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Dine In: Chipotle Salad


Taco salad. Easy peasy. Anyone can make it and it tastes just fine. But if you’re going to make taco salad the centerpiece of a homemade dinner, here’s the secret to making AMAZING taco salad: it’s the dressing. The dressing ties it all together and turns it into a salad experience—one you’ll remember and share again and again.

So this weekend, why not try our special Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad? It’s simple to toss together, even after a busy day. But the flavors will transport you…and after that, restaurant taco salad just won’t be good enough. Trust me.

Chipotle Chicken Taco salad

Serves 4

Prep time: 34 minutes

Dressing:
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup light sour cream
1 Tbs minced chipotle, canned in adobo sauce*
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbs lime juice
1/8 tsp salt

Salad:
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken (about 2 breasts….maybe from a rotisserie chicken?)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup diced avocado
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
1 (8 oz) can corn, drained

*Chipotle chile: If you’ve never used this product before, look in the Mexican foods aisle. It’s in a small can. The sauce is what’s hot and spicy.

To prepare the dressing: combine all ingredients and let stand a few minutes while you prepare the salad. This will blend flavors. Note: if you like hot foods, add some of the adobo sauce from the chilies. Go easy with the adobo: just a bit!

To prepare the salad, combine all ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss again to coat. Serve immediately.

For a more special salad, place the lettuce on a large plate and arrange the salad ingredients in separate mounts on a plate; then drizzle with the dressing.

Good for diabetic and gluten-free diets (always read product labels to be safe).

Nutritional Information
Calories Per Serving: 249,   Fat: 8 g (2 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 50 mg, Sodium: 550 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein:23 g.

© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Shop the Sale: Spare Ribs


Got any ribs to spare? Apparently Brookshire’s does, because spare ribs are one of the featured sale items this week. Now, around this part of the country, we grill all year round, so the mere fact that it’s November shouldn’t stop you from throwing a slab of ribs on the grill. But do you know there’s a much faster way to fix them and still get that down-home barbecue flavor?

It’s kind of cheating, but that’s what cooking’s all about: making it look easy! Take a slab of pork spare ribs and put them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 375° F. for an hour or so. This will help most of the fat cook off, and will get them 90% done.

Then…..put them on the grill, slather on the sauce and finish ‘em up outside! They’ll have the crispy, crunchy outside that comes from time on the grill, but you won’t have to stand guard over them, turning and basting.

See? That’s what cooking is: making it look easy! I promise, your secret’s safe with me.



Dine In: Cilantro-Lime Chicken


You know a recipe is special if there’s a hyphen in the title, or if the title is long with lots of descriptive words. This recipe is really amazing, quick and easy, but oh so impressive. And there’s a hyphen in the title, so there’s proof positive that it’s special. But if you’d like a longer, more-descriptive name, how about Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasonings? Now it sounds even fancier!

This dish is special enough to serve for company, but it’s easy enough to fix on a busy Friday evening. If you have a bag of stir fry veggies in the freezer, feel free to throw them in, too, and you can call it Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasoning and Oriental Vegetable Blend. Now THAT’S special!

Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small onions
1 large lime
2 Tbs canola oil
1 or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
1 small piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and thinly sliced*
2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Hot cooked rice or warm tortillas (optional)

*Note on ginger? Never used it fresh? It’s in the produce section and looks like a tree root. Get the very smallest piece you can find, since this recipe only needs a 1-inch piece. You’ll be shocked at how cheap this ingredient is when you buy such a small portion—I’m talking like 25 cents!

Cut each chicken breast half into 8 pieces. Cut each onion into 8 wedges.

Remove 3 strips of peel from the lime, with a vegetable peeler. Cut the lime peel into fine shreds and set aside. Juice the lime and measure 2 Tbs lime juice. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok, and add the oil.  Cook the ginger briefly, until fragrant. Remove the ginger pieces and discard. In the same pan, cook the chicken breast chunks and onion wedges until nearly done. Add the jalapeno peppers, cilantro, soy sauce and sugar. Stir and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

Serve over hot rice or with warmed tortillas.

What’d I tell ya? Easy and delicious! And fancy too!



Shop the Sale: Split Fillets and Tenderloins


Have you ever heard that you pay for convenience? Well, it’s true—and it makes sense. The more processed a food is, the more it costs. And the same happens with chicken breasts. Boneless, skinless breast halves are so convenient and easy to use—but they also cost more than breasts with the bone still in. 

