Holiday Hoopla

April 24, 2011


After a long and hot afternoon, we had Karen over for a rustic Easter dinner.



On the menu: Lamb Stew over Brown Rice


And grilled cabbage + zucchini


The stew incorporated another third of the big lamb leg we got from the Organic Butcher a few weeks ago. Karen paid for it, so we’re cooking her dinners with it until it’s gone! [It’s in our freezer]


Simple Lamb Stew

Serves 4-5


  • 1-1.5 pounds lamb leg, cut into cubes [could also use beef or chicken]
  • 3 cups broth
  • 1 lb of red potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen greens
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt + pepper to taste


  • Brown lamb in oil in the bottle of a large stockpot.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for an hour.
  • Serve over brown rice



I couldn’t quite finish my stew or all of the grilled cabbage, which was pretty crunchy and hard to cut.



Plus I was obviously saving room for the next course!


Karen brought a flourless chocolate cake, and the icing on the cake was the icing on the cake!




Delicious + divine. We all went back for small slivers of seconds!


We may have to open the windows to sleep tonight – it’s still hot!

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1 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Whoa! That cake looks amazing–I want a piece! :) Recipe much???


2 KathEats April 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

store bought


3 Baking Books April 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’ve never tried a Flourless cake. Is it much different than…well, a “floured” one? 😉

The grilled zucchini looks amazing!


4 molly l. April 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

but oh-so-much more than just store bought— hotcakes, am i right?!

they did the catering for our wedding— highly recommend them even just for a quick meal while errand-running at barracks road.


5 KathEats April 25, 2011 at 6:38 am

You are correct!


6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Grilled cabbage – never tried it but it looks yummy and I LOVE grilled zucchini.
The pics of the dessert and VERY easy on the eyes!


7 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I’m so jealous! I had a grilled zucchini fail last night!

Yours looks divine.


8 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Those grilled veggies look great! I actually really love cabbage so having a big hunk like that looks perfect


9 Eileen April 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

That is a great-looking lamb stew! We had lamb chops tonight. We hate to admit it, but lamb is really, really delicious.

Happy Easter!


10 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm

WOW, tell Karen her cake looks delicious! I’ve never tried grilling cabbage before… I wonder if it would work better if you were to marinade it for a while and chop it into smaller wedges. Hmm… I feel some experiments coming on!


11 Stephanie April 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

What beautiful food! Happy Easter!


12 Ellie @ The Mommyist April 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I can’t believe that cake is store bought. It looks too good!


13 Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

In my opinion lamb is the best dish for Easter! Your stew looks delicious and omg that cake is making me want another dessert right now


14 rebecca lustig April 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm

the flourless choc cake was probably inspired by Passover 😉 hah


15 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Did you just throw a big wedge of cabbage on the grill? How long did that take to cook? Did it get tender?


16 KathEats April 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Yup. We quartered it. It only got tender on the outer layers so I’d cut into smaller pieces next time.


17 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

Good to know, thanks!


18 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

grilled cabbage + zucchini looks awesome!

but let’s not joke around…the cake with the icing…that would be my icing, too!

Hopefully Karen is feeling okay and strong; she is in my thoughts and prayers.


19 Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Love the grill marks on the veggies. I swear, grill marks alone make me drool. I just saw a recipe for grilled romaine hearts with olive oil, bleu cheese, and pickled onions on top! YUM


20 Kayla April 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I love how your stew recipe doesn’t require boiling for hours – hearty, simple, yet looks amazing.

Question: What type of broth did you use?


21 KathEats April 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Concentrated chicken by Savory Choice


22 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

The grilled veggies look great! Never tried grilled cabbage before, but it sounds delicious!


23 Molly April 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Grilled zucchini is always a good idea!


24 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Karen looks great! I love her dress!


25 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

That stew sounds delicious :)


26 Chad April 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Kath – I want to compliment you on this unintimidatingly simple lamb stew recipe, which looks and sounds incredible.


27 KathEats April 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm



28 The Teenage Taste April 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Mmmmm…looks like a delicious meal followed by an even more delicious-looking dessert! I cannot believe it’s store-bought! 😛


29 Allie April 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Yay for the heat 😀 LUCKY!! The grilled cabbage and zucchini looks super fresh and yummy. I also like Matt’s shirt 😀


30 Katie April 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

The cake looks amazing! Karen looks so beautiful!

Glad you guys had a wonderful easter!! xoxo


31 Ginger&Rice April 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Gosh I just love me some cake.
Lamb is so tasty, especially in a big ‘ole gyro!


32 lynn @ the actor's diet April 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

i didn’t grow up eating lamb so i don’t really enjoy it as an adult but i wonder if i would like a home-cooked version? the restaurant ones are too fancy schmansy


33 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

It’s definitely an unusual Easter feast, but it looks incredible!!


