If you’re trying to get your kids to love vegetables, tomatoes are a great place to start. Nothing is more fun than tiny grape, pear and cherry tomatoes! Dip or skewer on toothpicks and watch them smile! Then you can talk about heirloom tomatoes—how these seeds are from old fashioned tomatoes that grow in crazy sizes, colors and shapes—but have wonderful flavors. Hold a taste testing party and see if you can tell the differences in the varieties!
Does your baby use cosmetics? Of course not! Babies don’t wear perfume or makeup! But actually, cosmetics include shampoo, moisturizers and lotion. Baby cosmetics are extremely gentle to delicate, sensitive skin. They are often fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and free of unnecessary chemicals.
And for those reasons, many adults choose to use baby shampoo, lotion, oil and cream. You’ll find a wide range of baby cosmetics in Brookshire’s stores. In addition to the national brand names you know, you’ll also find our store brand, Top Care, on the shelves. Top Care products are guaranteed to be just as high-quality as the other brands, or your money back! This is a great way to stay on your budget, but still keep your baby’s skin—or your own skin—clean and baby soft!
If you had to guess the most popular fruit in the grocery store, would you have guessed it was bananas?
They’re the quiet, unsung hero of the produce aisle. And yet, they’re the top sellers….and for good reason!
Top 5 Things We Like About Bananas
1. Portable, non-messy snack
2. High in potassium, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.
3. A peanut butter and banana sandwich on toast is fantastic!
4. They’re so naturally sweet you never have to add sugar.
5. Rubbing a mosquito bite with the inside of a banana peel helps stop the itching. Really!
Wintertime isn’t the greatest time to find fresh fruit at its peak of ripeness. If you find yourself craving peaches and blueberries in January, take a look in the frozen foods department. There you’ll find just about any fruit that tickles your fancy!
You can choose from single fruits or bags of fruit blends—ready to thaw and serve, and if you have leftovers? Toss them in the blender with a cup of yogurt and make fruit smoothies! You can’t lose when it comes to fruit!
Oh, sure, you could just call it spaghetti sauce, but marinara sauce is a particular type of tomato/pasta sauce. It contains no meat, and often has chunky vegetables (onion, celery, tomato) in the sauce and is seasoned with oregano.. For many pasta lovers, marinara is a pure sauce—the best.
Brookshire’s sells plenty of marinara and other pasta/tomato sauces. Besides a hot plate of macaroni, though, how can you use it? Here are a few ideas:
- It’s a great dipping sauce for bread, veggies, meat and other foods. Serve warm.
- Spread it on a roll when serving hoagies or meatball sandwiches.
- Substitute for ketchup when making burgers. It’s also a great pizza sauce!
- Stir a bit into sautéed vegetables, like green beans or corn.
In the constant quest to persuade kids to eat a healthy breakfast (or enjoy a healthy snack) parents and caregivers everywhere seek a food that has a slam-dunk appeal to children. But just like adults, kids tend to want the foods that aren’t healthy for them! What’s a parent to do? I suggest steering your grocery buggy down towards the dairy aisle.
Check out the yogurt offerings! If your children are easy-going, you can pick up garden-variety yogurt—go for the low-fat or fat-free varieties. If you need to kick up the appeal a bit, look at the yogurts that have fun toppings, from sprinkles to granola. But if your kids are the ones who turn up their noses at most things, you may have to resort to K.A.—that’s Kid Appeal.
Many products are designed with K.A. just so they can entice children to try them. When we’re talking about yogurt, the ones with K.A. have cartoon characters on the packaging or offer some type of value-added aspect: a tube to squeeze or maybe even the ability to freeze them to make them seem even more like ice cream.
So what’s the big deal with yogurt? It provides calcium, protein, moderate calories, fruit and vitamins. It’s a good snack. And because it will remind many of us of ice cream, we can exploit that aspect. Serve it with sliced fruit for a healthy banana split. Layer various flavors in dessert glasses. And when you’re ready to drive to school, it makes the perfect breakfast on the go!
