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Product Talk: Sucanat

SucanatI was writing a blog post for tomorrow, and it called for an ingredient that might not be as known to you as it could be. So, I figured today’s post would be a good time to introduce you to a product known as Sucanat.

Sucanat, or sugar cane natural, is a brand name for whole cane sugar introduced by Pronatec in 1978.

Unlike refined and processed white cane sugar and brown cane sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content. In its purest form, it is basically dried sugar cane juice, which is extracted in the manufacturing process. However, unlike other brown sugars, all the vitamins, minerals and molasses in the juice are not displaced during processing.

You use Sucanat as a direct substitution for white or brown sugar in baking and cooking.

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Dine In: Overnight Egg Casserole

Egg Casserole

A lot of people I know would agree with me: breakfast is great at any time of day, or night.

While the title of this recipe was supposed to be “Overnight” Egg Casserole, I’ve made it in the morning and served it for dinner with complete success. I like doing this on a Friday morning, popping it into the oven when I get home from a long work week on Friday night, and then having leftovers for breakfast Saturday morning. It’s quite multi-purpose. 

Overnight Egg Casserole

4 cups (loosely packed) day-old challah or other egg-enriched bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 lb pancetta (thickly sliced), diced
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese, from about 4 oz

Grease an 8-inch square baking dish (or another 1 1/2 quart to 2-quart baking dish), and spread the cubed challah in the bottom.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium to low heat. Add the onions, salt and sugar. Sauté until they are lightly caramelized (a medium golden-brown color), about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another heavy skillet, heat the other tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat, and sauté the pancetta until the fat is almost all rendered and it begins to get crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set on a paper towel to drain.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, nutmeg and thyme. Season with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a generous quantity of black pepper.

Spread the pancetta over the bread cubes, then layer the onions on top. Sprinkle grated Gruyere on top next, then pour the egg mixture over the entire thing.

Press down on the top gently so that all of the bread cubes get soaked a bit with the egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Serves 4-6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 635, Calories from Fat: 382, Fat: 43 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (15.3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 282 mg, Sodium: 1609 g, Potassium: 470 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 37 g.

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Family Matters: The Last Word…

Last WordsRecently, our family has endured the loss of several parents and close friends. These times bring sadness, but they also bring to light the life that was lived and to be remembered by those left behind.  As I have sat through the services, it has made me evaluate my own life and how I live each day. If it was me, what would be the “last word” said about the person I was?

Are we kind, considerate and loving to those we meet each day? Are we generous and giving of ourselves, our time and our talents? Do we judge others by who they are or where they came from? Do we greet everyone we meet with a smile and give words of encouragement? Are we honest, trustworthy and dependable? Do we work hard and diligently in everything? Most importantly, do we have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do we live daily to reflect it? The list may be different for each of us, but the question is – when they stand to honor your life, what do you want the “last words” to be?

I want my life to reflect things that will make my husband, kids and family proud. I want to be known as a Christ-centered wife, mother, sister, friend and (one day) grandmother who loved the Lord and had a faith that changed the lives of those around me. I had several friends who attended my father’s funeral tell me, “I wish I had met your father; he sounded like a wonderful man”…and that he was.  What a legacy he left for his kids and grandkids that he was loved, admired and respected by so many over the years. 

It isn’t too late to finish writing your story. It is up to you who you want to be. We all make our own choices in life; we just have to decide if they will be something that we want people to remember about us. What do others see when they look at you? What will your legacy be when you are gone?

When we hear the “last word,” it comes with tears, a deep sorrow and, in the end, an everlasting remembrance of those lost. Though they are gone, they will not be forgotten because their legacy lives on in the lives of those left behind. Praying your “last words” will be an encouragement and life changing to those who hear. Give thanks daily for the time you have with your family.

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Shop the Sale: Italian Grilled Cheese

My mom used to pack salami and mustard sandwiches on white bread in my school lunch when I was growing up.

If we’d been allowed to get up and change seats during lunch, I’m quite sure my table would have defected immediately. Good thing there was no getting out of your seat or I’d have been the smelly lunch pariah of the universe.

Good thing salami is a whole lot more sophisticated now that I’m a grown-up.

I rediscovered salami on a trip to Italy, but the salami I met there wasn’t even related to the salami I’d eaten growing up. Italian salami is practically an art form, with different flavor profiles taking center stage in different salami recipes.

This grilled cheese recipe captures the flavors of Italy using a very American product, Oscar Meyer salami, which is on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Italian Grilled Cheese

4 slices Ciabatta bread (or two rolls)
4 mozzarella slices
2 Tbsp butter
8 slices Oscar Meyer salami
1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers, well drained
1/2 cup marinara sauce (for dipping)

Cut a Ciabatta roll into two, butter each inner side and grill on pan until golden-brown.

With browned inner sides of the rolls facing up, layer slices of mozzarella, salami and finally roasted red bell peppers on top of bread.

Place in the oven with broiler on high heat until cheese is melted.