So that’s what makes this week’s advertised sale of Boneless skinless breast fillets and breast tenderloins such a great deal. Where normally these command a premium price, this week you can score a great deal! Stock up and save—fill your freezer with these super-convenient chicken cuts—and you’ll be able to coast through the coming weeks with plenty of chicken to feed your family. 

What do you do with this cut of meat? It’s probably the easiest way to fix chicken that isn’t already re-cooked. They come in a resealable freezer bag, so the day of your meal, pull out as many pieces as you’ll need for any given recipe. Thaw in the fridge or microwave (never on the countertop), and you’re ready to go. Add a dash of salt and pepper, or maybe barbecue sauce or stir-fry sauce, toss in a skillet and you’ll be eating dinner before you know it!



Product Talk: It’s Bacon!!


Actually, it’s not. It’s not really bacon, but if you’re trying to watch your diet, it’s the next best thing. Bacon Salt, from J&D’s, is a seasoned salt that tastes deliciously bacon-y. It comes in several varieties (regular, hickory and peppered) and a sprinkle on top of a ground turkey burger will make you think you’re having a double-bacon burger deluxe.

The only caution to advise is that it IS salt, so it IS high in sodium. Other than that, it’s fat-free, cholesterol-free and zero calories. Now THAT’s what bacony goodness is all about!

You’ll find J&D’s Bacon Salt in the spices and seasonings section of Brookshire’s.



Dine In: Beef Tenderloin


If you’re like me, most of the time you’re saving every nickel you can. Times are tough! But every once in a while, you need a special dinner. Maybe you’ve got extra-special friends coming over, or maybe you just need a well-deserved splurge. If you want to show someone how much you care, here’s a tip: don’t make reservations….make dinner at home! It’s the ultimate gift from the heart.

Ever had a beef tenderloin? A tenderloin is what filet mignon steaks are made from. To make filet, the tenderloin is sliced into rounds. So a tenderloin roast is just one large filet mignon—and man oh man, is it delicious. It’s pricey—but trust me, you get what you pay for. Watch for a sale in the meat department and grab one. Put it in the freezer until that special time comes, and you’ll be ready to splurge. Bonus: because it’s so low-fat, it’s actually a pretty healthy cut of meat!

Side dishes can be as simple or as elegant as you wish: mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, fresh asparagus or a tossed salad. Simple is good when you have a delicious main course like this!

Simple Roast Tenderloin
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 45 minutes

3 to 4 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied with twine (to help it hold its shape)
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the tenderloin on a broiler pan. Rub roast with olive oil and sprinkle with onion, garlic and pepper.

Roast the tenderloin for 15 minutes per pound for rare, or 20 minutes per pound for medium rare.

Let roast rest 15 minutes before carving.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information
Calories per serving: 307.  Fat: 16 grams (5 gr. saturated fat), cholesterol: 156 mg., sodium: 101 mg., carbohydrates: 0 gr., fiber: 0 gr., Protein: 49 gr.

© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Shop the Sale: Split Chicken Halves


Sometimes you see something on sale and you know exactly what to do with it. Hot dogs? No problem. But split chicken halves? You hate to miss out on a bargain, but what do you do with them?

Not  a problem! Don’t let the form distract you from the product. Whether it’s a half a chicken or a chicken breast tender, it’s all CHICKEN!

A split chicken half is either a breast and wing, or a thigh and drumstick. It’s like you drew a line right down the middle of a whole chicken. Hey, that’s probably why they call them chicken halves!

The easiest way to cook a chicken half is to slip them in a baking pan, add a bit of chicken broth, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and let them bake. They’re kind of large, so they’ll most likely take 30 to 45 minutes at 375° F. But that gives you plenty of time to cook some pasta and make a salad….for an effortless dinner. And if you know you’re going to have a really busy day ahead, pull out Ole Betsy—your infallible slow cooker—and let her do the work while you’re busy all day.

To make eating easier for your family, pull the meat off the bones once it’s cooked. Shred or chop and it looks much more user-friendly.



Dine In: Steak and Potatoes—with Flair!


What’s the favorite weekend dinner meal? It’s gotta be steak! And if you fix it on the grill, there’s no doubt that steak will be at the top of the list! So whether you broil it or grill it, a great dine-at-home meal often includes steak.

