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Dine In: Oven Baked Feta Cheese Dip


Oven Baked Feta Cheese DipThere are so many Friday nights when, I admit it, I don’t want to cook.

I’m tired from working all week. My kids are tired. We’re all tired.

Sometimes that means pizza. Sometimes that means a snack dinner.

This recipe is simple and quick to put together. You can add chopped, grilled chicken to make it more of a main course.

Oven Baked Feta Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
Preheat oven at 400° F.

In a small oven-safe baking dish, layer the crumbled cheese, covering the entire bottom of the dish.

Sprinkle the minced garlic on top of the feta cheese.

Spoon the tomato sauce, covering the entire cheese and garlic mixture.

Mix together the mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese; layer on top of the tomato sauce.

Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Serve it warm with a side of flatbread or tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 203, Calories from Fat: 137, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 56 mg, Sodium: 672 mg, Potassium: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Family Matters: Running Buddies


Running Buddies“Mom, will you go running with me?” These were the words I had been waiting to hear from my 16-year-old son Luke! I had been asking him for some time if he wanted to go running with me, but his answer was always “no.”

I’ve been running for almost a year now, and one thing I know for sure is that I enjoy running with a buddy any day over running by myself. When running with a buddy, you can talk and fellowship to take your mind off actually running. Most importantly, you have someone else to help hold you accountable for reaching your goals.

Of course, I said YES to Luke asking me to run. This was the day I had been waiting for. I could just see us running together, Mom and son talking, laughing and bonding. We got on our running gear and headed to the running path. Once at the path, Luke said “Are you ready?” Before I could even say “yes,” he was gone, leaving me eating his dust! This was not what I had envisioned; this is not what I had planned for. We were supposed to be running together and bonding. He should know I hate running by myself!

We met back up at the high school football field where he wanted to work out with me next. Oh, I knew where this was going—he would be leaving me in the dust again. To my surprise, we ran bleachers together, pulled the weight sled together, did lunges together and even did some sprints together. We had a great workout together. Luke loves physical activity and enjoys someone either watching him or participating with him. Without Luke really knowing it, this is how he likes to bond with others.

After our workout, we lay in the middle of the football field. I lay there exhausted while he told me of all his athletic dreams he hoped to achieve. Now, this was my kind of mother and son bonding time. That day was another day that I decided to seize the moment with my son. It mattered not that we didn’t actually run “together” or the fact that he made me run bleachers. The point is we were together doing something we both enjoyed.

After our long talk, it was time to run back home. I’m sure you can guess that he beat me back home!



Shop the Sale: The Best Ever Baby Back Ribs


Mrs. S's RibsI have written recipe after recipe on ribs, but I have never truly perfected them myself, until Saturday night.

My friend had posted on Facebook, “I just ate the best ribs ever!” to which I responded, “Do tell, because I’ve never quite mastered them myself.”

At that point, he introduced me, via social media of course, to his mother, master chef of all things ribs. She sent me her recipe (Oh, I love the South, where mamas you don’t even know share their family secrets with you!). I tried it and oh, my, gosh, it was excellent.

My problem was that I’d never cooked the ribs slowly and long enough. This time, however, I wasn’t going to miss.

Not only did I slow roast these, but I finished them off on the grill to caramelize the sugars and give them a brilliant color.

They were slap-yo-mama delicious! Luckily for you, you don’t have to wait until Mrs. S comes into your life. Pork spare ribs are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Mrs. S’s Ribs

Ingredients:
2 racks (6 lb) pork spare ribs
2 Tbs salt
2 Tbs pepper
3 Tbs Montreal Steak seasoning
3 Tbs minced garlic
3 Tbs minced onion
2 Tbs liquid smoke
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

Directions:
Rinse ribs and pat dry. Place in a roasting pan lined with foil, fat side up. Cover ribs with Worcestershire, liquid smoke and seasonings. Wrap tightly in foil.

Bake, wrapped, at 250° F for 5 hours.

Remove from oven. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place ribs on grill for about 5 minutes each side, or until golden-brown. Serve immediately with your favorite barbecue sauce. (In lieu of a grill, broil until desired color is achieved.)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 879, Calories from Fat: 511, Fat: 57 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (24 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 223 mg, Sodium: 4515 mg, Potassium: 51 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 82 g.

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Healthy Living: Watermelon Salsa


Watermelon SalsaWhat’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than watermelon?

What’s tastier on a hot summer day than watermelon with a bit of a kick?

