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Product Talk: Think Thin® Oatmeal

Think Thin® Oatmeal cups have become a morning staple in my house.

My younger son, a high school cross country runner, wanted to swap out his previous breakfast favorite with something healthier.

“Do you like oatmeal?” I asked him. “I’m not really sure, but I’ll try it,” he said.
This is a kid I couldn’t even get to eat cold breakfast cereals, so I was a little dubious that he’d take a liking to oatmeal.

Thanks to Think Thin®, it’s now his favorite.

Think Thin® Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal keeps him full all morning and provides vital fuel for running and recovery. Think Thin® Hot Oatmeal is available in microwaveable bowls, which makes it super easy for him to prepare after practice.

Each cup contains about 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and about 190 calories.
His favorite flavor is the Farmer’s Market Berry Crumble, but there’s also Honey Peanut Butter, Banana Bread, Island Coconut and Apple Spice.

It’s a great way to start the day!

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Product Talk – Back to School with Brookshire’s

Whether we like it or not, August is here, and school starting dates are looming!

I always have mixed feelings this month because summers are glorious with few schedules, more swimming, late nights and later mornings. However, I also love back-to-school and all the potential it brings for a great year of growth and learning. Plus, I really love school supplies.

You can get so many of your back-to-school needs fulfilled at Brookshire’s. They have an assortment of lunch kits in different styles and all the accessories to go with them. Do you want an insulated bag? Brookshire’s has them. Do you want more of a bento box style? They have those, too. Brookshire’s has ice packs to help keep your lunches cooler, as well as insulated cups and mugs to bring your favorite lunchtime beverage to school and keep it cool. They also have containers for your sandwiches, fruits, snacks and anything else you can imagine for lunch.

Not only can Brookshire’s hook you up for lunchtime, but also head over to the school supply aisle for pens, paper, tablets, markers, poster board and sticky notes.

Of course, they have bottled water, snacks, treats, breads, meats, cheese slices, peanut butter and all kinds of jellies, protein bars, fruits, veggies and everything else you’ll need for your school lunches and snacks.

Start the school year off strong at Brookshire’s!

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Product Talk – Ball Park Fully Cooked Beef Patties

You know them for their delicious hot dogs, but did you know that Ball Park® also makes a line of refrigerated or frozen all-beef patties, ready to slap on the grill?

Made with 100-percent beef, these preformed patties pack 13 grams of protein, contain no by-products or fillers, and have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

You can prepare these in the microwave, the skillet or on the grill.

These patties come in all-beef; steakhouse beef; beef & onion; and beef, cheese & bacon.

Cheesy Pasta & Bacon Burger
Recipe from Ball Park®

4 Ball Park® Fully Cooked Beef Patties
4 brioche buns, toasted
2 cups elbow pasta, cooked
1 cup cheese sauce
4 slices bacon, cooked
1/2 cup garlic mayonnaise


Prepare the patties the way you like them. Stir up the cooked pasta in the cheese sauce until combined. Put it all together! Spread the garlic mayonnaise on the toasted buns. Layer the bacon and cheesy pasta on the patties.

Serves 4
Per Serving:
Calories: 870, Fat: 42 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 162 mg, Sodium: 1426 mg, Carbohydrates: 66 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 54 g.


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Product Talk: Savory Table

Occasionally, I’ll hit a bump in the menu-planning road when nothing I do, no amount of time spent on Pinterest, no number of magazine pages I flip through or cookbooks I read give me inspiration for meals.

It just happens.

It happened last week when I was grocery shopping, when I realized that it was too hot to turn the oven on for the pork tenderloin roast I’d planned. I didn’t really have enough time left for the size of the roast I wanted to buy. What’s that quote about failure to plan?

Luckily, I was standing in the refrigerated meat section of Brookshire’s when this revelation occurred. Low and behold, what was RIGHT in front of me, but Savory Table-prepared items.

I quickly grabbed Steak & Vegetable Kebabs AND Chicken & Vegetable Kebabs, skewers already assembled with thick chunks of meat alternating with colorful cuts of vegetables. Right next to them were Bacon-Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes that we could have for a side dish. As if that wasn’t a complete meal, then I saw the Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos Stuffed with Cream Cheese.

I ended up preparing the entire meal on the grill, from appetizers to main course and side dish, without having to heat my kitchen or spend any time at all prepping or cleaning up.

That made meal-planning a lot less stressful, at least for one day.

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Product Talk: Canary Melon

Canary MelonDon’t let the name fool you: the canary, or “winter,” melon is in peak season at your local Brookshire’s right now.

Distinguishable by it’s bright yellow color, oval shape and corrugated rind, the canary melon is in season from spring until fall, peaking in mid-summer.

Its flesh is firm and juicy and a pale color, similar to a pear. The innermost part will be a blush color with seeds. Weighing 4 to 5 pounds each, they are ripe and ready to eat when there is no more green left on the bright yellow exterior.

