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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. 

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© 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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Product Talk: Pistachios


Pistachios: everyone’s favorite little nut. One ounce has about 160 calories and 3 grams of fiber and more nutrition than you can imagine!

 If you’ve been around a while, you may remember when you could only get pistachios with bright-red dyed shells. And you could tell who liked pistachios by the red stains on their fingers and lips, too!

Pistachios were dyed because folks thought they looked more appetizing when they were red. Those dyes have since been done away with and now we enjoy pistachios “au naturel.” But they’re more than just a tasty snack…you can cook with them, too!

  •  Top yogurt with pistachios.
  •  Mix chopped pistachios into pancake batter.
  •  Add 1 oz chopped pistachios to oatmeal or cookie dough.
  •  Use ground pistachios as a crust for fish or chicken.
  •  Sprinkle pistachios on a grilled chicken salad.
  •  Toss a few into pasta dishes.
  •  Substitute pistachios for pine nuts or walnuts in pest. 


Product Talk: Brussels Sprouts


Brussels sprouts belong to the family Cruciferae Brassica, which include broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower. Brussels sprouts’ dark green color indicate that they are high in vitamin K; which a half a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts has 137% of the daily value for the average adult. A half a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts also has 81% of the daily value of vitamin C, 12% of the daily value of vitamin A and Folate.  The best way to cook Brussels sprouts, to preserve the most nutrients, is to steam or microwave. 



Product Talk: Sweet Potato


Baked sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. Looking at a sweet potato you can see the bright orange color indicating that it is a good source of vitamin A; one cup of cooked sweet potato actually has 769% of your daily value of vitamin A. One cup of cooked sweet potato also has 65% of the daily value of vitamin C, 50% of the daily value of manganese, 29% of the daily value of vitamin B6 and 27% of the daily value of vitamin K. 

I love everything with pumpkins, like pumpkin spice cookies, but pumpkin is hard to find outside the months of October and November. One trick I found this year is that you can substitute sweet potatoes for pumpkin. Next time you find a delicious pumpkin recipe but you can not find pumpkin, just cook a sweet potato and add the amount of sweet potatoes it says for pumpkin. 



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!


We are very excited about the launch of our new Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!  This is a brand new pie for us this year and is ever so good!  The Honey Crisp apple harkens from an apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota according to the web site: www.honeycrisp.org.  The site notes that the “Honeycrisp was produced from a 1960 cross of Macoun and Honeygold,” which resulted in a “hardy cultivar with high fruit quality.”  This particular apple has a limited harvest season, which runs from about mid-September to mid-October in the “east central Minnesota area.”  What make these apples so enjoyable are their basic tenants, that being exceptionally crisp and juicy. 

For the holiday season, we will be offering this newly developed pie just in time for Thanksgiving.  It has a high percent of apples and just a little bit of slurry that combines for an absolutely sensational pie.  Please let us know what you think of our ‘best’ pie at askbrooke@brookshires.com.

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Product Talk: Pomegranates


In the last few years, pomegranates have become increasingly popular with all the new information about their health benefits. One of the most talked about health benefit of pomegranates is their high content of antioxidants.  Pomegranates are good source of fiber and folate and are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. The NuVal score of a pomegranate is a 91. 

If you have never eaten a pomegranate before, they may look kind of scary when you first open them. Place the pomegranate in a bowl of water and remove the arils (pomegranate’s seeds) from the flesh of the pomegranate. Then place the arils in a bowl and enjoy! Be careful when eating the seeds because they can stain your clothing. Pomegranates are delicious to eat raw or add them to a salad. 



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