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About Southern Roots Kitchen

A writer who loves to share her experiences in the kitchen.

Layered Southwest Taco Salad

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! For some reason I’m craving tacos today. I figured I would share this recipe with you today. Do you enjoy tacos? What are some of your favorite toppings?

Sometimes I switch up my ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Shrimp
  • Fish (sway or cod)
  • corn salsa
  • guacamole
  • cole slaw
  • monterrey jack cheese
  • mango salsa
  • sour cream

My ingredients for tacos depends on how I’m feeling or what I have a taste for. Add some family and friends and make tonight a Taco Night!!

Layered Southwest Taco Salad

Ingredients

6 cups torn romaine lettuce
1 can  (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
1 can (11 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa
1/2 cup KRAFT Natural Three Cheese Crumbles /or Shredded cheese
1/2 cup  Ranch Dressing
1 cup broken tortilla chips

Directions

Place lettuce on plate. Then add the next four ingredients.
Drizzle Ranch dressing on top and serve with Tortilla chips.


Foodie Friday: Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps

 

Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients
1/2 cup A.1. Teriyaki Steak Sauce
1/2 cup  orange juice
2 tsp. sesame oil
1   beef flank steak or beef top sirloin steak (1 lb.)
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1 cup  each: shredded carrots and red cabbage
1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
1 can  (14 oz.) bean sprouts, drained

Directions
1. Mix steak sauce, orange juice and sesame oil until well blended. Remove 1/4 cup of the steak sauce mixture for later use.2. Pour remaining steak – sauce mixture over steak in large resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat steak.3. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
4. Preheat grill to medium heat.
5. Remove steak from bag; discard bag and marinade.
6. Grill steak 13 to 16 min. for medium-rare to medium, turning occasionally.
7. Remove from grill; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand 10 min.
8. Cut steak across the grain into thin strips.
9. Place evenly in centers of lettuce leaves; top with vegetables and bean sprouts.
10. Roll up. Serve with the reserved 1/4 cup steak sauce mixture.

***Special Extra***Prepare as directed, adding 1/4 cup chopped Peanuts and/or chopped cilantro along with the vegetables.Variation Substitute 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts for the steak. Marinate as directed, then grill 5-7 min. on each side or until cooked through (165°F). Cut into strips, then continue as directed.


Kitchen Tip Thursdays ‘5 Common Cooking Mistakes & How to Fix Them’

Happy Thursday Everyone. Today will look at some common cooking mistakes and how to fix them.

5 Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

This happens to cooks all the time. While cooking you may get distracted, forget an ingredient, or even add the wrong ingredient. But don’t fret, there are ways to fix the most common cooking mistakes and no one would ever know the cook had a mishap in the kitchen.

Butter is too soft. Did your cake come out too heavy? Or are your cookies flat and crispy? Be careful when softening your butter, let it stand out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes rushing the process by softening in the microwave can make the butter too soft turning your batter into a different texture. Take the time to let your butter soften properly; cutting them in small pieces will help the process as well.

Lumpy Gravy. Making mashed potatoes, need gravy for your turkey and it’s not the right consistency with lumps in it? That’s okay it can be fixed. While mixing in the thickener (usually flour or cornstarch mixed with water) make sure that you gradually whisk it in with the gravy. If not, you get the lumps. The lumps can come out, just pour the gravy over into a sieve and let the liquid drain out leaving the lumps on the inside.

Overcrowded Pan. Is your food cooking too slowly, nothing is browning and you don’t have room to flip your food over? Your pan is overcrowded. When cooking make sure that you leave room in your pan for your food to cook properly. If you have to cook the food in two batches, place the first batch in the oven on an ovenproof plate; set the oven at 200°F.

Food is too greasy. Are your fries or chicken too greasy? Was your grease hot enough? Before adding your food to the grease make sure that the grease is hot enough, it should be 350°F. If you don’t have a thermometer you can try these tips to test the grease. Add a piece of bread to the oil, if it browns in 10 seconds, your oil is ready. Another test you can try is to add a piece of the food you are cooking to the oil, if it sizzles right away then your grease is ready. If not don’t worry, if your grease isn’t hot enough just give it a few more minutes to heat up properly.

