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Mi Blog Hispano: Vuelta a Clases


Mi Blog HispanoCuando llega la época de la vuelta a clases, nosotros los padres comenzamos a ponernos un poco nerviosos porque no solo este tiempo viene precedido por las divertidas y muchas veces costosas vacaciones, sino porque también son tiempos en los que tenemos que equipar a nuestros hijos con uniformes o la ropa que van a usar para este año, los útiles  escolares, planear meriendas saludables y también debemos prepararlos psicológicamente para un comienzo con nuevos amigos, maestros y cambios…Los cambios que para algunos produce mucha emoción, pero que para otros por el contrario causa miedo e inseguridad.

Aquí les voy a compartir unos consejos para que este regreso a clases no se haga tan difícil:

  • Una de las cosas que más afecta es comenzar a levantarse temprano, así que es importante que por lo menos 2 semanas antes, comiencen a acostarse a la misma hora, tomando en cuenta que es saludable que se duerma lo suficiente.
  • Procuren hacer una lista con las cosas necesarias para comenzar el año bien equipados. Busque precios y ofertas.
  • Comience a hablar en casa sobre la escuela de forma positiva para que sus hijos comiencen a emocionarse y así ganen confianza.
  • Investigue sobre esas actividades deportivas y  recreativas que ofrece la nueva escuela para que sus hijos comiencen a imaginarse y planear el futuro año escolar y esto le servirá como incentivo.
  • Planee junto a sus hijos meriendas saludables y pruebe junto a ellos distintas opciones y guárdelas en una lista para que le sirva de referencia., esto les encantará.
  • Por ultimo asegúrese junto a ellos que en su casa tienen un lugar adecuado para hacer las tareas y cuentan con todas las comodidades.
  • Ayúdelos a fijarse metas, como obtener buenas calificaciones, que ellos sepan cuáles son los beneficios que obtendrán si comienzan un año escolar con todo lo que necesitan y con toda la energía y positivismo para ser unos triunfadores. 

Espero que estas ideas los ayude a hacer de este tiempo, algo interesante y emocionante. Les deseo a ustedes y a sus hijos una nueva etapa llena de bendiciones, logros y triunfos. 



Shop The Sale: Individual Meatloaves


MeatloafRaise your hand if you’re a busy parent trying to save time and money.

Most of you?

Yep, me too.

While I’m usually an efficient machine during the school year, planning out lunches and cranking out dinners like no one’s business, I have to admit that I’ve become slack during the summer months, ingrained summer-vacation mentality. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

However, I did find this recipe and decided to try it because my kids are at home during the day this summer, and it’s something easy for them to heat up for lunch, a good protein and super filling. I will admit, we added cheese on top!

Because Angus ground chuck is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, I’m buying double and freezing these bad boys!

Individual Meatloaf

Ingredients:
1 lb ground chuck
1/2 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup panko
1 egg

Optional:
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:
Mix ingredients and place in a lightly greased loaf pan. Pour remaining chili sauce over loaf and bake at 400° F for 45-55 minutes, or until thoroughly done. Sprinkle cheese on top. Let melt; serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 93, Calories from Fat: 36, Fat: 4 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 599 mg, Potassium: 118 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 7 g.

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Healthy Living: Zucchini Tapenade Bites


Zucchini Tapenade BitesI seriously love appetizers. I like tapas. Small bites. Whatever you want to call it. I love grazing, trying new things.

It’s sometimes difficult to avoid heavy appetizers at parties. You can choose from the cheese dips, the pigs in a blanket, the brisket…none of which fit well into the “healthy” category.

Then, I tried this appetizer at a summer baby shower.

Delicious! Full of flavor! Relatively healthy, all things considered.

Zucchini Tapenade Bites

Ingredients:
1 (6-inch) zucchini, cut on the diagonal into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup tapenade (black olive puree)
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
6 large basil leaves, each torn into 4 pieces

Directions:
Arrange zucchini slices on a serving platter. Top each slice with 1/2 teaspoon of tapenade. Sprinkle the feta cheese over top of the platter. Drop the basil leaves over top and serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 131, Calories from Fat: 91, Fat: 10 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 615 mg, Potassium: 186 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Best Premium Coffee


Brookshire's Best Premium CoffeeA perfect weekend starts with a morning on the porch.

A perfect morning starts with Brookshire’s Best Premium Coffee. I happen to love the White Chocolate Truffle flavor.

I brew a pot, then pour a cup and head out to the porch where I can sit in silence for sometimes up to as much as an hour while my boys sleep peacefully inside.

I listen to the chimes hanging from the porch roof, if there is a breeze. I watch the robins play in the grass, collecting food for their young, and I watch the new dog lope around the backyard on his long, gangly legs.

All the while, I smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sip the liquid, which is warmth to my soul.

I am centered for the day.

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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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