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One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus

One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus

Written by Denae with recipe from Salty Girl Seafood

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One Pan Salmon Roasted Asparagus
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut bottom 1/3 off of asparagus. Place on cooking sheet.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on asparagus, add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place Salty Girl Seafood salmon on top of asparagus.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until salmon flakes easily with fork.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley (optional) - Enjoy!
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Eggs with Everything

Eggs with Everything

Written by Denae

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Breakfast food is amazing! Not just for breakfast, but lunch… and especially dinner! So while this recipe may be called appear “breakfasty”, don’t deprive yourself of deliciousness just because the time of day. 

This meal always makes me think of Saturday mornings with my siblings. We’d sit around the kitchen and talk while I made breakfast, and for some peculiar reason it was always eaten in a cup instead of on a plate. I suppose those were pre-arugula loving days though. However, I will debate that it still does taste just a little better inside of  a cup 😉

This recipe has a lot of flexibility, which is always nice if you’re looking to whip something up real quick. Since I don’t cook by recipes (making it really hard sometimes to remember to measure and write stuff down when doing these recipes) I’ve done a lot of different varieties of this same kind of dish.

The beauty is that it’s general enough that you know you could throw whatever leftovers/veggies/meat/anything hanging out in the fridge, in with the eggs and BOOM you have a meal! When I made this recipe I had a bell pepper and red onion that needed to be eaten, so this was a perfect reason to use those up. The ingredients can be anything. Over the years we’ve thrown in anything from leftover steak, to frozen pre-seasoned potatoes, to food that was going to be tossed in a day or two if it wasn’t used. 

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Eggs with Everything
Cuisine Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Gather all your ingredients together. And chop them in to bite-size pieces
  2. Add the 2 T of olive oil to the bottom of a pan and thoroughly cook any meat or potatoes with the onion. Move those to another bowl and add the remaining 2 T of olive oil to the pan. Cooking the vegetables will vary depending on if you want them crunchy or soft. For soft veggies: Bell peppers soften about 10 minutes Zucchini softens in about 5 minutes Green Beans soften in about 3-5 minutes Tomatoes soften in about 2 minutes
  3. While the veggies are cooking, beat the eggs together in a separate bowl. Remove the veggies from the pan and scramble the eggs. Mix together all the cooked ingredients, mix in the cheese, and serve warm!
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Written by Denae

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I kind of have an obsession with shrimp. It’s not as severe as my obsession with coconut, but you can only imagine how happy coconut shrimp makes me! I’m also constantly on the lookout for making recipes that are easy, fast, and tasty! Aside from some manual labor on the shrimp, which can easily be avoided by purchasing shrimp that are already shelled and deveined, this meal is super fast!

The tart lime and flavorful seasonings make this dish a real treat. Although I always pick quinoa over rice, it can be served with rice and still be wonderful. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa (or rice) according to the instructions on the bag. I add the juice of half a lime to the water to give the quinoa more flavor.
  2. If you bought shrimp that wasn't already shelled and veined, these pictures will help you. Pinch the end of the shrimp and pull the shell off the surface, then remove the feet from the bottom of the shrimp. After, cut along the outside of the shrimp, just deep enough to see the colored vein. Remove the vein from the shrimp and throw away.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep pan. Toss in those shrimp and drizzle with the other half of the lime as they turn from gray/blue to pink. This should only take about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the drained black beans and drained sweet corn. Mix in the spices. Mix in the quinoa. Simmer until everything is warmed up.
  5. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro and a sliver of lime. Voila! Dinner served and family is happy 🙂
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Noodle Bowls

Make it Your Way!

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One of the easiest — and most fun — meals is a Noodle Bowl. Popular in many different varieties, I love to make and eat them. I also love the way I can toss just about anything that I have in my refrigerator into my noodle bowl and change the experience! This recipe is more savory than some that I have eaten, but I like the kick of the lime juice and vinegar. If you want to cut down on the acid, just leave out the vinegar and add an extra teaspoon of agave nectar.

If you are looking for a great entertaining menu, a Noodle Bowl Bar could satisfy all of your friends or family! So let’s get cooking!

