All About Salmon

All About Salmon

It’s National Seafood Month and we’re celebrating by sharing our love for salmon. Salmon is commonly known to be a very heart-healthy protein, but did YOU know that salmon has other great health benefits as well. Salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a great source of protein and has many essential vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Selenium, phosphorous, and iron. All of these allow salmon to provide its various health benefits, according to Healthline.

Health Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids not only help to reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing the functioning of the heart muscle and decreasing heart arrhythmias. Fish is recommended to be consumed twice a week by the American Heart Association because of the benefits to the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids provided by salmon can also help to promote health joints, skin, and help with neurological development when taken by pregnant mothers. It can also reduce aggression, impulsivity, and depression in adults, as reported by Medical News Today. The vast amount of protein provided by salmon provides essential amino acids to the body that help to promote growth and strengthen bones. The protein can even help promote weight loss as it maintains metabolism. The Vitamin D in salmon can actually even help to reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis and cancer. The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements states that salmon can also help to prevent mental deterioration from aging and thyroid disease through the selenium that it provides to the body. On top of all of this, salmon can also help
with maintaining diabetes and healthy cholesterol levels.

Incorporating Salmon Into Your Diet

Salmon can be cooked in many ways, including baked, broiled, seared or grilled. Livestrong recommends eating salmon with a side of steamed vegetables for a meal that will not only help with maintaining heart health, but will also give energy and reduce hunger. It is also great alongside pasta or rice, on top of salads, or formed into patties for salmon burgers. Here at STONEFIRE Grill, we prefer our salmon grilled with Lemon Garlic or Sesame Glaze, with a freshly prepared, simply delicious salad.
Getting hungry? With 9 locations across Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Fernando Valley, find the location closest to you for freshly prepared, simply delicious meals. Choose STONEFIRE Grill for all your Dine In, Takeout or Catering needs!

All About Arugula

All About Arugula

According to LiveStrong, arugula has been named one of the most nutrient-dense foods that YOU can eat! Arugula has vastly more calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and iron as iceberg lettuce. Other vitamins and minerals that arugula contains in large amounts include folate, potassium, manganese, beta-carotene, along with various other phytochemicals and antioxidants. Overall, arugula might have more health benefits than various types of lettuce and other vegetables.

Health Benefits

All of the nutrients provided by arugula can help the body much more than you may have ever expected. Livestrong states that arugula can help with weight management, lowering blood pressure, improving eye sight (especially at night), and reducing the risk of both cardiovascular disease and cancer. It can also reduce the risk of muscular degeneration of the eye muscles and inflammation throughout the entire body. Interestingly, the folate in arugula can help pregnant women to reduce the risk of having babies with birth defects. Heal With Foods also adds that arugula can boost male fertility and act as an aphrodisiac. It has even been shown that arugula can help to prevent osteoporosis, improve diabetes, and improve athletic performance by reducing that amount of oxygen needed during exercise. Organic Facts also believes that it can strengthen bones, improve skin quality, strengthen brain functions, and boost the immune system.

Arugula in Your Diet

Adding arugula into your diet might not be as hard as you may think. If you plan on cooking or preparing it yourself, it is recommended that the greens are used within a couple of days from when they are purchased. Any wilting, bruised or yellow leaves should be removed. All green, healthy leaves should be put in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes to remove any dirt. Once they are drained and dried with a towel, they can be cooked in many ways, including being steamed or sautéed, or used fresh to create a salad. If you cook it, arugula is great with eggs, pasta or potatoes. If you choose to leave it raw, it is great in a smoothie or as a salad base.
Two of our salads here at STONEFIRE Grill use arugula as the base. Come on in to try out arugula in our Roasted Corn & Arugula Salad, Seared Ahi + Arugula or The A.B.G. Salad! Feel free to substitute arugula in any of YOUR favorite salads.
Getting hungry? With 9 locations across Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Fernando Valley, find the location closest to you for freshly prepared, simply delicious meals. Choose STONEFIRE Grill for all your Dine In, Takeout or Catering needs!

