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Product Talk: Food Club 3 Cheese Texas Toast

Food Club 3 Cheese Texas ToastWhen I was little, my family lived in Louisiana for about four years. I remember my friend, Kitzie, eating “Texas Toast” for dinner and asking my mom about it.

“You have to live in Texas to eat that,” she said.

We then moved back to Virginia and Texas Toast was all but forgotten, until I moved back to Texas.

Now “Texas Toast” is pretty much a staple of our diet.

Thick bread, slathered with butter and garlic…oh yeah, you know it.

I can’t think of a dinner my boys haven’t deemed “Texas Toast” worthy. I usually buy it as a side to a pasta dinner, but they’ve asked for it as a side to pizza or salmon.

Food Club offers a frozen Texas Toast that is easy to portion out and quick to cook. We love the “Three Cheese” variety, which is loaded with butter, garlic and different cheeses. It cooks up quickly in the oven or toaster oven, and it is easy to count out one piece per person, with no waste. Best of all, it’s tender and buttery in the middle, and it’s crispy and buttery on the crust.


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Shop the Sale: Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp Noodle SoupWhenever I’m in doubt about a recipe, I try to convince someone else to make it first.

Brilliant, huh?

It worked this time. Not necessarily because I was in doubt but because a Facebook friend got all excited about this recipe after I posted it.

He said he’d add more lime and more red pepper.

I’ll take his word for it.

I love anything with shrimp, and this week Gulf Brown Shrimp is on sale at Brookshire’s.

Spicy Shrimp 

3 cups unsalted beef stock
1 cup water
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste) or 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp lower-sodium soy sauce
2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
1 (8 oz) bottle clam juice
1 oz dried shiitake mushroom caps, chopped
1 (1 inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
1 star anise
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 oz uncooked flat rice noodles
1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup diagonally cut green onions
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
12 small fresh basil leaves
4 lime wedges

Directions: Combine first 11 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 3 1/2 cups (about 12 minutes). Add shrimp; cook 4 minutes or until done. Remove cinnamon, anise and ginger; discard. Cook rice noodles according to package directions; drain. Place 1/2 cup noodles in each of 4 bowls, and top each serving with 1 cup stock mixture and about 5 shrimp. Sprinkle evenly with bean sprouts, green onions, cilantro and basil. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 287, Fat: 2.1 g (0.4 g Saturated Fat, 0.3 g Monounsaturated Fat, 0.8 g Polyunsaturated Fat), Protein: 26.7 g, Carbohydrates: 40.3 g, Fiber: 4 g, Cholesterol: 174 mg, Iron: 11.1 mg, Sodium: 537 mg, Calcium: 96 mg

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Healthy Living: Deep Fried Twinkies

WalkingDid you know deep-fried Twinkies are actually good for you?

Yep, you got it! All that artery-clogging goodness can actually be a health benefit, said no one ever.

April Fools!

While we might want to try to trick ourselves into believing that a deep-fried Twinkie is in some way, shape or form not bad for you, it is. There’s nothing else to say about that.

Now that the days are longer and the evenings are brighter, it’s a great time to pick back up any outdoor activity you might have shelved during the colder, darker months.

I know I’ve started walking in the evenings. In addition, while my son practices soccer, I’ve taken to shuffling (other more fit people call it “jogging”) around the soccer fields while he works out. It’s not much, but it’s a start.

While the Centers for Disease Control recommend two and a half hours a week of moderate to high-intensity exercise, everyone has to start somewhere.

So for now, close out your computer and go for a walk! See you out there.

Product Talk: Premium Crackers

Premium CrackersWe were just about to sit down to dinner last Saturday night when my boyfriend grabbed his car keys.

“I’ll be right back,” he said. “I forgot something important.”

My stomach growled. We’d spent the better part of the early afternoon making chili, and it had been simmering on the stove the rest of the day. It smelled so good, and I couldn’t wait to dive into the large pot of savory goodness.

But no…now I had to wait for whatever was so important we could not eat dinner without it.

He returned a few minutes later with one smallish bag.

I couldn’t wait to see what wondrous ingredient was inside.

He pulled out crackers.

Yes. Crackers.

Premium saltine crackers, to be exact.

“I can’t eat chili or soup without them,” he explained. “They’re my favorite.”

Sure enough, he consumed about a sleeve of crackers while he ate his bowl of chili. I have to admit, they are crisp, light, salty and delicious. I could have eaten them plain, without the chili.

I know what I’ll be stocking in my house from now on.

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Product Talk: Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

Lays Cheesy Garlic Bread ChipsThe Frito-Lay company must have a marketing mastermind at the helm. You have to have been living under a rock not to have heard of the “Do Us A Flavor” campaign, where consumers come up with new flavors of Lay’s potato chips.

My kids and I heard the commercial in the car not too long ago, and they went wild trying to dream up flavors. Among their entries were “cookie dough” and “pork chop” (don’t ask…I have no idea). I thought maybe a fajita chip would be tasty.

One of the chips they already have (it might have come out of this contest last year) is Cheesy Garlic Bread. Hashtag #delicious. Hashtag #eatmorechips. Hashtag #nomnom. Hashtag #crunchy. (Clearly I’ve been watching too much Jimmy Fallon.)

