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Shop the Sale: Marshmallow Cereal Treats


Marshmallow Cereal TreatsPrep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time:  20 mins
Serves: 12

If you’re looking for a fun cooking project (especially for kids), then check out our quick and easy Marshmallow Cereal Treats recipe. With just three ingredients and only a handful of minutes cooking time, this simple recipe is a great way to whip up a sweet treat without spending hours in the kitchen. Plus, it’s one you can enjoy over and over by switching out the cereal for a whole new flavor experience, so stock up on all of your favorite Brookshire’s brand cereals on sale this week.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
10 oz Marshmallows
6 cups Brookshire’s Brand cereal

Stove Top Instructions
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add cereal and stir until well coated.

Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day, but can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for two days or frozen for up to 6 weeks.

Microwave Instructions
Heat butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

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Chef Tips

Liven Up Your Breakfast
While there’s nothing wrong with pouring milk over a bowl of cereal, there are other alternatives to spice up your morning meal. You could try substituting milk with Greek Yoghurt for a new twist or you can add some fruit and make a gourmet parfait. You can also whip up a smoothie with cereal, milk, peanut butter and a banana or you can use your favorite cereal to make granola bars for mornings on the go. You can even use it as a coating on your French Toast for some extra crunch! Don’t get bored with your cereal – get creative!

Cereal…Not Just For Breakfast
There are many ways to use cereal for more than the breakfast bowl. From appetizers to the main course and dessert, cereal can come in handy for any course. For starters, there’s DIY Chex Mix that’s perfect for parties, and for main meals you can use it as a breading for Cereal Crusted Chicken or in place of croutons in salad. And of course, there are a host of sweet recipes for dessert from cookies and squares to cakes and more.

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Product Talk: Trimino™ Protein Water


Trimino Protein WaterI have a hard time drinking plain water throughout the day, so any time I find a product that enhances the flavor of water and can give me other benefits to boot, I latch on!

I found Trimino™ Protein Water in the refrigerated section of Brookshire’s near the produce.

Each bottle provides about 7 grams of protein through whey protein isolate, while only adding about 28 calories and a plethora of B vitamins to your diet. Best of all, there’s no sugar.

I tried the peach first, but have since gone back for the watermelon and coconut pineapple flavors. They’re all delicious.
There’s no caffeine, no carbs and no sugar. They are also gluten-free and lactose-free.

If I drink one in the morning, it keeps me full until lunch.

These are a great alternative to shakes or other heavier protein drinks. They’re light, refreshing and so good for you.

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Shop the Sale: Potato Stacks with Chives


Potato Stacks with ChivesPrep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 60 mins
Serves: 10-12

This has to be one of the easiest, tastiest potato sides ever created. Requiring only potatoes, olive oil and a few spices, our potato stacks are simple to make and delicious to eat. They’re also a healthy option with 0g of saturated fat, plus, they look amazing on your plate! Give them a go yourself this week with our on-sale Brookshire’s baking potatoes.

Ingredients
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 lbs red potatoes
Flaky salt, to sprinkle on top
Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, onion powder and black pepper. Thinly slice potatoes; add to bowl. Toss to coat evenly.

Brush inside of muffin pan with olive oil. Layer potato slices into stacks in muffin pan, filling each to one-third full. Sprinkle top of each stack with flaky salt. Bake until edges and tops are golden-brown and centers are tender, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let potato stacks cool for a few minutes. Lift them out of pan with a fork. Top with sour cream and chives, if desired.

Per Serving:
Calories: 74, Fat: 3g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 4 mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Chef Tips

How to Store Potatoes
The biggest mistake most people make when storing potatoes is keeping them in them in the plastic bag they bought them in. Plastic doesn’t allow ventilation, which is imperative for a longer shelf life. The best way to store potatoes is either loose or in a well-ventilated container, cardboard box or mesh bag in a dry location away from sunlight. Potatoes also do better at cooler temperatures (around 50 degrees Fahrenheit) so if you have a basement, this is the ideal place for your potatoes. If not, store them in the coolest cupboard in your kitchen or even the garage. Just don’t put them in the fridge. Refrigerator temperatures cause the starch in potatoes to convert into sugar, affecting the taste and texture (and not in a good way!).

