, and you’ll see it from birth through the early weeks.

The truncal incurvation or galant reflex occurs when the side of the infant’s spine is stroked or tapped while baby lies on the stomach. The infant will twitch his or her hips toward the touch in a dancing movement. (Remember Dancing Baby of the viral Internet video?)

The grasp reflex is when you place your finger or another object in the baby’s palm. Their hand will close around the finger. Trying to remove the finger causes the grip to tighten. Newborns have strong grasps and can almost be lifted up if both hands are grasping your fingers. How many times have you seen proud papas post about how strong their offspring is at birth?

The rooting reflex helps baby feed. This reflex happens when you stroke baby’s cheek. The infant will turn toward the side that was stroked and begin to make sucking motions.

Finally, the parachute reflex occurs in slightly older infants when the child is held upright and the baby’s body is rotated quickly to face forward (like he’s falling). The baby will extend his arms forward as if to break a fall, even though this reflex appears long before the baby walks. If you try this at home, please don’t drop baby.

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Family Matters: Private Label Diapers

Brookshire’s DiapersLet’s face it: no one wants to sink a lot of money into diapers.

If baby is healthy, they’ll wet and/or dirty about 12 diapers a day. That’s one every two hours. In addition, you KNOW a sort of Murphy’s law goes into effect when you change a wet diaper. Once the clean one is on, baby goes No. 2. It almost never fails.

Point being, you’ll go through thousands of diapers in your baby’s childhood.

Private label diapers are the answer to your prayers.

Brookshire’s Diapers are the same high-quality diapers that the name brands promote but much more economical.

Made of the best materials that won’t irritate baby’s skin, Brookshire’s brand diapers swaddle your baby’s bum in the gentlest of manners, while protecting him from leaks and wetness.

You’ll spend less money, while baby is just as happy. Win/win.

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Shop the Sale: Angus Beef Poppers

Jalapeño Beef Poppers“I made the best dinner on Sunday,” my friend, Jen, exclaimed at work on Monday morning.

“What was it,” I demanded, determined to find out so I could make it myself.

“Um…these ball things….with ground meat….” she stammered.

I think she was trying to keep the recipe a secret.

When I finally pried it out of her, it sounded a lot like these, from the Certified Angus Beef board.

Angus beef is from an Angus cow and evaluated using the brand’s 10 specifications for marbling, size and uniformity. Angus ground chuck is on sale at Brookshire’s this week, so take advantage of the sale on this premium grade of beef to go ahead and stock up.

Jen said she stuffed her meat mixture INTO jalapeno peppers, but this sounds a lot easier (and faster).

The honey lime crème fraiche sounds delicious, but you could dip them in almost anything – ranch, honey mustard, buffalo, barbecue or hot mustard sauces.

Jalapeño Beef Poppers

2 lbs angus beef ground chuck
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp whole mustard seeds
12 eggs
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Frying oil as needed
Dipping sauce — see Honey Lime Crème Fraiche

Combine ground beef, cheese, jalapeños, salt, pepper and mustard seeds in a large mixing bowl. Portion by hand into 42 “popper” shape balls, approximately 1-ounce each.

Crack and whisk eggs; put in a shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs and put in a second shallow dish.

Prepare a pot with frying oil; heat to 325° F. Roll poppers in egg mix, 6-8 at a time, roll in bread crumbs; repeat. Deep fry 4 minutes in batches. Allow to dry on paper towels; serve warm with Honey Lime Crème Fraiche for dipping.

Honey Lime Crème Fraiche

8 oz sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp minced cilantro

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with Jalapeño Beef Poppers.

Yields 42

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 128, Calories from Fat: 76, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 287 mg, Potassium: 37 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Sugar: 0.6 g, Protein: 8 g

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Healthy Living: Slow Cooker Lean, Clean Chili

Slow Cooker Lean, Clean ChiliI find it more difficult to be healthy during the colder months.

Well-protected by a camouflaging layer of sweaters, jackets and scarves, it’s easy to curl up by the fire and fantasize about cinnamon rolls, baked potato soup, chicken and dumplings, cheesy lasagna and warm apple pie.

However, those aren’t always the healthiest options and can easily result in layers of fat camouflaging lean muscle mass!

It’s often easy to slim down your favorite recipes, like the slow cooker chili. The recipe calls for lean ground beef. I honestly prefer the turkey and have even used ground chicken as well.

One of the keys to this recipe is making sure you drain the fat from the meat, no matter how lean, before adding it to the slow cooker. You won’t have a lot, but it will save calories and fat.

You can also use organic canned beans and tomatoes, if available.

I’ve found this is actually better the second day, so double the recipe if you want an abundance of delicious leftovers.

Slow Cooker Lean, Clean Chili

1 large onion, chopped
2 small green bell peppers, chopped
olive oil cooking spray
1 lb extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tbs tomato paste
2 cups water
2 tsp chili powder

Add chopped onions and green peppers to medium-sized pan sprayed with olive oil spray, and cook until onions are translucent and peppers are soft. Add ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until beef is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. Drain any fat.

Add beef mixture to slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Cook on high setting for 4 hours or low setting for 6-8 hours.

Serve with plain non-fat Greek yogurt.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 694, Calories from Fat: 56, Fat: 6 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 43 mg, Sodium: 343 mg, Potassium: 2957 mg, Carbohydrates: 110 g, Fiber: 28 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 51 g.

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Product Talk: Stuffed Tur-Duc-Hen Roll

Tur-Duc-Hen RollIt’s a turkey.

