Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Family Meal Traditions with Italian Flatbread Pizzas with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
September is Family Meals Month, which is a great time to pause and reflect on what family means to you.  The term “family meals” often brings up images of special holiday occasions and nostalgia about simpler times. But for many, busy schedules have gotten in the way of making family meals a regular habit.  
Making family meals a priority has more power than you could ever realize.  Connecting as a family around a shared meal or snack creates a pause in the day where the rest of the world is suddenly less important than the connections within that family unit.  Creating a family meal ritual that is predictable and free of distractions is a wonderful way to share delicious food and make memories.  Researchers have found time and time again that families who regularly share meals enjoy many surprising benefits such as lower chance of risky or harmful behaviors in adolescents and better health outcomes for everyone in the family.  
For every family, there are many unique ways that family meals can be made a greater priority. In my family, my girls love to come through the kitchen and grab a taste of things I’m working on prepping.  My two and four year olds also love to help with any cooking tasks they can do safely, and they are getting more competent in the kitchen every time they do.  Almost every day, we sit down together as a family for dinner.  At times, meals with toddlers can be stressful, but because they know what to expect most family meals are pleasant and full of laughter and sweet conversation. My girls love visiting our neighborhood Brookshire Brothers store and helping shop for ingredients, how different foods taste, and discussing what we will be eating that week.  
Try some of these simple ideas to help enrich your own special family meal traditions: 
      • Choose one day a week to always cook and eat together as a family.  Getting your kids involved in cooking is a great way to encourage adventurous and eager eaters.  Give your special meal day a memorable such as “Tasty Tuesday” or “Family Dinner Thursday.” 
      • Involve kids in the process of meal planning and shopping at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. 
      • Set goals that work with your schedule.  Based on your schedule, aim to eat particular meals or snacks together for certain meals and days of the week.  
      • Keep the family table distraction-free without technology or reading materials to keep the focus on conversation.
      • Use conversation starter tools or games to help make conversation more exciting and fun.  
      • Plan a special baking project once a month to do with your kids, and enjoy a treat!  
      • Start an after dinner routine of taking a walk or a bike ride after a family dinner to really enrich and make the most of family time.  
      • If you’re children are older, assign certain meals or dishes completely to them, and take the backseat to help them as their sous chef rather than always being in charge of every meal.
      • If evening schedules are busy, try to make breakfast, lunch, or snack time a family meal opportunity whenever possible.  
      • Even if a meal isn’t home-cooked, it can still be enjoyed together.  Try the Brookshire Brothers Deli or some of the frozen or fresh-prepared options in your neighborhood store for easy family dinners.  
Need a fun family dinner idea to help you get started?  Try these tasty flatbread “pizzas” that are fun and easy to assemble with helpers of all ages.  
Flatbread Pizzas with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Italian Flatbread Pizzas with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients
      • 4 Stonefire Naan Flatbreads of desired size, or another type of pita or flatbread
      • 1/2 cup pre-made basil pesto
      • 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, drained if packed in oil
      • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
      • Salt and pepper to taste
Optional additional toppings:
      • Fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
      • Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
      • Fresh parsley or basil, roughly chopped or torn
      • Balsamic vinegar, thicker varieties work best
      • Extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions:
      • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
      • Position oven rack in middle of the oven.  
      • To assemble flatbreads, spread basil pesto on each bread, sprinkle sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella on top. 
      • Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
      • Add any optional ingredients of fresh mozzarella or cherry tomatoes as desired.  
      • Bake flatbreads for 9-11 minutes, until cheese is melted and they are heated through and slightly brown on the edges.  
      • After removing from oven, sprinkle optional fresh herbs over flatbreads, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  
      • Serve with a simple garden salad.  
Bon appetit!
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Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.
Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Roast Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Mint Salad
I love a simple roast chicken recipe that can be left in the fridge to marinade overnight and popped in the oven the next day for an easy entrée. Plus, while the chicken is cooking, you can easily use the extra time to whip up some side dishes and enjoy the smells wafting around the kitchen. This particular Jerk Chicken recipe is Caribbean inspired, but the marinade can be made with common pantry staples. Moreover, you can tame this dish down or make it extra hot, all by just adjusting the amount of spicy pepper added to the marinade. Depending on your preferences, you can either remove or leave the spiciest part of the pepper—the ribs and the seeds—before blending it into the marinade. Removing these parts will make the marinade less spicy; leaving them will be more spicy. Be sure to wear gloves when handling spicy peppers! 
 
