Eat Fresh for Summer – Facts about your Fruits & Veggies!

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When summer rolls around, we all try to eat a little healthier and start to crave fresh, vibrant fruits and vegetables again. At Copper Canyon Grill & Stanford Grill, we pride ourselves on creating dishes where the best produce and meats and come together to produce comfort food that is unforgettable!

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We all know that fruits & vegetables are good for you, but here are a few little-known facts that you might not have been aware of about our green friends!

– Did you know that eating asparagus can actually make you happier? This stalky vegetable contains Vitamin C and has been proven to raise folic acid levels, which are linked to easing depression.

– Basil has been said to help with stomach cramps, digestion, anxiety, and headaches. In some cultures, it is seen as a symbol of young love.

– Green onions have nutrients that lend to bone, eye, heart, and immune system health.

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– Leafy greens have a ton of health benefits! Not only do they help you stay young, they also lower cholesterol, help your vision, give you energy, and can even help in some cases of cancer prevention.

– An apple a day rings true: with it’s natural fructose content, an apple will actually wake you up better than a cup of coffee – without the crash.

Join us for lunch or dinner and ask your server about their favorite fruits and veggies on our menu! Back to the basics – eat well at Copper Canyon & Stanford Grill!

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Hail the glorious potato!

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When in doubt, use potatoes! These starchy veggies seem to go perfectly with any dish, especially they come in so many varieties. So, from appetizers to side dishes, we are here to help you break down what method of cooking it best suited for which kind of potato.

First is the russet potato, which is probably the most commonly used potato on the market. This is because they bake, fry, mash, and roast like a dream. Baked russet potatoes are great as an appetizer, side dish, or even main dish if you add enough toppings! We like broccoli, ham or bacon, scallions, and sour cream of course.

Next are red potatoes, which are great for roasting with some olive oil and rosemary. Red potatoes also taste amazing as potato salad and soups.

Purple, or blue, potatoes are not seen as often in the culinary world as the aforementioned varieties. This may be because they look intimidating to some with their bright hue!! However, this underdog of the potato world is great for roasting, baking, and even grilling.

Last, but certainly not least, is the sweet potato. Gone are the days where sweet potato is synonymous with Thanksgiving. With many discovering their numerous health benefits, the sweet potato is being seen more and more often. They are usually considered as a healthy french fry alternative, being baked instead of fried. But sweet potatoes are also great baked and in soups.

Now that you’re a potato expert, get out there and experiment with some new varieties. Who knows? You may discover a new favorite!