Combine the two sides; cut and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1057, Calories from Fat: 617, Fat: 69 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (29 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 162 mg, Sodium: 3329 mg, Potassium: 330 mg, Carbohydrates: 54 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 44 g.

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Healthy Living: Frozen

Frozen Vegetables

The Disney movie, “Frozen,” is an undisputed hit and so is the chilly aisle in your local Brookshire’s.

I didn’t even know vegetables and other foods came in a can until I was an adult out living on my own. Luckily, my mom knew what we hope you know, too: frozen produce is a heck of a lot healthier than canned goods.

Freezing is a natural preservative that upholds quality, prolongs shelf life and retains nutritional value by immediately locking in freshness. There’s no added salt or sugar. Produce and other quality items don’t sit around; they’re frozen at the peak of freshness after they’re picked, harvested or prepared. So many quality frozen products are chef-prepared fresh then flash frozen to seal in quality and flavor.

In addition, many frozen foods have far fewer calories, fat and sodium than restaurant options and offer an additional benefit of portion control. It’s easy to reheat one burrito instead of going through the drive through.

Frozen foods are economical and practical for a family of any size. I can buy a 5-lb bag of frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts and take out three if I want to grill for my whole family or just one if I’m home alone. For single servings or large parties, frozen foods can be the easy way to go.

So, take a stroll down that icy aisle today and see what kinds of treats you can find. 

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Product Talk: Boca Soy Breakfast Links

Breakfast LinksI was strolling down the frozen food aisle at Brookshire’s recently, looking for something, and came across an old friend.

Boca products were a staple of my diet when I was a die-hard Weight Watchers chick. Now, I’m not. Ahem. I need to go back, so I started my journey by picking up a few Boca products that help cut calories while still satisfying my cravings.

The first thing I dug into was Boca Soy Breakfast Links. I love breakfast; it’s my favorite meal of the day, so I don’t skimp on first-thing foods.

I loved these! Besides being delicious (you cannot tell that they are not a pork product, I promise), they have 8 grams of protein in each link and zero cholesterol or fat. They’re 70 calories a pop.

So, for breakfast now I enjoy one hard boiled egg, one sausage link and a piece of fruit or a veggie. It’s a great way to start the day.

Dine In: Brandon’s Whiskey Marinated Steak with Grilled Avocado

Not too longMarinated Steak ago, I had the privilege of having dinner with my boyfriend, the older of his two adult sons and his stepfather. One thing definitely stuck out from that night: like father, like son.

All three of them have larger-than-life personalities and a big sense of humor, and the gift of gab didn’t get watered down through the generations.

Brandon, a student at a local university, kept me laughing all night. When he ordered his meal, a steak, he asked for it with a side of avocado. I couldn’t believe how brilliant that was and why I’d never thought of it before. A velvety avocado would be the perfect accompaniment to a rich, juicy steak.

I experimented with a few versions of this and ended up with a delicious recipe that pays homage to Brandon. Thank you for the inspiration!

Brandon’s Whiskey Marinated Steak with Grilled Avocado

1 (16 to 20 oz) rib-eye steak
2 avocados
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp garlic, minced
2 Tbsp steak sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce
4 to 5 oz whiskey

Combine marinade ingredients and whisk well. Place steak in marinade; refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.
Prepare grill to high heat.
Remove steak from marinade; let excess drip off. Sear steak over high heat on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Lower heat to medium and complete cooking until steak has reached desired doneness, preferably medium-rare to medium.
While steak is cooking, slice avocado in half and remove pit. Scoop out flesh, leaving it intact. Brush with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. *Note, if avocado is not firm enough, leave in peel and remove after grilling.
Remove steak to platter to rest. Place avocado, cut side down, onto grill and leave for 2-3 minutes until grill marks appear. Carefully flip avocado and grill another 2-3 minutes.
Slice steak across the grain; serve immediately with avocado.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 734, Calories from Fat: 490, Fat: 55 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (17 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 94 mg, Sodium: 575 mg, Potassium: 670 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 28 g.

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Family Matters: Don’t Run Out of Time

RunningI’m sitting at my desk; it’s 5:45 p.m. and I have no idea what I need to do next. My email is 12 inches deep. Do I need to stay at work and finish returning emails? Do I need to go home and cook dinner for my family? I missed my workout earlier this week, and I would really like to go work out tonight. My son, Luke, has a track meet tonight. Should I go to his meet since I have not been able to attend one this season? I have no idea what I need to do, but I need to make up my mind right now!

I chose to go to my son’s track meet. Thank the Lord I did because he placed first in both of his races! Had I not gone, yes, he would have been disappointed, but I would have been heartbroken that I did not get to share that experience with him. 

Life is about finding balance every day. We have to learn to put our lives into compartments. We get up in the morning and focus on our families, making the most of the morning rush. Then, we get to our jobs, and we need to do the very best we can to be successful in our careers. At the end of the day, we should turn the office lights out, go home and focus on what’s really important: our family, our personal life and our health. 