Serve with a simple side of steamed rice, spooning the pan drippings over the rice for flavor.  The pineapple mint side salad is not to be missed, and it can be easily pulled together while the chicken is roasting. 
 
So set sail with your taste buds to the Caribbean this week with this easy, flavorful, and healthy dinner. 
 

Roast Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Mint Salad

Roast Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Mint Salad

Ingredients
Chicken and Marinade
      • ½ cup chopped white or yellow onion
      • 5 scallions, trimmed and roughly chopped
      • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
      • 1 (1-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled (or may substitute 1 teaspoon dried ginger)
      • 1 habanero chile (to taste, see note above)
      • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
      • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt
      • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice (or 3 teaspoons whole allspice)
      • 1 teaspoon black pepper
      • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
      • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (or ½ teaspoon whole cloves)
      • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
      • 2 teaspoons regular molasses
      • 1 ¼ cups extra virgin olive oil
      • 1 4-pound chicken, cut into pieces (or 4 pounds of desired chicken pieces, bones in and skin on)
      • Lime wedges for serving
Pineapple Mint Salad
      • 1 (3-pound) fresh pineapple, trimmed and chopped into bite sized pieces
      • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1 teaspoon coarse, flaky, or Kosher salt (or ½ teaspoon regular table salt)
      • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh mint
      • 2 scallions, trimmed and sliced thin
Directions
To prepare marinade:
      • Blend all ingredients except chicken and lime wedges in a blender or food processor until well blended and smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 
      • Transfer chicken and marinade to a gallon-sized zipper lock bag and seal the bag, pressing out any excess air.
      • Toss chicken inside the bag several times to coat well.
      • Place in the refrigerator for least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. 
To cook chicken:
      • If time allows, remove chicken from refrigerator for up to 1 hour before cooking. 
      • Preheat oven to 425F and place oven rack in middle position. 
      • Arrange chicken pieces in a 9x13 casserole dish or a baking pan with the skin side up and drizzle marinade over the pieces to coat.
      • Roast the chicken for 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees or dark meat reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees.
      • Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving, spooning pan drippings over the chicken.
      • Serve with steamed rice and pineapple side salad.   
To prepare pineapple mint salad:
      • Remove mint leaves from stems and coarsely chop.
      • Toss all ingredients together. 
      • Serve with roasted chicken. 
Recipe adapted from The Perfectly Roasted Chicken by Mindy Fox.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.

 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Delightful Watermelon Treats
Watermelon. I don’t think one word conjures up images of hot summer days quite like that one.  Watermelon is one of the most versatile, well-loved, and affordable fruits at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. Even better, watermelon is a nutrition workhorse, perfect for anyone’s diet. And at only 90 calories and 22 grams of net carbs per two cups, it is the perfect un-guilty pleasure.
 
Watermelon is loaded with vitamin C, nearly all the B vitamins, and difficult-to-get-enough-of minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium. Watermelon makes a great workout recovery drink, plus it is exceptionally hydrating on a hot summer day with a makeup of 92% water. It has a perfect balance of natural carbohydrates, electrolytes, and even some proteins that can be helpful for recovery from strenuous activity while also preventing dehydration.
 
One watermelon can feed a crowd, and every part of the watermelon can be consumed with some preparation—even the rinds and the seeds! Although simple slices and chunks are the most popular ways to get a watermelon fix, watermelon is actually incredibly versatile with recipes spanning from breakfast time to dinner time, and everything in between.  For an amazing compilation of recipe ideas and even more delicious watermelon information, check out Watermelon.org for inspiration—including these three recipes below!
 

Fresh Mozarella Salad on a plate

Fruity Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients
      • 2 cups seeded small watermelon balls
      • 2 cups fresh mozzarella pieces
      • 1 cup chopped fresh basil (purple or green)
      • Bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
      • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
      • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
      • Dash balsamic vinegar as desired
 
Directions
      • Toss together the watermelon, mozzarella, basil, scallions and oil.
      • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • Serve over a bed of baby greens with crostini on the sides.
      • Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over if desired.

