Prune Juice

August 10, 2011

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As I knew I would be, not two hours after that big ole salad (nearly the same one I had yesterday) I was slammed with stomach pains and hunger! Thankfully I had 10 sheet pans of granola to take from for a snack.

Clusters rock.

And I had a Siggi’s in the cooler to pair with them. (Unpictured: about 6 more giant nuggets of cluster!)

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My afternoon was lovely (finished the recon! Yeah! I took a mastermind to figure out – so glad I have one of those) and then it was time to bike back home. It’s SO COOL here – only 85* and it feels fabulous! The forecast doesn’t have a single 90′* day coming up!

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Dinner was simmering in the crockpot all afternoon! And boy was it good. I made this recipe from CD Kitchen that Karen brought over the ingredients for a few months ago. We just around to thawing the second half of the [lorganic = local/organic] leg of lamb we bought months ago from the Organic Butcher:

Moroccan Lamb And Fruit Stew

I absolutely LOVE stewed fruit!!

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The only changes to the recipe I made:

    • Omitted the onion and added a big eggplant in its place. Great decision – the eggplant was awesome
    • Karen brought prunes instead of dates and left out the apricots. I LOVED the prunes!! So succulent and sweet on the inside

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We served the dish with brown rice and sautéed spinach and topped it all with toasted almonds

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A little KERFweiser to sip [sparling water + beer mix to lighten the load]

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Winning recipe for sure!

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Going to chill out!

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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Smooth move replacing the dates with prunes (tee hee)! I like prunes better too. Looks delish!

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2 Cait's Plate August 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Okay. I LOVE prunes! And people think I’m weird for it and tell me that I’m not a 90 year old woman so I shouldn’t be eating them! Haha. Next time that comes up I am pointing people to this recipe in support of my love!!

Enjoy your (cool) night. SO glad the temps are lowering a bit lately, couldn’t take that heat for much longer!

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3 Angel7 August 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

That Moroccan Lamb and Fruit Stew packed a powerful punch!

I like the texture of prunes.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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4 Maggie August 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

You sure can do amazing things with a crockpot.

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5 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing August 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

For some reason, stewed fruit is not my favorite! I feel like a weirdo. But I love my crockpot — take my kitchen, but don’t take my crockpot! ;)

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6 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I love prunes! They’re so juicy. Prune juice, on the other hand- ewwww!

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7 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Yum! I have never had stewed prunes before, but love dates, apples and apricots stewed with meats and such. What a great looking dish :)

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8 Emma (Namaste Everyday) August 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

“lorganic” – you should patent that term! that’s perfect, I shall begin to incorporate it into my own vocab lol

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9 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Wow, that sounds really incredible! Very different from anything I’ve ever tried making!

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10 Hannah August 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Love your enthusiasm, because the reason I got into cooking as a tween was because I thought that, if I cooked dinner, I’d never have to eat mum’s lamb and prune casserole again :P

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11 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 10, 2011 at 8:24 pm

That looks like a meal straight from a restaurant!

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12 Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

The stew looks so flavorful! I love cooking with my crockpot, it makes everything easier & I’ve yet to make something I didn’t like.

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13 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Ok I have a potty brain b/c the minute someone says prune juice, there is only one thing that comes to mind…lol

The meal looks divine, lovely, Kath!

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14 Dee August 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Oh em gee. All of these cooked fruit dishes are killing me today. YUM!

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15 Amy* August 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I’m jealous of your cool weather! Send some of that in my direction!*

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16 Baking N Books August 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I should use my crock-pot more…

Watching SYTYCD. What do you think of Katie Holmes judging? She is well-spoken. Not sure where they come up with these judges though!

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17 KathEats August 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Well I LOVE Katie – she is so gorgeous – but her comments are rather fluffy..

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18 Baking N Books August 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I know – actually I found she commented more on what they were wearing than the performance…and yes she is gorgeous.

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19 shannon August 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Did you read ‘The Hunger Games’ ? Katniss’ favorite meal, lamb and prune stew.