Combine the two and you have a delicious watermelon salsa that’s sure to please a crowd at a party, your family at dinner or just for a snack by the pool post-swim.

It’s healthy, tasty and easy!

Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients:
3 cups watermelon, pre-cubed and seeded
2 Anaheim peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbs fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sugar

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well.

Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla chips.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 26, Calories from Fat: 1, Fat: 0.1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Potassium: 81 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 0.7 g.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Classic Instant Mashed Potatoes


Brookshire’s Classic Instant Mashed PotatoesMy younger son doesn’t like mashed potatoes. I almost took him for counseling because of that one. I just don’t understand how someone can’t love a pile of pillowy, creamy, delicious carbs.

He doesn’t, or didn’t, until now.

I was running short on time lately (all the time, if I’m being honest), and I ran into Brookshire’s for some mashed potatoes to go with my mom’s recipe for Salisbury steak. You need potatoes to soak up all that rich, yummy gravy.

I was already running late and I really didn’t have time to peel, boil and mash potatoes by hand. I grabbed a box of Brookshire’s Classic Instant Mashed Potatoes. The box even advertises, “Just add milk and margarine, ready in 3 minutes.” Score.

I went home, fixed dinner and while the main course was cooking, I whipped up those potatoes. In my hurry, I plated my younger son potatoes under his heaping mound of meat and gravy.

He looked up at me with those big, brown eyes, trying to mask his disappointment.

“I don’t really like mashed potatoes,” he said, trying to be polite.

“Oh please, just TRY them,” I implored. “I can’t really scrape them off at this point.”

Because he’s a super good and obedient kid, he did.

“Mom, these are GREAT!” he said.

So, now I keep a box of potatoes in my pantry for those meals that we crave potatoes, and I can give my younger son his favorite.

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Dine In: Mexican Skillet Lasagna


Mexican Skillet LasagnaWe’ve had an unusually rainy and cooler summer this year, “cooler” being relative of course, so there have been Friday nights that call for a cozy meal inside instead of something grilled outside.

I found this meal on Pinterest. It’s half lasagna, half Mexican and all deliciousness. One of the best parts is that my kids can help make it after I get home from work on Friday night and can’t wait to curl up on the couch with them to watch a movie.

The original recipe called for ground beef, which you can definitely use, but I substituted turkey to make it a bit healthier. I used two jalapeños (because I love spicy), but the recipe calls for just one.

Mexican Skillet Lasagna

Ingredients:
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups red enchilada sauce
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 lb ground turkey
1 can corn, drained
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
10 whole-wheat lasagna noodles, broken into 2-inch lengths
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 avocado, sliced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Directions:
Heat oil in a very large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeño. Cook until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat.

Stir in the corn; season the mixture with cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt.

Scatter pasta onto meat but do not stir. Pour diced tomatoes with juice and enchilada sauce over pasta. Cover and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, about 20-25 minutes. Allow the mixture to simmer uncovered for the final 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Allow the mixture to stand uncovered for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened. If desired, you can throw it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown on top. Serve with fresh avocado slices and cilantro.

Serves 6-8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 557, Calories from Fat: 165, Fat: 18 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 68 mg, Sodium: 895 mg, Potassium: 713 mg, Carbohydrates: 66 g, Fiber: 14 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 34 g.

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Family Matters: Lost Dog


Lost DogI’ve mentioned before that I lost my three dogs about two years ago. More accurately, my neighbor opened the fence gate and let them out. They were never to be seen or heard from again.

Now, there are so many pages on Facebook to help reconnect you with your lost pets. We have one managed locally that has had so much impact; it has helped pet owners in the United Kingdom find their lost dogs.

The fact of the matter is that when a pet gets out and is picked up by animal control, it goes to a city or county shelter, depending on where it’s found. The shelters are all overcrowded, through no fault of their own. If a pet isn’t claimed, it may or may not be adoptable, depending on the breed of dog and the shelter’s policies. Locally, shelters consider pit bulls, pit mixes, German shepherds, Rottweilers and their mixes to be “not adoptable.”

The vast majority of government-run shelters then euthanize those animals, plus the ones who are sick or have been in the shelter too long. So, check out Facebook. Look for pages for “lost and found pets” in your area and share those status updates. You’ll help reunite a pet and its owner, or you might find out you want to give a “furever” home.



