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Introducing: Bristol Farms meal Kits for 2!

posted on January 15th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

Let’s face it: cooking a healthy meal on a weeknight can be rather daunting....which is why so many of us will often times, resort to takeout or delivery options, which can be expensive and anything but fresh and nutritious. We have some really good news for all you busy bees. Introducing: Bristol Farms meal kits for 2! In addition to our already delicious hot food bar and grab-and-go options, our new meal kits for 2 are a delicious and convenient option no matter how busy your day. Each meal kit delivers restaurant quality taste without having to slave over the stove. Plus, they’re perfectly portioned for two and made only with simple high quality ingredients. All you need is 25 minutes or less in the kitchen!   For a real kick of flavor, our Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles boasts tender chicken breasts, fresh, crisp broccoli, sliced red peppers, celery, yakisoba noodles, and firecracker sauce that all comes together in only 15 minutes, flat. If you’re… Read More

Butcher’s Bonanza in Palm Desert this Weekend: January 18‑21!

posted on January 14th, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

Attention Pasadena meat Lovers! You do not want to miss our Butcher's Bonanza event happening this Friday through Monday at our Palm Desert store. Get the best prices of the year on our Organic poultry and USDA Prime and Choice beef plus lamb racks, pork tenderloin, and more! Our butchers will be on hand to give you cooking tips, suggestions and will cut your selections any way you desire! There will also be free tastings throughout the store! Here are just some of the specials you can expect to see in our butchery: Whole Boneless Ribeyes: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Whole Boneless New Yorks: $10.99lb. Save $8lb. Beef Loin Tenderloin $14.99. Save $15lb. Tri-Tip: $7.99lb. Save $6lb. Brisket: $6.99lb. Save $3lb. Lamb Rack $19.99lb. Save $10lb. Ground Turkey: $2.99lb. Save $3.00 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: $4.99 lb. Save $3 lb. Boneless Lamb Leg: $7.99lb. Save $5lb Read More

Avocado toast, 6 ways!

posted on January 10th, 2019 by Dani Fogel

There are very few foods out there that are equally as delicious for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but we’re very grateful that avocado toast is one of them! This healthy food trend is definitely here to stay, so we’ve outlined a few of the most craveable ways to enjoy the ever so popular and even more addicting "avo toast". The green fruit, that honestly tastes and spreads like some kind of healthy green butter, is packed with nutritional benefits like good-for-you, heart-healthy fats, fiber, and potassium. Paired with whole-grain or gluten-free bread and some creative toppings, avocado toast is a meal that allows you to show off your inner chef and will have you feeling completely satisfied with just minimal effort in the kitchen. 1. Put an Egg on It! Talk about a match made in foodie heaven! Avocado toast with a fried or poached egg on top truly takes your meal to the next level. A runny yolk adds multi-dimensional flavor and even more health benefits, like a boost… Read More

A Lesson in Winter Citrus Fruits

posted on January 8th, 2019 by Dani Fogel

If you’re looking to add a little brightness to these cold winter months, you’re not alone. Although a variety of fruits peak in their sweetness and juiciness in the summertime, citrus shines in all its glory in January and February.  And a huge health bonus for you - citrus fruits are rich in potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, which can act as an immunity booster to keep you from catching a pesky winter cold. From funny-looking Sumo Mandarins to tangy Texas Grapefruit to gourmet Meyer lemons, we have every citrus variety you could ever dream of in our stores right now, all from our trusty and loyal farmers who bring us only the best fruit each and every year. Here's your guide to everything Winter citrus - the look, taste, and texture of the fruits plus recipe tips for a few as well. Mandarins Mandarin oranges are a small, loose-skinned variety that are typically sweet juice bombs much less acidic than a common orange. There are many types of Mandarin oranges… Read More

6 Winter Whisk(e)ys to Wet Your Whistle

posted on January 3rd, 2019 by Dani Fogel

Winter is here to stay for a while, and let’s face it; sometimes a cozy sweater just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for ways to warm up from the inside out, look no further than these beautifully smoky and smooth whiskeys (and whisky) to wet your whistle and sip on alongside some friends, all from the comfort of home. But first, a brief lesson... what exactly is the difference between whiskey and whisky? It mostly comes down to where the liquor was made. Whisky without the “e” is considered a Scotch whisky, though it’s sometimes distilled in Canada or Japan. Irish and American whiskeys on the other hand, are usually spelled with the “e.” Now that we’ve covered that tidbit of knowledge, let’s get into some of our favorite varieties. The Macallan, 12 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky This highly esteemed single malt Scotch whisky is revered all over the world. It’s delightfully smooth, with notes of dried fruit and sherry and a balance of woodsmoke… Read More