Say Yes to the Potato
In our carb-obsessed times, the humble potato often gets a bad rap, with many people substituting them with other vegetables like sweet potatoes. And while sweet potatoes are delicious in their own right, there’s no reason you should shun regular potatoes entirely. For a start, potatoes are fat and cholesterol free and naturally low in sodium. They’re a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium, and they’re only around a hundred calories per serve. What you do need to watch out for is how they’re cooked. Deep frying or piling high calorie toppings like cheese and sour cream on top of them will of course quickly multiply that calorie load. Keep it simple, like our potato stacks recipe though, and you can enjoy potatoes regularly as part of a healthy diet.



Shop the Sale: Steak & Potato Grilled Cheese


Steak & Potato Grilled Cheese SandwichPrep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time:  45 mins
Serves: 2

What do you do when you love steak, potato and grilled cheese? You make a sandwich! Although to be honest, “sandwich” doesn’t quite do justice to this gourmet meal wrapped in French bread. Loaded with steak and potato and topped with onion, bell pepper and melted Provolone cheese, this is not your momma’s grilled cheese. Try it for yourself and enjoy sale prices on Boneless Top Sirloin Steak all this week.

Ingredients
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 potato, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 Tbs olive oil
1 (6 oz) sirloin steak, room temperature
Butter
1 loaf French bread
Garlic salt, to taste
4 slices Wisconsin Provolone Cheese

Instruction
Sauté onions and bell peppers over medium heat until softened. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to bowl or plate. Toss potatoes with oil; sauté over medium heat until cooked through.

Heat sauté pan on high for a few minutes. Once heated, reduce to medium-high heat. Cook steak for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, so it is rare to medium-rare. It will cook more once you griddle your sandwich. Once steak is done, put it on a plate to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Thinly slice steak against the grain.

Portion out enough bread for 2 sandwiches; slice open bread portions. Butter each side of bread when everything is done cooking. Sprinkle some garlic salt on inside of bread slices; put 1 provolone slice on inside of each bread slice. Spoon some sautéed onions and bell peppers on each bottom slice. Layer potatoes and steak slices on each bottom slice. Add remaining onions and bell peppers divided between bottom slices; finish with the top bread slice for each sandwich.

In large sauté pan over medium heat, cook sandwiches until bread is toasted and cheese has melted, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Per Serving:
Calories: 1117, Fat: 37 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 257 mg, Sodium: 1285 mg, Carbohydrates: 89 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein: 105 g. 

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Chef Tips

More Fancy Grilled Cheese Ideas
In case steak and potatoes isn’t quite your thing (who are you?!), there are plenty of other combinations just waiting for you to assemble them. You can build your perfect sandwich from practically anything that strikes your fancy, although the truly great arrangements do have a few things in common:

  • Flavor combination is key. Think salty and sweet (like bacon and cranberry), spicy and salty (feta cheese and jalapeños) or sweet and spicy (hot pepper jelly).
  • It’s all about the cheese. Not only is the gooey, melty goodness of cheese what defines your sandwich, it’s also the glue that keeps it together. Top choices for melting include Gruyere, Asiago, Havarti, Provolone, Fontina, Gouda, and soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert
  • Choose artisan bread. What makes the difference between a regular grilled cheese and a gourmet creation is the bread. Forget your standard sliced white and go for options like crusty French bread or baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough or a hearty rye or whole grain loaf.

Lighter-Style Grilled Cheese Variations
As good as gourmet sandwiches taste, we all know they’re not so good for the waistline. If you’re watching your weight or you’re focused on healthier eating, there are plenty of good options for getting the grilled cheese you crave without loading up on calories and fat. Try Havarti, pepper jelly and pear; sweet potato, kale and Monterrey Jack or opt for a Hawaiian style ham, cheese and pineapple. Other great tips include stuffing your sandwich with mixed lettuce, spinach or arugula, adding tomatoes, cucumbers or other high water/low calorie vegetables, or going with a half sandwich serve and pairing with soup or a salad.

