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Shop the Sale: Crispy Drumsticks


Crispy DrumsticksLet’s talk about drums.

First: the instrument.

My older son is in seventh grade and could take band for the first time. He’d been talking about playing the trumpet for YEARS, just like his dad, but when it came down to the week where the kids were trying out all the instruments, he wanted to take a proverbial whack at percussion.

Ouch.

I imagined pounding headaches and a constant vibration in the house.

Sure enough, he tried percussion.

He hated it.

“It’s LOUD, Mom,” he said.

Yes. Yes, it is.

He tried the trumpet, the tuba and the trombone, too.

He wants trumpet. We’re hoping he gets trumpet as that’s what his dad plays, and that’s what we have on hand. We shall see next week!

In the meantime, let’s talk about drums.

Drumsticks, that is.

Drumsticks are a part of the chicken that is juicy and flavorful. They are not loud, and they do not cause headaches. You don’t have to beat them to extract flavor.

Try this recipe while drumsticks and thighs are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. The meat is juicy and tender, and the coating is crispy and savory.

Crispy Drumsticks

Ingredients:
3 cups cornflake cereal, crushed
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 lb), skinned
vegetable cooking spray

Directions:
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and shake well to combine.

Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl. Dip 2 drumsticks in buttermilk, and place in bag. Seal and shake well, coating drumsticks completely.

Place drumsticks on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining drumsticks.

Sprinkle remaining cornflake mixture evenly over drumsticks on baking sheet. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

Bake at 425° F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until drumsticks are well-browned and done. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 324, Fat: 8 g (3 g Saturated Fat, 2 g Monounsaturated Fat, 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat), Protein: 41 g, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 1 g, Cholesterol: 137 mg, Iron: 56 mg, Sodium: 790 mg, Calcium: 150 mg.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Platos Fáciles y Sabrosos


Pollo al ChipotlePara nosotros los hispanos la familia es lo más importante, por lo tanto compartir con ella es fundamental y la hora de la comida es ese momento, en el que tenemos la oportunidad para estar juntos y disfrutar esos ricos platillos que podemos, como madres prepararle a los nuestros. Como mujeres trabajadoras, siempre estamos tratando de rendir el tiempo y poder hacer las cosas lo mejor posible, así que siempre estamos buscando recetas fáciles y sabrosas para preparar.

Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes una de mis recetas favorita y fácil, esa que siempre me saca de apuros y dibuja sonrisas en mi familia cuando la preparo.

Pollo al Chipotle

Porciones: 6 personas
1 o 2 cucharadas de aceite vegetal
2 Libras de pechuga o muslo de (Fajitas)
1/8 cucharaditas de ajo en polvo
Sal y pimiento al gusto
3 Chiles chipotles adobados
250 gramos de Crema entera de Leche

Preparación
Coacción: 10 minutos

Primero sazona los trozos (fajitas) de pollo con sal, ajo en polvo y pimienta.

Luego en un sartén con aceite caliente, cocine las fajitas hasta que estén dorados.

Mientras tanto, separe y triture los chipotles y mézclelos con la crema de leche. Coloque la mezcla sobre el pollo dorado, baje la llama y cocine a fuego lento, moviendo hasta que el pollo este completamente cocido.

Puede comerlo con pasta, arroz o puré de papas. ¡Una opción deliciosa!



Healthy Living: How to Soothe Coughs Naturally


Warm Tea with HoneyIt’s that time of year. My older son and I are both home sick today with coughs. My son, the hypochondriac, is convinced we both have enterovirus 68.

Luckily, we’re not that sick, but coughs due to the common cold are hard to treat. They also tend to linger. Doctors have different advice on medications: You don’t want to suppress a cough that is productive, but you don’t want to be wracked with pain every time you cough either.

Here are a few ways to help soothe a cough naturally.

First, stay hydrated. An upper respiratory tract infection like a cold or flu causes post-nasal drip. Extra secretions trickle down the back of your throat, irritating it and sometimes causing a cough. Drinking plenty of fluids helps to thin out the mucus in your body, helping to alleviate that while keeping mucous membranes moist.

Warm drinks and lozenges soothe the back of the throat, reducing the cough reflex. Try warm tea with honey and natural lozenges in a sugar-free variety, if you can find them.

Hot showers and humidifiers can also help by loosening secretions in the nose. Make sure that your humidifier is clean, though, so you aren’t spreading more bacteria.

If you don’t want to take a hot shower yourself, sit in the bathroom with the door closed while your little one showers. You’ll get the same benefits.



Product Talk: Butterball Everyday Turkey Bacon


Butterball Turkey BaconWe can put away the bacon in my house.

Seriously, between two growing boys (and me!) we love some bacon.

Generally, I choose a center-cut variety of regular bacon, but we’ve also gotten hooked on Butterball Everyday Turkey Bacon.