All About Kale

All About Kale

It’s no secret that kale is full of nutrition that makes it very good for you. According to Medical News Today, kale has been found to be one of the healthiest foods in the entire world. Kale provides a multitude of vitamins and minerals to the body. Kale is packed with fiber. It also provides many vitamins, including Vitamins C, B6, and K. Other nutrients that kale provides to the body include potassium, calcium, iron and beta-carotene.

Health Benefits

All of these vitamins and minerals allow kale to provide the body with numerous health benefits. Kale helps to promote healthy skin, hair, and healthy digestion. It can also lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and asthma, along with lowering blood pressure. Mark Houston from Vanderbilt University claims that an increased intake of potassium and a decreased intake of sodium are the best ways to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The high potassium in kale also reduces the risk of stroke and the formation of kidney stones. According to Medical News Today, the high-fiber content of kale can help to improve blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels of people with Type 2 Diabetes. The iron in kale also helps the liver to function correctly. Lastly, kale lowers inflammation, reduces cholesterol, and improves eye health (Michigan State University).

How to Incorporate Kale Into Your Diet

Kale is great in many different forms. It can be used in sandwiches, or cooked in a variety of different ways and then added to meals. To cook kale, it is recommended by Michigan State University to cut the kale into half-inch pieces and then steam it. Kale chips have also become increasingly popular in the last few years. Here at STONEFIRE, we like to use kale in our salads, like our Golden State Kale or Jeanette’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad! YOU can even substitute kale in any of our salads! Find your local STONEFIRE Grill to give them a try!
Getting hungry? With 9 locations across Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Fernando Valley, find the location closest to you for freshly prepared, simply delicious meals. Choose STONEFIRE Grill for all your Dine In, Takeout or Catering needs!

10.2: Here's to Healthy Options!

It’s hard to believe that our first STONEFIRE in Valencia is 10 years old!  Looking back, we took a few risks in our planning, ones that really paid off.  At the time, restaurants didn’t do takeout, and most associated a meal to go with pizza or Chinese food; grocery stores were just beginning to make prepared foods to take home.

We decided to really emphasize STONEFIRE Takeout with the idea that our kitchen could, and should, replace yours regularly!  We prepared simple menu items focusing on value, quality and taste, and the Santa Clarita community responded.  Our overall business steadily increased that first year and the idea of STONEFIRE Takeout became a successful reality.  In fact, we have remodeled our Takeout area four times in the past 10 years, always looking for additional space.  Most recently, we took over the space next door and increased our restaurant size by 1500 square feet, the majority of which went to a new and bigger Takeout area!

Thank you, Valencia, for your support over the years.  The following was written by a regular Valencia guest, Jackie Field, a wife, mom and personal trainer who loves STONEFIRE Grill.

Enjoy,

Mary Harrigan

I Send All My Clients to STONEFIRE

It’s so hard for busy people today to get a healthy meal that’s prepared the way you would prepare your own meals in your kitchen.  With one child finishing up soccer, another to be dropped off at gymnastics or dance, work to finish up that didn’t get done in your regular work day, e-mail to check, a dog to walk (it’s our greatest wish, right?), etc…Come on, you don’t have time to marinate and cook some chicken, chop various veggies, prepare your homemade salad dressings AND set the table?  Those times, unfortunately, are very rare and almost non-existent.

So what to do? As a lifestyle coach and trainer, I send all my clients to STONEFIRE for the best “living” food around.  I’ve trusted STONEFIRE for 10 years now.  I have cross-examined their managers and cooks to find out what they put into their sauces, dressings and marinades.  Everything is made right there with fresh ingredients daily.  Even the carrot cake is made by STONEFIRE cooks.  I recommend it on those special days of indulgences, like Mother’s Day and birthdays.  You can even order a half portion to share with a friend.

STONEFIRE’s menu is loaded with fresh vegetables.  They are the best at letting you modify your order with substitutions or add on additional veggies.  Most of their food items can very easily accommodate a vegetarian diet.  Whenever I have my health and wellness meetings, I’m able to get all the meats and cheeses on the side, as well as dressings, which makes my vegetarian clients extremely happy.  As for my carnivore friends, they love the healthy selection of the lemon garlic salmon or chicken.  You can even order the chicken breast skinless.  It goes without saying; the tri tip is one of the best in Southern California!

