Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Week of Simple Dinners!

We are back to routine with back to school.  The boys are in Hockey too.  Between homework, hockey practices, and work life has been crazy! But who's isn't right?

I have been compiling a bunch of easy make ahead dinner ideas, and simple on the run snacks.  It is my plan to share these with you over the next couple days.

Today I want to share with you a really easy crock pot recipe.  I found the original on Best Recipes Ever, (http://www.cbc.ca/bestrecipes/2012/04tagine_of_beef_with_prunes-mobile.html) then changed it up to work for my family, and work in my crock pot.

Here's what I did.

1 can black beans
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
4 onions, quartered
4 garlic cloves, sliced
6 large carrots, chopped
2 celery stalk, sliced
2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) coriander
1 tsp (5 mL) paprika
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) vegetable stock
1 can tomato paste
1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
1 orange
2 cups (500 mL) pitted prunes
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped parsley
1/4 cup (60 mL) green onions

Add all ingredients to crock pot except orange, prunes parsley and green onions.

Cut off 2 long strips of orange rind; add to pan. Squeeze juice from orange to make 1/3 cup (75 mL); add to pot. Set crock pot to high for 4 hours, then low for remaining time until dinner.

Add prunes; simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve sprinkled with parsley and green onion.

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