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Dine In: Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole


Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken CasseroleWe’re right on the cusp of warm, spring and summer weather. With hot days and cooler nights, it’s almost time to shed the heavy comfort foods of winter, and enjoy spring and summer’s bountiful vegetables and lighter meats.

Almost.

Sometimes, it’s just satisfying to work a full week of challenges, take care of your family, take care of yourself and come home to a comfort meal on Fridays.

This dish is warm, creamy, cheesy and filling, all the requirements (at least for me) for comfort food. While the serving size of this recipe is for two, you can easily double or triple (if you have teenagers in the house, I definitely recommend tripling this recipe).

Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 slices Canadian bacon, diced
4 Tbs unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 stalk scallion (green part only), cut into small rounds

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat a 9 x 9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk salt, sugar and black pepper into whipping cream, stirring to combine.

Layer the potatoes and chicken in the baking dish. Sprinkle with bacon and butter pieces. Top with half of the sharp cheddar cheese and scallions.

Pour whipping cream mixture over the casserole.

Cover and bake for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for 30 more minutes.

During the last 10 minutes, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake until bubbly.

Serve immediately.

(This recipe can easily be doubled.)

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 898, Fat: 58 g (33 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 256 mg, Sodium: 1324 mg, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 57 g.

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Healthy Living: Sweet Potato Power Bowl


Sweet Potato Power BowlBetween two family birthdays and a trip out of town, I feel like I’ve done nothing but eat rich, decadent foods for days on end.

I don’t just feel that way; it’s pretty much reality.

Time to get back on the healthy bandwagon!

I’ve been on a sweet potato kick.

I’ve also been on a “bowl” kick. (you know, when you can fit your meal into one, healthy bowl?)

So, this recipe looked like a perfect way to incorporate both of my current favorite things.

I added some black beans to the original recipe for protein. You’re getting lots of healthy ingredients and a lot of vitamins and nutrients with very little fat or anything else artificial!

Sweet Potato Power Bowl

Ingredients:
1 large sweet potato, diced
4 oz Brussels sprouts, halved
4 oz cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 cup red onion, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp red pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and tomatoes with olive oil. Spread onto a baking sheet. Roast for 50 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper. Toss with black beans. Serve immediately.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 670, Calories from Fat: 85, Fat: 9 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1279 mg, Carbohydrates: 123 g, Fiber: 28 g, Sugar: 25 g, Protein: 30 g.

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Product Talk: Easter Novelties


Easter NoveltiesI walked through Brookshire’s today and made my plan for Easter this year.

Pretty much everything you need can be found at Brookshire’s to celebrate Easter on April 16.

There’s candy. Lots of it. From Peeps to Cadbury Eggs to Russell Stover chocolates, mini M&M’s, Starburst fruit chews, Skittles, robin’s eggs and jelly beans, you can fill your little ones’ baskets to the brim with candy at Brookshire’s.

That’s not all. There are chocolate bunnies that come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and even cookies and cream varieties, either in hollow or solid versions.

You can get prefilled plastic eggs for all those egg hunts that you contribute to, even ones with inspirational Christian messages already inside.

Do you need stuffed chicks, fluffy bunnies and sweet toys, too? Don’t worry; we have them, along with anything you’ll need to fill your Easter baskets for a joyful celebration.

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Dine In: Parmesan Rosemary Potato Chips


Parmesan Rosemary Potato ChipsOver the weekend, I took a trip to a small, historic city about 90 minutes away from where I live.

I stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast there, with the most delightful owners. When I checked in on Friday night, the lady of the house assured me that breakfast would be bountiful and would start with dessert.

She wasn’t kidding.

She brought out a deep-dish French toast topped with a peach compote, a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of freshly grated cinnamon.
The next course was an Italian quiche served with a grilled melon salad and parmesan rosemary potatoes.

It was delicious.

When I got home, I searched for recipes similar to what she’d served at that first breakfast, and I found a recipe for Parmesan Rosemary Potato Chips and knew I had to try them.

While I didn’t eat these for breakfast at that charming little inn, these chips were definitely inspired by the lady with the huge smile and miles of hospitality.

