Cinco de Mayo Fast Feast: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful way to bring together people, food, and culture in a celebration of Mexican heritage. This weekend, round up all your best amigos and try out this slow-cooker spin on a fiesta favorite—fajitas! Easy-to-make and delicious, these Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo menu.
 
PLUS: No party is complete without a real fresh, real delicious Orange-Lime Margarita.
 
Chicken Fajitas with a lime
 

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:
      • 1.5 lbs Mama Julia's Marinated Chicken Fajitas
      • 1 green bell pepper*
      • 1 yellow bell pepper*
      • 1 red bell pepper*
      • 1 small onion*
      • 1 package of Fresh Harvest Flour Tortillas (10 ct)

*In a hurry? Pick up a package of fresh, pre-cut fajita vegetables at your local Brookshire Brothers Brothers!

Toppings:
      • Shredded cheese
      • Sour cream
      • On the Border salsa
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Directions:
      • Slice chicken into 1/4 inch strips.
      • Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
      • Slice up bell peppers and onion, place on top of chicken.
      • Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
      • Serve on tortillas with choice of toppings.

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Fajita Fast Feast for Cinco de Mayo
 

Fast Feast: Buy 1, Get 3 Free

May 1 through May 14, 2019

When you buy one package of Mama Julia Marinated Beef Skirt, Chicken Thighs or Breast Fajitas (1.5 lb), you get 3 items FREE! The best part? You can mix and match your free products, or get three of the same particular product free!
 
1 - On the Border Cafe Style Chips (10-12 oz)
1 - On the Border Salsa (16 oz)
1 - Fresh Harvest Flour Tortillas (10 ct)
 
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Celebrate with Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders
We are full swing into March Madness with everyone filling in their brackets and hosting watch parties. Cheer on your favorite team with these melt-in-your-mouth sliders that are deliciously easy to prepare and ready in 30 minutes or less. BONUS: Keep reading for special savings on King's Hawaiian bread this weekend only!
 
Cheesy Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders on a plate
 

Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders

Ingredients
    • 24 slices of deli honey ham
    • 6 Slices of swiss cheese, cut into fourths
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup butter melted
    • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
    • 2 packages (12 count) KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
Directions
    • Cut rolls in half and spread mayo onto 1 side of the rolls.
    • Place a slice or two of ham and slice of swiss cheese in roll.
    • Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
    • Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops.
    • Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
    • Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp.
    • Serve warm.

*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner King's Hawaiian!

King's Hawaiian Rolls

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Create A Fast Feast With Fish
There is nothing better than a good old fish fry. They bring together friends, family and most of all community. At Brookshire Brothers, we love our community and have put together these recipes for this time-honored season of fish frys and lent. BONUS: Keep reading to find out how you can get most of your fish fry ingredients for FREE with our latest Fast Feast!
Fish filet's and french fries on a plate with cutlery and napkins

Crispy Fish With Louisiana Fish Fry

*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Louisiana Fish Fry
 
Ingredients
    • 3 or 4 lbs of fish or seafood
    • 10 oz of Louisiana Fish Fry
Directions
    • Rinse fish well in ice cold water. Shake off excess water
    • Roll fish in LA Fish Fry Seafood Breading Mix until coated
    • Deep Fry at 350ºF until internal temperature is 145ºF and until golden brown
* Also good on oysters, shrimp, and vegetables.
Bowl of Honey-Mustard Coleslaw with Apples

 

Honey-Mustard Coleslaw With Apples

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 15 min | Yield: 12 servings 
 
*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pilsbury
 
Ingredients
    • 1 bag (16 oz) coleslaw mix (8 cups)
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (8 medium)
    • 2 medium apples, cored and cut into matchstick pieces
    • 1 cup light honey-mustard dressing
Directions
    • In large bowl, toss all ingredients.
    • Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.
Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad In A Bowl
 

Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 1 hr 15 min | Yield: 8 servings 
 
 *Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pilsbury
 
 Ingredients
    • 4 medium tomatoes, each cut into 8 wedges (about 3 cups)
    • 2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
    • 4 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
    • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
 Directions
    • In large glass serving bowl, mix tomatoes, cucumbers and onion.
    • In small bowl, mix all remaining ingredients until blended.
    • Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables; toss to mix.
    • Cover; refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
    • Toss again just before serving. Serve with slotted spoon.
 
 
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March 6 through March 19, 2019
When you buy $15 of Fish or Seafood, you can choose any four of these foods FREE. **NOTE: You can mix and match, or you can get four of the same free item. It's whatever combination you prefer!**
1 - Food Club Ketchup (20 oz)
1 - Food Club Vegetable Oil (48 oz)
1 - Food Club Cooking Spray (6-8 oz)
1 - Louisiana Fish Fry (8.5-10 oz)
1 -Louisiana Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil (16 oz)
1 - Food Club French Fries (24-32 oz)
 
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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)
 
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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. 

