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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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Product Talk: Deli Chicken Pot Pies


Deli Chicken Pot PiesWhen I was little, kindergarten and first grade, I always loved going over to my friend Kitsy’s house to spend the night. In addition to the nachos her mom would make us with refried bean dip from a can and slices of American cheese, she’d give us pot pies for dinner.

Not just any pot pie, frozen pot pies in individual serving tins. I’m pretty sure that’s when I learned that everything tastes better in an individual serving container. Yes, my mom made homemade pot pies at my house, but these were special. When they came out of the oven, I didn’t have to share mine with anyone. I didn’t get a wedge with filling spilling out dumped onto my plate. Instead, I got a golden-brown, perfectly preserved pie where I could cut into the tender, flaky crust myself and scoop out the filling before it escaped.

I’ve loved pot pies forever and now I have a new favorite. A glorious, delicious version that marries the best of both worlds: homemade and in an individual serving. Of course, I’m talking about the chicken pot pies from the Brookshire’s Deli.

The chicken pot pies are homemade but nestled in an individual serving tin that’s easy to reheat, with no sharing required. The crust is made on-site so it has that buttery, homemade flavor baked in, just like the creamy filling, full of chicken and vegetables.

The serving size is generous, so you might want to think about sharing, or then again, maybe not.

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Dine In: Fourth of July Strawberries


Fourth Of July StrawberriesMy friend, Amy, is one of those people who makes cute food for her kids.

You know the kind I mean.

Her hot dogs transform into an octopus.

Her sandwiches have cute faces on them with grapes and carrots.

Her cucumber spears are caterpillars and she always, always has celebratory foods for each holiday.

I’m lucky, some holidays, if I get traditional foods on the table, let alone something that screams “festive.”

That is going to change this Fourth of July. Amy sent me a super easy recipe that should have a huge “wow” factor on the picnic table.

It’s so simple that I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it in years past.

I might have to try it at Christmas, too.

Fourth of July Strawberries

Ingredients:
1 pint strawberries, washed and dried
6 oz white chocolate
blue sugar, edible glitter or sprinkles

Directions:
Place blue sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir until the bowl is no longer warm. Then, microwave for 30-second intervals at 50 percent power, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely melted. Dip the lower two-thirds of the strawberries into the melted white chocolate. Then, dip the lower third of the strawberries in the blue sugar or spoon it onto the strawberries. Place on wax paper until completely cooled.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 203, Calories from Fat: 84, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 26 mg, Potassium: 172 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 28 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Family Matters: Just Dance


Dancing BabyIn this day and age of YouTube, you’ll want to be ready when your toddler is about 17 months old and starts to dance to music.

Who doesn’t love a good dancing baby video? In fact, do you remember the one from a few years ago with the little one dancing in the diaper? It made the rounds of social media, often more manipulated than it looked originally.

Put on some music and dance with baby. He’ll love it and its good exercise for you, too.



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