Jazz Up Your Meals with this Unexpected Ingredient: California Prunes

You now have the chance to cook with this exciting and nutrient-rich ingredient: tasty, premium California prunes. With Michelle Dudash RDN, an expert in clean eating, we teamed up to craft one of a kind meals for your delight.


The Up-and-Coming Ingredient of 2018

California prunes has a long legacy of farming, cultivating, and delivering fresh and inspiring produce. Rich in vitamins and mighty in great taste, California prunes are the perfect go-to snack if you want something that’s both delicious and nutritious.

But what if we told you that the potential for prunes goes beyond just snacking?

The legendary quality of California prunes is recognized throughout the world—and now it’s easy to cook with tasty California prunes in your own kitchen. In partnership with Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), we crafted three unique meals starring California prunes.

Michelle Dudash—Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Michelle Dudash RDN is a leading expert in clean eating recipes. She creates quick and easy meals that are top-quality and nutritious.

As the author of the cookbook, “Clean Eating for Busy Families,” Michelle’s mission is to make it convenient for people to eat well and feel their best.

What Makes California Prunes Special

California’s 800 prune growers and 29 prune packers have invested more than 150 years in perfecting the growing and harvesting techniques required to deliver the ultimate premium crop.  

Nutrition Benefits of California Prunes

If you want to satisfy a sweet craving but you also want to keep health top of mind, consider prunes as a go-to choice for such occasions – here’s why:

  • A single serving (4-5 prunes) of prunes is only 100 calories, has 3 grams of fiber and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol
  • Research suggests that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones and help maintain good digestive health
  • California Prunes offer an easy, tasty and convenient way to include polyphenols, which act as antioxidants, in the diet. Boosting your antioxidant intake can help provide added protection for the body against heart, eye, memory, and immune system issues. 

    Nutritional data provided by the California Dried Plum Board.

Chef’d Meals with California Prunes

Our meal kits with California prunes are colorful, eclectic, and rich in flavor. Each kit delivers great taste, nutrition benefits, and unique concepts.

California Prune-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

This dish is so satisfying for the meat and potato devotee looking to add some greens, fruit, and flavor to their routine. The California prune sauce adds a naturally sweet pop of excitement to the perfectly-seasoned pork, while fresh sugar snap peas add crunch. With no added sugar, California prunes are a delicious way to sweeten your favorite dishes and support optimal health and healthy bones.

Chicken Curry with California Prunes and Brown Rice

California prunes make this dish pop by adding natural sweetness with no added sugar. The mellow, sophisticated flavors delight your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Spritz lemon juice and sprinkle in zest to elevate your dish to the next level. Roasted broccoli balances the plate and adds a healthy crunch. Chef Tip: For best results, try wetting your knife before quartering the prunes.

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

Don’t let this vegetarian masterpiece fool you because this is a meal that will leave you completely satisfied. This plant-based dish offers a variety of tastes and textures to wake up your taste buds. Cauliflower and chickpeas bring a savory roasted flavor while California prunes balance the dish with a touch of sweetness. Top with toasted almonds for extra texture and crunch.

Hungry for more? Click below to learn more about the dream team that’s California Prunes, Michelle Dudash RDN, and Chef’d.

Eating Like a Californian

Which California Prune creation catches your eye? Is there a special, unexpectant ingredient that you like to cook with? Start the conversation by leaving a question or comment below.