Noodle Bowls

Serves 3-4

You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb rice or other noodles, cooked per package directions, drained and rinsed in cool water. Set aside.
  • Sauce — whisk all until blended, set aside:
    • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed organic lime juice
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil
    • 2 TBSP fish sauce
    • 2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
    • 1 tsp sriracha sauce, or to taste (optional)
    • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

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  • Toppings — choose as much as you’d like of any or all of the following:
    • shredded roasted or poached chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp
    • diced tofu
    • diced organic cucumber
    • diced organic tomato
    • shredded organic carrots
    • chopped organic jalapeño pepper
    • slivered organic green onion
    • chopped organic cilantro
    • chopped organic romaine lettuce
    • sautéed organic sugar snap peas
    • chopped roasted and salted peanuts

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Instructions:

  • Cook the noodles and blend the sauce
  • Pour the sauce over the cold noodles, toss to coat and then set aside
  • Prepare the toppings as desired
  • Place the noodles in 3-4 bowls, then top with desired toppings.
  • Garnish with lime wedges and sesame seeds,  and serve with additional sriracha sauce

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Don’t forget the chopsticks!

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan & Grain-Free Apple Crisp

Written by Denae

Warm, fall-infused, comforting, vegan, and grain-free. These all make the perfect combination for a delicious apple crisp.

My favorite apples for apple crisp are the classic tart Granny Smith, and the juicy sweet Honeycrisp. Since they are both firm and crisp apples, they don’t become mush when they’re baked. 

The topping is another vital part. Since trying to stay away from grains, I’ve had to experiment with toppings while I make recipes. Originally I started with purely nuts, then threw in coconut, then I found quinoa flakes from Ancient Harvest. These flakes have changed how I make meatballs, crumbles, oatmeal, the list goes on. 

Enjoy this warm and sweet dessert,

Lassens

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Course Dessert
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Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
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Course Dessert
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Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel and slice apples in lengthwise pieces.
  3. Combine the remaining filling ingredient in a bowl. Add the apples and mix together. Add to an 8x8 or 9x13 dish (depending how thick you want the dessert).
  4. After combining all the topping ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45-60 minutes; or until the apples are easily pierced with a fork and the topping is golden brown.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes. Can be served alone, with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

FALL IS HERE!

Written by Denae

It’s the first day of fall! Can we just stop for a moment and soak that in, please?  These are the pretty decorations and delicious treats we had to kick off this fun season!

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Naturally, a recipe.. or two.. had to be made. First, we’ll start with the delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip that I made.

I always feel hesitant to make something “cheesecake” like, because I am afraid of the cream cheese clumping up and the dip not looking very pretty. I’ve learned though, ROOM TEMPERATURE. So as you embark on this recipe adventure, make sure you give yourself enough time to lower the cream cheese temperature.

Since there is a pumpkin shortage, or at least an organic pumpkin shortage, you can use a can of pumpkin pie filling instead of pureed pumpkin. Since it has more sugar and spices already in it, I’d only use about 3/4 the sugar amount and then add spices to taste until you’re satisfied — just try to not eat it all while you taste test!

Enjoy,

Lassens

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Cook Time 10 minutes
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Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients, besides chopped pecans, until nice and smooth. With a spatula, fold in 3/4 of the pecans.
  2. Place on a serving dish, sprinkle with the remainder of the pecans and some pumpkin pie spice.
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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Written by Denae

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One of my very best friends, Melissa, introduced me to these meatballs. Since I don’t eat grains I decided to change them up a little bit, and I was really pleased with how they turned out — even though they didn’t have oats! 

We are big on making freezer meals, but did learn that these don’t seem to hold together week after being made up then frozen again. If you find a way to make them stick, post-freezer, please let me know! Otherwise, you’ve been warned 😉

These meatballs can be used several ways, but regardless they’re tasty! You can make mini meatballs and they are a great appetizer served on a toothpick. Or you can make them full size and they can be served over a variety of starches or grains. 

I paired this with the Gala Apple & Kale Salad and it was a hit! You can also pair it with:
Kale & Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Quinoa & Arugula Salad
Gourmet Asparagus

Hope you enjoy this delicious meal as much as we do!

Love,

Lassen’s 

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the meatballs.
  3. Form the mixture in to balls. (Either full-size for a meal, or mini for a toothpick appetizer) Then place in a deep pan, they can be touching.
  4. In a small pot, mix together the ingredients for the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over the formed meatballs.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Flip the meatballs, and cook for an additional 15.
  7. Serve hot with the sauce drizzled on them over rice, quinoa, potatoes, or by themselves.
Recipe Notes

Pair these meatballs with our Gala Apple & Kale Salad recipe for a delicious, and super easy, meal!

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Gala Apple & Kale Salad

Gala Apple & Kale Salad

Written by Denae

Gale Kale Salad_5-01Let’s be real here, we all love an easy salad. I think that’s the purpose of salad, right?

