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Dine In: Sweet Potato Fries


French fries are always a must have side. Have you noticed lately that restaurants are starting to have sweet potato fries? It seems like I saw them at one restaurant and now they are popping up on many menus.

If you do not like sweet potatoes you should still give these a try, they are not the sweet potatoes that you are thinking of with marshmallows.

I am always making these sweet potato fries when I am making turkey burgers.

Sweet Potato Fries
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Peel the sweet potato then cut sweet potatoes into slices. Spread sliced sweet potatoes over pan and drizzle olive oil over slices. Then sprinkle on rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 85, Fat: 4g (Saturated Fat 1g), Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 22mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g.

 



Dine In: Vegetable Nachos


Nachos are great for movie night or the big game. Make these homemade nachos for a healthier Mexican dinner that everyone can enjoy.

Vegetable Nachos
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
4 ounces (about 48 chips) tortilla chips
1 can (16 ounces) black beans, drained
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup tomato, chopped
1 cup 2% Mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1 avocado, sliced
Optional: fat-free sour cream and salsa

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.Spread chips out over baking sheet. Top each chip with remaining ingredients except lettuce and avocado. Bake chips for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and top with lettuce and avocado.

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 439, Fat: 13g (Saturated Fat 5g), Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 135mg, Carbohydrates: 61g, Fiber: 16g, Protein: 23g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

 



Dine In: Movie Night Pizza


Pizza plus a movie equals a great Friday night. Sometime I just can not find the perfect pizza, either it has too much tomato sauce or it is too greasy, it is always something. If you have a group of people, someone always does not want something on their pizza that everyone else wants. Making your own pizza is great for a family. Everyone can get their corner of the pizza and make it how they like. This is also a great meal that your kids can help with. So pick out a movie and get started on this pizza!

Movie Night Pizza

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 package of refrigerator pizza dough
1 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 Tbs garlic salt
1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning
1/2 cup pesto
1/2 cup 2% Colby Jack cheese, shredded
3/4 cup tomato, chopped
3/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup onion, chopped

Preheat oven at 425°F. Roll out your pizza dough. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. Once mixed well, rub butter mixture into the dough.  Spread pesto over pizza crust. Sprinkle cheese over pizza. Roll up the sides of the pizza to make the crust. Top with vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 333, Fat: 17g (Saturated Fat 6g), Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 725mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 10g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician



Dine-In: Black Bean Salsa


Why do you go to Mexican food restaurants? I know I go for the chips and salsa! A lot of people judge restaurants based on their salsa. Some people like their salsa fresh with a strong tomato taste while others want their salsa spicy and hot.

Here is an appetizing salsa that you’ll want to make for family and friends.

Black Bean Salsa
Serves: 12
Prep time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:
1 can (16 oz) black beans (drained)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbs lime juice
1/2 Tbs cumin

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine beans, vegetables, and lime juice. Sprinkle on cumin. Refrigerate for an hour.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 136, Fat: 4g (Saturated Fat 0g), Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 3mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 8g© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.

All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

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Dining-in: Spinach Stuffed Chicken


My roommates and I loved to experiment with cooking in college. One of my roommates came up with this stuffed chicken and we cooked it all the time. On Friday night after a busy week at school, we always enjoyed just going to the grocery store to get our entire ingredients, cook dinner together and watch a movie.

Cooking with friends always brings bonding and good memories together.  You know you will come up with good recipes when you and a few friends put your heads together to make dinner.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 Tbs pesto sauce
1 Tbs Italian seasoning

Directions:
Take chicken and slice in crossways. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, spinach, sour cream, pesto and Italian seasoning. Mix well and then place in slice of chicken. In skillet, add chicken over medium-high heat and cook for 12 minutes. Remove chicken from heat.  Serve

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 372, Fat: 12g (Saturated Fat 4g), Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 254mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 58g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

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Dining-In: Bruschetta


Are you tired of dull garlic bread?

Bruschettas are a good way to add flair to your Italian dinner. They are easy to make and you can add your favorite Italian seasoning or vegetables.