You didn’t taste as you cooked. Your food tastes bland, sauce is too salty, and you think you may have missed an ingredient? Are you tasting your food as you are cooking? If you wait until your food is done to taste, you miss out on knowing whether or not something can be added to the recipe or knowing if it’s just the way you want it. By tasting your food as you cook, you’ll know if you need to add more seasoning or if your food is just right. Allow your palate to be your guide, it will never steer you wrong.

These are just 5 cooking mistakes that people make in the kitchen. Do you know of anymore? 


Ice cube trays are not just for making ice

 

They come in plastic, metal, rubber and have a variety of colors and shapes. Ice cube trays are not just for making ice any more. These tray will help you with your cooking needs. Check out some of these creative ideas.

Stock – Fill stock in trays and use for sauces, soups, etc.

Herbs – Mix fresh herbs in with water or stock to use later on soups, sauces, or sautes.

Coffee – Got milk? Add these cubes for iced coffee.

Lemons – Put them in juices and iced tea; instant Arnold Palmer.

Pesto – Freeze to use year round

Caramelized Onions – Easy access for future dinners

Baby Food – Do you make your own? Or need space in the cabinet? Freeze and thaw when ready to enjoy. 4-6 months = 2 cubes; 6-9 months = 4 cubes; 9-12 months= 6 cubes 

Drinks – Freeze the actual drink and use them as cubes instead water.

Tomato Paste – Use when a recipe calls for small portions (ex. 1 or 2 tsp.)

Egg Whites – Freeze for later use when a recipe only calls for the yolks.

Wine – Freeze and use in your next batch of spaghetti sauce or scampi.

Popsicles – Got juice? Make Popsicles with sticks.

Jell-O – Great idea for kids portion.

Dessert Buffet – Fill each compartment with sprinkles, nuts, candy, etc.

Now below are some non-cooking ideas for ice cube trays


Jewelry – Place small items in the compartments for safe keeping.

Screws & Bolts – Easy to find when you need to hang a picture on the wall.

Paint – Kids want to paint pictures? Add a different color to each section.

Vitamins & Pills – Separate your medicine for the week.

We hope you enjoyed these creative ways to use ice cube trays. Got any other ideas? Let us know!



Cerebral Palsy and Me


March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and I decided that I would talk more about my life with CP since quite a few of you have asked about it. I was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2. The doctors and my parents noticed that something just wasn’t quite right, my development was delayed. Usually by the time a child turns two they are walking, well it comes to me, I was just crawling. This took a toll on my parents, they were informed that they have a special needs child. — Continue>


30-Minute Goal Setting PopUp Shop with The Whole Core

As you all know I love to pass along information that can help you be a better you. Today I have some information from my girl Dana, over at The Whole Core.

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Got a goal that you’ve been wanting to reach, but you just aren’t sure of the steps to take to get there?! Then this pop up shop is just the thing for you!

Meet with me for just 30 minutes to discuss goal setting strategies, and construct a plan that fits within the confines of your current lifestyle!

The PopUp shop will be held TODAY from 1:30pm-5:30pm and TOMORROWfrom 10:00am-12:00pm at the Columbus Public Library and at Juice Bar Columbus (Located in The Landings) from 1:45pm-3:00pm.

Not in Columbus?? No worries! Technology has us covered and we can have your session via Skype, FaceTime, or over the phone!
Click here to schedule your appointment!
If you don’t see a time listed that works for you, I do have a little bit of flexibility for virtual sessions!

Cost is $25per person. Payments are accepted via PayPal invoice which will be emailed upon the scheduling of your appointment.

Book your session and be entered into a drawing to receive freebies!!

I am really all about helping to make things easier and affordable for any budget. I do not want money, or lengthy commitments to be the reason to neglect our health and wellness goals!

**If you’d like to gift a session to someone, please email me! What better gift to give someone than something to enhance their quality of life?!

In health,
Dana


5 Reasons I love being a Tastefully Simple Consultant

Hello, everyone, today’s post is a little different, yes it deals with my love of food but it also describes my love for Tastefully Simple. I was recently asked why I chose to sell Tastefully Simple. First I must give you some background information about how I found out about this company.