If you’re a parent, you know what electrolytes are. They are the magical substances that help your baby get over an illness. Specifically, your baby needs electrolytes when he’s dehydrated—and that often accompanies a fever.
The most common brand name for electrolytes is Pedialyte. It’s a liquid that helps restore the amino acids, electrolytes and nutrients quickly. When babies go a day or so without eating or drinking much, they rapidly become dehydrated, and electrolytes help restore the crucial balances.
Getting your baby or toddler to drink his electrolytes used to be a real chore—it’s a type of medicine, after all! But recent advances have brought fruit-flavored electrolytes and also frozen fruit pop electrolytes! Now babies don’t balk as much when faced with electrolytes—because they’re yummy!
Brookshire’s health care line, TopCare, has its own line of electrolytes, in the fruity and frozen varieties, as well as the standard liquid. Because it’s TopCare, it’s at a lower price and is guaranteed to be equal in quality to the national brands.
What’s your favorite brand of stain remover? Many people might say Spray ‘N Wash. If you’re one of those people, you need to pay attention. Spray ‘N Wash will cease to exist shortly. Well, kind of. What’s really happening is that Spray ‘N Wash is changing its name to Resolve. Yup, Resolve: the carpet stain removal folks.
I’m sure it all has to do with corporate mergers and the like, but the bottom line for us shoppers is that knowing what to look for will help us find what we want. So if you’re a Spray ‘N Wash fan, keep in mind that you now need to look for Resolve.
Go to the Spray ‘N Wash/Resolve web site for more information, plus some money-saving coupons.
We’re becoming such an international culture. We think nothing of eating Mexican, Italian, Asian or Thai foods. As the international scene becomes more commonplace, we find that many ‘foreign’ foods are downright delicious! Tortillas are very mainstream, for instance.
Have you ever tried panko? It’s a Japanese type of bread crumbs. The only real difference is that they’re extra toasty, so whatever you coat in breadcrumbs will come out extra crunchy. Pretty nice, huh?
You’ll find panko bread crumbs in the baking goods aisle, right by regular and seasoned bread crumbs. Give them a try sometime and see if you aren’t impressed!
Where to start? How about pork chops? Dip them in panko crumbs before cooking and prepare to be amazed!
What’s light as a feather, crispy as a cracker and oh-so-impressive to serve? The answer: Anything made with puff pastry! Puff pastry is a simple idea: layers of very-thinly rolled dough, layered with butter. As it bakes, the layers puff and the result is amazing. Making puff pastry from scratch is no easy task, but lucky for us, puff pastry is available at your local Brookshire’s. Look in the freezer case, near the Cool Whip and frozen fruit.
Have you ever had croissants? That’s puff pastry—all those wonderfully crisp and buttery layers. But did you know it’s as simple to make as rolling out pop-n-fresh dinner rolls? Seriously! And when something is simple, impressive and delicious, it’s the perfect choice for a kids-can-help food.
Thaw the dough in the fridge overnight, or on the countertop for 30 minutes. Unfold, roll out just a bit and then go to town. Add a filling and roll up, or cut into shapes and place yummy ingredients (sweet or savory) on top. Bake 20 minutes and you’re ready!
So what can you make with puff pastry? Pop bits of dough into muffin tins, and fill with taco meat for Mexi-puffs. Rollup ground beef, bacon and cheddar, and slice into rounds. Bake and call them Bacon Chedder Rounds. Bake squares of pastry and then top with cream cheese and smoked salmon…or ham and cheese. Wrap a thin strip of puff pastry around a stalk of asparagus and bake….the possibilities are limited only by your creativity. Kids can fill their dough with pizza toppings, sloppy joes and anything else they like.
I like to use puff pastry in place of pie crust when making chicken pot pies. Yummy, crispy golden goodness! Or make a puff pastry pizza…….or cut into small squares and enclose chocolate kisses in each. See what I mean? It’s awesome stuff! At Valentine’s Day, you can cut out heart-shaped pieces, bake and then layer with ice cream and canned cherry pie filling.
Okay, I’ll stop. The rest is up to you, though. Go to www.puffpastry.com for lots more ideas!
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