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Family Matters: Tippy Toes Babysoft Diapers


When I was about to have a baby, I was so overwhelmed with everything I needed to get.

I’d walk into the store and want to walk right back out again. It was so mind-boggling.

The one thing I knew I needed, though, was diapers.

Every baby needs those!

Luckily, Brookshire’s makes it easy to feel confident about diapering your baby’s bum with a high-quality, super-soft diaper that has superior leak protection that is gentle on your baby’s skin.

Available in sizes 1-6, Babysoft Diapers by Tippy Toes offer comfort and protection with an extra soft touch. As an added bonus, they come in packages of 112 because I quickly learned how fast you’ll go through diapers, especially in those little sizes.



Shop the Sale: Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce


Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4

Indulge in a taste of Spain with our Grilled Shrimp and made-from-scratch Romesco Sauce, a roasted red pepper and almond sauce originating from the Catalonia region. It might seem like a lot of work, but trust us, it’s worth the effort! Pro tip: skewer your shrimp before grilling. This makes flipping and quickly removing shrimp from the heat much easier. Another pro tip is to take advantage of Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp on sale this week at Brookshire’s!

Ingredients
2 slices crunchy rustic-style bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup almonds
1 lb ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 Tbs paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
8 oz canned roasted red peppers
3/4 cup olive oil
16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 lb)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, soak bread cubes in vinegar for 20 minutes. Toast almonds for 10 to 15 minutes, watching closely. (Don’t burn.) Let almonds cool completely. Grind them in food processor until finely ground but not oily. (Do not over process.)

Add vinegar-soaked bread, tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper and red peppers to processor. Grind together briefly until evenly pureed. With motor running, add olive oil in thin stream. Mix quickly until all ingredients are just incorporated.

To grill shrimp, brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper. Once cooked, serve hot with Romesco Sauce.

Calories Per Serving: 560, Fat: 48 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 46 mg, Sodium: 602 mg, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 12 g.

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Chef Tips

Select the Best Shrimp
When it comes to fresh shrimp, there are two types: fresh and never-frozen. Unless you live in a shrimping area, it’s unlikely you’ll see never-frozen shrimp. Most shrimp is sold either frozen or previously frozen, as this is the only way to keep it fresh until it gets to you. You will be able to tell if fresh shrimp hasn’t been frozen from its somewhat translucent appearance versus previously frozen shrimp which looks more opaque. The most important thing with fresh shrimp is to look for firmness and a mild scent. If it smells like ammonia at all, then it’s definitely not fresh. The second is to avoid shrimp that are slimy or have black spots. When it comes to buying frozen shrimp, make sure it’s individually quick-frozen and wild caught for the best flavor.

Perfectly Grilled Shrimp Every Time
The first secret to perfectly grilled shrimp is skewering. It keeps them from falling through the grill and makes shrimp easier to handle. Use metal or pre-soaked wooden skewers. You can marinate your shrimp or simply brush with oil prior to grilling, which needs to be done hot and quick. Preheat the grill to medium-hot and cook for just 2-3 minutes per side. You can tell that it’s time to flip when the flesh is beginning to turn pink. Whatever you do, do not overcook! Overdone shrimp is rubbery and has no flavor.



Product Talk: Simply Done™ Products


Simply Done ProductsI was shopping at Brookshire’s last Thursday night after work (as I usually am, come find me!), and I needed to pick up disinfecting wipes. They were the last thing I needed on my son’s school supply list, and meet-the-teacher night was rapidly approaching.

I grabbed for my usual brand then stopped. I noticed there was a different brand on the shelf with a better value and price point for what I was buying: Simply Done™ brand. Simply Done™ offered the same lemon scent and the same bleach-free product that would kill the flu virus and 99.9 percent of bacteria. However, the value was better, and I love better value.

Right about that time, David, the friendly manager at that Brookshire’s store was walking by, and he explained that Simply Done™ is Brookshire’s new line of homecare solutions. He started pointing out the labels. From disinfecting wipes and coffee filters to plastic bags, paper towels and beyond, be ready for whatever life throws your way with Simply Done™ products. Look for the big, green checkmark in the white circle on the label that makes Simply Done™ products stand out.

