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April Is Grilled Cheese Month


Grilled Cheese—It’s Not Just For Kids!

Kraft American Singles on white bread, grilled until toasty: it’s a childhood tradition.

But, are you ready for something a bit more adventurous and adult?

Try these combinations:

• Pumpernickel bread, smoked Virginia ham slice, a dab of grainy brown mustard and gouda cheese

• Whole wheat bread, extra-sharp cheddar cheese and thinly sliced tomato

• English muffin, pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese

• Rustic sourdough bread, thinly sliced onion and Swiss cheese

• Italian bread, shredded parmesan and Havarti cheese



Egg-ceptional eggs


You can buy all sorts of egg-decorating kits, but have you ever tried it on your own?

It’s not hard!

Keep your plans simple and don’t over-estimate your abilities at the fancy projects!

1. Prepare the eggs. Either hard boil them and dry fully, or blow the raw egg from the inside of the shell by piercing each end with a needle (beginners should stick with hard boiled eggs!).

2. Create the dye bath. Combine 1/2 – 1 Tbs of food coloring with 2 tsp vinegar in a cup that is deep enough for the eggs. Add water to about the half way point. Gently place the eggs into the cups. Try using a soup spoon to ease the eggs in. The longer they are left in the dye, the darker the color shade. Experiment with different combinations of colors. When you remove the egg from the dye, pat dry with a paper towel and place in a holder.

Easy techniques:
1. Crayons: Color on the Easter eggs before placing in the dye.

Simple dots, lines, shapes or swirls…the wax will resist the dye and your picture will show through.

2. Rubber Bands: Wrap rubber bands around hard cooked eggs, then place them in food-coloring dye. Remove eggs, pat dry with paper towel and remove rubber bands. The parts of the egg covered with rubber bands will not be colored. Once the rubber bands are removed, you can drop the egg into a different color dye.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick, Inc.



Chicken Mandarin Salad


Healthy and delicious!

Chicken Mandarin Salad
Serves 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 lb fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup toasted almonds, slivered
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1/4 cup red onions, sliced
1/2 (15 oz) can Dole Mandarin Oranges
1/2 cup cooked chicken pieces, cubed
1/2 cup reduced-fat vinaigrette salad dressing
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Directions:
In a large bowl, gently mix the spinach, almonds, bell pepper, onion and oranges. Divide into 2 lunch box type serving containers. In another bowl, combine the chicken and salad dressing. Toss well and spoon on top of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle each serving with toasted sesame seeds.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 210, Fat: 10 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol:  31 mg, Sodium: 124 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 17 g

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Showered in Sunshine


Let lemon be your theme! Just a few of our Brookshire’s made products include lemon crème cake, pound cake, Red Diamond Lemonade, and a fluffy, creamy pie made from Goldenbrook Lemon Icebox Ice Cream.

Not shown, but also available: lemon chess pie and lime crème cake.

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Salmon Fillets with Orange-Mango Salsa


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Salmon Fillets with Orange-Mango Salsa
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 salmon fillets, about 5 oz each
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup orange segments, chopped, with membranes removed
3/4 cup mango pieces, chopped
2 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup red bell pepper, minced
2 Tbs Full Circle Orange Juice
2 tsp Full Circle Olive Oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Place salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Combine salt, ground red pepper and paprika in a small dish. Sprinkle mixture evenly over salmon fillets. Bake 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. While fish is baking, slice orange segments and mango chunks into 1-inch pieces. Combine fruit, cilantro, green onions, bell pepper, orange juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Serve each fish fillet with about 1/3 cup of the salsa spooned on top.

Nutritional Information:
  Calories Per Serving: 321, Fat: 17 g (4 g  Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 80 mg, Sodium: 227 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 29 g

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Shamrock Pizza


Convert any Food Club Pizza into a St. Patrick’s Day dinner treat!

Just add some fresh green bell peppers that are sliced across the width into rings. Place these outlines of shamrocks all over and bake at the time given on the package.

It’s a very “clover” idea!



Guiltless pleasure


Guiltless pleasure
Serves 16

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes, plus chilling

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
6 Tbs butter, melted
1 (12 oz) pkg reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup liquid egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Dole Frozen Blueberries, thawed and mashed with a fork
1/4 cup reduced-sugar apple jelly

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F.  Spray an eight-inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1 Tbs Splenda® and melted butter.

Press mixture evenly in the bottom of the baking pan to create a crust. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in remaining Splenda® and beat until smooth. Add egg substitute. When smooth, blend in the sour cream and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the crust. Spoon the blueberries over top and blend in several knife strokes to create a marbled effect.

Bake 35 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes, and chill 2 hours. Place the apple jelly in a cup. Microwave briefly to melt the jam. Stir and spread over the filling. Cut into 16 bars.

Nutritional Information:
 Calories Per Serving: 165, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 36 mg, Sodium: 156 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Mango Tango Dip


Mango Tango Dip
Serves 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
Mission® Extra Thin Chips
1 cup canned black beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped mango (fresh or from a jar), with 2 Tbs juice reserved
2 Tbs red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbs chopped cilantro
2 tsp lime juice

Directions:
Mash black beans with a fork. Add mango, mango juice, onion, cumin, cilantro and lime juice; combine evenly. Serve cold with chips.

Recipe and image courtesy Mission

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per 1/4-cup dip Serving: 47, Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 2 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Lawry’s Enchiladas


Quick and Delicious!

Lawry’s Enchiladas
Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
3 cups water
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 pkg Lawry’s® Enchilada Sauce Spices & Seasonings
1 Lb ground beef, turkey or chicken
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 8 oz), divided
8 corn tortillas

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix water, tomato paste and Enchilada Sauce Spices & Seasonings in 2-quart saucepan until well blended. Bring to boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, brown ground meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat, if desired. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Pour 1 cup of the enchilada sauce into 13×9 baking dish. Coat each tortilla in remaining sauce. Spoon meat mixture down center of each tortilla. Fold over tortillas sides. Place seam-side down in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over enchiladas. Bake 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Variation: prepare as directed, using 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken or beef in place of the ground beef.

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 326, Fat: 15 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 72 mg, Sodium: 243 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 26 g

Recipe courtesy of Lawry’s Seasonings, Inc.

 

 



The Baked Potato


Potatoes have a bad image because they have 26 grams of carbohydrates (for a medium potato). But potatoes are fat free, only 150 calories, and full of vitamin C and potassium.

To bake a potato: Preheat oven to 350° F. Wash and dry the potato; prick several times with a fork—this allows steam to escape.

If desired, rub potatoes very lightly with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt (this helps the skin become crispy, but isn’t essential).

Place potatoes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until a fork can pierce into the center easily—about an hour, depending on the size of the potatoes. Cut in half or split open; add your favorite toppings.

The Top Toppers For Baked Potato Bar:

  • SALSA – fat free and only 10 calories
  • LOADED – butter, sour cream, bacon bits, chives and shredded cheese
  • POTATO POLLO – grilled onions and chicken strips
  • SPICY SPUD – a ladle of chili con carne, plus cheese and onions
  • PIZZA POTATO – pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms

 



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