This Gala Apple & Kale Salad is super fresh, crisp and has a nice crunch. It’ll also pair great with just about any entree. If you want to pack a little protein, you can even add some shredded chicken and make this salad your lunch!

Hope you enjoy! Love,

Lassen’s

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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Dressing
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Instructions
  1. Slice apple in to bite-size pieces.
  2. Combine greens, apple pieces, and sliced almonds in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the salad.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese.
  5. Toss and serve.
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Pears to the Rescue!

Simple, Delicious, Nutritious!

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I have always love Bartlett Pears.  They are sweet and the texture is just right.  We would eat them by the dozens when I was growing up.  But when I left home for college I learned that some people did not love them like I did!  
 
Maybe you are one of those who haven’t yet learned to appreciate the humble pear.  So here are some great facts about them!
 
A medium pear has about 100 calories, and no fat, cholesterol, or sodium.  They are nutrient dense; high in Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  A single pear has almost 25% of the recommended daily amount of fiber!   Here is a brochure with pear facts and more recipes.
 
Pears are one of the few fruits that do not ripen on the tree.  They are mature, but still green, when they are harvested.  If you leave the green fruit in a bowl for a few days, you’ll see them begin to lighten to a nice yellow color.  Eat them before they get too yellow or start to brown.  Delicious!

Pears are Wonderful in Many Recipes! 

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Many times when I am going out to eat I will find a spinach salad on the menu that appeals to me.  I often order it, and I’m always happy with my choice (I have no menu envy when I do!)
 
When I noticed that these salads often only have four or five ingredients, I realized that I could make them myself, and now I do–a lot!  
 
So instead of spending upwards of $15 for a spinach salad, make it yourself!  This recipe serves 3-4 (2 for a main dish salad).

Spinach Pear Gorgonzola Salad

 

You’ll Need:

  • 1 package of washed, organic, baby spinach 
  • 2 TBP organic raw sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled organic gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 ripe organic Bartlett pears
  • Organic Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil, or your choice of Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Optional — Candied Pecans

If you’d like, you can candy your pecans.  I think it adds a nice crunchy sweetness to the salad, but it is optional.  If you want to do it, here’s how.

 

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In heavy-bottomed dry pan, pour 2 TBSP sugar.  Shake the pan to spread the sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Turn the heat to medium and watch the sugar as it heats.  Be careful to not let the sugar burn on the sides, where the pan may be thinner.  You can stir it around.

 

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The sugar will melt.  Right when the sugar crystals have all melted, turn off the heat and sprinkle the pecans over the top.  

 

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Using a spatula, turn the nuts over.  You have to move quickly to coat the nuts with the sugar.

 

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Turn the nuts onto a plate to cool.  I try to separate them as much as possible as I get them onto the plate.
 
While the nuts cool, assemble the salad.  

 

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Place the spinach on a plate, core and slice the pears, sprinkle the cheese and nuts over the top of the salad.

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I twisted a few grinds of fresh pepper over the top.  
 
Then just choose your dressing!  Lassen’s carries a large variety of delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressings!  I like the Newman’s Own brand, but sometimes I just like to use plain Extra-Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Organic Balsamic Vinegar with some freshly ground salt on top.

 

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And there you have it!  A restaurant quality salad with your own, gorgeous organic ingredients, including the humble and delicious Bartlett pear!
 
Happy eating!
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s
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Flashback! Cooking as a Kid–or with one!

4-H In My Youth

I know that 4-H in this part of the country (and many others) means hogs and steers, but my introduction to 4-H was with a group of my girlfriends when I was about eight or nine.  One of the moms decided to start a 4-H club for us, so we spent lots of time at her house learning homemaking skills.
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Sounds old-fashioned, doesn’t it?

And I suppose it was.  But I was just having fun with my friends, learning some food basics, and gaining confidence in the kitchen.  I did lots of cooking with my mom so it wasn’t all that new to me, but I loved my 4-H time nonetheless.  
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That 4-H Club experience helped me to not be afraid of being in the kitchen or of having my children in the kitchen with me.  So my kids regularly made salad or peeled vegetables or measured ingredients or made dessert.  They assisted with everything I was doing.   When they went off to college I knew they wouldn’t starve — or live on fast food — because they were comfortable in the kitchen.

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Some of my favorite phones calls when they were away at school were the ones that started, “Mom, how do you make…?” asking for a recipe.  (I always knew when it was one son’s turn to cook for his dinner group!)

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One of the keys to cooking with kids is to make it fun, not a chore.  Kids are much more likely to eat healthy foods when they have had a hand in growing, harvesting, shopping, and preparing the foods themselves. 

