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Kitchen Tip Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Today we are going to share with you ways to cook in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with kids teaches them math skills, how to follow directions, healthy eating and it gives you a chance to bond with them. Take a look at these tips and feel free to share some of your own.

  • Let your kids pick out vegetables to try.
  • Allow kids to plan out the menu or the recipe.
  • Hygiene first, teach them the benefits of washing their hands while cooking.
  • Set up a work area just for them.
  • Explain the rules of the stove, and hot surfaces.
  • Have them read each set of directions out loud.
  • Practice math skills as they measure and stir ingredients.
  • Teach them to share the process with siblings and /or friends.
  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with bread.
  • Decorate sandwiches with their favorite veggies.
  • Try dishes from other cultures to teach foreign language or history.
  • Dress for the occasion: an apron or a mini chef’s hat will do the trick.
  • Give your kids their own set of plastic measuring cups and spoons.
  • Have fun!

We hope you have picked up some tips to share with the children in your life. Do you have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us.


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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Meatless Monday: Are you in?

Many times you see posts, articles and Pinterest boards featuring recipes without meat for ‘Meatless Monday’.

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Over the years I have seen a lot of blog posts about meatless Mondays. The thought of not eating meat used to bother me but as I get older I realized that I don’t have to eat meat everyday. There have been plenty of days when all I want to eat are vegetables and sometimes pasta.

Could you do it? Could you go without eating meat for just one day a week? Or maybe just for one meal on Mondays? Let us know what you think. Maybe we can do this together. Let me know if you have some meatless Monday favorites.


Meal Planning Services are here!

Happy Monday, we hope you all had a pleasant weekend. It’s not usual that you receive a post from us on a Monday but today we have an announcement to make. We’ve been talking about this for a few weeks now, tweets have gone out and snippets posted on our last few blog posts. Well the time has come and many of you have asked when we would start this new program. Here it is!!

Southern Roots Kitchen will now be offering meal planning services. We are here to help you organize meals, try something new, or even spruce up some of your favorites.

Do you find yourself going to the grocery store mid-week searching for something to eat?

Searching for something new to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Looking to change your eating habits, but not sure where to start?

Have an event to plan and not sure what to serve your guests?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions then Southern Roots Kitchen can help you with your dilemma.


How much does the meal plan cost?
Weekly subscriptions are $9.00
Monthly subscriptions are $25.00
Special Occasion menus start at $15.00

Pay in full before your follow up consultation and receive $1.00 off your subscription.

What do I get in my meal plan?
Shopping List
Recipes and meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack.
2 dessert recipes a week

Ready to get started? Have additional questions? Contact Kimberlee at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com