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20 KathEats August 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Haha – no way! I haven’t read it yet

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21 E August 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

Definitely make it a priority to read the series (3 books) – I loved them all & had ‘em finished it less than a week. :)

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22 Melissa August 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Hello Kath,

Can you please tell me how do you make your brown rice? I keep trying, and trying… and… nothing :-(. Although, I must say that i was able to do it right only ONCE, once!! I really need help lol. Thank you :-)

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23 KathEats August 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Get short grain brown rice. My favorite kind is Lungburg. I just do 2:1 water to rice and simmer for 45 minutes. It’s not my favorite grain, but the short grain is stickier and creamier. I hate long grain rice!

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24 Tt in nyc August 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Also search online for mark bittman’s rice cooking techniques, he has one for baking the rice in the oven in a covered pot ( genius!) and another way of cooking in a big pot of water just like pasta- his cookbook “how to cook everything vegetarian” will be the best book uou ever ordered from amazon!
Ps
Add a cup of v8 when cooking your rice

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25 Sonya August 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

I will vouch for cooking brown rice in a big pot of water just like pasta! It works like a charm! To drain the water, I use a colander and a cheese cloth to avoid having the rice escape through the holes. The rice turns out fully cooked and soft. I followed this recipe except I used more rice. http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Perfect-Brown-Rice

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26 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Prunes are one of those foods that have such a bad rep for being a nasty old person’s food…but they’re really delicious!

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27 Emily August 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The stew looks delicious! I always forget about the crockpot until wintertime but what a great way to get a home cooked meal on a hot summer day :)

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28 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

sparkling water and beer?? I’ll have to give it a try!

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29 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I LOVE prunes! I even add them to meatballs. So good. I bet the flavors were amazing. Yummy. :)

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30 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

PS. Prune + cheese sandwich = Kath would love! (I think) :D

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31 KathEats August 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Haha – That sounds great!

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32 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

the words “prune juice” make me cringe b/c I think of being forced to eat them as a kid but, in this recipe it actually looks good!

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33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Yum! I’ve never had lamb and am honestly not too big on the idea of it but that sounds sooo good!

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34 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

No shame, I love prunes…. Like a lot! :) ….Your kerfwiser sounds like a good thing! Especially on a hot day! …..Have fun relaxing! :)

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35 katie @KatieDid August 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I’ve never had a prune, I always associate them with issues down below if you know what I mean haha. So I’ve never given them a chance, but I like dates I’m sure they aren’t too different. Lamb is my favorite meat, yummm dinner!

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36 Betsy August 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I LOVE prunes, and I also love dates! I eat both daily – dates in salads, stuffed with nuts or all by themselves! I can’t even decide which I love more! My favorite chicken dish has prunes in fact – you must try Chicken Marbella from the Silver Palate Cookbook(even Oprah likes it! http://www.oprah.com/food/Chicken-Marbella) On another prune note, prune juice! Here is my version of Overnight Oats…. 3 ingredients
1/3 c. dry oat bran
1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 T prune juice
mix it all together, let it sit overnight in the fridge.
It becomes much more voluminous, sprinkle on chia seeds, or ground flax and maybe a scoop of pumpkin. A fiber-licious breaky-fast! Keeps me full for a LONG time.

Recipe for your crock pot Lamb dish? Looks divine!

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37 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Enjoy the weather!! It is gorgeous here in DC so I can only imagine how pretty it is in Charlottesville this week.

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38 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

What a grand dinner! That surely looks yummy! Very Morroccon-ish, if I may say (minus the spinach of course).

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39 lynn @ the actor's diet August 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

i love stewed fruit too! when i married my husband, i was introduced to the jewish dish tsimmes, which is essentially stewed dried fruit and sweet potatoes.

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40 Namaste Gurl August 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Mmmm, looks delicious as always.
Only 85? Sorry, but for me that’s super hot as in Santa Cruz 75 is considered hot!

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41 kaila @ healthyhelper August 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

This looks so delish! Love sweet and savory combos!

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42 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Prune juice always reminds me of my grandmother; she’d keep a gallon in her bathroom!! :X

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43 willow August 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I love, love, love your blog!