I not only got the disinfecting wipes, but I also picked up multi-surface cleaner, which I must have near my kitchen sink at all times; laundry detergent with a fresh, crisp scent; dishwasher dish pacs; soap pads; bleach and paper towels.

It’s so great to have a store brand that handles all the things that life throws at you. I checked those right off my list.

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Family Matters: Healthy and Smelling Good Dog


I will admit that I hadn’t thought too much about nutrition for my healthy dog until I adopted a sickly cat.

Now that the cat is happy and healthy (largely thanks to a great diet), I turned my attention to the dog. Now, he’s also happy and healthy, but there are some things that could stand improvement, like the way he smells. Sorry, Astro, it’s true (I hope he’s not reading this).

A good diet can improve the quality of your dog’s skin and coat. It can also help with shedding, itchiness and odor. In comes Freshpet® foods, available in the refrigerated case on the pet food aisle at Brookshire’s.

I used their website to find out what foods to feed Astro based on our needs. Then, I went to Brookshire’s and picked them up! It was so simple, and it took all the guesswork out of trying to figure out what to feed my loyal companion and four-legged friend.

Wouldn’t you know it, his coat improved within a week. He started smelling like a puppy again, that fresh scent that comes from good nutrition and a clean gut. His coat became more glossy. He also sheds less, and he smells so good.

Freshpet®, available at Brookshire’s, is a great supplement to the high-quality dry foods that I already feed Astro. He loves the Freshpet® Select Stews Grain Free Beef and Pumpkin Recipe for Dogs, and he devours it in a matter of seconds after it hits his bowl.



Family Matters: Give Your Cat the Very Best!


As I’m writing this blog, Carl, my recent rescue cat, is curled up nearby nibbling on my mouse. My computer mouse, that is.

Carl was in pretty rough shape when he came to live with us in late June. That’s why it’s important to me to make sure he’s getting the proper nutrition.

That’s why I shop at Brookshire’s.

At Brookshire’s, I can get Carl food that I feel will go a long way to healing him from the inside out, including his IAMS® dry food supplemented with Freshpet® naturals.

Freshpet® foods, found in the refrigerated case in the pet food aisle, is like feeding your pet chef-prepared foods right from your kitchen.

The Freshpet® website will help you create a menu plan for your pet based on their age, weight, gender, activity level, dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes, and your own shopping needs. It recommends products for you. Then, you go to Brookshire’s with your list and pick them right up. It’s so easy!

Carl likes Vital® Grain Free Chicken & Ocean Whitefish with Garden Vegetables in Gravy Cat Food Recipe, which comes in a single-serving container (we actually get almost three servings out of one container). He also loves Freshpet® Select Chicken & Beef Cat Food Recipe, which comes in a roll. It is a gourmet paté made with 7.5 ounces of chicken and chicken liver, 3 ounces of beef and eggs, and 4.5 ounces of chicken broth, plus essential vitamins and minerals. When I mix these meals with his high-quality kibble, I rest assured that Carl is eating well, and it’s showing.

His coat is glossy and soft. His “level 4” skin condition has disappeared entirely. His little pink nose is wet and soft, and he is playful instead of lethargic. He also purrs nonstop.

You don’t have to be a crazy cat lady like me to give your cat the very best, which you can find right on the pet aisle at Brookshire’s.



Shop the Sale: Chile Colorado


Chile Colorado RecipePrep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 7-8 hours
Serves: 8

Fall is on its way, which means it’s time to pull out the slow cooker! One of our favorite recipes for the colder months is Chile Colorado. Delicious, and ridiculously easy, this Mexican Chile brings so much flavor to a ready-to-eat weeknight dinner. Quick to prepare, requiring just a couple of canned goods, spices and a beef chuck roast, you can throw everything in the crockpot and you’re done. And with Boneless Chuck Roast on sale this week, it’s a good time to give this traditional favorite a try.

