Your Guide to Grilling Up Greatness Outdoors

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If you’re like us, as soon as the weather warms up, we get our grills fired up. It’s the perfect time to get your friends and family together while enjoying some smoky, saucy, messy-finger goodness. However, if you haven’t had a lot of experience using the grill, you may feel a little intimidated, but fear not! Follow these helpful tips to go from being a grillin’ rookie to a grillin’ guru in no time.

Start with Picking the Perfect Cuts of Meat

Any great grill-out starts by picking the right cuts of meat. For a guaranteed flavorful and juicy experience, look no further than beef from the Butcher Shop at Sprouts. Available in USDA Choice and Prime grades, these must-haves are always fresh and never frozen. Ready to get your grill on? We recommend the following cuts of meats: Grill Outdoors
  • Steaks – New York strip, rib-eye, top sirloin, filet mignon, T-bone or porterhouse
  • Pork – Center-cut pork chops, boneless pork chops or pork tenderloin
  • Chicken – Chicken breast or boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Tips for Marinades and Dry-rubs

Marinades and dry rubs are a great way to add extra flavor to your grill-out, but it’s important that you use them properly. When grilling with marinades we recommend using chicken or veggies. For vinegar-based marinades, be sure to marinate your chicken for no longer than one hour—if you’re not careful, the vinegar can actually make the chicken tough as opposed to tender. For marinades that are oil-based, feel free to let the chicken sit overnight. When grilling with dry rubs, like our Butcher Shop dry rubs, we recommend using steaks or pork.

Grill Temperature for Chicken and Meats

The easiest way to take the guesswork out of grilling is to use a meat thermometer—it also ensures your meats are cooked to perfection! Below are the appropriate internal grilling temperatures for your favorite meats:
  • Chicken: 165°F
  • Beef and Lamb: 125°F (rare), 130°–135°F (medium-rare), 135°–140°F (medium), 140°–150°F (medium-well), 155°F (well-done)
  • Ground Beef or Lamb: 160°F
  • Pork: 145°F (medium-rare), 150°F (medium), 160°F (well-done)
  • Ground Pork: 160°F

Maple and Cedar Planks for Grilling

Up your grilling game and pleasantly surprise your guests by infusing your favorite meats and veggies with the subtle, smoky flavors of maple and cedar by using our easy-to-use Sprouts Grilling Planks. Simply soak the grilling plank in water for at least one hour, place seasoned foods on the plank and set directly on grill or in the oven at 350°F. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Ready, set, grill! SHOP GREAT GRILLABLE MEATS

 

Wyman’s of Maine

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Since 1874, Wyman’s of Maine has been perfecting the science of fresh freezing fruit to maintain optimum flavor and nutritional benefits. Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Wyman’s Wild Blueberries or one of Wyman’s signature berry blends featuring Mother Nature’s leading antioxidant superfruit. Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of molecules in the body, which helps us fight disease. Grown on 10,000 acres of their own blueberry barrens and on other fields around the Northeast, Wyman’s Wild Blueberries are picked at the peak of flavor and healthy goodness, then fresh-frozen at harvest to keep them as nutritious as the moment they were picked. Wyman’s makes it easy to enjoy the taste and healthy goodness of these special little berries year-round, in convenient re-sealable bags. Fresh-frozen wild blueberries are perfect in cereal, smoothies, muffins, salads, desserts and more—no thawing required. Picked fresh and frozen in time. From our table to yours. Always Wyman’s of Maine.
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Wild Blueberry SmoothieWild Blueberry Smoothie

A Wild Blueberry Classic! Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Wyman’s Frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

In a blender, combine all ingredients well at high speed. Serve and enjoy immediately Courtesy of the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.  

Great Vegetables for Grillin’ in Summer

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The high heat and smoky flavors of a grill can work wonders on certain vegetables, including some that would surprise you. The trick is in the timing. And, like everything, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. How to Grill Corn on the Cob

How to Grill Corn on the Cob

Fresh corn grills beautifully, especially when the heat caramelizes the kernels instead of steaming them. There are a few different methods for grilling corn. Some people like to do it with the husks still on or to wrap them in aluminum foil. Others claim that soaking them works best (though Cook’s Illustrated founder Christopher Kimball insists he has tested this carefully and finds no flavor or texture difference). Our favorite method is to husk them fully, coat them lightly in oil or butter, and place them directly on the grill. Just make sure you turn them frequently!

