Love Your Heart

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Yes, you can treat yourself and still ‪#‎LoveYourHeart‬! February is American Heart Month and we have partnered with Adventist HealthCare to bring you a Heart Healthy menu to help you love your your heart. All this month, join us at our Gaithersburg and Silver Spring locations to try light, fresh plates like our Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with fresh field greens, mango, avocado, red peppers, and red onions with honey sesame vinaigrette on the side and pickled ginger and wasabi for garnish.

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Our Heart Healthy menu has classic Copper Canyon Grill dishes like our famous Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken as well as new favorites like our Santa Fe Chicken Soup ladled over southwestern flavored basmati rice and loaded with vegetables, including zucchini, beef steak tomato, avocado and fresh cilantro with a squeeze of fresh lime. This full-flavored soup will warm you right up on these cold evenings!

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Our Heart Healthy menu even includes dessert! Finish your meal with our beautiful and naturally delicious option: Seasonal Fruit & Panna Cotta with chef selection of seasonal fruits & berries, lightly sweetened with agave syrup & accompanied by a non-dairy coconut milk custard.

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Adventist HealthCare is even giving away $50 gift cards to help cover the tab when you take their FREE Heart Risk Assessment in February! Learn more about how we’re partnering with Adventist HealthCare to help you love your heart & how you can win: http://bit.ly/LoveYourHeartCCG

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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Healthy Halloween

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We love celebrating Halloween here at Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill! Seeing everyone all dressed up as their favorite character puts a smile on faces. We don’t like, however, all of the gluten filled in our Trick-or-Treaters candy! Did you know, though, some of our classic favorites are actually gluten-free?

If you do want to pass out candy, go with Baby Ruth, or any pure milk or dark chocolate. Other gluten-free options include Pixie Sticks and gummy worms or bears.

Passing out some special treasures to the kids is also a fun, unique idea. Try stickers, friendship bracelets, or other fun favors! These treasures are great because they can last way past the next day, so they hold more value to the trick-or-treaters.

Remember, too much of a good thing is no good! Even healthy candy should be eaten in moderation.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween from everyone here at Copper Canyon and Stanford!

 

Sauteed Spinach

ImagePopeye isn’t the only one crazy for spinach, we love over here at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill too! Full of vitamin K for calcium and bone health, vitamin A for healthy skin, spinach is considered one of the healthiest foods around. Spinach is also found to lower blood pressure and prevent a number of cancers. If you tend to get bored of spinach, try sauteing it like we do! We love to pair it with our Short Smoked Atlantic Salmon or Canyon Prime Rib. Try this delicious recipe:

1 ½ pounds of baby spinach leaves

2 Tbs olive oil

2 Tbs chopped garlic

2 tsp kosher salt

¾ freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbs unsalted butter

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In a large, preheated pot heat the olive oil and sautee the garlic for about one minute. Then add the washed and dried spinach. Toss with salt and pepper over heat for about two minutes. Once spinach is wilted, squeeze lemon juice to taste over the spinach. Serve hot and enjoy!

How do you like to prepare spinach?

What to do with your leftover chicken?

Shred-chicken2-jpgAs you know, chicken is a way of life for us at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill. But what can you do with all that leftover chicken at home?

Give your leftovers new life with this fast, healthy and easy recipe. A simple bacon-mustard vinaigrette dresses up romaine lettuce and shredded rotisserie chicken for an easy and satisfying meal.

Share with us any of your favorite leftover chicken meals!

Grilled Chicken Salad

What you need:

  • 4 slice(s) bacon, each cut in half
  • 2 tablespoon(s) cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 bag(s) (9 ounces) cut hearts of romaine
  • 2 cup(s) (about 10 ounces) shredded skinless rotisserie chicken meat

What to do:

  1. In a saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat for 6 minutes or until browned. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from saucepan.
  2. Add vinegar, Dijon, oil, salt, and pepper to drippings in saucepan, whisk well and heat to boiling over medium heat. Remove from heat.
  3. Place romaine in large serving bowl. Pour hot dressing over romaine; toss until coated. Add chicken and toss until well mixed. Crumble bacon and sprinkle over salad.

Fish: cooking techniques

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One of our most popular dishes is our famous salmon at Copper Canyon Grill! In keeping with this theme, we encourage you to learn some basic cooking methods to create your own healthy fish dishes at home. After all, aren’t we always told to eat fish at least 3 times a week?!

Grilling: probably the quickest and easiest method for cooking fish, grilling imparts a hearty, smoky flavor and delicious blackened edges and striping to fillets and whole fish. It is best for thick (at least half-inch), meaty fillets or steaks with strong flavor that can stand up to the smoky tang of the grill. Swordfish, tuna, salmon, mackerel, and bluefish are ideal choices because their natural oils help keep their flesh moist.

Sauteing: pan-sauteing is a favorite way to cook fillets of fish — especially thin, delicate ones like trout, sole, or flounder. The fillets are quickly cooked in a hot saute pan in very hot fat, leaving them with a crisp exterior and moist flesh inside. Dusting the fillets with a light coating of flour before sauteing will help the fish develop a delicate crust.

Roasting: Fish can be roasted in the same manner as meat – uncovered, with no liquid, in a high-temperature oven – and with similar results: a papery, crisp exterior and tender flesh with concentrated flavors inside. While it’s possible to roast fish fillets, this cooking method lends itself best to whole fish. Stuffing the fish’s cleaned cavity with aromatics, like lemon wedges and whole branches of fresh rosemary and thyme, will perfume the flesh more potently than anything you rub on the outside.

Baking in parchment: a fish cooked en papillote is wrapped in parchment paper, and baked in a medium oven so it gently steams in its own juices. Aromatics, such as dill, sliced onions, and olives, are also enclosed in the package to flavor the fish. When the fish is done, the parchment will puff dramatically.

Steaming: setting fish over simmering water allows fillets of white-fleshed fish like cod and halibut, as well as small whole fish like sea bass, to retain their delicate flavor. You do not need an expensive steamer; a wok with a wire rack and cover works fine.

Poaching: this refers to foods that are gently cooked in water or broth at the barest simmer. Poaching firm-fleshed fish in a liquid flavored with vegetables and herbs provides a rich, fat-free broth that can be served with the fish or reserved to use as a soup base.

Happy cooking!