I always loved to eat this side dish when I was a kid, because I got to make the bunny face!

 

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We didn’t have a lot of junk food around our house when I was growing up–no chips or sodas–but we always had the makings for this kind of a snack! 

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Invite your kids into the kitchen!  It will be fun for you and for them.  Teach them how to use the juicer and the blender, the oven and the stove.  Maybe you could be that mom who gets a bunch of giggly girls together to learn to be healthy gourmet cooks.  They will thank you some day!

I found a very simple kid-friendly hummus recipe here.  I think I’ll be making this recipe with my grandsons at Grandma Camp this year!  (They love to be in charge of turning the food processor on and off!)
 
Enjoy the kids in the kitchen!
 
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Comfort Food to the Rescue!

Simply Stroganoff

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Once in a while an old-fashioned dish like stroganoff is what you need to feel satisfied!  I started making this dish back in college when money was tight, and it has remained a family favorite.  This recipe makes 4-6 servings.
 
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You Will Need: 

  • 1 lb organic ground beef–I love our Eel River Extra Lean Grass Fed Beef!
  • 1/2 cup organic chopped white or spanish onion
  • 6 oz organic mushrooms.  I used the white mushrooms, but other varieties work just as well
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 qt organic beef cooking stock, divided
  • 2 tsp Better than Bouillon Beef Base (If you haven’t tried this, you are missing something delicious for your flavorings!)
  • 1/3 cup organic unbleached flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lb organic ribbon pasta

Directions:

Bring 2 qts of salted water to a boil.
Meanwhile, start browning the organic lean ground beef, breaking it up, and chop the onion.
 
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Add the onion to the ground beef and stir regularly. When browned, if you did not use lean ground beef you will want to skim the fat off of the meat. Turn the heat to low and add 3 cups of beef stock and the beef base.
 
If the water has come to a boil, add the ribbon noodles and stir.  Keep your eye on them so they don’t boil over or overcook.
 
Wash and slice the mushrooms.

 

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Melt the butter in another pan and sauté the mushrooms until golden, then remove from the heat.  

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Put the remaining beef stock in a shaker cup, add the flour, and shake until well blended.

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Pour the flour/stock mixture through a sieve into the meat mixture, and stir well.  (The sieve is the key to a gravy without lumps!)  Turn the heat up to medium.   It should thicken fairly quickly.  Add the mushrooms and stir.

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I like to taste the gravy at this point to see if I need to adjust the seasonings.  I usually don’t add more salt, but we like a little pepper added. 

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Add the sour cream and stir to blend.  Ready to serve over the drained, hot noodles!

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I served the stroganoff with simple wedged tomatoes and stir-fried zucchini.  Love the colors!

Enjoy the bounties of the summer, including delicious beef!
 
Love,
 
Lassen’s
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Gorgeous Plums–You Can Do More Than Just Eat Them Plain!

A-Meen-O-Mum (I Want a Plum!)

That’s what one of my toddlers said when he wanted to have a plum.  Plums have long been a favorite at our house.  I like the varieties with tart skins and sweet flesh the most.  Peter likes the black plums best. But whatever the variety, when they are in season I always have some in my shopping cart.
 
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Recently I was looking for something easy to do with the bag of glorious organic plums that I’d brought home from Lassen’s, and found this recipe.  I made them, with my own changes, for dinner last night, as an accompaniment to baked chicken and roasted red potatoes (along with this recipe for kale and quinoa salad).  They got rave reviews!

 

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You’ll Need:

  • 4 organic plums, halved and pitted.  I used the red variety, but the recipe will work with any.
  • 1/3 cup organic orange juice — can use freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 TSP packed organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp organic ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp organic ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cardamom

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Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and spray a shallow baking dish with cooking spray
  • Cut and pit the plums and then place them, cut side up, in the baking dish
  • Mix together the orange juice, the brown sugar and the spices until blended.
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  • Pour the mixture over the plums.
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  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.  The plums will be hot and the sauce bubbly.
  • Serve warm!
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Best Additional Use For This Recipe:

Syrup for Ice Cream.

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Yes.  The spiced plum syrup that was bubbling in the pan was SO delicious that we cracked open the vanilla ice cream and spooned some of the syrup on top.  

It. Was. Fab.

I will definitely make this recipe many many times!  It would be great made with pluots, peaches, cherries, or apricots!  Or a blend of fruits–yum!
 
Enjoy the rest of the stone fruit season!
 
love,
 
Lassen’s