But what goes with steak? Of course it’s a baked potato, no question, but how about switching that up just a bit? How about making that a baked SWEET potato? If you’ve been to a steak house restaurant, you know that baked sweet potatoes, with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon taste just about like pumpkin pie—delightful! But did you know that unsweetened, they still taste amazing?

 To speed dinner along, you can make sweet potato fries—and you’ll dazzle everyone. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into French-fry-sized strips. Toss them in a large plastic bag (or a bowl) along with a tablespoon of olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a pan and bake at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s that easy! And besides the wonderful flavor, sweet potatoes are powerhouses of nutrition, with lots of fiber and Vitamins A and C (great for eyesight and immunity health). And even better: sweet potatoes are on sale at Brookshire’s this week!

Top it off with a salad and fresh fruit for dessert and you have an A-1 dinner, fit for a gourmet, at budget prices…and with great health benefits.



Shop The Sale: It’s Soup Time!


Who doesn’t love a big bowl of chicken soup on a chilly fall evening? Chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chicken and vegetable, chicken tortilla, chicken and dumplings….there’s a soup for every day of the week. If you remember soup like grandma used to make, there’s one secret for making it happen without stress and fuss. The secret? Use a slow cooker!

They’re inexpensive appliances, and if you don’t have one in the back of your pantry, do run out and get one—it’ll be worth its weight in chicken soup!

On sale this week at Brookshire’s is Pilgrim’s Pride Whole Chicken—the key ingredient to great chicken soup. And with your slow cooker, making it is a snap!

Rinse the chicken, and check inside to be sure there aren’t any giblets (innards) in there. Place the chicken in your slow cooker. Throw in whatever vegetables seem nice and soup-worthy:  an onion, garlic, celery, a potato or two…..this isn’t for the final soup yet, but to create a really flavorful broth. If you like, season with salt, pepper, bay leaf and poultry seasoning.  Add water to fill the cooker about halfway and turn on the slow cooker and let it cook all day (or all night, depending on your schedule).

After 8 hours or so, pull out the cooked chicken and place on a cutting board to cool slightly. Strain the incredibly delicious-smelling broth. Skim off the fat for a healthier soup.

You can chill the broth to make soup later, or proceed: Put the broth in a kettle and add the vegetables you love to see in soup: a bag of frozen mixed veggies, maybe, or corn, green beans….it’s your call. Pull the chicken meat off the bones (it practically shreds by itself) and add. Adjust the seasonings: add salt, pepper or poultry seasoning to your personal tastes. Simmer until veggies are done. Add cooked rice, or uncooked noodles (or whatever other ingredients your recipe calls for), simmer a few more minutes, and your soup is ready to serve.

Wasn’t that easy? And it all started with whole chickens on sale!

Note: omit pasta for a great gluten-free meal!



Shop the Sale: Boneless Rump Roast


It’s that time of year. It’s stew weather, soup weather and roast weather. As soon as it gets just a little chilly, all those hearty meals sound really, really good. How about a super-easy way to give your family the memories you had as a kid—or the memories you wish you’d had? Check out this week’s Brookshire’s circular (online or in print). Right on the front page, you’ll find the perfect cool-weather dinner idea.

Pot roast. It’s a dinnertime staple from back in the days when everybody’s mom had lots of time to cook. You can still do a pot roast, you know. If you have 10 minutes in the morning (or even the night before) you can get it ready to put in the slow cooker. If you have a block of time on a weekend afternoon, you can throw it in the oven and have it ready for supper. Either way, this dish is about as easy as it gets.

Back in the 1960s, housewives discovered that Lipton’s Onion Soup mix made a fantastic base for cooking roasts. And you know what? It still works in 2009. It’s this simple: Place the roast in a baking pan (or slow cooker). Surround with roast-friendly vegetables, such as chunks of carrots, potatoes, celery, sweet potato and onion. Sprinkle one envelope of onion soup over everything and then pour 2 cups of water over top. Cover and cook. For a slow cooker, that would be all day; in the oven, it would be 1.5 to 2 hours at 350°F.

If you’d rather not have the sodium that comes in dry soup mix, you can substitute beef broth.

The meat is fall-apart tender, the cooking juices make the most divine gravy (thickened or not) and the veggies create a picture of Americana that has been all but forgotten. Leftovers (if you have any) make great sandwiches and freeze well.



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