 Watermelon Dippers

Watermelon Dippers
Ingredients
      • 8 ounces sour cream
      • 4 tablespoons sugar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 serving watermelon stix or small wedges
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Directions
      • Blend together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a small serving bowl.
      • Use as a dip for the watermelon.

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients
      • 1/2 cup lemon juice
      • 2 1/2 cups water
      • 2/3 cups agave syrup
      • 2 cups watermelon chunks
Directions
      • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
      • Serve over ice. 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!
 

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.
 
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious Sides to Serve With Steak

Round out your steak night with these three nutritious dishes from Angela Larson, RD: Roasted Potato Wedges, Roasted Squash, and Grilled Mushrooms. 

Looking for some tasty sides to accompany your special steak dinner? Check out some of my tried-and-true favorites, perfect quick and easy sides that will cook while your steaks are on the grill!

Grilled Button Mushrooms

Mushrooms champignons being cooked on the grill

Ingredients
      • 2 pounds white button mushrooms
      • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
      • Salt and pepper
Instructions
      • Wash mushrooms.
      • Trim stems.
      • Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. 
      • Place on grill gill side down and grill for 6 minutes until charred. 
      • Flip and grill for an additional 4-6 minutes until charred and tender. 
      • Serve.

Roasted Potato Wedges

Notes:  Choose potatoes that are somewhat uniform in size, about four to six inches long. 
Ingredients
      • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
      • 2 pounds Russet potatoes, scrubbed
      • Salt, to taste
Instructions
      • Position oven racks to top and bottom of oven. 
      • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
      • Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper or spray generously with cooking spray. 
      • Prepare potatoes by cutting into 8 even wedges. 
      • Toss potatoes with extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. 
      • Cover baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes on bottom rack. 
      • Remove foil move potatoes to top rack of oven and roast for additional 10-13 minutes until tender and lightly golden brown, rotating pan halfway through cooking time.

Roasted Summer Squash

Ingredients
      • 5-6 medium summer squash - zucchini and/or yellow squash will work (as much as can fit in a single layer on a rimmed sheet pan can be used)
      • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
      • Salt and pepper
      • Optional: freshly grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
      • Position oven racks to top and bottom of oven.
      • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
      • Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper or spray generously with cooking spray. 
      • Prepare squash by washing, drying, and cutting into slices about ¼ inch thick.
      • Place in a single layer on sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.
      • Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
      • Place in oven on bottom rack and cook for 10 minutes.
      • Rotate pan and move to top rack for an additional 10-12 minutes, until tender and starting to brown on bottom. 
      • Turn broiler on high and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until spotty brown on top.
      • Monitor closely to prevent burning.
      • Remove from oven and serve immediately with optional grated parmesan cheese.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!

 

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.

 

Play All Day With Healthy Summer Snacks

30+ Snack Ideas For A Real Fresh, Real Delicious Summer

 
Summer has a certain type of informality to it—lazy days, swimming pools, vacations, and more flexible schedules. However, all the fun and adventure can leave you feeling a bit hungry if you forget to plan ahead. Snacks are to summer like soup is to winter. You need snacks to keep you going through all those long summer days. Let’s run through some of my favorite snack ideas that will keep you refreshed all summer long.
 

A fridge packed full of fruit.Feelin' Fruity?

 
Summer has its very own kind of special bounty for us all to enjoy. In summer, fresh seasonal fruit is some of the most varied and abundant of the entire year. A favorite local option is the Texas blueberry. They are fresh, plump, and out-of-this-world delicious. If I’m in need of a more filling snack, I throw some blueberries in a bowl of delicious plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey. Don’t let blueberries steal all of the berry spotlight though; blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries are awesome and nutritious treats too.
 