How useful do you find the slow cooker? My only experiences so far have been ridiculously large portions (there are only so many days straight I can eat leftovers!) and pretty grandma-ish recipes. This looks delish, and only grandma-ish in the prune part. So, is the slow cooker worth the cupboard space?

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44 KathEats August 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

I really like it when I use it, but I only do a few time a month. I would recommend getting a small one!! There are lots of smaller portion slow cooker recipes, and you can always halve the recipe too so it makes less. I used to have a 4 quart one (I think) and it was a nice size for serving two

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45 Kathy Hester August 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Willow, If you look around you’ll find more websites with modern (and even healthy) recipes in the slow cooker. On my blog I use a 1 1/2 quart slow cooker for breakfasts and a 3.5 to 4 quart one for dinner. Most of my recipes make about 4 to 6 portions and freeze really well. Mostly if I have leftovers I just use them for lunch the next day.

Plus it’s great for baking in when it’s summer – I have a pound cake recipes I make in it and top with fresh berries!

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46 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) August 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

I’m also a huge fan of stewed fruit, especially with meat — it is such a fantastic combo! I love this Chicken with Tomatillos and Stewed Fruit — its a Bon Appetit recipe that I tweaked a little to be a bit healthier, and include even more stewed fruit :)
http://eating-made-easy.com/2010/05/03/pre-partying-for-cinco-de-mayo/

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47 Justeen @ Blissful Baking August 11, 2011 at 12:58 am

Dinner looks delicious!

I’m glad to hear that it’s cooling down in Charlottesville – I’m moving to town on Monday from Portland, Oregon where we’ve only had a handful of days where the temp was above 85. I’m not ready to face the heat + humidity! :)

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48 KathEats August 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

Oh really!! How fun! We should get together soon

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49 Justeen @ Blissful Baking August 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Definitely! I can’t wait to stop by the bakery :)

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50 Khushboo August 11, 2011 at 2:07 am

That dinner looks SO delicious, I think it would have been on my mind all day knowing that it was simmering! The flaked almonds on top must have been a great touch!

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51 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 11, 2011 at 3:37 am

Prunes are the only fruit I do not like but they look so delicious in your dish!

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52 rumfunandsun August 11, 2011 at 4:19 am

I am just wondering what watered down beer would taste like because my immediate reaction is…gross.

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53 KathEats August 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

Well as a beer lover, that would be mine too!

It’s not watered down beer…it’s beer-flavored sparkling water. Different mindset. Big improvement from plain water.

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54 rumfunandsun August 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Okay, that makes me feel a little better about it! ;-)

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55 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 11, 2011 at 5:13 am

Yum I love stewed fruit! This looks delish :)

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56 robin August 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

75 here in Indiana and lovin every minute of it also. Also LOVE prunes…..

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57 allpointswhole August 11, 2011 at 6:44 am

That meal looks quite creative and delicious!

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58 Molly @ RDexposed August 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

OH THE HORROR!!!!!

Lamb? No not lamb! As a kid my dad used to have a sheep farm and we’d occasionally have to nurse a runt at home. I had 2 lamb “pets” affectionately named Kevin (Home Alone inspired) and Buddy (the only pet name that kids can think of).

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59 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love prunes and feel like such an old lady for admitting it. They’re so sweet!

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60 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

I love fruit in my dinner! I’ve never tried stewing them like this though. It looks good!

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61 Hillary August 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

I have never even THOUGHT to stew fruit before. A lightbulb just went off! Gonna have to try this ASAP.

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62 Jessica August 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

This looks so fabulous and unique! Fruit must add such a nice touch of sweetness to the meal!

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63 @stampylisa August 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

i LOVE your retro daisy/asterisky glasses!!

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64 Ben the Crock Pot King August 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Hi Kath,
Great Great Article!!!! Love how you demonstrated everything. I’ve cooked for a long time myself, and I like what you’ve done. And I don’t say that a lot, so whatever you do, please keep it up, because it’s obvious you have a love for food. Bravo once again!!!

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65 Shana August 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I just ate a handful of prunes today and was thinking about how tasty they are. I won’t eat them in front of people because I feel like such a dork but I really enjoy them!

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