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Product Talk: Libby’s Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal Treats

Libby’s Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal TreatsIt’s time for all things pumpkin spice.

Whether it’s your coffee, your creamer, your doughnuts or your pies, pumpkin spice reigns supreme during this time of year.

That’s where Libby’s comes in. A division of Nestle, Libby’s pumpkin products are a great way to get quality pumpkin without having to process it yourself.

I love the pumpkin puree, which comes in a variety of sizes from 8 ounces and up to fit your fall cooking needs. It also comes in organic, which is all-natural with no preservatives. Libby’s also offers a canned pumpkin pie filling and boxed mixes for breads and cheesecake.

Pumpkin is full of vitamins A and C, and it’s a great source of beta-carotene.

Enjoy pure pumpkin in this fun fall treat today!

Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal Treats

3 Tbs butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
1/8 cup Libby’s Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 cups rice cereal

Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by greasing it liberally with butter or line with parchment paper.

In a heavy stockpot, melt butter on low heat, and add mini marshmallows. Stir in pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

Add rice cereal and stir.

Working quickly, press mixture into prepared pan.

Allow the treats to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.

Makes 16

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 351, Calories from Fat: 80, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 282 mg, Carbohydrates: 66 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Dine In: Date Night Asiago Asparagus

Date Night Asiago AsparagusI love asparagus, but my significant other, not so much.

So, when I was dying to have it as a side dish recently alongside a hunk of burning (ie, grilled) meat, he was kind enough to say he’d make it for ME, and could we please have a salad, too?

Well, I decided to try to change his mind about asparagus. While I generally just steam it, this roasted version is amazing.

Of course, what’s not to like about a dish with cheese and bacon, when it comes right down to it? Don’t overcook these veggies; the asparagus should still be crisp-tender when it comes out of the oven.

You can always prepare this in advance, and roast the asparagus while the meat is grilling.

Date Night Asiago Asparagus

1 1/2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
4 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat and chopped

Preheat oven to 425° F. Place asparagus in a large, greased casserole dish. Toss with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and minced garlic. Toss to coat thoroughly. Roast, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Sprinkle half of grated cheese all over asparagus. Then, add chopped bacon, and top with more cheese. Roast for 10 more minutes.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 454, Calories from Fat: 318, Fat: 35 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium: 1347 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Family Matters: Souper Meals

Souper MealsWhen I was little, one of my favorite meals was grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Truth be told, it’s still one of my favorites.

I must have passed that down to my sons because when we’re menu planning, one of them will often suggest grilled cheese and tomato soup.

One of the things that made having soup such a treat was that my mom let us add things to the soup. For example, I always wanted to add carrots to chicken noodle soup, so my mom taught me how to dice the pieces I wanted and add it to my can of soup.

With tomato soup, we added all kinds of things. Looking back, I probably wouldn’t make some of those choices today, but it sure sounded good at the time. We added croutons, Goldfish crackers, chunks of cheese (it was on the sandwich, so why not?), a tablespoon of heavy cream, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce and whatever we thought would make it taste great. As an adult, I’ve been known to add diced avocado to my tomato soup.

Soups are a great way to share a warm meal with your family, especially during colder weather. For me, soup is comfort food, and if you can get your kids to eat it by adding their own special touch, that’s all the better.

Mi Blog Hispano: Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia HispanaYa estamos celebrando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana y no hay mejor manera de celebrar que con familia y comida.  Durante este tiempo, lo que realmente celebramos es la riqueza de la cultura y herencia hispana a través de festividades que incluyen comida, música, reuniones familiares o excursiones, fiestas, narraciones de cuentos, y actividades educativas.

Nosotros los hispanos, venimos de más de veinte países alrededor del mundo como México, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, y muchos más.  El Mes de la Herencia Hispana celebra y reconoce nuestra cultura hispana y la historia, así como los logros y contribuciones que los hispanos han hecho para esta nación.

Es una observación nacional que se ha celebrado desde 1968, y por lo general se observa del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre y se honra cada año.  El tiempo de la celebración es significativo debido a que varios países de América Latina celebran la independencia de su país, entre otras fiestas importantes.

Yo estaré celebrando con mi familia y amigos.  También aprovechare para ensenarles más a mis hijas sobre la historia de México.  No quiero que pierdan la pasión que sentimos por nuestro lindo país.

Estuve pensando en alguna receta Mexicana que mis hijas mayores podrían hacer fácilmente.  Se me ocurrió que haciendo tostadas de pollo sería facilísimo para ellas.  Las hice la semana pasada y les encanto.  Yo cocine el pollo pero ellas hicieron todo lo demás mientras yo les enseñaba.  Pusieron los frijoles en las tostadas, el pollo, el aguacate, la crema, etc.  Quedamos muy satisfechos con las tostadas, que por cierto acompañe con una sopa de fideo tan rica que solo pensando en ella se me hace agua la boca.