 
Savory Slow-Cooked Pot Roast
While we're all about surf and turf for Valentine's Day, a classic pot roast is romantic in its own way as well—tender, comforting, and full of flavor. Treat your special someone to a night of sweet nostalgia with this simple and easy recipe. BONUS: Keep reading to find out how you can get most of the ingredients FREE as well with our latest Fast Feast!
 
A delicious savory slow-cooked pot roast on a dinner plate.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your pot roast needs!
 

Savory Slow-Cooked Pot Roast

Prep: 10 min | Cook: 4 hrs | Yield: 10 servings | 297 calories

*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner McCormick
 

Ingredients

    • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless chuck roast (for the richest taste) or boneless rump roast well-trimmed (for lower fat)
    • 1 1/2 cups cut-up or baby carrots
    • 1 1/2 cups cut-up potatoes 
    • 1 cup cut-up celery 
    • 1 cup cut-up onions 
    • 1 package McCormick Slow Cookers Savory Pot Roast Seasoning*
    • 1 to 1 1/2 cup water or beef broth

*Possible substitution:

    • 2 (10.75-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
    • 1 (1-ounce) packet dry onion soup mix
 Serve with canned veggies, brown-n-serve rolls, and/or any other sides you enjoy! 
 

Directions 

  • Place beef and vegetables in slow cooker.
  • Mix pot roast seasoning mix and water (or broth) until blended. Pour over beef and vegetables. Cover. You can substitute the seasoning mix with the condensed soups and onion soup mix listed above. For this version, combine the condensed soups, onion soup mix, and water or broth. Follow all other directions as stated.
  • Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Remove roast and vegetables to serving platter. Stir sauce before serving.

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Fast Feast: Buy 1, CHOOSE ANY 4 FREE

February 13 through February 26, 2019
 
When you buy one (1) Beef or Pork Roast (3.5 lbs or more, your choice), you can choose any four of these foods FREE. **NOTE: You can mix and match, or you can get four of the same free item. It's whatever combination you prefer!**
 
1 - Food Club Canned Vegetables (14.5-15.25 oz, select varieties)
1 - McCormick Slow Cookers Pot Roast Seasoning Mix (1.3 oz)
1 - Food Club Broth (14.5 oz, Beef or Chicken)
1 - Food Club Onion Soup Mix (2 oz)
1 - Fresh Harvest or Oven Pride Brown 'n Serve Rolls (10 oz)
1 - Baby Peeled Carrots (2 lb bag)
1 - Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Aluminum Pan (1-3 pk)
 
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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
 
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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. 
 
 
Cheezy Does It Chicken Spaghetti
With the weather turning chilly, Chicken Spaghetti is officially on the menu. This go-to comfort food is easy-peasy and great for all occasions, whether you're gearing up for championship football games, preparing for a friendly potluck, or just putting together a quick family dinner.
 
A cute little boy eating chicken spaghetti at home
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your chicken spaghetti needs!
 

Cheezy Does It Chicken Spaghetti

Yield: 8 servings, 1 cup each
 

Ingredients

8 oz Food Club spaghetti, uncooked
8 oz Food Club Cheezy Does It Loaf, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (10oz) Food Club Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
2 tablespoons milk
1 lb. Tyson Boneless SKinless Chicken Breast or Tenderloins, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 can (10.5oz) Food Club Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can (4oz) mushroom pieces and stems, drained
 
Serve with Food Club Garlic Breadsticks or Toast and any other sides you enjoy! 
 

Directions 

    • Preheat your oven to 350*F.
    • Cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt.
    • Meanwhile, cook and stir chicken in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 8 to 10 min. or until done. Add remaining ingredients; cook and stir 5 min. or until Cheezy Does It Loaf is completely melted and mixture is well blended.
    • Drain spaghetti. Add to chicken mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into 9-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray.
    • Bake 30 to 35 min. or until heated through.

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Fast Feast Jan 16 - Jan 29, 2019
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Fast Feast: Buy 2, GET 5 FREE

January 16 through January 29, 2019
 
When you buy one (1) Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Tenderloins (Sold in a 2.5lb bag) and one (1) Food Club Cheezy Does It Loaf (32 oz), you get these foods FREE:
 
1 - Food Club Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (10oz)
2 - Food Club Cream Soups (10.5 oz)
1 - Food Club Pasta (12-16 oz)
1 - Food Club Garlic Breadsticks or Toast (10.5-11.25oz)
 
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No-Fuss Side Dishes (Plus a Fun Dessert!)
I love Thanksgiving-style sides so much that I cook them year-round. Why not? Everyone needs healthy, delicious, no-fuss side dishes that can please the whole family. As you’ll soon see, oven roasting is my absolute favorite way to prepare any vegetable. It can bring out their magical qualities enough to lure even the wariest eaters to the table. Even better, roasting veggies means I can toss them in a hot oven while I’m working on something else. A giant piece of foil on the sheet pan makes clean-up a cinch too.
 