Mi Blog Hispano: Como tener una Buena Relación de Pareja


Como tener una Buena Relación de ParejaHe hablado muchas veces de lo importante que es tener un equilibrio en todas las áreas para tener una vida saludable y feliz. Una de las cosas que más influyen en nuestra salud física, mental y emocional es estar bien acompañados con una pareja que nos brinde tranquilidad, paz, seguridad, que nos aprecie, valore y nos demuestre amor cada día.

Es común, que nos encontremos en estos días con historia de divorcios, separaciones y un sin fin de problemas conyugales, porque sencillamente cuando la gente decide casarse o comprometerse a compartir una vida, no les entregan un manual de como tener una buena relación de pareja. Por el contrario la mayoría viene con malos ejemplos aprendidos en sus familias de origen o con estereotipos creados por los medios de comunicación como lo es, el machismo o el feminismo.

Es fundamental entender que para tener éxito en la pareja, debemos aprender, leer, buscar ayuda (si es necesario) y poner en práctica un sin fin de reglas y de claves para que la pareja funcione. La comunicación en la pareja es un elemento fundamental, ya que de una buena comunicación se deriva que podamos ser efectivos en lo que queremos expresar, planificar y exigir. La comunicación tiene que practicarse y buscar mejorarse cada vez más, porque la mayoría cree que es algo natural y en la pareja muchas veces eso no se produce de fácilmente. Hay libros buenísimos que nos enseñan técnicas, estilos y experiencias de otras parejas que pueden ayudar en gran manera a mejorar la comunicación, y hasta se van a dar cuenta cómo van a mejorar la comunicación con todos en general.

Hoy, voy a compartir con ustedes 10 claves para una buena relación de pareja que espero que todos pongan en práctica y obtengan excelentes resultados:

  1. Piensen en proyectos y metas comunes.
  2. Compartan reuniones y amistades, pero mantengan sus propios espacios. 
  3. Respeten la privacidad del otro.
  4. Eviten hacerse reclamos en público.
  5. Si discuten, escuchen al otro y compartan la razón.
  6. Hablen, no se guarden molestias.
  7. Planifiquen veladas románticas frecuentes.
  8. Hagan el amor.
  9. Rían y lloren juntos.
  10. Nunca renuncien a sus propios sueños.


Shop the Sale: Crunchy Pork Chops


Crunchy Pork ChopsMy boys came home from a vacation to Branson, Missouri, raving about “chicken fried pork chops.”

I’d heard of chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken but never chicken fried pork chops.

I understand the concept, so I went online to see if I could find a copycat recipe.

I easily found a recipe that sounded delicious, but I really don’t like to fry anything. I had to continue searching. I finally found an oven-baked recipe that I thought would still give the juicy, crispy results of the deep-fried version. I was right.

Try this recipe with the gravy or with your favorite version. Also, try this while boneless pork chops are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Crunchy Pork Chops

Ingredients:
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs water
6 (3/4-inch thick) boneless pork chops (about 1 1/2 lb)
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing, crushed
1 (10.5 oz) can Campbell’s Turkey Gravy

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F.

Beat the egg and water in a shallow dish with a fork or whisk. Coat the pork with the flour. Dip the pork into the egg mixture. Coat with the stuffing. Place the pork onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.

Heat the gravy in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat until it’s hot and bubbling. Serve the gravy with the pork.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 249, Fat: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 25 g, Sodium: 470 mg.

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Healthy Living: Avocado Shrimp Cocktails


Avocado Shrimp Cocktails in a Jar

I had these shrimp appetizers at a party. They were served in small Mason jars and were cute as can be.

I make them for snacks at work, or as part of my lunch. They’re light on calories but high on protein and flavor. I can’t resist making them in Mason jars, either, but you can make it in a bowl and serve it as a side salad for dinner, too.

Avocado Shrimp Cocktails in a Jar

Ingredients:
1 lb medium cooked shrimp
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 Tbs capers
2 Tbs fresh basil
3 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs horseradish
1 1/2 Tbs ketchup
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbs tomato juice
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbs olive oil
1 cup baby romaine lettuce, very thinly sliced
6 croutons, for garnish (optional)

Directions:
Put first 7 ingredients into a large bowl and set aside. Whisk together the next 7 ingredients. Slowly add olive oil and continue to whisk until the olive oil is combined with the other ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings. Pour dressing over the shrimp and vegetables; toss. Set aside.

Put a bit of the sliced romaine lettuce in the bottom of each of six 8-ounce Mason jars. Top each jar with the shrimp and vegetable mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 156, Calories from Fat: 74, Fat: 8 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 119 mg, Sodium: 254 mg, Potassium: 358 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 14 g.

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