There’s more to this season than just berries though! This is the time for cherries, peaches, and—the true summer classic—watermelon. Start searching through the watermelon display at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers in search of the perfect selection! Whether you thump, spank, or sing to the watermelon to help you choose just the right one, one thing’s for sure—you’ll definitely enjoy that first bite of sweet and juicy watermelon on a hot day. Tropical fruits like sweet golden mangos, fresh pineapple, and kiwi are another fantastic option to shake up your fruit routine or to add into a colorful fruit salad.
 
Did you know strawberries are a good source for vitamin C and blackberries are full of folate? Read more about the nutrition in summer fruit here!
 

A halfway peeled banana with a spoonful of peanut butterSomething a Little More Savory

 
Need a quick and simple snack that’s more filling than just fruit? Try adding nut butter to your fruit for some rib-sticking power in your snack. Bananas and apples are tried-and-true favorites that pair up beautifully with nut butters. The most popular nut butter is peanut butter, but almond and cashew butter products are a delicious—and nutritious—way to change things up. 
 
Popcorn is another classic snacking choice for a crunchy and salty treat. There are plenty of ready-to-eat options available in a variety of flavors, or you can do it the old-fashioned way and make plain popcorn at home with a drizzle of melted butter and a sprinkle of salt.
 
Dips like hummus, guacamole, or salsa are also excellent snacking options, especially for summer gatherings. Just grab chips, crackers, pita or fresh veggies for dipping. Whether you choose homemade or pre-made, everything you need to make it happen is waiting for you at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers.
 
For a less traditional snacking option, why not give homemade kale chips a shot?  It’s as easy as washing a bunch of kale, tossing them in olive oil, salt and pepper, and putting them in the oven on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes until crispy but not browned.
 

Lower-Carb & Protein Packed

 
Nuts and seeds are a quick and easy, low-carb option for snacking that also gives a shot of protein and healthy fat. The more variety, the better since all the different nuts and seeds have different special nutritional qualities. Try walnuts for omega-3, almonds for vitamin E, brazil nuts for selenium, and pumpkin seeds for iron and magnesium.
 
Looking for a high protein snack to stay full longer? Try cottage cheese! Did you know that cottage cheese is even higher in protein per serving than Greek yogurt?  Try it plain, with fruit, or even savory-style with salt and pepper. Kefir smoothies are another favorite dairy-based snack option in my house. Similar to yogurt-based smoothies, kefire smoothies are packed with healthy live probiotic cultures. Lastly, don't forget beef jerky! This perfectly portable, high-proteins nack is available at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers in plenty of flavors to keep you satisfied.
 
Need some snacking inspiration?  Try this family favorite homemade salsa recipe, made with summer’s freshest ripe tomatoes.
 
Fresh Homemade Salsa  w/ chips
 

Fresh Homemade Salsa

 *Adapted from Cook’s Country
 
Ingredients:
      • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, and chopped medium
      • 2 teaspoons salt
      • ½ small red onion, chopped fine
      • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
      • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
      • ¾ teaspoon cumin powder
      • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions:

      • Combine tomatoes with salt. 
      • Place tomatoes in strainer set over bowl and let drain 30 minutes.Discard liquid.
      • Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in medium bowl.
      • Combine drained tomatoes with remaining ingredients.
      • Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour for flavors to combine (if you can wait that long!)
      • Serve with chips for dipping.  
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!
 

 

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.
 
 
 
Just for Mom: French Toast

Real Fresh, Real Delicious Mother's Day Breakfast 

 
Impress mom with a little something extra special this Mother’s Day—breakfast in bed! This French toast recipe is perfect for showering Mom with love and attention; it’s easy to pull together, quick to clean up, and delicious to dive into.
 