Easy Weeknight Roasted Veggies

posted on January 2nd, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

The New year means getting back on track with a lot of things in life. Back on the grind at the 9-5, back to the gym, and back to healthier eating. But just because the holiday season is over doesn't mean that things are slowing down for all of us. A busy work and home life can still lead to deceptively healthy take-out, which will prevent us from fulfilling those healthier living new year's resolutions. We're here to help. May we suggest an all too easy and oh-so simple weeknight dinner? A hot and juicy hormone and antibiotic-free rotisserie chicken from our stores paired with easy and oh, so flavorful roasted vegetables. Because roasting vegetables like carrots, squash, and potatoes is what you do in the chilly Winter months. Ingredients: 2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes 2 lb. Rainbow carrots, peeled and cut on a bias 2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely cut 1 tablespoon Rosemary, finely cut 1 tablespoon butter Salt and… Read More

Meal Prep Like a Pro in 2019

posted on January 1st, 2019 by Leslie Thomas

We get it; takeout and processed foods are just so much easier. Cooking a wholesome meal is sometimes the last thing we have time for. You’ve probably heard of meal prepping - it’s a health trend that got popular a few years ago and has stuck around - for good reason. Meal prepping makes eating healthy easy and quick, week after week. But there’s a misconception about the trend - you don’t have to eat the same thing everyday. You can absolutely mix-and-match your meals with just a few variations in sauces, toppings, and sides. That way it never gets boring and it's easier to stay on track. All is takes is some patience in the kitchen and just a couple of hours (3 hours, max if you're not much of a cook) and you've got a week's worth of healthy lunch and dinners that won't break the bank or upset your taste buds either. We suggest going through the meal prep on Sundays, when you're least likely to have work or social obligations. So go grab your favorite glass… Read More

19 Ways to be Healthy in 2019

posted on January 1st, 2019 by Dani Fogel

For many of us, the new year means a fresh start and a clean slate. It means simplifying our lives, eating healthier, getting more active, and nixing bad habits. We’re here to help you stay on track this year and prove that eating well doesn’t have to be boring or time consuming. In this list, we’ve rounded up 19 easy and delicious ways to eat (and drink) healthfully in 2019! 1. Grab-and-Go “Fast” food doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy or greasy. When you visit your local Bristol Farms, you can pick up a satisfying meal on-the-go that’s full of protein and fiber and low in calories. Our salmon and quinoa, grilled chicken and pesto pasta, and vegan tofu and grains are all under 500 calories and will help you quickly cross cooking lunch or dinner off your to-do list. 2. Pack on the Protein with Poke It’s true, your favorite raw fish fix is also a delicious way to get more protein. Stay full for longer with our self-serve poke bar full of fresh and flavorful… Read More

Winter Citrus Margarita

posted on January 1st, 2019 by Lauren Murphy

When you think of margaritas you might be reminded of summer. But with all the winter citrus slowly making their way into stores, it's a perfect excuse to make a fresh hand squeezed margarita. Feel free to adapt the recipe below and make it your own. The beauty of winter citrus is that they are all unique in flavor and are great to mix and match! Ingredients to make 4 mason jars: 3 limes 1 Cara Cara Pink Navel 1.5 Pink Grapefruits 1 Tangelo 1 Clementine 6 oz Tequila Sparkling water (optional to cut juice) Ice Salt for rim (optional) Instructions: Squeeze the juice from desired citrus into bowl Strain out pulp and seeds In a small pitcher mix citrus juice and tequila Add sparkling water to taste (If salting rim) Rub lime wedge along rim of glass and then dip glass in rimming salt Fill mason jars or margarita glasses with refreshing beverage Garnish with a bright slice of citrus Read More

Game Day Grub: An Easy Recipe For Every Quarter of the Game

posted on December 30th, 2018 by Leslie Thomas

Football season is slowly coming to an exciting end and with it means parties complete with burgers, beer, and Buffalo chicken wings. Because a fantastic spread of indulgences can make winning that much better...and losing a little more tolerable (strong emphasis on a little). Whether you're hosting or you're contributing to a potluck party, you shouldn't have to stress over cooking - leave all that stress and nail-biting for the game! That's why we're helping you out with 4 easy, tried and true recipes for College Football Saturdays and NFL Sunday and Monday. One recipe for each quarter...and beers for all at halftime! 1st Quarter: Our Own Homemade Guacamole - Yes, this one is a "cheat." But a really, really good cheat. Our delightfully chunky and flavorful guacamole is made fresh everyday in our kitchens using perfectly ripe avocados, cilantro, onion, and tomato. Serve it in a pretty bowl and pair with your favorite tortilla chips and your friends will never know you didn't… Read More

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