Meat is critically important during the holidays. I mean honestly, what is a Christmas dinner without a juicy glazed ham or prime rib? God-forbid a Thanksgiving without a turkey! Say it ain’t so!
In our house, we take meat very seriously. It is the centerpiece of a whole meal!
So when Sprouts Farmers Market invited me to their #HolidayMeatUp I agreed to join without a second thought! “Let’s talk about meat bab-y, let’s talk about you ‘n me…let’s talk about meeeeat!”
I told you, I take meat VERY seriously.
Okay, so for the Holiday “Meat Up” with Sprouts, a bunch of us local Denver bloggers got together at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which is located in Centennial, Colorado! I had no idea the headquarters for the Colorado Beef Council was right here in Colorado! This is where the magic happens for the whole country – including recipe development, beef education, nutritional research, beef quality assurance and so much more. Ever wonder who the geniuses were behind “BEEF! It’s what’s for dinner.” campaign? That’s right the Colorado Beef Council. Who knew!
The Colorado Beef Council test kitchen was spectacular! Kait and I particularly liked the sign about enjoying beef everyday… because duh.
While we were there, they split us up into different groups so that we could each experience a little about cooking beef in various ways. We worked hands-on with the chefs to learn how to prep, cook, carve and plate a beautiful rib roast like the professionals!
In my group, I seasoned the beef, while Bailey prepared the topping and Amanda seared the edges. We made a great team. 🙂 During my cooking experience, not only did I learn a little about how to prepare and cook beef, I also learned about why beef sold at Sprouts is a cut above the rest.
Did you know?
- Sprouts has meat cutters that will cut your special order?
- Sprouts grinds their own meat in house?
- Sprouts makes their own sausage?
- Sprouts has options for all-natural, free-range, no added hormones, no antibiotics, vegetarian fed, humanely raised, grass-fed, organic meats?
At one point during the event we were all chatting about the butcher shop at Sprouts. Jenny shared a recent Sprouts success story with us. She went into the Sprouts butcher shop and requested an entire chicken with out bones. “Did you know they will de-bone a whole chicken if you ask them to?” – Jenny. We were all pretty impressed by that!
Holiday Meats From Sprouts:
- All Natural USDA Choice Boneless New York Strip loin Roasts
- Gourmet Spiral Sliced Ham
- Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
- Fresh, Free Range, Organic Whole Turkeys
- …And more!
Sprouts helps out during this festive time of year with their holiday meals. Depending on your location you can order catering trays, centerpiece meats, and even fully prepared meals! To make your event a breeze just order at the deli counter or online!
The meals come with all the trimmings – just heat, serve and enjoy! At my local store I could order 4 full holiday meals. I was very impressed with the selection and (in typical Sprouts fashion) the great price! For example, the all natural turkey meal serves 6-8 people and includes antibiotic-free, oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, old fashioned stuffing, broccoli au gratin, home-style gravy, cranberry sauce, and hawaiian dinner rolls for just $69.99!
To end the fun event, the Colorado Beef Council and Sprouts sent us home with a gift bag of goodies from Sprouts and some helpful handouts about cooking with beef. I currently have a stack of papers sitting here on my desk all about beef. I am going to be a beef expert in no time.
While this “meatup” taught me all things beef, I am currently in turkey mode – since Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Although, I am no expert on turkey, luckily I don’t need to be since Sprouts offers the best quality options – they do the work for me. I can rest assured I am getting high-quality meat from them. How do I know? Well, I just opened up my weekly add to find fresh, free range, organic turkeys for $2.99 a pound! You can’t beat that!
Turkeys, broths, and stuffing… Sprouts has everything you need for healthy and happy holidays!