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs oregano leaves
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp finely ground black pepper
1 (5 lb) beef chuck roast, trimmed of most visible fat

Instructions
In a large slow cooker, add all ingredients except beef. Mix well to combine; add beef. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Once cooked and tender, remove meat then pull it apart with two forks. (The sauce will finish to a somewhat thin consistency. If you’d like the sauce thicker and more gravy-like, remove meat and keep warm. Leave sauce in slow cooker on low. Add 1/4 cup chili powder and 1/4 cup masa harina. Mix together well, and cook for 1 more hour.) Serve hot with your favorite tortillas or cooked rice.

Calories Per Serving: 425, Fat: 11 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 99 mg, Sodium: 888 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 65 g.

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Chef Tips

Choose the Right Cut
With more fat than other roasting-style cuts like round, Chuck Roast is the most flavorful cut, making it perfect for slow cooking. Here’s what you should look for when selecting a good chuck roast:

  • Check the date on the label and choose the freshest meat. This is usually the meat with the latest use by date.
  • Look for about 20% fat marbling. While the higher fat content of a chuck roast makes for better slow-cooked dishes, too much fat and you’re going to lose out on that extra-tasty meat!
  • Keep an eye out for a good eye in the meat! Larger eyes typically make for a more flavorful cut.

Why Colorado?
Unless you have a grasp of Spanish language, you may be wondering why a Mexican Chile shares a name with a state located in the middle of the U.S. It’s because Colorado is in fact a Spanish word, meaning “red”, which perfectly describes this hearty, spicy beef dish. There’s also a Mexican Chile Colorado pepper – a pepper that is often used to prepare the Chile Colorado dish – so that may also play a part in the meal’s naming. Whatever the reason, this is one Mexican Chile we’ll be making regularly this fall.



Product Talk: Onions


Yellow OnionsOnions are one of those amazing products that taste great all year long, are always plentiful, are economical, are healthy, and can be used for so much more than cooking.

Did you know that you can clean your grill with an onion? It’s a great way to get stubborn cooking residue off your grill grates while also seasoning it without using harsh chemicals or too much elbow grease. Rub a halved onion, cut-side down, on a heated grill grate to remove grime and grit. (You might have to go over it a few times.) Then, let the grill sit at warm for a few minutes to let the scent of onions burn off. (It actually smells wonderful.)

While you’re burning off that onion scent, you’re also repelling mosquitoes! They hate the scent of onion, so enjoy your outdoor space while cleaning your grill. For further insect repellant protection, rub raw onion on your skin for a natural barrier from bugs.

If you have already been bitten, onion is a natural analgesic. Rub raw onion into a bug bite to help soothe the sting and itch.

You can also use it to help alleviate the pain from burns. Again, just gently rub raw onion onto the burn to help ease the pain.

Sore throat? Onion can help that, too! Boil chunks of onion (you can use the peels and all) in water on the stovetop. Strain the solids out. Let cool, and sip away.

If your kitchen knives have gotten a little rusty, revive them by plunging them into a whole onion repeatedly until they’re clean.

There are so many things to do with onions, and you can eat them, of course!



Shop the Sale: Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Butter


Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves: 4-6

Everything’s better with butter! Spruce up your next barbeque or family dinner with a healthy and delicious side of garlic-buttery grilled asparagus. Grilled to caramelized perfection, this is asparagus that will melt in your mouth. Pro tip: don’t forget to scrape your grill before cooking once it’s heated (it’s easier to do it hot). And look out for Brookshire’s Butter on sale this week for extra savings!

Ingredients
3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
3 small cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 to 2 lbs thick asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1/4 tsp table salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for greasing grill
Parsley, for garnish
Lemon slices, for serving

Instructions
Combine butter and garlic in small bowl. Brush asparagus with butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt; season with pepper to taste.

When grill is medium-hot, scrape grill grates clean with grill brush. Brush oil on grill grates. Grill asparagus, turning once, until just tender and caramelized, about 2 to 5 minutes per side. (Move asparagus as needed to ensure even cooking.) Transfer asparagus to platter. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices.

Calories Per Serving: 107, Fat: 9 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 23 mg, Sodium: 212 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 3 g

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Chef Tips

Butter Up
While butter isn’t exactly good for you (on account of all the saturated fat), it’s not all bad either. It’s actually vitamin rich for one thing. Vitamins A, D, E, B12 and K2 are found in high amounts in butter. Butter is also loaded with Butyrate, an anti-inflammatory for the digestive tract and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a fatty acid that may reduce body fat and help with certain health conditions. But, that’s not a free pass to go out and eat all the butter. Use your butter wisely to make healthy dishes (like our grilled asparagus!) and enjoy the best of both worlds.