It’s a duck.

It’s a chicken.

Plus, there’s sausage!

It’s Big Easy Food’s Stuffed Tur-Duc-Hen Roll, available in the frozen foods section of your local Brookshire’s.

It’s the best of all worlds, really.

Before, you had to special order this holiday favorite and likely pay a pretty penny at some out-of-the-way food mart. Now, though, you can celebrate the holidays in style while pleasing everyone at your dinner table.

The Tur-Duc-Hen Roll is pre-seasoned turkey breast wrapped around layers of duck breast meat and chicken thigh meat with creole pork sausage in the middle.

You can cook this frozen or thawed, and you can bake it or grill it.

At about four pounds, it’s perfect for a smaller gathering or intimate dinner party.

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Dine In: Slow Cooker Bacon Cheese Quiche

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheese QuicheI decided a few years ago that I wasn’t going to cook the day after Thanksgiving.

I mean, I spend all that time Thanksgiving Day slaving in the kitchen, and the meal takes longer to clean up than it does to be devoured.

Don’t get me wrong; I love Thanksgiving. I love cooking. I love being with family and friends, and I’m so thankful for everything I have. However, I’m still tired from the effort.

I’m not one of those people who shops the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, I always have to work that day, so it’s either eat leftovers Friday night or prepare something fun for a Friday night, post-feast bliss.

This slow cooker quiche is the perfect solution for dinner after a long day of shopping or working. It’s also good reheated (briefly) for breakfast on Saturday morning.

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheese Quiche

Tbs butter
10 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs hot sauce
10 pieces bacon
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup onions, chopped

Grease the slow cooker with the butter. Turn the slow cooker on low setting, and leave the remaining butter in the bottom. It will melt while you are preparing the other ingredients.

Cook the bacon.

Cut the stems off of the spinach, and tear the spinach into about 1/2-inch pieces.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in the cream, cheese, pepper, hot sauce, spinach and onions.

Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.

Tear the bacon into approximately 1/2-inch pieces and top the mixture with bacon.

Cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 5 hours, or on high setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The quiche is ready to eat when it is firm to the touch.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 543, Calories from Fat: 399, Fat: 44 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 385 mg, Sodium: 1239 mg, Potassium: 423 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 31 g.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Nuestra Piel en Invierno

Mujer con la mascarillaCada estación del año tiene su encanto y el invierno no es la excepción. El clima frio de esta temporada siempre nos hace tomar unas medidas diferentes en nuestra rutina ya que afecta algunas cosas en nuestra salud y apariencia.

Es bueno saber que las bajas temperaturas del invierno pueden actuar como un tónico en nuestra piel, reduciendo las obstrucciones y afinando nuestros poros, también el frio reduce la aparición del acné porque disminuye y previene la secreción de la grasa en nuestra piel.

El clima frio favorece la circulación, ayudando a bajar la inflación o hinchazón de los ojos y la cara. Estas bajas temperaturas mejoran y rejuvenecen la tez, desacelerando el proceso del envejecimiento, ya que el frio ayuda a mantener la piel firme y la hace lucir radiante.

Por otro lado, cuando nos exponemos a fríos muy intensos y prolongados, al viento y la calefacción, esto también puede afectar la hidratación de la piel, por esto es necesario protegerla usando cremas y mascarillas hidratantes en el rostro y en el cuerpo entero, enfocando este cuidado en la cara, manos, labios, rodillas y codos. Recuerden que aunque los rayos solares no se vean ni se sientan con la misma intensidad que en el verano, de igual manera están allí y hay que protegerse la piel con cremas que contengan filtros solares.

Otro dato importante para la piel es lavarse y desmaquillarse bien, usando productos hidratantes, además evitar la exposición larga al calor y/o a los cambios bruscos de temperatura, como los causados por la calefacción o el agua de la ducha.El invierno es una temporada particularmente ruda con la piel y más con la piel de manos y cara, pues están constantemente expuestas al frío. Para que puedas lucir fabulosa a pesar del frío, te preparamos este listado de preparaciones caseras que te ayudarán a mantenerte hidratada y resistente sin quemar tu presupuesto en el proceso.

Para tener una piel suave y hermosaten presente que la manteca de cacao, el aceite de oliva y el aceite de almendra te ayudan a protegerte del frío. El aceite de almendra es súper económico y te sirve para el cabello, para los labios y para las manos. El aceite de oliva también es un buen recurso para humectar y la manteca de cacao, ayuda a mantener la piel en buen estado y protegida del frío.

Otra excelente mascarilla para combatir los efectos del frio de invierno en nuestro rostro, es una mezcla de avena, huevo batido y miel. Aplica y deja esta mezcla en el rostro durante 20 minutos. Tu piel estará preparada y lista para  resistir el invierno. Esta mascarilla funciona bien para todo tipo de piel.

Come naranja y cítricos con frecuencia. Por un lado debes de ingerirlos para que tu cuerpo los absorba y además puedes preparar una mascarilla con yogur, miel y naranja que te ayudará a mantener una piel hidratada y fresca.

Recuerda que no hay mascarilla, ni tratamiento, ni receta, ni secreto que te pueda ayudar a combatir el frío, si no estás bien hidratada por dentro. Debes consumir agua suficiente agua sin excederte. En invierno es básico que tomes dos litros de agua con temperatura natural para evitar las grietas en la piel y los labios. No te olvides tampoco de dormir lo suficiente ya que durante las horas de sueño es cuando más,  nuestras células se regeneran.

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