 



Family Matters: Baby Survival Must-Haves


Baby Survival Must-HavesWellements™ has the baby remedies you need for the first year and beyond. You can feel good about using them, too!

At Wellements™, the employees are also parents, so they understand that making choices about what you give your little one is a big deal! That is why they put love, countless hours and research into every product. They have created safe, high-quality products that are consistent with the company’s belief that ingredients do matter.

All of the Wellements™ products are:

  • Certified-Organic
  • Preservative-Free
  • Made in glass packaging: No harmful plastics!

Organic Gripe Water: When the crying and fussing just won’t stop!
Wellements™ Organic Gripe Water is an herbal supplement that safely and effectively helps ease occasional stomach discomfort and gas often associated with colic, fussiness and hiccups.*

Baby Tooth Oil: Teething turned happy!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Tooth Oil has a touch of sweetness to help make teething a happier time. The benzocaine-free, belladonna-free and alcohol-free formula is specifically designed to be gentle on baby’s gums.

Baby Move for Constipation: Help your little one move things along!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Move relieves occasional constipation and promotes regular bowel movements.* Designed without the use of harsh laxatives, this organic prune and prebiotic formula is safe and gentle for infants and toddlers starting at 6 months of age.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and they are the own opinions of the Wellements™ company. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.



Shop the Sale: Crawfish Etouffee


Crawfish EtouffeeCrawfish Etouffee

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:  45 min
Serves: 4

Enjoy the tantalizing flavor of The South in your own kitchen with a Mardi Gras favorite! Our Crawfish Etouffee recipe keeps things simple so you can spend more time celebrating and less time cooking. Grab your ingredients today including on-sale Bell Peppers, get cooking, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 cup yellow onions, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1/2 cup green bell peppers, finely diced
1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbs dry sherry
1 1/2 cups seafood stock, chicken stock or water
1 lb crawfish tails
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs fresh parsley leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
Long-grain white rice, cooked

Directions:
In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook to make a light roux, stirring often. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Add sherry; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock and crawfish tails; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Stir in parsley; remove from heat. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve over rice, garnished with additional parsley.

Nutritional Information Calories: 182, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 660 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 19 g.

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Chef Tips

It All Starts With the Roux
The secret behind many of your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes is starting with a good roux. While not a difficult process, making roux does require patience and attention to detail because it’s easy to mess it up. Start out heating your butter or oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add flour gradually, sprinkling evenly into the pan. Reduce heat and cook, stirring continuously until the roux has darkened. Depending on the recipe, this can be anywhere from the color of a penny to milk chocolate. The main thing is to keep the heat low and don’t stop stirring – if you don’t consistently stir the roux, the flour will burn. Note: if you find black flecks in your roux, it’s ruined and you’ll have to start over.

Mardi Gras Themed Meals
With so many traditional dishes to choose from, it’s easy to go overboard with meals and party planning during Mardi Gras. For a well-rounded menu go for Shrimp Dip, Po Boy Sliders and Crab Cakes for appetizers followed by Etouffee, Jambalaya or Gumbo, and finish with New Orleans Bread Pudding and King Cake for dessert. Or you can toss the menu out the window and simply throw down a home style Crawfish Boil.



Product Talk: Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes


Simply Done Disinfecting WipesI have a canister in my desk at work. I have a canister in my car. I have several stashed around the house (one in each bathroom, one in the kitchen).

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes are simply necessary this time of year.

I especially love them at the office, when people sometimes walk in wiping their noses or coughing and then sit at my desk. After they leave, you’d better believe I’m going to whip out a wipe and disinfect the door knob, my desk and anything else they might have touched. I don’t need germs on my desk, thank you very much.

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes, in lemon or fresh scents, kill the flu virus and 99.9 percent of bacteria in 15 seconds. They are bleach-free and come in a portable canister, so they’re easily stashed wherever it is that you need them most.

Find them on the cleaning aisle at Brookshire’s.