Canary melons are high in vitamins A and C, and they have an abundance of fiber. They are also very low in calories: just 25 per half-cup. To store, keep uncut melons at room temperature until fully ripe. Then, refrigerate for up to five days. Refrigerate the cut melon in a covered container for up to three days.

Eat a canary melon as you would a cantaloupe, by slicing it into wedges, removing the inner seeds and pith, and scooping out the pale flesh to slice or cube. Do not eat the bright yellow rinds.

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Product Talk: Community® Porch Breeze™ Black Tea Bags

Nothing says “summer” to me like a tall, cool glass of iced tea.

My mom used to keep a pitcher in the refrigerator all summer long. It was a harvest gold Tupperware® pitcher with a lid that you had to spin to make sure the perforated edge was aligned with the pour spout. I’m pretty sure she still has it.

Because she made unsweetened tea (which is still my favorite…yes, yes, it is), we were allowed to have as much as we wanted, and I’m pretty sure we went through at least a pitcher a day, probably more.

Community®, who you probably know for roasting delicious coffee, is now offering tea bags, too.

I love their Porch Breeze™ Black Tea, which you can use for making hot or cold tea.

Community also offers Decaf, Signature Iced Tea Blend and Green Tea (which is also crisp, bright and refreshing).

It’s so easy to brew your own tea at home with Community tea bags. Simply boil fresh, cold water. Steep the tea bags in the water until the tea reaches desired strength (I leave mine in forever, like 30 minutes), and chill.

Now, I also have a plastic pitcher in my refrigerator all summer, except mine is clear with a red lid. It’s still unsweetened, and it’s still delicious because it’s Community, of course.

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Product Talk: Van Camp’s Baked Beans

Baked BeansSummer is the season of cookouts and outdoor eating, and one of my favorite things from childhood summer soirees was the baked beans.

Little did I know they were so easy to prepare, and Van Camp’s makes it even easier with a variety of baked beans that are simple to heat and serve.

Van Camp’s® Baked Beans come in three flavors: Original, Hickory and Bacon.

Original is full of sweet and savory seasonings. The Hickory is infused with the sweet smoke of hickory wood and bacon. Well, does that really need an explanation?

You can heat these on the stovetop or bake them again in the oven.

The best part is that these are great served hot or at room temperature, and they are a safe, delicious option for your outdoor event this summer.

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Product Talk: Zummo’s Sausages and Boudain

SausageWe are deep in the heart of grill season, and one of my favorite things to grill are Zummo’s sausages and boudain.

I first became acquainted with the products when I lived in Beaumont, in southeast Texas, and actually knew the Zummo family and their dedication to quality products, as well as some of the history behind their family recipes. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Zummo’s Sausages come in so many varieties that you’re sure to find one you love and one that will please a crowd at your summer cookouts. From Old Fashioned Smoked Sausage to Italian Sausage and Jalapeño Cheese Sausage to Party Time Green Onion or Garlic, each has a distinct flavor and is made with high-quality ingredients.

I love the boudain. Boudain is a Cajun favorite that came to be by having to stretch ingredients and use what was on hand in the bayous, so rice was added to the sausage mix. Again, there are many flavors, but be sure to check out the shrimp and crawfish! You’ll be transported to New Orleans by your taste buds.

You can buy these in family and party packs for your bigger meals, or in smaller sizes to meet all of your needs.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s BLAST! Sparkling Waters

Sparkling WaterIt’s still only early June, but as we know in the South, this means that we’re already experiencing the summer heat. With temperatures hitting the 100s, it’s important to stay hydrated.

I love anything that helps me stay hydrated without having to drink plain water. I also drink my share of that, but I also like to jazz things up. Brookshire’s BLAST! Sparking Water helps me do just that. It’s carbonated, so it’s got a fun fizz to it. It comes in fun, natural flavors.

It’s zero calories, zero caffeine and zero sodium, so it doesn’t detract from your hydration at all.

It comes in 12-packs and 2-liter bottles, and flavors include Key Lime, Pineapple Coconut, Fruit Punch, Pineapple and Grape.

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Product Talk: Mezzetta® Italian Mix Giardiniera

Mezzetta® Italian Mix GiardinieraIn my last blog, I mentioned that I’d been making a lot of charcuterie boards, which are fun for parties, appetizers and even, if you’re like me, an entire meal. Charcuterie is a French word for cured or smoked meats, but you can add anything that you like to the board.

I love adding Mezzetta® Italian Mix Giardiniera, a pickled veggie relish, if you will. The acid from the pickled vegetables complements the fats from the meats and cheeses perfectly to balance off your meal.

Giardiniera is a classic Italian relish made up of an assortment of vegetables. Mezzetta’s veggies are harvested at the height of the season in northern California, and then pickled for use throughout the year.

The typical combination includes carrots, cauliflower, celery, pickles, onions and peppers, and they are pickled in vinegar and sea salt.

This side dish, or topping, is low in fat and sugar, and it is also delicious on sandwiches. It comes in a “hot” variety as well, with peppers added to the mix.

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