I tell my clients, “You should always be conscious of what you put in your mouth and why.  Always be willing to live with the consequences of what you eat.  And always eat for the right reasons.”  I prefer to eat for my health and wellness.  Handle stress with exercise, hobbies, or a good walk under a beautiful blue sky.  Never eat while watching TV or reading a book.  That’s not conscious eating, that’s mechanical eating, and not very satisfying.  Always load up on vegetables to increase the metabolic rate of your meals.  Who wouldn’t want to burn more calories?

So if you’d like a couple of suggestions as to what to eat at STONEFIRE, here are a few of my favorites.  I recommend the Fiesta salad.  It has sautéed and fresh vegetables, which give it a great flavor.  The dressing is amazing, but I like it with no dressing.  The juices from the sautéed peppers and onions give it great flavor on their own.  I also like to get the grilled veggie platter and add a few more grilled veggies at home.  I then take the leftovers home and eat the rest as a snack or side salad later in the day.  When my husband and I go, we like to get the chicken and tri tip combo meal.  It’s plenty for the two of us plus he loves the breadsticks!  My most common order is the lemon garlic salmon meal with a Cartwheel salad.  I was never a lover of beets or cilantro dressing until my daughter talked me into the Cartwheel salad.  Now it’s a must have at family cook outs when I need a big salad that makes everyone happy.

Placing a healthy order at STONEFIRE, for take out or to eat in, allows you to take care of your health while spending time with your loved ones.  Just because we don’t have time to MAKE a healthy meal doesn’t mean we don’t have time to EAT a healthy meal.  Get rid of the excuses and the excess fat, eat at STONEFIRE!  You’ll love it, I do!

Jackie Field, Certified Fitness Trainer/Life Coach

Super Greens to the Rescue!

Your search for a healthy (and delicious) restaurant is over! With a whole host of super green options on the STONEFIRE Grill menu, meeting your daily veggie intake is easier than ever.

 

How do super greens benefit YOU? Not only do they taste great, but they’re also filled with healthy and essential nutrients that our bodies require. Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they’re a meal component that can’t be missed at our healthy restaurants.

By incorporating a few portions of super greens into your daily diet, your body will benefit in multiple ways: boosted immune system, reduced inflammation, clearer skin and most importantly, more ENERGY! Who doesn’t need a little more of that?!

With all of these health benefits, you might be wondering, “Where’s the list of super greens?”  Listed below are a few super options that can also be found on the STONEFIRE Grill menu:

Kale
Spinach
Avocado
Cucumber
Bell Peppers
Arugula

We should mention that the ingredients listed above are also found in several menu items AND on our Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free menu. How can you go wrong? Enjoy these options in the following STONEFIRE Grill healthy menu items:

Golden State Kale
Spinach Salad
Roasted Corn & Arugula
Healthy Hybrid
Grilled Salad (with quinoa)

Or, substitute YOUR salad include kale, spinach or arugula at no additional charge!

xo STONEFIRE

New Choices On Our Gluten Free Menu!

Since the introduction of our Healthy Alternatives Menu, we have been receiving great feedback about the many different options we provide our guests who have chosen to live a healthy lifestyle. At STONEFIRE Grill we always strive to support our guests with their health and dietary needs; one of the ways we accommodate these concerns is with our Gluten Free menu. You can find these popular items on our Gluten Free menu:

Cartwheel Salad
South of the Border Salad (without tortilla strips)
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Barbecue Chicken
Pepper Garlic Tri Tip (without Gorgonzola Butter)
Barbecue Tri Tip
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cowboy Beans
Grilled Vegetables
 

For those of you who took notice we have added a few new items to our Gluten Free menu; because our BARBECUE SAUCE is now Gluten Free, we are able to add a few more options onto the list! This is great news for our Gluten Free guests who have heard about our tantalizing Barbecue Tri Tip, Barbecue Chicken & Barbecue Baby Back Ribs and are now able to take part in this delicious portion of our menu. We are all very excited about this new development and hope you enjoy these new menu options that have become available to you. If you would like further information regarding our full Gluten Free Menu, please contact us at feedback@stonefiregrill.com.

Enjoy!
 

