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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Flavors of Fall

 

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We are so excited that fall is here because  it’s one of our favorite seasons due to all the iconic flavors! So, if you can’t get enough of fall flavors and are looking to stock your kitchen full of autumnal foods, listen up.

Fruits like apples and cranberries are great to keep around because they are so versatile. You can use them in everything from baked goods to salads. A few of our favorite fall vegetables, like pumpkin and butternut squash are great roasted as a side dish or in soups or stews.

If you want to fill your home with the fragrances of fall, try incorporating autumnal spices like nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon to a recipe and you’ll be in the seasonal spirit in no time!

When discussing fall foods we can’t forget the turkey! Roasted with sage and rosemary (a few more of our favorite fall flavors) turkey is the quintessential autumn fare.

What are some of your favorite fall flavors?

 

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!