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Shop the Sale: Mustard-Glazed Pork Chops


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2

Pork chops are a simple, tasty option for healthy weeknight meals for two or as part of a big weekend cookout. The secret to the juiciest, flavorful chops is taking the time to marinate them. Our mustard glaze is an easy recipe that packs a huge flavor punch, making for delicious eating with minimal effort. Pro tip: they’re perfect served with Creamed Brussels Sprouts. And with Assorted Pork Chops on sale, there’s even more reason to give it a try this week – or weekend!

Ingredients
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 thick-cut pork chops

Instruction
Whisk the first 9 ingredients together in bowl. Place pork chops in a storage bag; add glaze. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cooking. When ready to cook, remove chops from storage bag. Place glaze in bowl. Grill for 20 minutes or cook over medium-high heat in cast-iron skillet for 8 minutes per side (or until cooked through). Spoon glaze over pork while cooking. For best results, frequently baste chops with glaze while cooking.

Per Serving:
Calories: 537, Fat: 31 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 1964 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Chef Tips

The Benefits of Marinade
If you have a great cut of meat, some basic seasonings and a perfected grilling technique, that’s generally all you need for a terrific cook out. But, if you’re looking to expand the flavor profile of your next barbeque or you’re not exactly a grill master yet, marinating is your secret weapon for fabulous eating. Marinades add flavor and juiciness to any grill meat, and you can keep it simple or get as creative as you like. Easy options include store-bought Italian Dressing or Balsamic Vinaigrettes, or you can try recipes and experiment with your own concoctions. Generally all you need is an oil, an acid (fruit juice, vinegar, beer or white wine) and some herbs and spice, although you can also play around with condiments like soy sauce, honey, mustard and BBQ sauce.

Dinner for Two
Most recipes you find are for four or more, which is fine in most cases because it’s easy enough to halve the recipe or make too much and save the remainder for leftovers. But sometimes, you just want a recipe made for two. If you’re looking for some dinner for two inspiration check out eatingwell.com, bbcgoodfood.com and of course brookshires.com.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil


Brookshire's Pure Olive OilIf there is one thing in my kitchen that I never run out of, it’s Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil.

With its golden color, mild flavor and smooth finish, it’s perfect for grilling, sautéing, marinating and anything else I need when I’m cooking.

The main type of fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fat. If you replace trans fats and saturated fats in your diet with more monounsaturated fats, you can see health benefits from that change.

A friend of mine made this cake over the holidays. I’ve never used olive oil in baking because olive oil does have a distinct flavor, but in this recipe, that’s exactly what you’re looking to get. It was delicious!

Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) box Brookshire’s Yellow Cake Mix
large eggs, per cake mix package directions
Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil, per cake mix package directions
2 Tbs lemon zest
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup raspberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with a circle of parchment paper.

Mix cake batter per package instructions, substituting Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil for the called-for vegetable oil or butter. Stir in lemon zest.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until cake is lightly golden and springs back to the touch, about 40 minutes. (A cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.)

Let cool completely in pan for about 20 minutes. Invert cake onto a stand or plate; remove parchment.

Stir together lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar to make a glaze. Pour glaze over center of cake. Spread to the edges so some drips down the sides. Arrange raspberries in center of cake; serve.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 386, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 366 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Family Matters: Fleas in the Winter


sad looking dogBecause we live in the South, our temperatures don’t usually get below 30 degrees very often, which means fleas and ticks can breed all winter long.

That, in turn, means we have to protect our pets all winter long!

Fleas and ticks can carry heartworms, which are fatal for your four-legged friend. You also don’t want an infestation of fleas in your house or one of the other diseases spread to humans by a tick bite.

Winter is the best time to treat your house and your yard and to keep treating your pet for fleas and ticks.

For your pet, use a topical flea and tick-prevention ointment, usually applied behind the neck, or an oral supplement prescribed by their vet. Both of these are usually administered monthly and are good for 30 days.

For your yard, while fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are less active, use a chemical spray (available at any home improvement store) that you attach to the end of your hose. These pesticides should last 3-6 months and are safe for your pet and your children. (Let dry before letting your pet or your child back outside).

If you have a flea infestation inside your home, call a professional exterminator who can treat the house for you to eradicate the pests and prevent future infestations. Make sure you’re also treating your pets as well.



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