Mother's Day French Toast

Fruit and maple syrup covered French Toast

Ingredients:
      • 8 large slices hearty white sandwich bread
      • 1 ½ cups whole milk, warmed
      • 3 large egg yolks
      • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
      • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (plus additional butter for cooking)
      • ¼ teaspoon table salt
      • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
      • Maple syrup for serving
      • Optional: Fresh fruit for serving. Try sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries.
Instructions:
      • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees.
      • Place bread on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet.
      • Bake bread until almost dry throughout (center should remain slightly moist), about 16 minutes, flipping slices halfway through cooking.
      • Remove bread from rack and let cool 5 minutes.
      • Return baking sheet with wire rack to oven and reduce temperature to 200 degrees for keeping cooked French toast warm. 
      • Whisk milk, yolks, sugar, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt, and vanilla in large bowl until well blended.
      • Transfer mixture to 13- by 9-inch baking pan.
      • Soak bread in milk mixture until saturated but not falling apart, 20 seconds per side.
      • Using slotted spatula, pick up bread slice and allow excess milk mixture to drip off; repeat with remaining slices.
      • Heat ½ tablespoon butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat.
      • When foaming subsides, use slotted spatula to transfer 2 slices soaked bread to skillet and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
      • Flip and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes longer. 
      • Adjust temperature as needed if cooking too quickly.
      • Transfer to baking sheet in oven to keep warm.
      • Wipe out skillet with paper towels.
      • Repeat cooking with remaining bread, 2 pieces at a time, adding ½ tablespoon of butter for each batch.
      • Serve warm, passing maple syrup separately and fresh fruit on top, as desired. 
(If using an electric griddle, set temperature to about 350 degrees and add 2-3 minutes per side for cooking time)
 
Tip:  Warm milk and butter in microwave together until just long enough to melt the butter, about 45-60 seconds. 
 
Serve with fresh coffee or juice plus a side of fresh fruit to the complete the meal. Make breakfast even more beautiful with fresh flowers and a card from your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. Your mom will be blown away by your thoughtfulness and your attention to detail. And don’t forget to do the dishes! Happy Mother’s Day!
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get cookin' today! 
 

Angela LarsonAngela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 

Lemony Roasted Artichoke Dip

Real Fresh, Real Delicious Graduation Party Dish

 
Looking for some delectable and easy ideas to celebrate your graduate? Graduation parties are the ultimate finger food feasts. Everyone loves a fresh hot dip from the oven paired with the usual dipping suspects like chips, crackers, salsa, guacamole, and hummus. Try this Lemony Roasted Artichoke Dip recipe that can be prepared up to three days in advance and thrown in the oven just before the guests arrive; it's a grade-A favorite that leaves everyone fighting over the last bite.
 
Bowl of lemony artichoke dip

Lemony Roasted Artichoke Dip

(Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated – Serves 10 to 12)

INGREDIENTS
For the topping:
      • 2 slices white sandwich bread, quartered
      • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
      • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
For the dip:
      • 2 (9-ounce) boxes frozen artichokes (unthawed)
      • 1 tablespoon olive oil
      • Salt and pepper
      • 1 onion, diced
      • 1 cup mayonnaise
      • 4 oz cream cheese, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
      • ½ cup grated Parmesan
      • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
      • Pinch of cayenne powder
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DIRECTIONS
For the topping:
      • Pulse the bread in a food processor to coarse crumbs, about 6 pulses.
      • Toss the bread crumbs with the Parmesan and butter.
      • Set aside.
For the dip:
      • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees.
      • Line a baking sheet with foil.
      • Toss the artichokes with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and spread out over the prepared baking sheet.
      • Roast the artichokes, stirring occasionally, until browned at the edges, about 25 minutes.
      • Let the artichokes cool and then chop coarsely.
      • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until just shimmering.
      • Add the onion and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
      • Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
      • Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
      • Stir the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Parmesan, lemon juice, thyme, and cayenne into the onion mixture until uniform, smearing any lumps of cream cheese against the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
      • Gently fold in the chopped artichokes and season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
      • Transfer the mixture to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and smooth the top.
      • Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the top.
STORAGE TIP
      • Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
SERVING TIPS
      • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees.
      • Unwrap the dip and bake, uncovered, until hot throughout and the bread crumbs are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
      • Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Need some other ideas to round out your party menu? Don’t forget all the amazing options available at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers, including fresh fruit and veggie platters, graduation cakes, chips, and drinks! 
 
Here’s to the graduates! Let’s celebrate with real fresh, real delicious food!
 
More delightful dips for your end of school get together:
 
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get cookin' today! 

 

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 

Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Crawfish Boil

17 Pro Tips, Creative Fixins, Nutritional Fun Facts & More

 
Crawfish season is here! I love that a crawfish boil brings people together in an old-fashioned "food ritual” where everyone participates in the cooking before joining together to eat. The community part of it is almost as much fun as the eating!
 
