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Healthy Living: Spaghetti Sauce


Who says you can not have spaghetti sauce just because you can not have spaghetti. Have you ever thought about putting tomato sauce in your scrambled eggs? If you love putting ketchup in your scrambled eggs try add spaghetti sauce.  

Italian Scramble Eggs
Serves: 4  

Prep Time: 10 minutes  

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded*
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded*
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup Food Club spaghetti sauce


Directions:
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. In a skillet, add egg mixture and cook until eggs are set. 

* Check ingredients list sometime gluten product are used in shredded cheese as an anti-caking product. You can always buy these cheeses and shredded them yourself.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 126, Fat: 8 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol:195 mg, Sodium: 270 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 10 g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician



Healthy Living: Buy a Gluten-Free Cookbook


Are you in a slump with dinner every night because you are eating the same gluten-free meal?  Being on a gluten-free diet is becoming more common as experts are learning more about the effects of gluten. With the increase incidence of a gluten-free lifestyle, there has been a raise in the amount of helpful resources available.

If your dinner every night is getting to be rather repetitive then you should look for a gluten-free cookbook. Gluten-free cookbooks are improving as the years progress to have a more delicious variety of foods. When you are cooking the meal you know exactly what you are putting in it; therefore there is no need to worry if your meal could contain gluten.

 



Healthy Living: Unexpected Gluten Containing Foods


The tricky part of being on a gluten-free diet is the foods that you would never expect to have gluten. By now you probably know to stay away for wheat bread, breaded vegetables and meat, and anything that has wheat in the ingredients list.

The simple part is to look at the ingredients list, see wheat, rye, or barley, put the product back and move on.  There are a few items you would not immediately know to avoid. For example, caramel coloring is sometimes made from barley, therefore, that is a new ingredient for you to search for on the ingredients list. Also, imitation bacon, nondairy creamer, and seasoning mixes also may contain gluten. Always be careful when looking at the ingredients list. Like I always say when in doubt call the manufacturer!



Healthy Living: Soy Sauce


Some foods that you many not think have gluten just might have it. For example, soy sauce is a sneaky source of gluten but it is so good on stir-fry. Look for tamari, which is a wheat-free version of soy sauce.



Healthy Living: Being Gluten-free Away From Home


In the summer your kids are going over to friends’ houses and going to sleepovers.  To insure that your child is not being exposed to gluten, review your child on what they can and cannot eat. Tell the parents that your child is staying with, what your child should avoid and what is generally ok for them to eat. You may want to pack gluten-free snack for your kid while they are away from home.



Healthy Living: Fresh Produce


When on a gluten-free diet, you know that the simpler the food the better. When you pick up a process food, there are so many different ingredients it makes your head spin, you start to wonder does this mean it has gluten in it, then you start feeling defeated, and think I just can not do this gluten-free diet. Well guess what? I have a quick fix for you. Go to the fresh produce section! 

Look around do you see any label; anything that has stabilizers or modified starches? No! Fresh produce is where you should start spending most of your time in the store. In fresh produce you will not have to look at each product to see the ingredients. When you discover that, in fact, you do have a lot to choose from on a gluten-free diet then you will feel like you can succeed. 



Healthy Living: Peanut Butter Cookies


When you can not eat gluten, I bet it is hard to find a cookie without flour. Peanut butter cookies can be easily made without flour. Here is a recipe for a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie that requires no flour. 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves: 24

Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat sugars, peanut butter, egg, and baking soda. Once smooth add in peanuts and chocolate chips. Make dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. With a fork flatten the ball of cookie dough. Bake for 10 minutes. 

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 111, Fat: 7g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 106mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 4g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician



Healthy Living: Dill Carrots


Food Club frozen vegetables are always great to have stored in your freezer. They are easy to just pull out and steam. Here is a recipe that incorporates Food Club frozen carrots and dill. 

Dill Carrots
Serves: 5
Prep time: 10 minutes         Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 bag (16 ounces) Food Club frozen carrots
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs dill
1/2 Tbs lemon pepper
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped

Directions:
Steam carrots until tender. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave butter for 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Once butter is melted add dill and lemon pepper. Pour butter mixture over carrots. Sprinkle cilantro over carrots.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 61, Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 81mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 1g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Healthy Living: Cross contamination


Is someone in your household on a gluten-free diet? If you are living with someone on a gluten-free diet it is important for you to be aware of foods that have gluten in them so you do not cross contaminate. If you are on a gluten-free diet but the remaining people in the house are still eating gluten, you need to stress to them how important it is to not to cross-contaminate. For example, peanut butter and butters are easy to get some gluten in. You need to make a plan with items like this; either you have your own peanut butter or butter that only you use or you take proper precautions to avoid cross contamination. If everyone is going to use the same container then here are some tips.

  • When adding condiments to a product with gluten do not use the same utensil on the gluten-free product that you did on the product with gluten. For example, when buttering toast place the butter on the plate. Then butter you toast and do not return the utensil to the butter container after it has touched the bread.
  • After preparing food with gluten, make sure you wipe down the surface that you were working on. 
  • You may want to have a toaster for gluten-free bread and a toaster for bread that has gluten in it.


Healthy Living: Meet Brooke


Hi! I’m Brooke, Brookshire’s Consumer Nutrition Specialist. 

I’m here to help you with any questions involving food, from cooking to information about a particular food.

You can obtain more about recipes and food from Brookshire’s Celebrate Cooking and here on the Brookshire’s Blog. On the Brookshire’s website, we also have cooking videos to walk you through the steps of food preparation.  If you have any questions, you can email me at askbrooke@brookshires.com.

See the video below for more information about Brooke.



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