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Family Matters: Pet Bird Treats


Help keep your pet bird cool this summer, even if he is an indoor pet, with some frozen treats that will keep him chilled and help his foraging skills.

Simply freeze some chunks of berry, banana and apple in an ice cube tray. Add in some birdseed if you wish. Let harden, and then give your bird a cube when he needs some good, cool fun.

He’ll enjoy pecking out the parts he likes, and he’ll stay cool doing it.

You can even freeze one of his favorite small toys inside an ice block, and let him chip it out with his beak.

TIP: Peel a banana, and freeze the fruit itself for another way to let your bird enjoy a cold, tasty treat.



Shop the Sale: Avocado BLT


Avocado BLTPrep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4

When you have a hungry horde to feed, it doesn’t get easier – or more satisfying – than an Avocado BLT. Perfect for lunches or a quick and easy dinner, these gourmet-style sandwiches are guaranteed to please even the biggest appetites. Ready in 30 minutes or less and filled with the healthy goodness of avocado, tomato and fresh basil, these toasties are so tasty you may want to cook up an extra batch. Plus, with John Morrell Bacon on sale all this week, you can stock up on your favorite bacon.

Ingredients
8 slices thick-cut bacon, halved
2 large ripe avocados, pitted
2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
1 Tbs mayonnaise
1/2 Tbs garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
8 slices good bread
1 medium tomato, cut into 8 slices
4 romaine lettuce leaves

Instructions
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Mash avocados in medium bowl. Stir in basil, mayonnaise, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Toast bread. Spread about 2 tablespoons of avocado mixture on one side of 4 toast slices. Top each with 4 bacon pieces, 2 tomato slices and 1 lettuce leaf. Top with remaining toast slices.

Calories Per Serving: 367, Fat: 27 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 640 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 13 g, Protein: 11 g

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Chef Tips

Why You Should ‘Ave and Avo
While there are definitely fats you should avoid, the monounsaturated fat found in avocado is not one of them. Monounsaturated fat helps protect against heart disease and lowers blood pressure. Avocadoes also have more soluble fiber than any other fruit, plus they contain a host of minerals such as iron, copper, potassium and folate. They’re also a rich source of vitamin E and carotenes, however, they are high in calories, so moderation is definitely key.

Not Your Ordinary Sandwich
Everything is better with bacon. Even the most basic sandwiches become a more dressed up version with a couple slices of crispy bacon. So imagine what you can do when you take your favorite sandwich up a notch with some gourmet touches. Like mozzarella and bacon on French bread or a grilled Panini with pesto, bacon, cheese and caramelized onions. And why not turn it up for breakfast too, with a crusty baguette filled with bacon, eggs, spinach, tomato and onion for a crunchy, flavor-packed start to your day.



Product Talk: USA Porcelain Grill Pan


USA Porcelain Grill PanOne of the products that has transformed my grilling game is the USA Porcelain Grill Pan available at Brookshire’s.

I love grilling veggies, and this lightweight pan is the perfect vessel for chargrilling your veggies without losing them all down the grill grates.

The USA Porcelain Grill Pan is coated with a nonstick surface, but I do like to give it a spritz of nonstick cooking spray or brush it with some extra virgin olive oil before putting my vegetables inside just to make clean-up easier. You can even use an herb-infused oil for some extra flavor.

The handles on this pan make it easy to maneuver around the grill because you might want to start it on the bottom over direct heat to get a good sear on your veggies, and then move it to the top rack to slow-cook something that takes longer – like potatoes or Brussels sprouts. Don’t forget to use hot pads or tongs because this pan will heat up to cook your food at optimal grilling temperature.

I use my USA Porcelain Grill Pan for all kinds of vegetables, but I also use it for stuffed jalapeños, scallops, shrimp, sausage rounds (because I love that seared grill char on all sides), sliced peaches, strawberries and tender fish fillets. Use your USA Porcelain Grill Pan with any of the ShortCuts available in Brookshire’s Produce Department.