34 McKayla (green groats) April 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

That whole meal looks mighty good. I bet it tasted great with the brown rice! I made a lamb stew last week ( as well, but I missed out on the potatoes!


35 Allison @ Happy Tales April 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

That grilled zucchini looks sooo good! Your easter dinner looked so simple and delicicous, thank you for sharing your memory with us!


36 [email protected] April 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

food looks delish, I love sleeping with the windows open, seriously the best feeling ever!


37 Anne @ butter and bear April 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

That cake looks amazing!! So did the rest of dinner, but I happen to be a glutton for anything chocolate. Happy Easter!


38 kaila @ healthy helper! April 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I loooove cabbage! But I always forget about it for some reason. I can’t wait to try it grilled…I never thought of eating it like that before!


39 staceyhealthylife April 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

That looks like a good cake. I think I might try this stew recipe bu use chicken instead of lamb.


40 Becky O'Brien April 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

If we had not eaten almost all of our leg of lamb for dinner (except for what is left over for my son’s lunch sandwich for work tomorrow), we’d be making that delicous looking stew! Will definitely keep the recipe on hand, though. Enjoyed a nice quiet dinner, then Frisbee outside (before the storm came) with our sons. Always special when we can all four get together. Happy Easter and Good NIght all!


41 Hilary April 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Yummy! Grilled cabbage? Never would have thought!


42 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

What an awesome Easter dinner! That cake looks amazing.


43 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

God, that cake looks amazing!


44 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

mmmm flourless chocolate cake is my favorite of all time! :)

looks like a wonderful family meal, Happy Easter! :)


45 Jess @ NZ Girl Runs April 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

That stew would be good in a slow cooker, I would just stir the greens in near the end of cooking. I will keep it in mind for the next time I want a slow cooker dinner!


46 Christine April 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I want a bbq for the soul reason on grilling veggies- my George Foreman grill isn’t cutting it!


47 Namaste Gurl April 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Mmmm, looks like you had a wonderful easter! Family really is the best medicine, no? :)


48 Alaina April 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

It was a gorgeous day today! Looks like you had a nice Easter. :-)

I’ll have to try that stew sometime! I don’t really cook with lamb all that often.


49 Hannah April 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Seconds of dessert are what make life worth living :) Happy easter!


50 Khushboo April 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Wow, just look at the texture & thickness of that icing- I would have gone back for thirds :)


51 Tasha @ Voracious April 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

Lamb has become one of my very favorite things to eat. Especially lamb chops, and lamb stew! This one looks so rich and hearty, what a perfect meal. Especially since it’s finished off with that stunning cake. I would have gone back for seconds AND thirds!


52 Mom April 25, 2011 at 4:14 am

Cute dress on Karen!


53 cathy April 25, 2011 at 5:17 am

so lovely to see karen – sending her positive vibes as she continues on her journey.
i’m with you: lamb on easter. much better choice than ham! so glad you had such a fun easter sunday with friends and family – what holidays are really all about.
on another note: just started reading “the help” last night – five pages in and i am hooked!


54 Lauren April 25, 2011 at 5:48 am

Karen rocks! That cake looks incredible. :) Happy Easter Kath!


55 Katherine: Unemployed April 25, 2011 at 5:51 am

take simple out of that recipe title; that is a work of art!


56 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

That stew looks fabulous and what an amazing cake! I love flourless cakes! Sounds like a wonderful, relaxing way to end out the holidays.


57 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

What a delightful meal!! And the grilled veggies look simply divine. 😀


58 Char April 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

I’ve never thought to grill cabbage before. What an interesting idea!


59 Rebecca April 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

Karen seems like one amazing lady! She looks beautiful and radiant in that picture.
Now that it is warm up, I’m going to start getting on my dad’s case to grill so I can try some of your grilled creations! I love the idea of grilling cabbage.


60 Dalai Lina April 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

I always love your food, but I really LOVE your porch!


61 Angel7 April 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

That stew looks wonderful! I am all about any kind of stew.

The cake looks good as well! Love the delicious blueberries on it!


62 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

Oh my gosh, that cake looks amazing! And I love using fresh fruit as a garnish, too.


63 Noelle Loves Oatmeal and Apples April 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I chop my cabbage (kale chip size) and bake it until it’s brown. Then add half greens half baked cabbage to my salads. YUM! Makes my salad sweet. Literally.


64 Alyssa April 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

That cake looks great :-) GF I’m guessing?? You guys should make an indian curry with that lamb…I love curried lamb, so good!


65 Casey April 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Karen looks great! Hope she has been feeling well!


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