One slice contains 25 calories and 2 grams of fat. While it provides 2 grams of protein as well, there are also only 80 mg of sodium, which is lower than regular bacon on all counts. That’s about 65 percent less fat and 40 percent less sodium than pork bacon.

The other thing I love about turkey bacon is that it’s easier for me to cook – and clean up! Whereas pork bacon splatters, turkey bacon is cooked through, crispy and without a mess on a paper towel in the microwave. My stove doesn’t get dirty, and it’s quick and easy. The paper towel absorbs some of what little fat is in turkey bacon.

Our favorite way to eat turkey bacon is on a BLT with avocado! I’ve been packing this for school lunches, but I pack all the ingredients separately. (I use baby spinach in place of lettuce.) I let them assemble the sandwich when it’s time to eat. That way nothing gets soggy.



Dine In: Goulash


GoulashI decided today that it is fall.

I can’t wear boots yet. The calendar hasn’t said it’s officially autumn yet, but it feels like fall. Football is on, soccer season has started, school is in full-swing and one of my friends in Colorado posted a picture of it snowing today. I’d say it’s close enough.

I want to make a big pot of something yummy and soothing this weekend, true comfort food. I adore soups and stews, and I leave them simmering on the stove for hours. They smell delicious, and they certainly let me suspend the belief that it’s fall inside, if not outside.

I couldn’t decide what to make, so of course, I polled my Facebook friends. My friend, Dianna, suggested this:

Goulash

Ingredients:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red or green bell pepper, diced (optional)
1 (15 oz) can small dice tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups dry macaroni, cooked according to package directions
salt and pepper, to taste
cheese for topping, if desired

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni. While pasta cooks, brown the ground beef that has been seasoned with salt and pepper. Drain beef well and remove meat to a bowl. In 1 tablespoon oil, cook the onion and bell pepper (if using), until softened. Add the canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add the ground beef back to skillet. Cover and cook about 15 minutes. Remove lid and add cooked macaroni. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Toss well and add cheese, if desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 437, Calories from Fat: 71, Fat: 8 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 101 mg, Sodium: 862 mg, Potassium: 985 mg, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Family Matters: Pets National Adoption Month


National Adoption MonthOctober is National Adopt a Dog Month, and my family recently hit the jackpot with a dog we adopted from the local SPCA.

Astro is a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Redblood, Coonhound mix. He’s 85 pounds, stands as tall as my kitchen counter and has the most soulful eyes I’ve ever seen on a dog. He’s sweet, loving, docile and friendly. However, he howls when he’s out in the yard, and my boys and I are inside without him. He’s quite social that way.

We have had dogs in the past, and this summer we were ready to adopt a new one.

We started by watching the SPCA website. There are always great rescue groups, no-kill shelters and pet havens in most communities.

We watched the pictures, looking at all the cute puppies and marveling at all the varieties of dogs and cats that came through the shelter.

We knew we didn’t want a puppy; I’m just not home enough during the day to train a little one.

When we saw Astro’s picture (his name at the SPCA was “Red”), we knew he was the ONE.

I filled out an application through the SPCA, and a lovely woman came to our house to do a home visit. She looked for things like making sure I had a fenced-in backyard with enough room for an 85-pound dog, and she gave me all kinds of great information about taking care of Astro, getting his flea prevention and heartworm medications, and explaining to me that an adopted dog from the SPCA would be neutered and microchipped. The adoption fee, which is nominal, included all these services, and we knew he was up-to-date with shots and a checkup.

The next day, Astro came home. He’d been in a foster home while he waited for his fur-ever family, and his foster mom brought him right to our house with a baggie of his favorite treats and a yellow bandana tied around his neck.

The following Saturday when the SPCA had an open-adoption event, we took Astro to visit all the people who’d had a hand in getting him into our home.

I can honestly say he’s the best dog I’ve ever had, and adopting him was the best decision we’d made in a long time!



Shop the Sale: Parmesan Honey Pork Roast


Parmesan Honey RoastI love parmesan.

I love honey.

They were NOT two flavors that immediately came to mind when thinking about a coating for a pork loin roast.

However, after I thought about it, the combination of the nutty cheese and the earthy honey is quintessentially Mediterranean. It’s also not nearly as sweet as you might think. The honey caramelizes beautifully, and the spices lend a deep, savory flavor.

You can do this dish in a slow cooker, which is another one of my loves.

Pork loin roast is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so try this for an easy weeknight meal.

Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

Ingredients:
1 (3-4 lb) boneless pork loin roast
2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs dried basil
1 Tbs dried oregano
2 Tbs garlic, chopped
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp sugar, optional

Directions:
Place roast in slow cooker.

In a bowl, combine cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, oregano, garlic, oil and salt.

Pour mixture over the top of roast.

Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until thermometer reads 160° F.

Remove meat and place on platter.

Strain juices in slow cooker and put into a small saucepan.

