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Foodie Friday: Salad Ideas

Good Day Foodies!! Hope you all had a marvelous week. It’s time for Foodie Friday’s. This week we will be taking a look at a few options for making a salad. This will not be the only post on salads but rather a start of a complete series of posts on different salad options. This series will run for the next few months.

Salads don’t just begin with lettuce, but pasta, spinach, fruit or even cheese. What types of items do you like in your salad? If I’m having a salad with lettuce, I’ll usually make a bed of spring mix and add some arugula and spinach, along with shredded carrots, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, golden raisins, pecans, cucumbers, and avocados. For a dressing sometimes I’ll drizzle honey mustard, ranch, strawberry vinaigrette or an Asian peanut dressing. It all depends on what my taste buds are craving.




Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans

Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe
Photo Credit: Southern Living

1/2 cup of mayonnaise or ranch dressing
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
3 cups red and white seedless grapes, halved
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine all ingredients except pecans. Cover and store chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Add pecans when ready to serve.

Quick Chef Salad:

Shredded Cheese
Cherry Tomatoes
Ham
Romaine Lettuce

Mix together and add your favorite dressing

Apple Pecan Gorgonzola Salad

Apple, Pecan and Gorgonzola Side Salad recipe
Photo Credit: Kraft Foods

2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
2 Tbsp. toasted Chopped Pecans
2 Tbsp. Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
1/2 cup Italian Dressing Mix, prepared with balsamic vinegar
Arrange apples slice on a plate in a circle. Sprinkle with pecans and cheese. Drizzle dressing on top.
Other Quick Salad Ideas:
Tomato & Peaches: Mix wedges of tomatoes and peaches, add slivers of red onion, a few red-pepper flakes and cilantro. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice.
Carrots & Blueberries:  Grate carrots, toast some sunflower seeds, and toss with blueberries, olive oil, lemon juice and plenty of black pepper. Sweet, sour, crunchy, soft.
Red Salad: Combine tomato wedges with halved strawberries, basil leaves, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar.
5-Bean Salad:  Chickpeas, cannelloni or other white beans, kidney or other red beans, steamed string beans and steamed yellow wax beans. Toss with vinaigrette, chopped scallions or red onion, and parsley.
Warm Potato Salad: Boil bite-size red potatoes. While still warm, dress them with olive oil, lemon juice, whole grain mustard, capers and parsley. Chopped shallots, bell peppers, etc.
Watermelon & Feta:  combine with roughly chopped mint, crumbled feta, sliced red onion and chopped Kalamata olives. Dress lightly with olive oil and lemon juice.You may need to add salt.
 
Walnut & Blue Cheese: Toss mixed greens with walnuts, blue cheese and raspberries; drizzle with a simple vinaigrette.
Smoked Salmon & Avocado:  Mix watercress with chopped smoked salmon, avocado, red onion and capers. Make a vinaigrette with olive oil, sherry vinegar and mustard powder.
Little Italy:  Chop or julienne salami and prosciutto, then toss with cubed mozzarella, chopped tomato, pepperoncini, oil and wine vinegar.
Thai & Sesame Noodles:  Combine about a half-cup peanut butter with a tablespoon soy sauce and enough coconut milk to make the mixture creamy (about a half cup), along with garlic and chili flakes in a blender or food processor. Toss sauce with cooked and cooled noodles, a load of mint, Thai basil, and/or cilantro, and lime juice. Shredded cucumber and carrots optional.
Hope you enjoy these salads, as always feel free to comment on our blog, send us an email, a tweet or comment on our Facebook Page.

 


Taste Test Tuesday: TEAVANA Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope you had a relaxing weekend. Who says an Arnold Palmer has to be just sweet tea and lemonade? Let’s kick off this short work week with a glass of ice tea and lemonade from TEAVANA. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday is Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea.


 Photo Credit: TEAVANA

 The smell of the tea leaves alone makes this tea amazing. Fresh, fruity and bold. Raspberry tea meets a zingy citrus lemonade to create this wonderful concoction. The flavors of red  and golden delicious apples, hibiscus flowers and passion fruit add an extra sweetness that compliments the shavings of lemon zest in this tea.

 You can steep this tea for about 5-6 minutes, if you want a bolder flavor let it sit for about another 1-3 minutes, before you pour it over over ice. One and a half teaspoons for every 8oz of water seem to work well. Just a little bit of tea goes a long way.
 