Behind the Scenes

As a Marketing Intern here at STONEFIRE Grill, I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes you (the customer) happy. I’ll have you know that this is NOT an easy job. With this much great food to choose from, how am I to decide whether you want  Soup or Salad? Pizza or Pasta? Sandwich or Cheesecake? And as I sit here in my ‘Deal Den’ dreaming up all of those specials that you’ve come to know and love, you better believe that my mouth is watering. It’s almost torture! Continue reading “Behind the Scenes” »

#FreshlyPrepared [Radishes]

In a long list of nutritious vegetables choices, Radishes are often overlooked. With a whole host of health benefits, we’ve decided to shed some light on this under-appreciated veggie.

This low calorie, high nutrient vegetable can help eliminate toxins, prevent viral infections and keep you hydrated. With the holiday season quickly approaching, radishes are great way to combat illness.

Visit your local Los Angeles, Orange County and San Fernando Valley STONEFIRE Grill Restaurant to enjoy this delicious vegetable in our Greek or Cartwheel Salads or add (for an additional charge) it to any of our 16 market fresh salads!

With a full Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free menu complete with several healthy options, STONEFIRE is quickly becoming a favorite for those seeking healthy restaurant alternatives! Trust us, you’ll have plenty of options that you’re sure to enjoy!

 

 

XO –  STONEFIRE

Vegan + Vegetarian at STONEFIRE

At STONEFIRE, we take great care to ensure that we provide something for everyone, and that means having a variety of delicious options available for our vegan and vegetarian guests.  We welcome your modifications to any of our menu items, but below is a quick cheat sheet for you to reference:

VEGAN

[Signature Salads]
Garden
Cartwheel
Traditional Greek*
STONEFIRE’S BBQ Chopped with Quinoa*
Italian Chopped*
Spinach*
Grilled Salad*
South of the Border with Quinoa*
Asian Salad
Keen Green*
Healthy Hybrid*
Roasted Corn & Arugula*
Golden State Kale
The A.B.G.

*No Cheese and/or Sub Dressing and Sub Quinoa

 

Vegan Salad Dressings
Olive Oil Vinaigrette / Cilantro Vinaigrette / Sesame Ginger / Lemon Tahini / Tomato Basil Vinaigrette / Balsamic Vinaigrette / Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

[Pizza & Sandwiches]
Cheeseless Roasted Veggie Pizza
Roasted Cauliflower Pita

[Sides]
Freshly Baked Breadsticks *Plain
Quinoa
Nutty Coleslaw
Cauliflower Salad
Whole Roasted Cauliflower

STONEFIRE’S Roasted Vegetables *No Feta Cheese
Grilled Sweet White Corn *Seasonal/No Butter

VEGETARIAN

[Signature Salads]
All of our salads can be made vegetarian by removing the animal protein and/or substituting avocado or quinoa.

Vegetarian Salad Dressings
Cilantro Vinaigrette / Olive Oil Vinaigrette / Buttermilk Ranch / Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette / Chili Lime Vinaigrette / Balsamic Vinaigrette / Lemon Tahini / Tomato Basil Vinaigrette / Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette / Sesame Ginger / Bleu Cheese

[Pizza]
Traditional Cheese
Tomato & Basil
STONEFIRE’S Favorite
The Works *No Pepperoni or Sausage
Roasted Veggie
Cheeseless Roasted Veggie
10″ Margherita

[Pasta]
Marinara
Pesto
Tomesto
Macaroni & Cheese

[Sandwiches]

Roasted Cauliflower Pita
The Caprese
Steak & Cheese *Sub Avocado/Extra Mozzarella

[Sides]
Freshly Baked Breadsticks
Quinoa
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Nutty Coleslaw
Cauliflower Salad
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
STONEFIRE’S Roasted Vegetables
Grilled Sweet White Corn *Seasonal

#FRESHLYPREPARED [AVOCADO]

Besides the incredible weather, sandy beaches and endless activities, our home of sunny Southern California also offers access to deliciously FRESH produce.

At STONEFIRE Grill, we strive to bring our guests freshly prepared, simply delicious dishes that will satisfy everyone in the family. A major component to that freshness is our list of 16 different salads, and of those salads, 7 include the fiber rich fruit, avocado. With 10 grams of fiber in piece of fruit, and with plenty of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat to boost good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol, the Avocado is a great accompaniment to any salad.