Parmesan Rosemary Potato Chips

Ingredients:
1 large russet potato
1 1/2 Tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/2 cup parmesan, finely granted
sea salt, to taste
canola oil, for frying

Directions:

Slice potatoes thinly using a mandolin. Submerge potatoes in an ice water bath while you work, to keep them from browning. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a large stockpot, fryer or wok to 350° F. Dry potatoes with a clean towel.

Drop about 8 to 10 slices into the oil, and fry until golden-brown, about 2 minutes. Drain well with a slotted spoon, and place into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt, rosemary and parmesan. Repeat with remaining potatoes. Serve immediately.

Serves 3 to 4 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 165, Calories from Fat: 76, Fat: 8 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 27 mg, Sodium: 355 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Family Matters: Making Memories


Making MemoriesAs I’m writing this, my boys are gone on a spring break trip with their dad. By the time you read this, they will be home and my heart will be full. Right now, they’re on an adventure and making memories.

They’re going camping at a national park that they’ve never explored before, and I’m excited for them.

When it comes down to it, they’ve been pretty spoiled by spring break trips. They’ve been to the beach, to the Grand Canyon, to Arkansas and camping all around the state of Texas.

You don’t have to take a spring break trip to make memories, though. A weekend staycation or small trip to somewhere special makes memories just as significant as flying over the Grand Canyon, I promise you.

Look into hiking your closest state park. You don’t have to stay overnight to enjoy the great outdoors. We take day trips and make use of the day-use sites, where we can still grill out over an open fire, make a fire pit and hike the trails without having to sleep on the ground if we choose not to.

Find some local museums, or visit ones in a city nearby. You never know the gems you’ll find, or the people you’ll meet, inside.

Tour a few historic landmarks in your area. You might want to explore an old cemetery, being utterly respectful, of course. The artistry and history can be captivating.

Go to an amusement park for the day, and ride one ride that terrifies you.

Most of all, take pictures. Put together a photo book from a photo-sharing website, and the memories will last even longer.



Shop the Sale: Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry


Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-FryYou know it’s spring when fresh, bright, firm stalks of asparagus are on the shelves at Brookshire’s.

These green stalks, standing tall, are a delicious and nutritious way to welcome warmer weather.

Asparagus is full of vitamin K, more than 100 percent of the daily recommended allowance for vitamin K as a matter of fact. It’s also very high in folate, copper and vitamin B1.

Asparagus has significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, too.

Asparagus stalks should be rounded and not twisted. The buds on top can have purple striations, but they should be closed and tightly firm. To serve asparagus, break the stalk from the woody stem – you’ll feel where the natural give is – and remove the tough part. If the stalks are ripened, the stems may be firm and you will choose to peel it. It’s not necessary, though.

Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry

Ingredients:
4 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails removed
1 lb asparagus
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 Tbs low sodium soy sauce

Directions:
In a wok or other large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until oil is fragrant and shimmering. Add the shrimp; season with salt and red pepper. Sauté until the shrimp is pink, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside.

Heat 2 more tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add asparagus, ginger, garlic and the other half of the salt. Sauté until asparagus is crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Add the shrimp back to the asparagus. Pour in soy sauce. Stir until well-combined and heat through. Add lemon juice, and serve immediately with rice.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 287, Calories from Fat: 145, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 239 mg, Sodium: 1086 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Ideas Para el Ejercicio en Familia


Ideas Para el Ejercicio en FamiliaLo admito, necesito hacer más ejercicio. Muchas veces lo planeo, pero acabo no haciéndolo y tengo mil excusas – que tengo que cocinar, que tengo que ayudar a las niñas con tarea, que estoy demasiado cansada, que me duele la cabeza, que tengo mucha ropa que lavar, que tengo que limpiar la casa, y sigue la lista de mis mil excusas. Tengo tres hijas que les encantan los electrónicos, ver tele, y leer libros. No digo que es malo, simplemente digo que es necesario pararnos del sofá más frecuente. Esto tiene que empezar con mi esposo y yo, ya que somos los padres y tenemos que poner un buen ejemplo a nuestras hijas enseñándolas a que les guste hacer ejercicio. Esto puede ser un gran reto, pero por amor a mi familia y el deseo de que estén saludables, lo hare.