 

       
Photo Credit: TEAVANA

If you are looking for an alternative to coffee but still want the caffeine then this Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea would be just for you. Great source of vitamins and gives you a boost of energy. The cost is $6.80 for 2oz, which you can get 25-30 teaspoons of tea out of that 2oz.

As always feel free to comment on the blog or Facebook, send us a tweet and tell us how you like the products we bring to you each week.

Until next time….

  Next Up On The Menu….

We’ve been cooking up a lot of different dishes to serve you here at Southern Roots Kitchen. Next up on the menu is Menu Planning. We know many people have very busy lives, with work, school, kids, games, dance classes, summer camps etc. So let us help with you with your weekly or monthly meal planning options. We can provide you with a full menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Have an event coming up and not sure what you should have on the menu? Let us help create a menu you and your guests will love. More details coming soon!!                                                                                                                                                       


Foodie Friday: Easter Brunch

It’s Easter weekend, you are preparing for a day of reflection with family and friends. Easter Egg Hunts, baskets to fill, and new clothes for Easter Sunday. How about a change in plans, we know there is always a big Easter dinner, but how about an Easter brunch. It can be held on Saturday or Sunday- your choice. Below are some tasty options for creating your menu.

Pecan Crusted French Toast

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large eggs, warmed to room temperature
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices challah bread or other dense bread, sliced about 3/4-inch thick
  • 3/4 cup Georgia pecan halves, finely chopped
  • Maple syrup
  • Directions

    1. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over moderate heat.
    2. Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well blended.
    3. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of pecans onto a small plate.
    4. Dip one slice of bread in egg mixture to coat both sides, then press one side into pecans on plate. Repeat with another slice of bread.
    5. Cook slices, pecan side down, about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn and brown other side.
    6. Transfer to platter, cover and keep warm in a low oven; repeat dipping and cooking remaining slices, adding more butter as necessary to the skillet.
    7. Serve with maple syrup.

    Citrus Coconut Salad with Maple Syrup

    maple citrus salad with coconut

    Ingredients

  • 2 large pink grapefruits, peeled and  sliced
  • 2 large navel oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lime, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) pure maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoon(s) fresh coconut shavings
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh tarragon, for garnish
  • Directions

    1. Slice in between membranes of grapefruits and 1 navel orange to release segments into a sieve; transfer segments to a large platter.
    2. Squeeze any remaining juice from citrus membranes into sieve. Set aside bowl with juice.
    3. Slice remaining navel orange, blood oranges, and lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and layer atop grapefruit and orange segments on platter.
    4. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup reserved juice with maple syrup.
    5. Pour syrup mixture over citrus. (Citrus can be stored, covered, in a refrigerator for up to 1 day.)
    6. Sprinkle coconut over citrus and gently toss. Garnish with tarragon before serving.

    Note: Don’t have a sieve, then just use a small bowl

    Home Fries

    Ingredients

    • 4 red potatoes
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

    Directions

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes.
    2. Drain, cool cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
    3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and green pepper.
    4. Cook, stirring often, until soft; about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
    5. Pour remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into the skillet and turn heat to medium-high. Add potato cubes, salt, paprika and black pepper.
    6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are browned; about 10 minutes. Stir in the onions, green peppers and parsley and cook for another minute. Serve hot.
    Shrimp & Veggie Omelet

    Ingredients

    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
    • 12 medium shrimp – peeled and deveined
    • 5 eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
    • 1 tomato, sliced

    Directions

    1. In a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the onion, garlic, mushrooms and pepper until tender, about 5 minutes.
    2.  Mix in shrimp, and cook until opaque. Remove from heat, and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Mix in Old Bay Seasoning.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    5. Pour in egg mixture, and cook 5 minutes, or until firm. Top with Cheddar cheese, tomato and the onion and shrimp mixture. Fold eggs over filling, and serve warm.
    Blueberry Lemon Parfaits

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
    • 2 (8 ounce) cartons non-fat lemon yogurt
    • 10 gingersnaps, crumbled

    Directions

    1. In each of four parfait glasses or tall wineglasses, put 1/2 cup blueberries, followed by 1/2 cup yogurt.
    2. Then crumbled gingersnaps.
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