Clean-up is easy with the USA Porcelain Grill Pan. You just wash it with hot, soapy water in the sink, and it’s ready for next time.

Easy Grilled Veggies

Ingredients:
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 large yellow onion, quartered
1 pkg ShortCuts Assorted Bell Peppers and Onions
8 oz mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
1/2 lb green beans, ends removed and halved
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
fresh dill sprigs

Directions:
Combine all vegetables in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat.

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Spritz USA Porcelain Grill Pan with nonstick cooking spray or wipe with olive oil. Place vegetables in grill pan, and add sprigs of fresh dill.

Place on the grill on direct heat. Grill, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to char, about 15 minutes.

Grill until desired doneness, stirring occasionally. Remove from grill with hot pads. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 196, Fat: 11 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 607 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 6 g.

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Family Matters: Frozen Chicken and Apple Dog Treats


It’s so hot outside, and I can’t even imagine what it feels like to have a layer of thick fur on when you spend a couple hours a day outside.

My pup has plenty of shade and water when he has to be outside during the day, but it’s also great to be able to make him some cold, tasty treats to enjoy to help him beat the heat.

This super-simple recipe is nice for him to enjoy when he is outside in the hot, summer sun.

Frozen Chicken and Apple Dog Treats

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken stock (prepared without onion)
1 apple, thinly sliced

Directions:
Place multiple apple slices in the compartments of an ice cube tray. Pour chicken stock on top of apple slices. Freeze until solid. Serve to your pet one at a time when he’s outside to help cool him off.

TIP: Substitute fresh green beans or shredded carrots for the apples or coconut water for the chicken stock.



Family Matters: Catsicles


I recently adopted a cat. More accurately, he adopted me. He was abandoned by a neighbor who moved away. After a few months of seeing him wander the neighborhood sadly, I couldn’t take it anymore, and he became mine. He’s mostly an outdoor cat, so he needs to stay cool and healthy in the summer heat.

He loves this catsicles, and I’ve learned that they sell milk for cats (don’t use human milk! Your cat can’t digest it well, no matter what myths you see and hear!)

Keep some of these in your freezer, and your cat will come running.

Catsicles

Ingredients:
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups cat milk
1/4 cup dried cat food, crushed

Directions:
Combine the mashed banana and cat milk in a bowl; mix until smooth.

Crush the cat food, and place in the bottom of a small paper cup (like the kind you use in a bathroom). Pour banana mixture on top. Freeze cups until mixture is firm. When ready to serve, peel cups away from catsicle, and let your cat enjoy it outside.

TIP: Your cat might also enjoy eating wet cat food frozen. Simply freeze a pate-style food in a paper cup. When ready to serve, peel cup away, and let your feline enjoy it outside.



Shop the Sale: Mini Cherry Pies


Mini Cherry PiesPrep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 mins
Serves: 6

There’s nothing quite like cherry pie with ice cream for dessert on a warm summer night, but why not try mini pies instead of traditional slices? They’re as sweet and delicious as their bigger cousin, but everyone gets their own pie to enjoy, so there’s no more fighting over the last piece!

Ingredients
1 lb cherries, pitted and chopped (leave some in halves for texture)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 pkgs rollout pie crusts
1 egg, beaten

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375° F. Put cherries in medium bowl; add sugar. Mix gently. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and Pimm’s; mix gently. Sprinkle cornstarch over top; toss gently. Set aside.

Roll out dough. Measure and trim to fit 6 mini pie pans. Press and even out crusts. Fill each with about 2 to 3 tablespoons filling, depending on size of shells. If desired, cut out shapes for tops of pies (circles, hearts, stars or strips to make a lattice top). Place shapes on top of filling, if using.