How to Choose the Best Asparagus
First of all, size doesn’t matter when it comes to asparagus. Thick or thin stalks are more about preference than quality. The main thing to look out for is the appearance of the stalks. They should be firm and straight, with a vibrant green color. Also, look at the tips to make sure they’re closed and not dried out. When selecting fresh white asparagus, watch for the same qualities sans the rich green hue.

Once you get them home, trim the ends and either wrap them in a damp paper towel, place the asparagus in a plastic bag and refrigerate or stand them upright in a jar with an inch of water, cover with a plastic bag and store like a bunch of fresh flowers.



Product Talk: Nestlé® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


This post is all about keeping it real.

Real because I just posted a picture on Instagram of the cookies I’m baking for my son’s cross country team party tomorrow night. “Four dozen chocolate chip and counting…” I wrote. “Oatmeal up next; batter chilling!”

What I omitted from that post was that only one type of the cookies I was baking was made from scratch. You see, I’ve been baking cookies for the better part of 30 years now, and my chocolate chip cookies are never as good as my mom’s so I gave up.

At some point, you just have to admit that Nestlé® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough produces a better result than I’m going to get from mixing, stirring and beating.

Thank goodness for the refrigerated section of Brookshire’s. Sure, I made the oatmeal cookies from scratch, and they’re delightful. For whatever reason, my chocolate chip cookies (Or CCCs, as my mom used to call them) don’t turn out right.

That’s where Nestlé comes in. Those big, beautiful logs of refrigerated cookie dough are ready and waiting for me when my kids have a craving, or when I need to bake up a few (dozen) batches for a team party. (Let me just tell you about how many cookies I expect teenage athletes to devour.) The cookies come out perfectly every time, no guesswork required. They are chewy, moist, rich and delicious, worthy of a cheat meal for my cross country runners tomorrow night.

Best of all, no stirring and mixing are required because if you could see the mess I make when I bake, you’d understand.

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Shop the Sale: Blueberry Chicken Salad


Prep Time: 20 mins
Serves: 6

A summery chicken salad with a pop of color and flavor makes a healthy, tasty dinner for the whole family. Packed with arugula, red onion, celery, shredded chicken and of course, blueberries, this recipe also includes a tangy DIY Greek yogurt dressing that will satisfy your taste buds without ruining your waistline. The best bit? It’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Plus, don’t miss out on Fresh Express Salad on sale this week.

Ingredients
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, torn
12 oz skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken, shredded (about 3 cups)
1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs honey
2 1/2 Tbs fresh lemon juice, divided
6 oz fresh blueberries
1 (5 oz) pkg baby arugula
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
Combine first 4 ingredients in medium bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Combine yogurt, honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in small bowl, stirring with whisk. Add yogurt mixture to chicken mixture; toss to coat. Gently stir in blueberries.

Place arugula, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in bowl; toss to coat. Divide arugula mixture evenly among 6 plates. Top each serving with about 3/4 cup chicken salad.

Calories Per Serving: 135, Fat: 4 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 33 mg, Sodium: 242 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 15 g

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Chef Tips

Why You Should Go Greek
Yogurt’s tangier and thicker cousin has several differences aside from taste and texture. First, it has twice the protein of regular yogurt and about three times the saturated fat. It is lower in sodium and carbohydrates – roughly half that of regular yogurt – and usually has less sugar. It makes for a more filling and satisfying snack or meal, plus you skip all the sugar and salt.

Healthier Greek Yogurt Substitutes
While we’re talking about the health benefits of Greek yogurt, it’s worth noting that it can be used as a substitute for less-than-healthy ingredients like mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk. You can make all of your favorite recipes healthier – and often times tastier – by using Greek yogurt. Need some ideas? You can use yogurt as a substitute in baking (batter and frosting), pasta sauces, dips, cheesecake, smoothies, popsicles and pancakes, or ranch dressing, twice-baked potatoes, potato salad – even soup!



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