Aside from being quick to make and deliciously tart & tender, the health benefits of these lamb steaks are a boon to savor
If you have an aversion to cooking meat because you associate meat preparation with a labor intensive time commitment, you’ll love this dish. Investment? About 10 minutes prep and 10 minutes cook time.
With so little work, you’ll have plenty of gusto left over to enjoy the wonderfully robust flavors of this tender lamb. Tart lemon zest balances the lightly gamey flavor of lamb, cumin grounds the dish and oregano provides a finishing floral aroma. If that sounds like a mouthful, that’s because it is! A tasty one at that.
Quick but intensely nourishing
Eating lamb a few times per month can greatly improve your health. Especially if you’re healing a compromised gut from an autoimmune issue or from an eating disorder. In either case your body will be starving for nutrients.
If you buy 100% grass-fed lamb that’s been raised on pasture the nutrients in your steak will include:
- omega-3s and omega-6’s (Conjugated linoleic acid/ CLA)
- a complex of B vitamins (B12, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and biotin)
- lost of minerals like, selenium, zinc, phosphorus
- plenty of protein
To get these benefits, do your best to get pasture raised lamb. Studies have shown that confined lamb raised on feed contains only a small fraction of the these and other beneficial nutrients found in grass-fed lamb born of grass-fed mothers.
What are the benefits of these nutrients?
Reduced body fat and improved lean body mass to start.
That’s right, eat lamb to help your body stay naturally lean. Lamb will also help:
- build a healthy immune system
- improve bone mass,
- improve heart health
- improve blood sugar regulation
- and again, reduce body fat and improve lean body mass!
Double the health benefits of lamb when making this recipe
Eating lemon peel has many health benefits too:
- it has a natural metabolism boosting effect
- it will improve your digestion
- improve your cholesterol
- support bone health
- and even amp up your cancer prevention, specifically reducing your chances of breast and colon cancer
I bet you’re ready to find a pasture-raised butcher and some organic lemons!
Make an extra serving for left overs
You’ll love this as a lunch idea, or for dinner the following night. Cook an extra serving, chop it up into cubes and toss it into my Lebanese Butternut Squash Salad With Goat Cheese & Pine Nuts or simply a bowl of Basic Savory Quinoa.
If you add the lamb to a pre-made batch of quinoa, gently reheat both quinoa and meat tossed together when you’re ready to eat. Mix in some fresh arugula, top with tahini and/ or plain yogurt, or even just some EVOO, parsley and fresh cracked pepper, and you’ll have a nearly instant mouth watering meal.
Serve alongside a basic side salad like my arugula, shallot and walnut salad in the photos, or for a more filling meal add a portion of grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet, or roasted veggies.
To bring out this dish’s Mediterranean roots serve with a dollop of yogurt, tahini or 10 Minute Homemade Hummus. Garnish with fresh parsley and/ or cilantro. Mix and match as you like, with any of these combos you’ll be in for an incredible meal!