Bruschetta
Serves: 10
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:
1 8oz loaf of French bread
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 Tbs garlic powder
1 cup tomato, chopped
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese
1/2 Tbs basil
1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning
1/3 cup onion, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut bread into 10 equal slices. Combine olive oil and garlic. Rub olive oil mixture into bread. Cover oil side of bread with remaining ingredients. Bake for 7 minutes or until crisp.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 113, Fat: 5g (Saturated Fat 1g), Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 177mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 4g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

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Dine-In: Black Bean Burrito


When I go to my favorite restaurant, which is a Mexican restaurant, there is always a long waiting list. By the time I get to the restaurant, I am hungry, ready to eat, and I do not want to wait thirty minutes to an hour for my food. Here is a bean burrito that will sure make you stay in to eat and not deal with the crowds at restaurants.

Black Bean Burrito
Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 8oz. can of black beans
6 whole wheat or Spinach tortillas
3/4 cup 2% mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1 avocado

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, sauté onion, garlic, and bell pepper until tender. Remove from heat. Drain black beans and combine with cumin. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Set up an assembly line of sauté vegetables, beans, cheese, tomato, and cilantro.  Go through the line and add each ingredient. Once all ingredients are in the tortillas, fold the sides of the tortilla. Place tortillas in an oven safe dish. Cook at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Serve with avocado chopped on top.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 399, Fat: 17g (Saturated Fat 6g), Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 268mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 10g, Protein: 18g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

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Dining In: Cheesy Spinach Dip


When my friends and I go out to restaurants, our favorite thing to get is spinach dip as an appetizer.  The creamy taste just draws me in. Instead of going to a restaurant to eat an appetizer with friends, you can invite friends over and enjoy homemade spinach dip. This way you can stay in, save money, eat healthy and enjoy quality time with friends. One of the main ingredients in spinach dip is of course spinach.

Did you know spinach is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber?  You can serve this dip with baked chips, vegetables, or your favorite crackers.

Cheesy Spinach Dip
Serves: 22
Cook Time: 20 minutes  

Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
1 can (14oz.) artichoke hearts, drained finely chopped
1 pkg. fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese
Paprika

Directions:
In a skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and baby spinach over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Once spinach starts to wilt, remove from heat. In a bowl, combine artichoke, cheese, and spinach mixture. Spread mixture in a thin layer in baking dish. Sprinkle paprika over dip. Place dip in oven and broil until cheese is bubbly with light brown edges.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 37, Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 68mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician



Dine In: Bring the Restaurant to Your Home!


Cooking for someone you love is the ultimate gift. After all, nobody can duplicate it, and you created it with your own hands. As the weekend rolls around, how about  setting aside less than an hour to produce a gift of love from your kitchen? This chicken and white wine (the French call it coq au vin) is savory good, and surprisingly quick and easy! But that can be our little secret.
Use your favorite white wine. Suggestions include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chicken with White Wine Sauce
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium shallot, chopped (or use 2 Tbs chopped onion)
1 Tsp dried basil, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 small bone-in chicken breast halves

Directions:
In a large skillet, cook the mushrooms, shallot, basil and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes—until the shallot is tender.
Stir in the broth, wine, salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken over top of everything. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter and spoon the pan juices over the chicken.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per serving:  215. Fat: 6 g ( 1 gr. Saturated fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium:  285 mg, Carbohydrates:  2 g, Fiber:  0 g, Protein:  34 g.

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Dine-In: Tuscan Chicken Breasts


Why eat out when you can fix something even more delicious at home?

This is a quick, easy and tasty recipe for chicken with the flavors of Europe!

Tuscan Chicken Breasts
Serves 4
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped onion*
1 cup each chopped yellow and red bell pepper*
1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breast fillets
1 (13 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes, drained
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Hot cooked pasta
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
*Save time and buy these pre-chopped veggies from the salad bar!

Directions:
In a large skillet, sauté the onion and peppers in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic and cook until veggies are done.

Flatten chicken to a ½-inch thickness. Place on top of the cooked vegetables. Add the canned tomatoes, broth, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken juices run clear.

Serve with sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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