So, here’s the run-down on my family’s go-to Thanksgiving sides (plus a special dessert).
 

Roasted Veggies

Roast your green beans instead of casserolizing them this year (“casserolizing” is my new word contribution to English language—you’re welcome). If you prefer another veggie over green beans (Brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc.), this roasting recipe will still do the trick; your choice greens will come out of the oven spotty brown with a few crisp edges. Yum. Top the roasted vegetables with a little chopped bacon (cooked) or a sprinkle of cheese, and you’ll be in side dish heaven. 
This is more of a method than an exact recipe, so have fun with it and enjoy!
 
A bowl of roasted Brussels sprouts
 
INGREDIENTS
    • Brussels sprouts, fresh green beans, or asparagus—trimmed and washed (amount can vary based on needs but it should still be able to fit in a single layer on a large sheet pan)
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Optional toppings: chopped pecans or walnuts, parmesan cheese, chopped cooked bacon
DIRECTIONS
    • Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Cover a large sheet pan with heavy-duty foil. 
    • Take prepped veggies and place them on the sheet pan with a good drizzle of olive oil for a light coating. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add other seasonings and spices as desired.
    • Place veggies in the oven and roast for about 20-25 minutes. 
    • Optional (if you’d like them to be even more browned): Before removing from the oven, turn the broiler on high and place on top rack for a minute or two. Watch closely as they turn even more spotty brown and caramelized. 
    • Top with any other optional toppings and serve immediately. 
Pro Tip: Sometimes it works best to place veggies on very bottom rack for first 10 minutes of cooking time and then move to very top rack of oven for last 10 minutes of cooking to help brown both top and bottom, but this is optional. Check on veggies toward the end of cooking time and look for them to have little brown spots.
 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Any time I get sweet potato duty for Thanksgiving, roasted sweet potatoes are my go-to recipe. The prep is a breeze, and they come out caramelized on the outside while still creamy on the inside. Moreover, they’re perfectly delicious left as is, or you can jazz them up even further with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh herbs, or chopped pecans. You can also easily substitute with butternut squash for another spin on this delicious recipe.
 
Several sweet potatoes on a cutting board with some slices and a knife
 
INGREDIENTS
    • 5 pounds of sweet potatoes (about 8 medium potatoes)
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1 ¾ teaspoon salt
    • Pepper, to taste
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DIRECTIONS
This recipe starts in a cold oven.
    • Peel potatoes (or scrub well) and trim ends. Cut into ¾ inch thick rounds. 
    • Toss potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste until evenly coated. Line an 18- by 13-inch heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray (my favorite is coconut oil spray). Arrange potatoes in a single layer on two baking sheets, dotting evenly with pieces of butter, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and place potatoes in cold oven. Turn oven to 425 degrees and cook potatoes 30 minutes.
    • Remove baking sheets from oven and carefully remove top layer of foil. Return potatoes to oven and cook until bottom edges of potatoes are golden brown (reversing and rotating pans halfway through cooking time), 15 to 25 minutes. 
    • Remove baking sheets from oven and, using a thin metal spatula, flip slices over. Continue to roast until the bottom edges of the potatoes are golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let potatoes cool 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to platter and serve.
    • Optional toppings: If desired, drizzle lightly with real maple syrup, chopped toasted pecans, or fresh/dried thyme leaves, to taste.

Five Cup Fruit Salad

This super simple fruit salad is a family favorite recipe. Everyone is always fighting for the last serving, and the best part is it’s portable, healthy, and oh-so-easy to make. We always double (or triple) the recipe to make it go a little further and help settle any fights over who gets the last spoonful.
 
A young girl enjoying fruit salad at the table
 
INGREDIENTS
    • 1 cup drained pineapple chunks
    • 1 cup grapes (any variety)
    • 1 cup mandarin orange segments, canned or fresh
    • 1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
    • 1 cup sour cream (regular or light) 
Read more: Check out this Honey Lime Fruit Salad recipe too (as featured in a recent Cooking with Kate post).
 
DIRECTIONS
    • Mix together all ingredients and serve.

Pecan Pie with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar

Dessert is always a highly anticipated part of any Thanksgiving celebration. This dietitian isn’t going to tell you to skip the dessert table because that’s just cruel. Instead, what I recommend is to contribute a delicious dessert made of real fresh, real delicious ingredients from your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. Above all, enjoy your dessert fully without any guilt. There’s a time and a place for restraint and Thanksgiving ain’t it. 
 
