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Product Talk: Frozen Green Beans


Most people love green beans; if they don’t, make sure they try frozen green beans instead of canned. There’s a significant difference in flavor and texture!

Frozen beans are just as healthy as fresh ones; in some cases they contain even more nutrients, because they’re picked at the peak of freshness and flash-frozen to retain freshness. If the fresh beans are looking a bit weak, try the frozen ones! 

Green beans are a low-calorie vegetable (one cup has just over 40 calories), and are high in vitamin C, K and fiber. Enjoy!  

Garlic Green Beans

Serves 5

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 (16 oz) bag frozen cut green beans

1 Tbs butter

2 Tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp Food Club Sugar

1/4 tsp Food Club Salt

1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced 

Directions:

In a medium skillet, heat the oil and sauté the beans until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat, and stir in the butter, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. When the butter is melted, add the garlic. Cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 75, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 134 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 2 g. 

© 2011, 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: 10 Items for $10 Sale


This week’s “10 Items for $10 Sale” (running April 13 thru 19) is loaded with 10/ $10 items throughout the store – canned goods, frozen foods, dairy products, fresh items, paper goods and much, much more! 

There’s a huge number of items in the ad all advertised at 10/ $10 to make it easy to feed your family for less and stock up on many items you need!



Product Talk: Canned Tuna


Why do we snub our noses at canned tuna? It’s a great, healthy food and it’s convenient, too! If tuna salad and tuna casserole are all you can think of, maybe you need to think again!

Tuna can make a quick weeknight supper. Stir a can into tomato sauce, add some spices and crushed red pepper. Serve over hot pasta and you’ll be a convert! Or add some tuna and roasted red peppers to your favorite tossed salad for a protein boost….or melt tuna, shredded cheddar and a tomato slice on an English muffin. See what we mean?

Canned tuna generally comes in light, white and albacore varieties. White and albacore (terms are used interchangeably) are generally milder and chunkier. You can also find tuna in pouches rather than cans. Many prefer the flavor of pouched tuna, since it doesn’t have water or broth included. It’s also very easy to take as a portable lunch!

Interested in tuna trivia? Check out Tuna Facts here:

http://www.healthytuna.com/about-tuna/tuna-facts



Product Talk: Coffee, coffee, everywhere!


Coffee is America’s favorite beverage. While most of us enjoy a nice steaming cup from time to time, not so many of us know the best ways to brew it. Here are a few tips for enjoying coffee to the fullest.

  • Use good coffee beans and grind them yourself. Freshness matters, and once beans are ground, they start to get stale. Compared to coffee house prices, even the most premium beans are a bargain!
  • Use filtered water. Since coffee is 98% water, it makes sense to use good water.
  • Heat water to a full boil to extract the most flavor from the beans.
  • Use the correct grind. Medium to coarse grinds for a press pot, medium to fine for drip or espresso makers.
  • Preheat your cup to retain the heat in your coffee longer. Fill a mug half full and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • If using flavored syrups, use 1 oz syrup per 12 oz brewed coffee.
  • Place 2 squares of chocolate (or 2 oz chocolate syrup) in your mug before pouring. Add milk to make it creamy and chocolaty.


Product Talk: Tasty Bakery Butterfinger and Nestle Crunch Crème Cakes


With the Spring/Summer season here at last, we are introducing a fun new snack crème cake that will be great for cookouts, get-togethers – you name it.  We just launched our new Tasty Bakery Butterfinger and Tasty Bakery Nestle Crunch Crème Cakes!  The product names are of course eponymous with their candy bar counterparts and as such, are a wonderful snack cake to partner with a grilled hamburger or the like!  Our own in-house bakery plant has been working on these creations for about a year or so, and finished them just in time for spring. 

These crème cakes offer the same moist, flavorful attributes that you’ve come to expect from our regular crème cakes.  The big plus to these two offerings are the addition of the fantastic candy flavors from Nestle Chocolate Company!  It’s real easy to spot these in our bakery area thanks to the actual logo for each flavor placed prominently on the container.  We encourage you to give these new delicious crème cakes a try and let us know what you think!

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Product Talk: Brown Rice


When I was in college I had a roommate that absolutely loved rice. I felt like we had rice at every meal! She would always pull out her rice maker and every night she would fix us a different kind of rice; rice was her thing. 

Rice is a popular food in many cultures. Think about it every time you go to a Mexican restaurant it never fails whatever meal you order you’re more than likely going to get rice as a side dish. Another culture that rice is popular in is the Caribbean culture. In the Caribbean, they add green peas and coconut to their rice, which makes a delicious sweet treat! 