Aquí les paso la receta por si se les antojan unas tostadas fáciles de hacer.  La receta viene de Mission Foods que es la marca de varias comidas mexicanas como tortillas, salsas, y tostadas.  Puede cambiar una cosa u otra.  Yo use frijoles de la marca Goya porque aparte de sabrosos, son casi auténticos a los frijoles que hace mi mama.  Y hablando de autenticidad, no podía faltar el delicioso queso Cacique para darle un poco más de sabor.

Tostadas de Pollo

Porciones: 4
Tiempo prep: 5 min
Tiempo de cocción: 15 min

1 1/3 tazas de pollo asado, desmenuzado y calentado
2 cucharadas de jugo de lima, fresco
3/4 tazas de pico de gallo, ya hecho
4 tostadas de Mission Yellow Tostadas

En un plato hondo mediano, combine el pollo calentado, pico de gallo, y jugo de lima.  Mezcle para combinar.

Divida la mezcla en las cuatro tostadas y sirva.

Para más sabor unte guacamole en la tostada antes de poner la mezcla de pollo.  Sirva con crema.  Agregue otros ingredientes a su gusto como maíz, frijoles negros, o salsa picante.

Shop the Sale: Grilled Beefy Cheese

Grilled Beefy CheeseThere is nothing better than a grilled cheese sandwich, unless it’s a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed full of cheesy beef.

To say this is a hearty sandwich is putting it mildly. It’s a full meal, for sure. Just add a side salad or a cup of soup, and you’re ready to go. Plus, it cooks up quickly, something I love, especially for a weeknight meal.

To make this even more perfect, Angus ground chuck is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so feeding your family is delicious, quick, easy and economical!

I’ve also added chopped green bell peppers into the mixture and cooked them at the same time I added the mushrooms, onions and garlic.

Grilled Beefy Cheese

1 lb Angus ground chuck
1 clove garlic
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup white onions, diced
8 slices good-quality sandwich bread
4 tsp butter, softened
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 slices American cheese

Brown ground Angus in a large pan. Drain fat. Add garlic, mushrooms and onions to the pan; cook until vegetables are soft. Drain any excess liquid. Remove from heat and set aside.

Butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Heat a griddle pan to medium-high heat, and place 4 slices of bread, butter-side down, on the griddle. Top with 1 slice each of American and Swiss cheese, and then add 1/4 cup of the beef mixture. Top with remaining slices of bread, butter-side up. When the first side of bread is golden and browning, carefully flip and cook until the second side of bread is golden and browning, and cheese is melting. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 654, Calories from Fat: 339, Fat: 38 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 197 mg, Sodium: 865 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5.6 g, Protein: 60 g.

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Healthy Living: Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Breakfast Sweet PotatoesGetting out the door in the morning is no easy task.

There’s the first school pre-dawn run to get the older kid to cross country practice. I fuel up with a can of LaCroix bubble water during that trip.

Then, it’s back home to get myself and the younger kid ready for the day.

That includes showers and breakfast.

This simple and healthy meal, packed full of vitamins and nutrients, needed to get us through a day of work, school, sports and homework. It can bake while you shower, and then voila! It’s ready to go when you’re ready to eat. You can even prep the potatoes the night before. Just heat them for a few minutes in the microwave to get them ready to go back in the oven the second time.

Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes
4 large eggs
salt and pepper, to taste
toppings such as shredded cheese, green onions, chives, salsa, avocado, etc.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Pierce sweet potatoes; bake for about 1 hour, or until soft and tender. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle.

Slice each potato lengthwise, and then scoop out most of the soft flesh, leaving about a 1/2-inch shell intact. Save the potato for a future use or mash to eat as a “side dish” with the baked eggs.

Reduce oven temperature to 350° F.

Carefully crack 1 egg into each sweet potato shell. Season with salt and pepper; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until egg white has set. Top with shredded cheese. Return to the oven until cheese is melted.

Remove from oven, and top with items of your choice. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 249, Calories from Fat: 47, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 186 mg, Sodium: 84 mg, Carbohydrates: 42 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 9 g.

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Leave the Leftovers in the Fridge

Leave the Leftovers in the FridgeCaring for animals is a passion of mine. I’ve rescued animals of all kinds since I was a child. After we moved to Texas, I was intrigued by the wildlife it offered. I’ve lived in wooded areas like upper Michigan, cities with tall buildings and concrete like in California, and deserts with oh so much sand like in Arizona. You know the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas?” I did not fully understand what that meant until I saw the giant squirrels, the giant mosquitoes and the giant raccoons that would come right up into my lap while eating dog food that I’d set out for my rather confused dog.