Grilling Asparagus

Asparagus is a favorite. Snap off the bottom end, marinate in olive oil, and add a little kosher salt and/or lemon zest. For perfection, cook 4 minutes on the grill, turning once, and they’re done.

More Great Vegetables for Grilling

Yams and Sweet Potatoes

Yams and sweet potatoes are superb on the grill when cut into 3/8-inch slices and skewered. But they’re pretty dense and can take about 10 minutes to cook through. Don’t worry about how dark they get on the outside, you can always peel off the outer layer with a fork. You want to make sure they are thoroughly cooked so you don’t end up with a hard, raw core.

Red Peppers

Red peppers seem to take on a totally different flavor when they are grilled. Stem and seed them, then cut into julienne strips. Marinate these in oil and then place on a very hot grill using a grilling basket (see below) or skewers. Let the skin blacken just a bit.

Eggplant

Eggplant also gets transformed by the grill, but since the water content is pretty high, you need to make sure you leave enough skin and flesh on it. Cut the eggplant crosswise into slices that are at least 1/2-inch thick; marinate with your favorite oil; then grill for about 12 minutes per side.

Radicchio

Ever try grilling radicchio? You’d think that a head of radicchio might shrivel up on the grill, but it actually holds up quite well. Slice it into length-wise quarters, apply the usual oil/salt marinade, and grill for about 5 minutes per side. A bonus: the slight charring along with the purplish-red color of the leaves looks gorgeous.

Summer Grilling Tips: Don’t Let it Slip Through the Cracks

Nothing is worse than watching an expertly grilled onion browned on the edges and perfectly caramelized fall through the grill and land in a pile of ash. There are three or four good methods for keeping your veggies above the flames instead of in them.
  1. Buy a hinged grilling basket. You can find them in just about any kitchen accessory store, and there are plenty online as well. One real advantage to these baskets is that they are not being used to cook meat, so they tend to stay much cleaner than your regular grill top. That’s important when you are grilling vegetables because they are likely to stick, hence the surface must be extremely clean.
  2. Set wire cooling racks perpendicular to the direction of your regular grill surface. For example, the rack that is probably inside your toaster oven. By “cross-hatching” these, you reduce the hole space and can keep those veggies from taking a dive. Be sure to spray or oil your racks before using them, and to clean them off promptly when done.
  3. Use skewers. Wooden skewers are cheap and can be protected from the heat by soaking them before use. Metal skewers also work great, but conduct the heat and handle with tongs or oven mitts. Of course, getting the vegetables to stay on the skewers is no easy task. Skewers work well with peppers, mushrooms, small potatoes (like Yukon golds), zucchini or summer squash, and some onions. Don’t use skewers with cherry tomatoes or asparagus. It won’t end well.

A Few Other Tips:

  1. At Sprouts, we sell only natural hardwood charcoal. This helps to minimize the health risks associated with grilling meat, poultry and fish at high heat, and it works perfectly well for vegetables too. The irregular-size pieces seem to make it easier to start and maintain a fire too. (If you have a gas grill, of course, you’re way ahead of the game.)
  2. Since vegetables need high heat to cook correctly on a grill, avoid the common tendency to throw them on after you have removed your meat and are letting things cool down. You can cook them first, then wrap them in foil and throw them back on for two minutes just as you are removing the meat.
  3. Marinades that include fruit juices like orange or lemon may serve to reduce the risk of chemical reactions that can create potential carcinogens. Fifteen minutes of marinating is usually sufficient.
 

Turkey Veggie Cups

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Plastic cup with turkey painted on it. Prepping Thanksgiving dinner can be tough—especially when little ones are involved. Creating an entire Thanksgiving spread and getting your kiddos to eat this balanced meal is a feat to feel thankful for when achieved. Luckily, we’ve got a kid-approved snack that’s easy to make and fun to eat! Kids will love that these adorable turkey cups are just for them and you’ll love knowing this snack is packed full of good-for-you ingredients.

What you’ll need:

How to make ‘em:

  1. Cut out the turkeys and use double-sided tape to attach them to the cups.
  2. Slice your veggies into long, thin strips.
  3. Fill your cups with the desired amount of hummus and add sliced veggies.
  4. Enjoy!
 