When strolling down the rice aisle you’ll see a range of NuVal scores, you’ll find scores anywhere between 2 and 91 with the average score being a 39. Full Circle Brown Rice has a score of 82, which is an excellent score! Try this Caribbean Coconut Rice recipe with Full Circle Brown Rice! 

Caribbean Coconut Rice

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes        Cook Time: 50 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup water

1 cup Full Circle Basmati Brown Rice

1/2 cup Full Circle Fat-Free Milk, warm

1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut

2 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Food Club Salt

1/2 cup Food Club Frozen Petite Peas, thawed

Toasted coconut, to garnish 

Directions:

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add rice to boiling water, reduce heat, cover and let rice simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. In a blender, combine warm milk and shredded coconut; blend until smooth. Add milk to saucepan with rice and let cook for 15 minutes or until milk is absorbed. Stir in cinnamon, salt and peas and let rice cook for 5 minutes. Garnish rice with toasted coconut. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 157, Fat: 3 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 401 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 4 g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Product Talk: Grapefruit


Grapefruits have a punch of sour and sweet flavors that are perfect to start the morning off with or end the day. When I was younger, I always enjoyed splitting a grapefruit with my dad. We would cut the grapefruit in half, sprinkle sugar on top, grab a spoon and dig in.

Grapefruits are a good source of fiber, with having 2 grams of fiber for half of a grapefruit. Grapefruits are also a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Find out more about grapefruit by picking up a February issue of Celebrate Cooking, available on-line and in all Brookshire’ stores. The grapefruit sorbet on page 7 is absolutely delicious!



Product Talk: Tear N’ Share breads


You might agree that there is nothing quite like fresh baked bread from your own oven – at home!  The difficult part is having the time to kneed, proof and bake bread – with ever demanding work and family schedules.  Good news – we’ve got a solution! 

We now carry two new breads, under our Tasty Bakery brand, that you take home and bake-off in your own oven!  We call them ‘Tear N’ Share’ breads.  Simply put, they come in a bakeable container that is placed in the oven for about ten minutes or so, and voila, you’ve got fresh baked bread.  Very cool (or actually hot!)

We have two varieties: Cheese Tear N’ Share, as well as Garlic Tear N’ Share. Regardless of which bread you choose, they are simply put – hard to stop eating (especially with a little bit of butter brushed on them as they come out of the oven!)

In addition, the line also includes several varieties of flat bread, which are par-baked and ready to enjoy.  Some of the new varieties of flat bread include: Basil Pesto, Cheese/Tomato, Garlic Herb, Tomato Asiago and even a pizza crust.  How much fun is that? 

You would probably agree that it’s a lot of fun to try different kinds of food!  We believe you will find this line both interesting and yes, fun.  Whether it’s ‘bake it at home’ or ‘building’ your own sandwich with the excellent meats and cheeses from our Deli, we believe that food can and should be entertaining and yes, nutritious at the same time.

Please let us know what you think of our new Tasty Bakery breads!



Product Talk: Strawberries


Growing up I absolutely loved to dip my strawberries in whipped cream, but my new favorite way to eat strawberries is to dip them in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has antioxidants, so eating a little chocolate in moderation is actually beneficial to your health. Strawberries are a good source of folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and manganese.

Here is a recipe that includes vitamin C rich strawberries, dark chocolate with antioxidants, and chopped pecans with unsaturated fats to make for your valentine. 

Chocolate-Pecan Covered Strawberries

Serves: 10

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 lb. strawberries

6 oz. dark chocolate

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Wash and dry strawberries. Add chocolate to a microwavable bowl. Microwave chocolate for 30 seconds and stir; repeat in intervals of 15 seconds until chocolate is melted. Stir vanilla into chocolate.  Dip strawberries into chocolate and then chopped pecans; place strawberries on wax paper to harden.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 125, Fat: 7 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 14 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Product Talk: Brussels Sprouts


Brussels sprouts have recently become one of my favorite vegetables. They are often called baby cabbage because they look like miniature cabbage. In fact, Brussels sprouts belong to the cabbage family, Cruciferae Brassica.. Lately I have been roasting Brussels sprouts in the oven and it is very delicious, well roasting any vegetable is delicious. Brussels sprouts contain an anti-cancer property called sulforaphane, in fact it is actually in the Cruciferae Brassica family which includes broccoli, cabbage, greens, and kale. It is best to cook Brussels sprouts by steaming or microwaving to prevent the loss of this property. Brussels sprouts are packed full of many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and iron. One cup of raw Brussels sprouts has more vitamin C and vitamin K than the average person needs in a day. Brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber with 3 grams of fiber for 1 cup of raw Brussels sprouts. This explains why Brussels sprouts have such a high NuVal score of a 94.  

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