My husband is from south Louisiana, and he can work through a pile of crawfish in short order. PRO TIP: For veteran crawfish eaters, plan for 4-5 pounds of live crawfish per person. For crawfish-eating amateurs, estimated 2-3 pounds and have plenty of fixins for filling tummies. 
 
A graphic feature with a blue-brick background as well as crawfish and fixins pictured in the corners. The text reads "Live Louisiana Crawfish. Bring on the boil!"
See your local Brookshire Brothers about ordering live Louisiana crawfish!
 
While eating crawfish is mostly about having fun, they're pretty nutritious too! DID YOU KNOW these little critters are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals? Specifically, mudbugs provide B vitamins, folate, vitamin E, and other minerals such as selenium (an antioxidant mineral).
 
Getting creative with the “fixins” can be a wonderful way to make the meal more filling, delicious, colorful, and nutritious. The boiling liquid makes a tasty “stock” that can be used to flavorfully cook a variety of sides. Mesh bags are available for keeping veggies and other sides separated from the crawfish in the boil. Some pros use frozen corn to help cool the water down and allow the crawfish to cook gently.
 
Need some inspiration for the fixins? Try some of these options for a fun and festive crawfish feast. Just remember to add sturdier sides with potatoes at the beginning of the boil and add more delicate veggies later in the cooking process.
 A southern crawfish boil with potatoes, sausage, corn, and other fixins in a large pot.
    • Sausage, especially smoked or andouille varieties
    • Potatoes
    • Garlic bulbs, cut in half
    • Corn on the cob
    • Onions, sliced in half
    • Celery
    • Lemons, cut in half
    • Asparagus
    • Mushrooms
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli
    • Fresh green beans
    • Carrots
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Let the good times roll! Or, as the Louisiana French migh say "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"
 

First crawfish boil? Here is everything you need to know!

 
Cooking crawfish is an art with many questions: How long do you boil crawfish? How much water do you need? How many pounds of crawfish do you need per person? We're here to help with this guide featuring the Nothing to Mix – Just Pour and Boil recipe from our vendor partner Louisiana Fish FryWith just the right amount of the finest garlic, onion, paprika, and lemon, this powdered boil guarantees a perfect result every time.
 
Before you begin, keep your crawfish fresh in a cooler full of ice. When you're ready to start cooking, rinse them with fresh water.
 
A 16oz packet of Louisiana Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp, & Crab Boil SeasoningDIRECTIONS
  • Fill a large pot with enough water to cover seafood. We recommend cooking (and eating) outside using a 19-quart stockpot with an interior basket; alternatively, you can cook smaller batches on the stovetop instead.
  • Add LA Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil and any other fixins. Stir well and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Add crawfish. Return to a rolling boil, and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Turn fire or stove off and let the crawfish soak for 15-25 minutes. NOTE: The longer seafood soaks, the spicier it will be.
  • Serve drained crawfish & fixins over a large table covered in newspapers. Keep paper towels handy and use an extra plate or bucket to dispose of the shells.
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Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 

 
One Chicken, Three Easy Meals

Real Fresh, Real Delicious, and Real Satisfying

 
Need some meal ideas that are protein-rich, veggie-packed, quick-n-portable, and top-of-the-line DELICIOUS? With one roast chicken, you can make all three of these healthy dishes below. Pick up a tasty rotiserrie chicken from your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers or make time over the weekend to slow roast a chicken yourself. From there, try one (or all three) of these crowdpleasing variations for an easy lunch or a no-fuss dinner.
 
Get even more meal mileage out of your chicken with this thrifty and delicious idea: save the chicken bones and scraps (before and after roasting) and add them to a crockpot with water to cover and simmer on low for 24 hours. The result? Real fresh, real delicious chicken bone broth for a soup later in the week!
 
Someone carving a delicious roast chicken
 

Slow-Roasted Extra Juicy Whole Chicken

Note: I used red pepper flakes and fennel seeds for a hint of spice and an herby flavor, but it tastes great with just salt and pepper or any spice mix of your choosing.
 