Tricks & Treats

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Let’s face it, with October being one of the sweetest months of the year, many of us are probably going to over-indulge in some sugary confections. At Sprouts though, we’re always on the lookout for fresh, fun, and flavorful snacks, and this month was no exception. We thought, “What are some festive and healthy snacks we can make, incorporating fresh and natural ingredients that won’t cause a sugar overload?” Here are a couple of the “tricks” we came up with that also make for some pretty tasty treats your kids are sure to gobble right up:

“CANDY CORN” PARFAIT"CANDY CORN" PARFAIT

How cute are these? Inspired by those tiny yellow, orange and white candies that are ubiquitous with Halloween, this “Candy Corn” Parfait incorporates fresh fruit and just a dab of fresh whipped cream. Perfect for an after-dinner dessert or substitute the whipping cream with vanilla Greek yogurt and sprinkle on some granola for a tasty, healthy before-school breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • Freshly cut pineapple
  • Sprouts Mandarin Oranges
  • Whipping cream or vanilla Greek yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Chop fresh pineapple into quarter-size pieces and layer in bottom of glass or tumbler.
  2. Scoop and layer Sprouts Mandarin Oranges.
  3. Dab a tablespoon of fresh whipping cream or a dollop of vanilla yogurt.

APPLE MONSTER CHOMPERS APPLE MONSTER CHOMPERS

If you’ve got a kiddo who’s always starving when they get home from school, these Apple Monster Chompers are perfect!  They’ve got the right amount of sweetness and some protein to fend-off hunger before dinner without ruining their appetite.

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Yogurt-covered raisins
  • Sprouts Smooth Peanut Butter

Instructions:

  1. Slice apples.
  2. Smear Sprouts Peanut Butter or almond butter onto apples.
  3. Place and arrange yogurt covered raisins.

HALLOWEEN POPCORN MIX

HALLOWEEN POPCORN MIX

Turn a basic batch of popcorn into a bowl of Halloween fun by adding an array of sweet treats and chocolate drizzle. This munchable snack is perfect for parties, fall potlucks or put the popcorn mix in small bags and pass out to trick-or-treaters. It’s so good it’s scary!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Popcorn
  • 1/2 cup Candy corn
  • 1/2 cup Roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate-covered raisins
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. Drizzled yogurt chips
  • 2 Tbsp. Drizzled dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Mix popcorn with candy corn, peanuts, chocolate-covered raisins and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Melt yogurt and dark chocolate chips.
  3. Drizzle popcorn mix with melted chocolate and enjoy!
 

Top 7: Seasonal Wellness Foods

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Spring is a beautiful season full of fresh, blossoming trees and new life. With this beauty comes allergies and post-winter colds. Instead of heading towards the medicine cabinet, try reaching for fresh foods that are full of beneficial nutrients to help get you through this spring season. Nutrient-rich and easy-to-eat, try these top seven seasonal wellness foods: Vegetables and Fruit

Salmon

High in protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon offers a nutrient-rich dish that tastes great broiled, baked or grilled.

Peppers

Packed with B vitamins, vitamin C and immune-boosting carotenoids, peppers give your plate a punch of color. Plus, they’re packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits!

Citrus

Whether you prefer lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruits, citrus is a tasty way to load up on vitamin C. Citrus varietals also contain hesperidin, which may help reduce inflammation and improve circulation.

Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard are powerful sources of antioxidants, flavonoids, and vitamin C,—all of which have anti-inflammatory benefits, and may help to protect against cellular damage.

Grapes

The anthocyanin in purple and red grapes is what gives them their dark rich color, but did you know, it also gives grapes the anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that keep you feeling great?

Berries

These sweet treats are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and quercetin, which have anti-inflammatory benefits and help keep your immune system strong.  