Brush crusts and tops with beaten egg. Place pies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake pies for 30 to 40 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and tops are golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cool slightly before eating. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Recipe provided by Northwest Cherries

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Chef Tips

The Best Pairs Your Cherries
It’s cherry season, and with cherries on sale right now at Brookshire’s, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experiment with different pairings. While cherries are perfect on their own, there are plenty of ways to pair them with other foods. For sweet treats, cherries pair well with dairy products like sweet cream and ricotta cheese, while savory pairings include Camembert or Goat Cheese for appetizers and pork and beef for entrees.

World’s Largest Cherry Pie

We love our mini pies, but they got us wondering just how big a cherry pie could get. It turns out, over 20 feet in diameter and up to 39,683 pounds. The small town of Oliver in British Columbia, Canada, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest cherry pie since 1992 after beating out previous record holders: Traverse City, Michigan with a 28,350 pound pie in 1987, and the original by Charlevoix, Michigan, weighing in at 17,420 pounds. We’ll stick with our minis for now.



Product Talk: Nouveau Tuna Wrap


Nouveau Tuna WrapAdmittedly, I am a total creature of habit. I could wear the same style jeans and T-shirt practically every day, drink coffee out of the same mug, and write with the same pen (I’m looking at you, Pilot G2®!) I tend to be particular about what it is I’m using. Once I find my favorite, it becomes hard to use anything else, so I buy several. Some might call it a rut, but I disagree. After all, aren’t the most successful people in the world prone to wearing the same outfit every day, or eating the same meals?

For me, this flatbread wrap falls into that category. It’s a meal that I could eat again and again, without ever getting bored of it. Tuna joins forces with flatbread in my ultimate go-to lunch wrap, inspired by the pans bagnats of southern France. This portable salad wrap nixes the mayo and lightens way, way up for the perfect lunch or post-workout dinner. All I need to do when I get home from that yoga class is blanch some asparagus, crack and peel a hard-boiled egg, then voilà! Dinner is served. Sometimes I cook enough asparagus for several days worth of flatbread wraps, if I’m on my game.

The beauty of this little wrap, and so many other recipes here, is its versatility. Are you all out of tomatoes but have some roasted red peppers? Add ‘em. Asparagus season is over? Try the green beans that look so good at the store instead, and steam them until tender. Hate capers? Use a couple olives or cornichons in their place. Tuna goes well with almost everything savory, and this flatbread wrap proves it. You may just want to have one every day, like me. Who could blame you? At only six Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™ value per serving, it’s a winner!



Shop The Sale: Jalapeño & Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


Jalapeño & Cheese Stuffed Pork TenderloinPrep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Serves: 6

Spice up your menu this week with our sizzling-hot take on pork tenderloin. Chef note: take the cream cheese out of the fridge before you start your prep, so that it’s nice and soft when it comes time to mix.

Stuffed with jalapeños, bacon and cheese, this dish is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus, with pork tenderloin on sale this week as Brookshire’s, it’s a win for your wallet too!

Ingredients
Olive oil
2 to 3 jalapeños, (seeded, deveined and diced)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup bacon crumbles
1/2 cup Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil into medium skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add jalapeños. Sauté until jalapeños are slightly browned. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and spices. Mix until combined. Add bacon and cheese. Stir until combined. Add jalapeños; stir one more time. Taste. Add salt, if necessary.

Cut a lengthwise slit down center of pork to within 1/2 inch of bottom. (Be careful not to cut all the way through.) Open tenderloin so it lies flat. Cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to1/2-inch thickness by gently pounding with flat side of meat mallet, starting from middle and working outward. Remove plastic wrap.

Lay pork on countertop with long sides being the top and bottom and the short sides being at the left and right sides. Smear jalapeño mixture over pork, leaving a 1-inch edge around the bottom, left side and right side uncoated. Roll pork toward you. Meet the two long edges together; tuck coated edge under uncoated edge. Lay seam-side down. Tie roast at 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch intervals with kitchen string. Tuck ends under roast, and wrap string around roast lengthwise to hold closed.

Drizzle tenderloins with a little olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Place on lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 140° F. Turn oven setting to broil. Cook until top is nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to cutting board to rest for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Calories: 291, Fat: 15 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 114 mg, Sodium: 440 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 36 g.

