Jazzing Up Orzo

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Orzo Rice is one of our favorite foods here at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill because it’s affordable, healthful, and filling. But, we admit it can get boring at times so we have to get creative with innovative ways to literally “spice” it up. Sure, you could always pick up boxed rice pilaf from the grocery store, but those are filled with preservatives and unnatural ingredients which we try to avoids at all costs. So, we wanted to share a few simple ideas to jazz up your rice.

The most simple way to fill your orzo with flavor is to use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to cook your rice. You can also infuse the rice in a number of herbs including saffron, lemon zest, curry, and many more. You can even eat rice to satisfy your sweet tooth! Just add melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar to cooked rice for a heartier, healthier alternative to traditional desserts.  

If you are looking for a more out-of-the-box rice idea, try Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds. Prepare any type of pilaf you would like and add dried fruits. We like diced apricots and raisins, but whatever is your favorite or is in season will do. Then, stir in sliced almonds for a filling, delicious, and healthy meal or side!

Do you have any go-to rice recipes? Let us know!

Roasting Vegetables

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We all know we need to eat our vegetables, but do you ever want to eat your vegetables? When they’re roasted, we sure do! Believe us, roasting vegetables can take them to a whole new level where you actually crave them? Lucky for us, almost any veggie can be roasted using the same method so once you have it down, you can master any kind. Here you will learn how to roast your vegetables to perfection, like the poblano peppers we use for our Stuffed Poblano Pepper starter.

Two things to keep in mind: heat and surface area. The more surface area on the veggie and the higher the heat, the more flavorful the end result will be. So, be sure to cut up your vegetable into small, 1-1 ½ inch pieces. Then, crank the oven to at least 425° and let preheat. Then in a large bowl, toss the veggies with salt, pepper, and olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the preheated for about 10-15 minutes until you hear the veggies sizzling away. Now, just serve and enjoy! If you are roasting peppers, like our poblano, and want to remove the skin, be sure to use gloves as not to get the heat in your eyes!

What are your favorite vegetables to roast? Let us know!