Top 6: Pumpkin Carving Hacks

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It’s only tradition that the Halloween spirit takes over neighborhoods with custom carved pumpkins on porches and doorsteps. Carving pumpkins is a fun activity the whole family can take part in. From ghoulish gourds to traditional jack-o’-lanterns, everyone can enjoy making their own “spook-tacular” creation. We’ve put together tips to help you achieve your pumpkin carving goals—whether it’s flexing your artistic abilities, lighting the way for trick-or-treaters or just getting in the spirit! Woman carving pumpkin Before the designing begins, carve a trench out of your pumpkin. Not only will this help to clean it out, but you’ll also be set when it’s time to place a candle inside and put it on display.
Drawing face on pumpkin Use a dry erase marker to draw out a design on your pumpkin. Unlike a permanent marker, you’ll be able to erase any mistakes before carving your masterpiece!
carving out pumpkin Hammers and cookie cutters may not be conventional tools for pumpkin carving but don’t knock it until you try it! Using both will help make cleaner lines on the pumpkin and ultimately result in a cleaner carving. Kiddos will love seeing their favorite shapes on their pumpkin, too!
Cleaning out pumpkin Place a tea-light candle in a small glass votive to avoid any fire hazards. Lighting your pumpkin with battery-powered tea lights is another safe option.
Pumpkin used as an ice chest New uses for pumpkins! For a fun addition to a holiday spread, you can also carve out half the pumpkin and place a bowl inside for serving snacks and drinks.
Watermelon and pumpkin craving Remember the options are limitless! You can also use a watermelon or pineapple to create a new twist on the classic jack-o’-lantern. In these versions, you get an after-carving snack!  

Top 5: Centerpieces of your Holiday Meal

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For most of the year, meals come and meals go; you hardly notice. Some, you eat in front of the TV. Others you wolf down on your way out the door—and if you’re lucky, you find a restaurant or two that is worth going back to. But in December, meals matter. Meals are memorable. Friends and family are literally gathered ’round. And that’s why we at Sprouts are so focused on the center of the table. Herein we offer five terrific ideas for the centerpiece of your holiday meal—all of which will earn you oohs and aahs, and none of which will break the bank.

1. Fresh, Natural Turkey

The turkey “balls” you buy at most conventional supermarkets may have been in the deep freeze for a year or more; that’s why they give them away so readily at this time of year! But Sprouts natural turkeys are raised with a commitment to care and quality. No preservatives or artificial ingredients. They are moist, tender and remarkably flavorful. Holiday Ham

2. Crown Pork Loin Roast

Nothing looks quite as dramatic on your table as a crown roast. Our butchers start with natural pork and use a French trimming process to make everything easy for you. All you need to do is add some garnish and maybe a little apple stuffing. NOTE: this is a specialty item that you must pre-order at the Sprouts meat counter.

3. Grandma Ethel’s Vegetable Kishke 

On the other end of the elegance spectrum, but no less delicious! This is an old-world, do-it-yourself vegetarian recipe that takes advantage of some of Sprouts’ farm-fresh produce, and is incredibly easy to make. It’s also great hot or cold.

Ingredients

8 oz. Saltine or other crackers, crushed 2 Celery stalks 1 lg. Onion 2 lg. Carrots 1 Egg 1/2 cup White or crimini mushrooms 1/4 cup Mayonnaise 1/4 cup Butter

Instructions

  1. Slice all vegetables with a food processor. Sauté in butter for 5 minutes; combine with mayo and crackers; beat in egg.
  2. Shape into rolls, seal in aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 350°F for one hour.

4. Spiral Sliced Bone-in-Ham

Our water-cured hams are perfectly spiced and perfectly priced—so much better than the regular supermarket hams. Our butchers will even give you tips to ensure that your ham stays moist and juicy.

5. USDA Choice All-Natural Beef Rib Roast

Aromatic, succulent and just downright special. Sprouts butchers trim and tie the roast using a special technique we call the “Presidential Cut.” Our everyday price on the rib roast beats most other stores hands-down, even though we use USDA Choice all-natural beef while other stores use inferior grades; but for the holidays, we’ll have an especially great deal.  

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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Açaí Superfood Smoothie Acai Superfood Smoothie

The perfect way to start the day is a breakfast smoothie packed with the benefits of açaí berries and superfood supplements. Did you know açaí berries are chock-full of powerful antioxidants that can help fight free radicals and boost skin health? Açaí berries also have a high-fiber content, which may aid in weight loss. Combine that with a superfood supplement bursting with vitamins A and C, fiber, protein, omegas and fatty acids and you’ve got the makings of a successful morning meal replacement!* Try This! Blend together 1/2 cup frozen açaí berries, 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 vanilla Greek yogurt and 1 serving powdered superfood supplement. Add milk or dairy alternative and ice to achieve desired consistency.

