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Product Talk: All Whites


Hash brown CasseroleI love eggs and could eat them at every meal. Every single meal, no joke.

However, my doctor told me to watch my cholesterol intake. Eggs don’t have a ton of cholesterol, but it’s enough when your doctor says to watch it.

Luckily, there are products like All Whites on the market. Found in a carton in the refrigerated section of Brookshire’s, All Whites is simply what it says: egg whites.

Three tablespoons, about the equivalent of one egg, is only 25 calories and zero cholesterol or fat.

Now, I use them for breakfast all the time!

Hash Brown Casserole

Ingredients:
2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage
1 small zucchini, cut in half crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup (8 oz) All Whites egg whites
1 cup milk
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
Heat oven to 375° F. Butter bottom and sides of a 9-inch glass pie plate. Firmly press hash browns on bottom and sides of pie plate. Bake 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook Italian sausage in a 10-inch skillet until browned. Drain fat. Combine cooked sausage, zucchini, red bell pepper, All Whites, milk and mustard in a large bowl; mix well. Pour All Whites mixture into crust.

Return to oven and bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until center is set. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 188, Fat: 11 g, Cholesterol: 29 mg, Sodium: 470 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 13 g, Calcium: 119 mg.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Deli Fried Chicken


Fried ChickenI was craving fried chicken the other day.

I never crave fried chicken or anything “fried,” usually.

One Sunday recently, I wanted chicken, egged on by my boys who spurred on my craving by suggesting an “old-fashioned” picnic in the park.

Who am I to say no to that?

I wasn’t going to make fried chicken (previous attempts have taught me to leave it to the experts), so we went to the Brookshire’s Deli to pick up a box of their fried chicken.

It was heavenly. It was crispy, juicy and perfectly seasoned. The boys devoured several breasts a piece, and then lay on the picnic blanket in the sunshine, holding their bellies and groaning.

Brookshire’s fried chicken, at the deli counter, is prepared daily. You can get assorted pieces, like breasts, wings, drumsticks or thighs. Best of all, it’s affordable and delicious, and you don’t have to scrub down your kitchen afterward!

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Product Talk: Goldenbrook Farms Rocky Road Ice Cream


Goldenbrook Rocky RoadThe following is a true account of a night at my house:

6 p.m. – I walk through the door, drop my purse, my laptop bag and my lunch sack (the one with the smelly container from my leftover soup at lunch) onto the kitchen counter.

6:01 p.m. – My two boys run into the kitchen to give me a hug. They’d been playing a video game, which wasn’t allowed.

“Please turn it off,” I asked, nicely.

“BUT MOM,” came the immediate protest.

“Just turn it off,” I implored.

6:02 p.m. – “What’s for dinner?”

“I made chicken. It’s in the Crock Pot.”

6:03 p.m.  – I realize I don’t smell the chicken cooking. Usually when I use the slow cooker, the aroma of a finished dinner assaults me the minute I walk in the door.

6:04 p.m. – I touch the side of the Crock Pot, desperately feeling for warmth. Nothing. I look at the LED screen. I hadn’t turned it on that morning. The chicken was not only raw, but now it had been sitting out for 10 hours.

6:05 p.m. – “WELL, DARN IT,” I yelled.

Curt came running into the kitchen at my explanation.

CRASH.

He knocked my laptop off the kitchen counter.

CRACK.

6:06 p.m. – I locked myself in my room for a few minutes to calm down.

6:10 p.m. – I slapped peanut butter and jelly on some whole grain bread (to make myself feel better for serving PB&J for dinner) and called it a meal.

6:30 p.m. – “Hey mom, can we have dessert?”

*Sigh.

6:31 p.m. – I walked to the freezer. There, like an oasis in the dessert, was a half gallon of Goldenbrook Farms Rocky Road ice cream.

“How about this?” I asked.

Both boys agreed.

6:35 p.m. – There was silence in my house as the boys ate their ice cream.

6:40 p.m. – “Mom, this is the best ending to the day, ever.”

The End.

Note: No children or pets were harmed during the making of this blog post. The computer, however, did not fare as well.

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Product Talk: Prepared Salads


SaladI’m on the never-ending quest to eat healthier. (Aren’t we all?)

I usually always pack my lunch from home, but occasionally I’ll be out of leftovers or just not feeling inspired.

That’s when I run to Brookshire’s and grab one of their ready-made salads from the refrigerated case near the Produce Department or Deli.

My favorite is the Southwest Cobb. It has turkey, pepper jack cheese, corn and other veggies on a bed of lettuce with a spicy ranch dressing and crispy tortilla strips. I also love the one with bleu cheese, apples and dried cranberries. There’s a Grilled Chicken Caesar, which I haven’t tried yet, and also a Chef’s salad that looks delicious.

At just under $4, these are the best lunch around!

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Product Talk: Sucanat


SucanatI was writing a blog post for tomorrow, and it called for an ingredient that might not be as known to you as it could be. So, I figured today’s post would be a good time to introduce you to a product known as Sucanat.

Sucanat, or sugar cane natural, is a brand name for whole cane sugar introduced by Pronatec in 1978.

Unlike refined and processed white cane sugar and brown cane sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content. In its purest form, it is basically dried sugar cane juice, which is extracted in the manufacturing process. However, unlike other brown sugars, all the vitamins, minerals and molasses in the juice are not displaced during processing.

You use Sucanat as a direct substitution for white or brown sugar in baking and cooking.

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Product Talk: Boca Soy Breakfast Links


Breakfast LinksI was strolling down the frozen food aisle at Brookshire’s recently, looking for something, and came across an old friend.

Boca products were a staple of my diet when I was a die-hard Weight Watchers chick. Now, I’m not. Ahem. I need to go back, so I started my journey by picking up a few Boca products that help cut calories while still satisfying my cravings.

The first thing I dug into was Boca Soy Breakfast Links. I love breakfast; it’s my favorite meal of the day, so I don’t skimp on first-thing foods.

I loved these! Besides being delicious (you cannot tell that they are not a pork product, I promise), they have 8 grams of protein in each link and zero cholesterol or fat. They’re 70 calories a pop.

So, for breakfast now I enjoy one hard boiled egg, one sausage link and a piece of fruit or a veggie. It’s a great way to start the day.

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Product Talk: Self-Rising Cornmeal


Self Rising Corn MealI’d heard of self-rising flour before, but I’d never heard of self-rising cornmeal until I saw it in Brookshire’s the other day. I was shopping for regular cornmeal when I noticed the self-rising variety. It fit my recipe, so I decided to give it a try.

Self-rising corn meal has a leavening agent, usually baking soda and salt, and is often enriched with B vitamins. It does not contain flour. It’s perfect for cornbread or casseroles that contain cornbread mix, basically saving you a step.  

You can’t use it in place of regular cornmeal in recipes without reducing the leavening and salt in whatever recipe you’re using, but you can use this where recipes call for cornmeal, salt and some leavening agent. You just might have to experiment a little with the proportions. 

Self-rising cornmeal has the same sweet tasty and gritty texture as regular cornmeal. Make it a staple in your pantry today.



Product Talk: Food Club 3 Cheese Texas Toast


Food Club 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.

Win/win.

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Shop the Sale: Spicy Shrimp Noodle Soup


ShrimpWhenever 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 Noodle Soup

Ingredients:
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. 



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