Wild animals are not pets. You should never leave leftovers outside, and you should never invite a wild animal into your home (no matter how cute they are). Why, you ask? There are multiple reasons: the main one being that they are simply wild. You do not know what to expect. It can also be unsafe, and they can be carrying all kinds of ailments that could be transferred to your home, pets and human family.

Domestic animals are raised to believe that you will eventually give them what they want. Wild animals do not do the same. If you do leave any food outside, wild animals might soon come to expect their treats, and then they might bring it upon themselves to go into your house or even your neighbor’s to get it.

Still want to enjoy the view of deer in your backyard or hear the song of birds outside your window? As long as you respect their space, they usually respect yours as well. You’ll be able to have a safe and happy relationship with your wild animal friends by treating them to items better created for them like bird seed or salt licks.

Brookshire’s carries a selection of items you could use in the pet aisle. Check out how you can make your house more animal-friendly today and leave the leftovers in the fridge. There is always a new way to recreate those dishes tomorrow!

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Product Talk: Sara Lee Breads

Sara Lee BreadsBack-to-school means packing a lot of sandwiches in school lunches. It’s difficult enough, sometimes, to keep up with a variety of delicious and healthy fillings without having to worry about also switching up the bread, but that’s where Sara Lee comes in.

My younger son will still pull the crust off of his sandwich, taking half the bread with it. However, he doesn’t do that to Sara Lee bread; he eats every last bite.

He loves the Sweet Hawaiian bread. My older son loves the Butter bread. They both love Honey Wheat and Soft and Smooth Made With Whole-Grain White bread.

We haven’t tried the Artesano yet, but it’s on the list next.

With 31 varieties, it’ll be easy for you to find something you feel good about packing in a school lunch.

Sara Lee has been baking since 1949, when a cheesecake recipe gave way to a baked goods empire. The company was named for the owner’s 8-year-old daughter. Sara Lee is now a philanthropist who supports the education and advancement of women and girls in science.

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Dine In: Date Night Greek Lemon Chicken

Date Night Greek Lemon ChickenWhen Friday nights don’t involve football or driving the Mom taxi, I love a date night dish that can be prepared in one pan.

This Greek chicken is bursting with flavor, is healthy and good for you, and comes together in just a few minutes. Definitely marinate this overnight to let the lemon permeate the chicken. It’s so delicious that way. You can marinate the chicken as you’re preparing the rest of the meal, but the flavor is more intense if you do it overnight.

You can buy cauliflower already riced and packaged. It’ll be near the prepared bags of salad in your store, or you can buy a head of cauliflower and pulse it in your food processor. It’s that simple. You can also skip the cauliflower entirely and serve this with a side of orzo.

Date Night Greek Lemon Chicken

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs)
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs Greek seasoning
1 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white onion, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts
12 oz cauliflower rice
1/2 lemon, sliced

Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, Greek seasoning and salt in a small bowl. Pour into a gallon-sized, zip-top plastic bag. Then, place chicken in the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.

When it’s time to eat, heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Sear the chicken, skin-side down, for 5 to 6 minutes without moving. Flip the chicken, reduce heat to medium-high, and continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove to a plate.

Lower the heat to medium. Add the garlic and onion, and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and artichokes, stirring frequently. Add the cauliflower rice; cook for 5 minutes. Add the lemon slices, chicken and any juices from the chicken. Heat through and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 477, Calories from Fat: 181, Fat: 20 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 151 mg, Sodium: 1027 mg, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 55 g.

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Family Matters: First Aid for Your Cat

First Aid for Your CatJust like with a child, it’s always best to be prepared in case of an emergency with your feline friend.

Cats can get into all sorts of trouble where first aid might be necessary.

They could get into a cat fight. If your cat is bleeding, approach him carefully to avoid getting hurt yourself. Apply pressure to the wound with a wad of gauze, tissue or a clean cloth. Hold pressure for 10 minutes. Keep your cat as calm and as still as possible during this time. You might lay the cat on its side and elevate the area where the cat is bleeding, if the cat will let you. For bleeding that won’t stop in 10 minutes, seek veterinary care. After the cut has stopped bleeding, clean with warm water and apply a topical ointment like Neosporin. Bandage with gauze, if necessary.

If your cat gets stung by a bee, it’s important to try to get the stinger out. Do so by running your fingernail along the bite, which should dislodge the stinger if it’s protruding from the skin. Apply ice or a cool compress to the sting site. A paste of baking soda and water may neutralize the sting. If it swells disproportionately, seek veterinary care immediately.

Your cat is usually pretty good at discerning what should and shouldn’t go into his mouth, but in case of accidental poisoning, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435. Staffed by a veterinary team, this line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When your cat is vomiting excessively, remove all food and water. If no vomiting occurs for 6 hours, reintroduce water and a little food. If vomiting persists after 24 hours, contact your vet.

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