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Kitchen Tip Thursday ‘Pantry Staples’

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It’s Thursday, so that means it’s Kitchen Tip Thursday! Today’s tips are all about Pantry staples. These are items you should have in your pantry. 

Garlic: Slice, dice it,  mince it, crush it, roast it, sauté it, grill it. You can buy fresh garlic in whole cloves or already chopped in a jar if you don’t want to do the work. 

 Extra Virgin Olive Oil: EVOO as some call it. You need some type of fat to cook in. This has antioxidants that help lower cholesterol and give your food flavor. 


Stocks or Broths: Use broths in place of water to add some zip to your dishes like rice, string beans or cabbage.

Spaghetti Sauce:  Great shelf life, buy a variety of flavors to have on hand. Quick meals, just add pasta.

Dry Pasta: Yes pasta, all shapes and sizes. Just add spaghetti sauce or EVOO and you have a meal. You can add vegetables, seafood, poultry or beef.

Rice: Quick-cook, whole grain, long grain, flavored. Brings a variety to your meal, just add veggies or some meat.

Canned Tuna or Salmon:  Mix eggs and breadcrumbs and you’ll have some patties. Quick sandwich to put together, add some cheese. On a Summer afternoon mix together with some pasta for a quick salad. Choose water-packed tuna.

 Dry Beans: Dry beans taste better than canned beans. Allow time for beans to soak. If you are new to beans start with black, kidney and pinto beans in your pantry. You can always have canned beans on hand, especially if you are in a rush.

Peanut Butter: Great on sandwiches but get creative. Add to dishes to create an Asian flare. Use it as a snack with crackers or veggies. Also great for cookies!

Canned Tomatoes: Salsa, pasta, potatoes. Fresh tomatoes are nice but when they are out of season these are next in line.

 Baking Soda and Powder: Baking recipes call for them. Helps with cleaning and keeps your fridge fresh.

 Onions: Red or Yellow. Great for sauteing meats, add to pasta dishes or salads. Gives off a great flavor.

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Use stock instead of water when cooking vegetables and deglazing pans.

Convection Oven: An oven equipped with a fan that provides a continuous circulation of hot air around the food.

Pinch: The amount of dry ingredients you can hold in a pinch (between your thumb & forefinger). It’s equivalent to 1/16 teaspoon

Out of brown sugar, mix granulated sugar and molasses together.

Spray measuring cups or spoons with cooking spray before measuring honey or molasses.

Broccoli stalks, carrot tops, onion peelings, and celery stalks can be added to soups and sauces to give flavor.

If you need only 1/2 an onion, save the root half. It will last longer.

Roasts should be allowed to “rest” 10-15 minutes after being removed from the oven. This allows the juices to settle before carving.

Leave a thin layer of fat on steaks and roasts during cooking to preserve juiciness.

When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.


The Taste of Now: Apple & Sage Pork Chops

Christmas is almost here and while I need to finish shopping I also need to pack. Spending the holidays with family is very important to me. Holidays always bring about food memories. One of those memories is watching my grandma use the apples we picked and cook them with pork chops. Since the weather is getting chilly we decided on pork chops for Sunday dinner.

We don’t usually post our Sunday dinners but we decided to try something new. Sunday dinners are a really big thing in my family. Even though I’m hours away from them my sister and I make sure that we keep the tradition going for Pumpkin and Snickerdoodle. This may become a weekly thing for us. We cut the recipe in half so it will make 4 servings.

Apples and pork chops go well together so we decided to combine them add a few other seasonings to the mix. This sweet and savory combination is will make your taste buds very happy. The aroma of the seasonings while cooking is amazing, if your windows are open you just might make your neighbor jealous.

Apple & Sage Pork chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 tsp. rubbed sage                                               2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. crushed thyme leaves                                 1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp. paprika                                                      2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt                                                            4 pork chops, 1-inch thick ( about 1 1/4 lb.)
2 tbsp. olive oil                                                   1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced                                1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, all the spices and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with 1 1/2 tbsp. of seasoned mixture. ( You will use the rest later)
  3. In a large skillet, cook pork chops in hot oil on medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Remove pork chops from skillet.
  4. In the same skillet, add onions ; cook and stir 3 minutes, or until tender. Add apples; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoned mixture until well blended. Return pork chops to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until desired doneness.