My favorite recipe is a pecan pie that skips corn syrup in favor of brown sugar and maple syrup. The flavors are out of this world.
 
A delicious homemade pecan pie in a glass dish. 

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen “Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie”

 
INGREDIENTS
    • 1 cup maple syrup
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • 1 tablespoon regular molasses
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
    • 2 cups toasted and chopped pecans
    • One 9-inch unbaked pie shell, chilled in the pie plate for 30 minutes
Read more: What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Try these tricks from Catering Coordinator Kate Rudasill.
 
DIRECTIONS
    • Make Filling: Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Heat sugar, syrup, cream, and molasses in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Whisk butter and salt into syrup mixture until combined. Whisk in egg yolks until incorporated.
    • Bake Pie: Scatter pecans in pie shell. Carefully pour filling over. Place pie in hot oven (on a sheet pan covered with foil in case of spills) and immediately reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until filling is set and the center jiggles slightly when pie is gently shaken (45 to 60 minutes). Cool pie on rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate until set (about 3 hours and up to 1 day). Bring to room temperature before serving.
    • Serve: Serve with homemade whipped cream and go to dessert heaven.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your Thanksgiving needs!
 

 
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. 
 
 
 
The Trick to Handling the Treats
Halloween is serious business for the little ones. After they don the perfect costume, they are ready to hit the neighborhood in search of some tasty treats. Since Halloween only happens once a year, it's fun to indulge a little and eat some of that hard-earned candy. Help your little ones avoid a tummy ache by taking advantage of kids' innate ability to regulate their appetites. One of the easiest ways is a well-timed and nutritious snack before heading out to trick-or-treat. Young children tend to naturally regulate their appetites, so they will usually slow down on eating sweets if they begin to feel overly full. Here are some of my favorite snack ideas to help!
 
A group of three trick-or-treaters walking down the driveway
 
  • Turkey and cheese roll-ups (Turkey mummies, if you will!)
  • Fruit of any kind, but especially easy finger foods like grapes, oranges, apple slices, or bananas
  • Yogurt cups
  • Cheese sticks of all kinds (There are tons of different flavors to choose from at your local Brookshire Brothers!)
  • Cucumber slices with a little vinegar, salt, and pepper
  • Cinnamon toast with butter on whole wheat bread
  • Or see some of my favorite grab-and-go snack options here!
And if you're looking for some unique options with a healthy twist to pass out in your neighborhood this Halloween, try some of these ideas. 
 
  • Fruit snacks and gummies, especially with natural flavors and colors (These fruit-filled recipes are frightfully good—and healthy!)
  • Inexpensive trinkets such as stickers, temporary tattoos, or bouncy balls
  • Simple chocolates
  • 100% fruit juice in small boxes or pouches
  • Snack-sized bags of freeze dried fruit, raisins, or pretzels (Another wicked-good snack to try: Rice Krispies Treats with fall flavors and fun topping ideas!)
  • Small bags of pre-popped popcorn (Make your scary movie night really pop with these three fun popcorn recipes!)
 
Read more: Don't miss Angela's other nine tips for keeping Halloween healthy
 

 
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 Charred Chile and Corn Salsa
In the mood for something sweet, salty, and a little spicy?  I have just the thing to satisfy cravings for all things fresh, simple, and delicious—Charred Chile and Corn Salsa! Whether you’re tailgating with friends or enjoying #TacoTuesday with family, this corn salsa is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s easy and quick to prepare, and it’s a great way to enjoy seasonal produce!
 

Charred Chile and Corn Salsa

A hand reaching into a clear bowl of salsa
 
Ingredients
2 ears fresh corn, husked
1 poblano or hatch chile - Catch more hatch chile recipes on the blog!
2 large tomatoes or 3 medium, cored and chopped
1 fresh jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped fine (optional)
½ red onion, chopped fine
½ teaspoon of salt, plus more to taste
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tbs fresh lime juice
Pepper to taste
Tortilla chips for serving
 
Salsa ingredients on a wooden background (corn, hatch chile, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, and lime)
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on the ingredients!
 
Directions
  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt over chopped tomatoes and place in a fine mesh strainer to drain excess juice while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Place the fresh ears of corn and whole chile in a large cast iron or stainless skillet over high heat, turning occasionally until corn is charred in places and chile is blistered all over, about 10-14 minutes.  Reduce heat as needed to prevent scorching.  
  • Allow corn and chile to cool for a few minutes, then slice corn kernels off the cob with a sharp knife.  Remove the stem, core, and seeds from the chile, and roughly chop.  
  • Discard tomato juice.  In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, corn, chile, and all remaining ingredients (except chips) and stir gently to mix.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!
 

 
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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