Matcha Smoothie

Matcha Pre-workout Power Smoothie

Before your next workout, try a smoothie enhanced with matcha to help energize and boost metabolism. Matcha, a green tea powder, is rich in antioxidants, amino acids and vitamin C. It may also help lower cholesterol and naturally detoxify the body.* Try This! Prepare 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 1/4 cup hot water. Blend together with 1 avocado, 1/2 cup frozen berries and one serving vanilla whey protein. Add milk or dairy alternative and ice to achieve desired consistency.

Maca Supergreen SmoothieGreen Smoothie Recipe

Mood-boosting, brain-boosting, fatigue-combating—is there anything maca can’t do? Maca, a root grown in Peru that is similar to a radish, can help increase strength, energy and stamina.* Besides the powder form used to boost your smoothies, you can also find energy-boosting maca in capsule form at Sprouts. The good news is, this superfood will serve as a complement to your diet no matter how you choose to take it! Try This! Blend together 1 sliced kiwi, 1 banana, 1 cup spinach leaves, 3 teaspoons maca and 2 teaspoons honey. Add coconut water and ice to achieve desired consistency.

SWEET AS HONEY HEMP & MANGO SMOOTHIESweet as Honey Help & Mango Smoothie 

A complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids, hemp packs a significant source of protein! It’s also chock-full of vitamin E, iron, magnesium and omegas. Perfect for those on the go, hemp delivers a continuous source of energy.* Try This! Blend together 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons honey and 1–2 servings of hemp (protein powder or seeds). Add coconut water and ice to achieve desired consistency.
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Remember to check with your physician before trying a new diet or supplement regimen.
 

Top 4: New Year Smoothie Recipes

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The beginning of the year is a great time to jumpstart healthy habits. This year, commit to adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet with these delicious and nutritious smoothie recipes. Sprouts partnered with four registered dietitians to create smoothie recipes that include superfood boosts for your mind and body. Try one of them today!

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie BowlTropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

Recipe By: Emily Weeks, RDN, LD Indulge in the taste of the tropics any time of the year with this tropical smoothie bowl! The addition of turmeric adds anti-inflammatory power, while the fruit and toppings provide plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sprouts Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Sprouts Frozen Pineapple
  • 1 cup Frozen mango
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 spoonful of Chia
  • Dash of Sprouts Turmeric (to your taste). Start with 1/8 tsp.
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced kiwis
  • Chopped almonds
  • Sprouts Shredded Coconut

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may have to add a splash of orange juice if the mixture gets too thick.
  3. Top with sliced fruit, nuts and shredded coconut.

Strawberry Banana Cacao-Nut Smoothie (aka: Beet the Bloat)Strawberry Banana Cacao-Nut Smoothie (aka: Beet the Bloat)

Recipe By: Suzanne Farrell, RD, of Cherry Creek Nutrition How can you help to beat the holiday bloat? Fill your diet with potassium, probiotics, magnesium and fiber—which are all in this smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sprouts Brand Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/2 Frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup Kefir
  • 1/4 beets, chopped or shredded
  • 1 cup Sprouts Brand Coconut Water
  • 2 tsp. cacao

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Enjoy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate SmoothieHealthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

Recipe By: Katie Morford, MS, RD Here’s proof that healthy and tasty go hand-in-hand. Feel free to add more spinach, as desired, or try it with baby kale instead. Enjoy it all to yourself as a light meal for about 300 calories. Or divide it into two glasses to share as a wholesome snack that comes in at just 150 calories a serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sprouts Milk (cow’s milk or plant-based milk)
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut-butter powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Sprouts Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp. Sprouts Organic Honey
  • 1 sm. Frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Sprouts Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Loosely packed baby spinach
  • 3 Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until frothy and smooth with no obvious flecks of spinach.
  3. Serve immediately.

Blueberry Breakfast SmoothieBlueberry Breakfast Smoothie

Recipe By: Marisa Moore, RDN

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Plain, vanilla, or honey kefir
  • 1 cup Sprouts Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Shelled Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. Sprouts Cinnamon
  • Optional Add-Ins: 1/2 tsp. Sprouts Pure Maple Syrup, splash of Sprouts Vanilla Extract, vanilla protein powder

Instructions

  1. Add the oats and kefir to a high-powered blender.
  2. Let sit 5 minutes (or refrigerate overnight).
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Blend until smooth. Enjoy.