Aquí están unas ideas para que juntos nos motivemos a hacer más actividades físicas:

  • Andar en bicicleta
  • Brincar riatas
  • Ir a nadar o a patinar
  • Después de la cena, ir a caminar alrededor de la cuadra
  • Si tiene un perrito en casa, llévelo a caminar al parque con toda la familia
  • Regístrese para correr en carreras benéficas que son para una buena causa
  • Vayan al gimnasio juntos en familia

Les animo a que juntos hagamos más ejercicio ya que esto nos ayudara a estar más saludables y también a alargar nuestras vidas.

¡Viva la salud!



Healthy Living: Sinus Allergy Relief Drink


Sinus Allergy Relief DrinkIt’s allergy season in the South, and it feels like it came back a little sooner this year than most.

Allergies are a histamine reaction to things in the air this time of year, like grass, pollen, ragweed, mold and any other host of things that are blooming nearby.

You might need to see your doctor about combatting seasonal allergies, but there are natural home remedies you can also use to alleviate symptoms, such as a stuffy nose and sinus congestion.

One of them is this drink.

Made with all natural ingredients, a wise, older woman that I know swears by this concoction. She drinks one portion daily and swears that it helps keep her sinuses from becoming inflamed, thus keeping her breathing easily.

Even if it doesn’t have magical, medicinal properties, it IS healthy for you, no matter why you’re drinking it.

If you don’t have a juicer, peel and chop all of your ingredients. Add about 1/2 cup sparkling water, and process in a food processer until desired consistency.

Sinus Allergy Relief Drink

Ingredients:
2 large carrots
2 oranges
1 green apple, cored
1 small piece ginger, peeled

Directions:
Put all ingredients in juicer, and process according to manufacturer’s directions.

Serves 1

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 437, Calories from Fat: 23, Fat: 3 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 95 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 21 g, Sugar: 65 g, Protein: 7 g.

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Shop the Sale: Smoked Sausage Low Country Boil


Smoked Sausage Low Country BoilIt is full-on crawfish season in the South, and there’s nothing better on a spring night than to sit out around the propane boiler with friends and family cooking crawfish, listening to music, letting the kids run and play (far away from the propane, of course) and enjoying some food and fun.

There’s one problem, though: My kids don’t really like crawfish, so I make them (and any others who don’t eat mud bugs) a slow cooker low country boil that captures the spirit of the crawfish boil without having to twist off any heads.

Smoked Sausage Low Country Boil

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs small red potatoes
1 lemon, sliced
1/4 cup Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil, or Old Bay Seasoning
6 cups water
1 lb Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 ears fresh or frozen corn, cut into thirds
2 lbs fresh or frozen shrimp, with shells on

Directions:
Spray the liner of a 6 to 7-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Spread potatoes across the bottom. Layer on lemon slices, seasoning and water. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Add smoked sausage and corn. Cook on low for 2 more hours. Add shrimp, and stir mixture carefully. (Slow cooker will be full.) Turn temperature to high. Cook for 30 more minutes until shrimp are cooked through. Drain and serve.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 453, Calories from Fat: 171, Fat: 19 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 286 mg, Sodium: 1678 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 41 g.

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Healthy Living: Healthy Oat Cookies


Healthy Oat CookiesMy 13-year-old son told me he wants to eat healthier.

Big picture, he IS a healthy eater, but that kid can also put away some junk food after school.

We had to come up with a solution that would still let him feel like he was having some of the treats he likes but in a healthier way. Now, after school, he reaches for fresh fruit instead of the little, square, orange crackers he used to favor. I love that he’s doing this, and it’s motivated the rest of us to reach for more fresh fruit and vegetables, too.

Every once in a while, he wants a cookie or something sweet.

These are the perfect solution. Originally they were called “Three-Ingredient Cookies,” but I throw in some extra ingredients!

Healthy Oat Cookies

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or nuts, crushed

Directions:
Mash bananas in a large bowl. Stir in oats, raisins, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds or nuts.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Scoop dough into 16 balls, and place evenly around a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Makes 16

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 60, Calories from Fat: 12, Fat: 1 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 2 g.

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