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Chef Tips

What Is Tenderloin Exactly?
Pork tenderloin is the most-tender cut of the loin. This is due to the fact that the muscle receives less exercise than the rest of the loin. Being one of the more tender cuts, it’s usually one of the more expensive – although not this week with pork tenderloin on sale at Brookshire’s! Because it’s so tender, it has a shorter cooking time than other pork roast cuts, so be sure to cook it hot and fast to avoid overcooking.

Can You Tell How Spicy A Jalapeño Is?
Google how to pick a spicy jalapeño and you’ll find a number of claims, such as smaller ones or those with a pointier tip are hotter, although neither of these make a lot of sense when you consider there’s no correlation between heat index and size and shape in the pepper family as a whole. The most common assertion is to look for signs of aging – the idea being that jalapeños get hotter as they age. Look for peppers with white flecks and lines, almost like stretch marks or peppers with a red hue for extra heat, and conversely, pick smooth, green peppers if you’re looking for something mild. It’s not a surefire way to pick the right jalapeño, but it usually does the trick.



Family Matters: Summertime Fun


Summertime FunSummers are a toddler’s best friend. Nothing is more fun than all the adventures you can have while traipsing about town with your toddler.

Splash pads are so much fun for you little one. Put toddler in a swim diaper, invest in a swim shirt to help protect them from ultraviolet rays, and prepare to have a great time. Splash pads are fun because there is no deep water. They can usually run in and out of jets of water at their own pace, and they have more control over how wet they get. They can even stay cool, and they have a good time from the periphery of the action if that’s their personality.

The local zoo or aquarium is a great place to visit with your toddler. If they enjoy your first visit, invest in a season pass for many memorable hours with fabulous animals.

Check out story time at your local library. Aside from developing a love of literature, story time can help you and your little one make some new friends, possibly learn some new crafts, and engage in group activities together.

Check into other group classes like music lessons, gym or yoga classes, or swim instruction. Your toddler will learn socialization skills and have a lot of fun while learning a new skill.

Plant a garden or grow a few potted vegetables with your toddler. Involve him in the process from beginning to end, and let him eat the fruits of his labor.

Visit playgrounds outside of your neighborhood. Your little one will like new scenery, and you will both make new friends.



Family Matters: Outdoor Fun


Outdoor FunSummertime is a great time to have fun with your little one outside!

Babies love bubbles! Maybe they can’t blow them yet (and you really don’t want to find out what happens if they get soap in their mouths), but they will enjoy bubbles when you blow for them! Put on a show with bubbles. Let baby “pop” them and feel them in his fingers and on his skin. You can even set up a bubble machine nearby and hear baby giggle.

Put a swing in a shady tree or set up a backyard swing set. Strap baby in safely and let him swing. Baby will love the proprioceptive discovery (the feeling of his body moving through space).

Set up a wading pool with a few inches of water, and let your little water baby splash to his heart’s content. Remember to never leave baby alone for a second! Fill the pool with baby’s favorite water toys, some sponges, some cups or other fun objects to enjoy the water. Make sure to use fresh water every time your little one is going to use the pool, as standing and stagnant water attracts mosquitoes.

A covered sand box is also a fun place to play (the cover is for when you’re NOT using it, to keep animals from using your baby’s play place as a litter box). Buckets, shovels and other scooping objects can keep baby occupied for hours, plus the sand (since you’re keeping it covered) should stay nice and cool.

Balls are fun outside toys! In all sizes and textures, balls are fun to throw, kick, roll on and bounce. Engage in reciprocal play with your baby or let him play alone.

Chalk is fun for outside play, too. Plop down on a cool sidewalk, stand at a wood fence, or even use the brick siding of your house or a stand-up easel for some creative coloring.

Taking walks, riding in a stroller, a safe bike carrier, going to the zoo or park, or even just spreading a blanket in the grass and enjoying the fresh air are great activities to do outside with your baby on a summer day.



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