Ingredients
1 whole chicken, giblets removed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
(Optional) ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
(Optional) 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
 

Feeling adventurous? Here are three more takes on roast chickenMediterranean Roast Chicken with Green Olives, Fennel Seeds, and Thyme, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Jalapeño Sauce, Balsamic Roast Chicken and Potatoes

 
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rub chicken all over with extra virgin olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on added seasoning, as desired.
  • Roast, breast side up for 70-90 minutes, until breast registers 160 degrees on a thermometer.
  • Let cool and shred meat. Shredded meat may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

A coconut wrap filled with veggies and turkeyDouble Protein Veggie Wrapper’s Delight

Ingredients
Wraps, such as tortilla, pita, etc. (I used coconut wraps for a grain-free option)
Turkey slices
Guacamole (I love the single serving cups for individual wraps)
Spring mix lettuce
Shredded carrots or broccoli carrot slaw
Sugar snap peas, split in half
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Shredded chicken pieces
Salad dressing (as desired)
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
Directions
  • Assemble wraps by placing turkey on top of wrap following by guacamole, lettuce, shredded carrots, snap peas, shredded chicken, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with salad dressing if desired.
  • Roll up and take a walk while you eat!

Garden Salad with Shredded Chicken and Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients
Spring mix lettuce or baby spinach
Cherry tomatoes
Shredded carrots
Fresh broccoli cut into small pieces
Shredded chicken
Pine nuts, slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, or chopped pecans
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
 
For another option, check out this Crunchy Asian Chopped Salad recipe previously featured in "Cooking with Kate: Take the Labor Out of Labor Day, PART II"
 
Directions
    • Assemble salad with lettuce and vegetables, topping with chicken and nuts, as desired. Add black pepper to salad as desired.
    • To prepare dressing, add equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil to a mason jar with a pinch of salt, seal tightly with lid and shake until emulsified.
    • Drizzle salad with dressing and serve.

A delicious looking plate of chicken salad on lettuceSweet and Crunchy Chicken Salad

Ingredients
Shredded chicken, chopped fine
Golden raisins
Dates, pitted and chopped
Pecans, toasted and chopped fine
Mayonnaise
Applesauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
Lettuce, tortillas, bread, or other wrap for serving
 
Directions
Mix shredded chicken, golden raisins, dates, and pecans in a bowl (proportioned as desired).
Add mayonnaise and a spoon full of applesauce for sweetness and stir until desired consistency is achieved.
Serve.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get cookin' today! 
 

 

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 

 
Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese BBQ Flatbread Pizza

Real Fresh, Real Delicious Game Day Food

 
Looking for the perfect crowd-pleaser that looks fancy, tastes delicious, and comes together in a snap? These flavorful little flatbreads are the answer to your watch party prayers! They're also a great, kid-friendly option for a quick dinner on busy nights, and they can be customized to your heart's delight.
 
For the flatbread, check out the bakery section of your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. I use Stonefire Tandoori Naan flatbreads for the pizza crust, but any kind of pita flatbread would work. For little pizzas, look for the smaller-sized flatbread or just cut the regular-sized bread into bite-sized pieces. Kick up the nutritional value another notch by using naan that's whole wheat!
 
Read more: No time? No problem. Check out the party trays from our deli.
 

Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese BBQ Flatbread Pizza 

A prepared shot of the Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese BBQ Flatbread Pizza before it goes into the oven.

 
INGREDIENTS
Naan, Pita, or any other flatbread in desired size
Barbecue Sauce
Shredded cheese (I use cheddar)
Celery, chopped fine
Chicken, cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces (rotisserie chicken works well or some chicken breasts that have been fully cooked)
Frank's Original Hot Sauce (or other favorite wing sauce)
Blue Cheese Crumbles
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
DIRECTIONS 
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Toss cooked chicken in Frank's hot sauce until coated.  
  • Assemble pizzas by spreading barbecue sauce on the flatbread, sprinkling evenly with shredded cheese and celery, and topping with chicken and blue cheese. 
  • Place pizzas on baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes until warmed through and cheese is melted.  Serve warm, drizzling with additional hot sauce as desired.
 More easy & epic crowd pleasers:
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Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
 

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