The benefits we will gain from finding daily balance in our lives is so rewarding. Picture my son down on the starting block about to run his race. He turns around and waves at me saying, “Mom!” He was making sure I was watching. After he won the race, he runs to the stands and calls me down to the track — me, his MOM! We high-five each other and cherish the moment. 

In twenty years, I will not remember all those work emails, but I will never forget my son turning around on the starting block and waving at me, his MOM! Don’t miss out on opportunities to seize the moment with your family. Count your blessings and give thanks for those special moments.

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Shop the Sale: Easter Ham

Stuffed HamEaster is this weekend, and traditionally, I always cook a ham. I use a friend’s recipe, slathering the spiral sliced ham with a good maple syrup then packing it in brown sugar, wrapping it all in foil and slow roasting it until the syrup and sugar marry in complete ham happiness.

However, this year I’m trying something new, or at least, I’m trying something in addition to the old favorite. I came across this ham recipe at work one day and decided I’d try it for Easter Sunday. I’m having a big crowd over, so two hams should do the trick.

Hormel spiral-sliced ham is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so you can plan your holiday meal to perfection.

Glazed Sweet Potato-Stuffed Ham

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 (7 to 9 lb) Hormel spiral-cut ham
1 (10 oz) jar apricot preserves
1 tsp ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 350° F.
Using a mandoline, slice the sweet potatoes very thinly. Place the ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan.
Carefully separating the layers of the ham, insert slices of sweet potato into each layer. Repeat this until every layer of the ham has been filled.
In a small bowl, stir together the apricot preserves and the black pepper; spread the mixture all over the surface of the ham. Bake for 2 to 3 hours, or until the ham is heated to 160° F at the center and the potatoes are tender. Allow the ham to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Serves 16

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 400, Calories from Fat: 200 Fat: 23 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 31 g, Sodium: 1860 mg.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Tiempo de Alergias Primaverales

Tiempo de Alergias PrimaveralesLa llegada de la primavera es maravillosa en muchos sentidos; es la época donde todo florece, el clima es muy agradable para disfrutar el aire libre, pero para aquellos que sufrimos de alergias también es tiempo de estornudos, malestares, picazón, tos, sensación de oídos tapados, cansancio, dolor de cabeza, ojos llorosos, ojeras, secreción nasal y un sin fin de malestares.

Muchos le atribuyen estos malestares al famoso polen producido por flores y plantas, por estos síntomas se sienten más que todo en las vías respiratorias y en los ojos, produciendo secreción nasal, y congestión. También pueden picar los ojos y lagrimear con frecuencia. Muchos comienzan a padecer alergias desde que son niños a otros pueden comenzarle en la adultez, también atribuirse a lugares específicos donde hay un tipo de plantas que produzcan determinados tipos de polen que produzca alergia. Se dice que las alergias pueden ser hereditarias. El asma y la sinusitis se pueden ver incrementadas durante esta época.

Algunos consejos que podemos tomar en cuenta para disminuir los malestares de las alergias en esta época de primavera, es hacer una limpieza a fondo cuando comience la primavera. Procure mantener la casa o ventanas cerradas si hay mucho viento y el polen, ya que este puede entrar a la casa. Evite estar muy cerca del pasto o en lugares donde haya muchas plantas que contengan este polen.

También es importante mantenerse alejado de otras cosas que puedan producir alergias o empeorar a los que la padecen, como el humo de cigarros, peluches, animales (como gatos y perros), alfombras que pueden acumular polvo. Un consejo buenísimo, es averiguar el conteo de polen de la ciudad donde te encuentras para saber si es un buen momento para dar un paseo al aire libre, para esto vaya  a y solo coloque su ubicación.

Otra sugerencia es procurar usar el aire acondicionado de su carro en días cuando el conteo de polen sea alto, para evitar tener las ventanas abiertas y respirar el polen, así mismo use lentes de sol en el exterior. Dese un buen baño al llegar a casa para retirar todo residuo de polen del cuerpo y del cabello.

Es importante que no nos olvidemos de los trucos de las abuelitas y sus remedios caseros, entre estos tenemos, subir la dosis de Vitamina C diaria y chuparse una pastillita de la misma cuando viene el ataque de alergia, dicen que este es un antialérgico natural para ayudar a calmar los síntomas y prevenir incluso los ataques de asma. Tomar Té de menta o aplicar la menta como aceite esencial en la nariz ayuda a abrir las vías respiratorias y descongestionar. También dicen las abuelitas que tomar dos cucharadas de miel abejas diarias durante 6 semanas reducirá en gran manera las alergias.

Y finalmente les recomiendo hielo para calmar la irritación de los ojos, pepino o una papa cruda. Agua fresca para lavarse el rostro para retirar los rastros de polen. Dicen que sumergir el rostro en un recipiente con agua muy fría ayuda a desinflamar la hinchazón y Alivia la comezón, además que cierra los poros y tonifica la piel.

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