We bought two bags initially, and I figured the three of us would share them. Guess who only got one chip?

Yeah, me.

Hashtag #sad.

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Product Talk: Cookie Dough Oreo Cookies

Cookie Dough Oreo CookiesI was scrolling through Facebook one night when I had to stop dead in my tracks.

There it was…the stuff dreams are made of: Cookie Dough Oreo cookies.

Instead of the regular white fluffy cream in the center, these had cookie dough cream!

Seriously, could there be more perfect flavors combined into one cookie?

The cookie dough cream, to me, had a slight coffee flavor, which I don’t think was intentional but made them all the more delicious.

These cookies are only in Brookshire’s stores for a limited time, so get them now! (Grab some milk while you’re at it!)

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Product Talk: Clif Bars

Clif BarsA friend of mine is training for a triathlon.

You know, one of those crazy races where you swim, bike and run intense distances and still finish standing?

He swears by Clif Bars for a snack or even a meal replacement.

Clif Bars are basically organic energy bars. Granola bars, if you will, but so much more. They’re packed with all-natural protein and other good stuff.

According to their website, “As a food company, we play a critical role in helping to create a more just and sustainable use of the planet’s resources. The food we make connects us to the environment as well as to a complex network of people and organizations, including farmers, distributors and the people who eat our food. Through these connections and working with our trusted partners such as like-minded businesses, non-profit organizations and experts at the forefront of transforming our food system, Clif Bar is able to make strides in sustainability. Working and learning together, we continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment and share with each other on this journey.”

So, not only do Clif Bars meet your nutritional needs, they take care of our planetary needs, too.

That, my friends, is awesome.

Product Talk: Soba Noodles

Soba NoodlesAsian food is one of my all-time favorite cuisines. It’s mostly healthy, light and easy to cook. I make a lot of dishes with rice, substituting brown rice for white rice, but I’ve also been experimenting with noodle dishes lately as well.

I love udon noodles, which are thick, buckwheat noodles, but I’ve also become a huge fan of udon’s lighter cousin, soba.

Soba noodles are also made out of buckwheat and resemble a thin spaghetti. Commonly found in Japanese cooking, soba noodles can be served cold with a dipping sauce or hot in a soup.

This treatment uses them in a stir-fry.

Soba Noodles

2 Tbsp sliced almonds
8 oz soba (Japanese-style noodles)
kosher salt
1 Tbsp plus 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
12 oz skirt or flank steak
freshly ground black pepper
2 scallions, whites and greens separated, chopped
4 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tbsp grated peeled ginger
2 heads baby bok choy, quartered
1 medium carrot, peeled, thinly sliced on a diagonal
1 head broccoli, florets removed
3 Tbsp oyster sauce
3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread out almonds on a small, rimmed baking sheet. Toast almonds, tossing occasionally, until golden-brown, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool and set aside.

Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain; rinse to cool and set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper. Cook until charred in spots, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes. Thinly slice steak against the grain.

While steak rests, wipe out skillet and heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium heat. Add scallion whites, garlic and ginger. Stir until softened, about 1 minute. Add bok choy, broccoli and carrots. Cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl. Add to vegetables; bring to a simmer. Fold in scallion greens and reserved almonds and noodles. Serve steak with noodle stir-fry.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 57, Fat: 22 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 30 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 13 g, Protein: 34 g, Sodium: 1420 mg

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Product Talk: Sweet P Cookies

Sweet P CookiesI’m not usually big on sweets, but there’s one treat in the Brookshire’s bakery I cannot resist: Sweet P Cookies.

You know those big, soft, fluffy sugar cookies with the thick topping of frosting and usually sprinkles? Yes, those.

We just had some for Valentine’s Day, with pink icing and a blanketing of heart-shaped jimmies. Brookshire’s has them for pretty much every holiday and even all the days in between. Pastels for Easter, patriotic colors for the Fourth of July, orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas and fun colors for every time in between.

My boys love these cookies. Every time I bring a box home, which come in a package of 10, they’re gone within a few days. I limit myself to one at a time, but I could probably make a meal out of them.

They’re also great for school parties and to brighten up dreary days at the office.

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Product Talk: Amy’s Enchilada Verde

Amy's Enchilada VerdeI get into lunch ruts.

I eat at my desk and work through lunch 99 percent of the time, and I generally pack leftovers from dinner the night before. Honestly, I get tired of being the one to clean out the fridge and eat the leftovers, so occasionally I peruse Brookshire’s for something out of the ordinary for me.

Last week, I discovered Amy’s Enchilada Verde meal. They’re in the frozen section, but if you took this dish out of its microwavable tray and put it on a porcelain plate, you’d never know it was once frozen!

Amy’s offers a wide selection of organic frozen foods, from burritos to pizzas to pot pies and Indian meals!

I tried the Enchilada Verde because it boasted two of my favorite things: spinach and cheese.

Amy’s website describes this deliciousness in this way: “Organic tomatillos are cooked and blended with authentic Mexican spices to create this delicious sauce bursting with flavor. Organic brown rice with organic vegetables and our traditional organic black beans complete the meal.”

I describe it as “YUM.”

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