Note: You don’t have to use pork chops, you can try chicken too.

Once you try the recipe, come back and let us know what you think. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (s_rootskitchen)

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Taste Test Tuesday: Minute Ready to Serve Rice

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Finding creative ways to kick up your lunch, dinner or even a snack can be challenging. But Minute Rice is here to help you out. Sometimes you are looking for something sweet but you don’t want to eat that cupcake or pull out that stash of candy bars that’s in your desk drawer. Grab a cup of fruit and some Minute Ready to Serve Rice. We’ve chosen the Brown Rice because we like the nutty flavor and it’s healthy. Adding fruit to your meals not only cuts your sweet tooth craving but allows you to get the nutrients that you need in your everyday meal options.

     

Alternative Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

Sliced Peaches

1 Cup of Minutes Ready to Serve Rice

Cinnamon, optional

Brown Sugar, optional

Directions:

 1. Cook the Minutes Ready to Serve Rice in the microwave as directed.

 2. Heat peaches in 20 intervals or until warm.

3. Combine peaches and rice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar and enjoy.

This is a great afternoon snack or dessert. I tried cooking the peaches on the stove and in the microwave, both worked great. While making this, the kids smelled the peaches and came running into the kitchen. I had to make more so they could have some. If you have problems getting your kids to eat rice, add some fruit to it. This took all of five minutes to make and it was yummy. If you want a more cobbler-like taste, add some granola and a dollop of whipped cream.

Minute Rice has great recipes for you to choose from. It makes dinner a fun experience and it’s quick and easy too. They have great flavorful varieties of rice that can be made in under 5 minutes. Take a look at what they have to offer and you won’t be disappointed.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for lunch or breakfast because you can eat it on the go, straight from the cup. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice for any meal or snack. You’ll never get bored with your lunch since there are 10 flavorful and wholesome varieties. If you’re looking for a healthy option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups.

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Taste Test Tuesday: DOLE Shakers & Fruit Crisps

Hello, Hello, Hello!! We missed you all these past two weeks but we’re back with some tasty and healthy treats for you. Spring is here, people have made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy or just try new things. Well today for Taste Test Tuesday we have two new fruit products from DOLE, just for you.

DOLE Shakers

In a rush, don’t have your blender handy? Then this is definitely the smoothie for you. Grab a DOLE Shaker from the freezer aisle at your local grocery store, fill it up with juice (approximately 7 oz, there is a line on the bottle), shake it up and there is your fruit smoothie. They come in 3 flavors: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Strawberry & Banana. Smooth, rich taste of fruit, yogurt and your favorite juice makes this drink a wonderful snack, or even a meal. This drink does have Pre & Probiotics in it, so you will get your live cultures in your diet, and it’s under 200 calories, low in fat, trans-fat free and filled with protein.

Each smoothie is considered a single serving (11oz) and can be found in your local grocery stores, so far we haven’t seen any of these for over $2.00 each. Grab a shaker, add your juice and let us know what you think!

DOLE Fruit Crisps

There are days when I really want a homemade dessert that just takes me back to my childhood. Sometimes I crave peach cobbler, other times it’s pecan pie, or apple crisp. Growing up we always went apple picking every fall, then come home and see how many dishes we could make with all the apples we picked up. One dish in particular was always my favorite: Apple Crisp. Something about the crunchy oat and warm apples put a smile on my face. DOLE came out with these single serving (4 oz) Fruit Crisps. These can be eaten at room tempature, chilled or warmed in the microwave. Each bowl has whole grain oats and brown sugar topping for you to add on top or mix in. The Fruit Crisps come in 3 flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Apple Pear and Peach. You can find these in the fruit aisle in your local grocery stores, if you shop at any club stores (Sam’s, BJ’s, Costco’s) they also have them their in bulk (the only way we buy them lol.)

Great for dessert, a quick snack, or just because. Grab a bowl and enjoy your fruit, that is filled with Vitamin C and contains whole grain oats.

See something in the store and not sure how it will taste? Let us know and we will be happy to try it out for you. We love suggestions. Send us a tweet, write on our wall on Facebook, comment on our blog or send us an email. We reply back.

Happy Taste Test Tuesday!!!