Mix cornstarch and chicken broth together.

Add into strained juices and stir over medium heat until thickened.

Add in a teaspoon of sugar if sauce needs to be a bit sweeter, optional.

Slice roast and serve with glaze.

Serves 6-8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 452, Calories from Fat: 109, Fat: 12 g, Trans Fat: 1 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 166 mg, Sodium: 712 mg, Potassium: 1011 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Sugar: 20 g, Protein: 60 g.

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Healthy Living: Chili Lime Burgers


Chili Lime BurgerWho doesn’t love a good burger? I love to nosh on a delicious burger, but I can’t always afford the calories and fat.

Chicken burgers are a great alternative to beef, but sometimes they get dried out. With this recipe, the addition of bell pepper and garlic helps keep the chicken moist.

The guacamole on top adds flavor and moisture as well. I add jalapeño to mine, but you can skip that if you don’t like the extra spice.

Chili Lime Burgers

Ingredients:
1 lb ground chicken
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, diced (optional)
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 lime, cut in half
4 slices pepper jack cheese
2 large pita bread slices, cut in half
For the guacamole:
1 avocado
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Directions:
Combine chicken, green onions, bell pepper, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, salt, red pepper flakes and juice of half a lime in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined, then form into 4 patties and spray each side generously with nonstick spray.

Heat a large grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Grill burgers for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked all the way through. Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger, then cover with a large pot lid. Allow to melt for about a minute. Remove burgers to a plate, tent with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Place each burger in a pita half, then top with guacamole.

For the guacamole, mash all ingredients together with a potato masher or fork.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 523, Calories from Fat: 249, Fat: 28 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 131 mg, Sodium: 724 mg, Potassium: 623 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 44 g.

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Product Talk: Scottish Salmon


Scottish SalmonI have to admit that I have a little crush on the man who works at the seafood counter at my local Brookshire’s. He’s super friendly and has never, EVER been wrong about anything he’s recommended.

Recently, I went to the counter to order some salmon, my usual, and he recommended that I try the Scottish salmon they had on special that day. I decided to spend a little extra because he promised the flavor was even more melt-in-your-mouth and buttery than the variety I usually buy.

He was right, again.

Scottish salmon is Scotland’s No. 1 food export. They are raised on farms in the ocean to ensure high quality control. Their flesh is bright pink and firm, and they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

At Brookshire’s, Scottish salmon is sold whole, or the nice man or lady behind the counter will fillet it for you (I always have them do this!). I usually grill my salmon, and today the nice man behind the counter suggested that I try making a “salmon salad” with any leftovers. I’ll probably listen. 



Dine In: Breakfast Egg Rolls


Breakfast Egg RollsWhy are breakfast egg rolls making an appearance on a Friday blog, you may wonder? Because I made them over the weekend and froze a bunch for a quick and easy school-morning breakfast, that’s why!

The egg rolls can be baked or fried. I baked mine at 425° F until the wrappers were golden-brown. I let them cool completely before freezing them.

The sausage gravy was the proverbial icing on the cake for my older son. My younger son wanted to dip them in queso. That worked, too. Next time, I think I’ll add some diced onion and green bell pepper and sauté it with the sausage. Maybe a jalapeño and a little bit of hot sauce for a spicier version, too. I’ll also try it with sausage INSIDE the egg roll.

Obviously, you can easily adjust the amount on this recipe by making more filling and using more wrappers.

To reheat, microwave for about a minute on high.

Breakfast Egg Rolls

Ingredients:
3/4 lb reduced fat ground sausage
4 Tbs flour
4 cups milk
3 cups shredded hash browns
3-4 eggs
2 Tbs water
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
oil for frying

Directions:
Brown sausage in a skillet. Remove 1/2 cup to a mixing bowl. Add flour to the skillet and brown a little in the sausage fat. Slowly add milk and stir several times while it thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm while making egg rolls.

Mix eggs with the water and scramble the eggs. Cook eggs in a small frying pan just until set. Add to sausage. (Don’t cook all the way through; they will finish cooking when you make the egg rolls.)

Add the potatoes and cheese to the bowl with the sausage. Add 1/2 cup of the sausage gravy mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to blend together.

To make egg rolls, take an egg roll wrapper and put about 1/3 cup of the potato sausage mixture just below the center. Fold over one half to make a triangle. You should have about a 1/2 inch of the bottom part of the wrapper still exposed. With your finger, brush a little water along that edge to help seal the egg rolls. Fold in 2 sides forming the egg roll shape. Then, roll up egg roll.

To fry the egg rolls, heat oil to 325º F. Drop egg rolls into hot oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden-brown. Drain on a paper towel.
Serve with a bowl of sausage gravy.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 567, Calories from Fat: 292, Fat: 32 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 178 mg, Sodium: 836 mg, Potassium: 606 mg, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 27 g.

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