A former coworker of mine (Hey Kacey!) was having a Tastefully Simple party and she invited me to come. She told me it was a food tasting party, I immediately said count me in. My mom and I went to the party, it was really fun and interactive. While the consultant was answering questions about her Tastefully Simple business, my mom leans over to me and says ‘You can do this.’ My response is “What, host a party?” She’s like ‘No, become a consultant. You like to talk, meet new people and you love food. I say you should do it and I’ll host a party.” So I said, “Okay, I ‘ll do it.” Once I got to the checkout part of the party I signed on as a consultant.

I love what I do and Tastefully Simple provides me with a lot of flexibility. I still work full-time, I can still travel and my business can go with me wherever I go. Here are 5 reasons why I love Tastefully Simple.

  1. Food: Tastefully Simple has a large variety of products including sauces, marinades, bread, desserts, drinks and even gifts. Each of these products is easy to use. Some of them are open and pour items while others you may only have to add one or two items to the mix. It helps make any mealtime fun and easy.
  2. Discount: As a consultant, you are offered a discount when purchasing products for Tastefully Simple. I use my discount to go grocery shopping and buy gifts for family and friends. This is such a great aspect provided by the company. Even if you decide not to build a team you still can keep your discount and shop.
  3. Flexibility: You don’t have to have a set schedule for when you want to sell your products. There’s no required number of parties that you have to hold. People can order at any time and not just at a party. Being a Tastefully Simple consultant allows you to have work-life balance.
  4. People: This is an opportunity for you to spend time with friends while sharing great food items and recipes. It also gives you the chance to meet new people and network. Some of my Tastefully Simple clients have become really great friends.
  5. Opportunities: Make money, that’s right you can make a living by being a Tastefully Simple consultant. Use the money to pay off bills or save for a vacation. You can build a team to increase your income and help other people become consultants. Tastefully Simple offers various opportunities to attend events and leadership trips to different states and resorts. You can work your way to a vacation provided by the company. It’s a networking opportunity. I have been able to meet other consultants from different direct sales companies and have collaborated with them on projects and vendor events.

I really do love being a consultant. It’s fun and flexible. The food is simply delicious. Check out my site and ask any questions you may have.


Winter Sale with Tastefully Simple

White-Hot Winter Sale

Tastefully Simple is having a huge winter sale now, with up to 60% off.

This post does contain affiliate links. If an item is purchased through one of these link I will receive a commission. 

While supplies last Tastefully Simple has some great items that are on sale now. This means get them while you can because they may not come back. There are some food products, dishware, gifts, and more.

This is just a preview of some of the items that are sale. Take a look at my site and see what you can grab now.

 

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Hello everyone, today I want to introduce to you to my friend Dana’s health and wellness business called The Whole Core. Dana shares tips about being healthy and being whole as a person. This isn’t one of those sites that … Continue reading

Holiday Aromas

Are you in the holiday mode? Have you started shopping yet? Is your Thankgiving dinner menu ready? Something about Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit. It might be all of the food, the cooking, gathering together with family. My original Thanksgiving plans have been put on hold and I may be going home next week. Being home for Thanksgiving got me thinking about family, fellowship and food.

As I prepare for a weekend filled with fun, food, family and friends I can’t help but think about certain aromas of food that put me in the holiday spirit. The picture above is from Christmas a  few years when I surprised my dad and went home to Massachusetts. I was baking a sweet potato pie and peach cobbler (both of my dad’s favorites and the memories of holidays started coming back. Do you get flashbacks when you smell certain foods? I know I do. A certain smell can bring all types of memories to mind.

The smell of bread pudding reminds me of the many moments I spent in the kitchen with my gramma. She taught me so much about life, marriage and taking care of your family. I’m excited about going back to Massachusetts for the holidays.

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Every year my cousin Tiara and I try to make it home for Christmas. This year she won’t be there but I will eat her portion of yams Christmas day. LOL Something about my gramma’ yams that gets us all together in one place. The smell of the sugar, butter and nutmeg reminds us all the time we spend with our grandparents.

What about you? Are there certain foods that get you in the spirit? Tell us about them, we would love to hear it.