How to Cook a Lamb Roast

Do you know what to do with a lamb roast?

We don’t shop at Costco often, but when we do, I have to taste test everything they offer me. That’s the trouble with being a foodie.

When they offered a sample of freshly cooked lamb, I was dubious. It doesn’t land on my dinner table often because it’s expensive, and often not low in fat and calories.

Never-the-less, this day I was hungry and tempted. That lamb roast (not leg of lamb, but lamb roast) was in my checkout cart.

Lamb Roast

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Recipe: Savory Baked Lamb Chops

Before I share today’s lamb chop recipe, I want to remind you that I’m giving away 4 copies of Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This! Diet book, along with a sneak peak at his favorite low calorie lasagna recipe! Just follow the link and leave a comment. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 4th, so don’t miss this opportunity for a book with solid diet advice and loads of mouthwatering recipes.

Savory Baked Lamb Chops

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to food. I always find it interesting to hear what people like and don’t like. For example, my coworker can’t stand tomatoes unless they are cooked to oblivion. She picks anything red off her plate and throws it in the trash. My husband thinks curry dishes taste like soap, and I am not a fan of lamb. I find the flavor of the meat too gamey for me.

Wait! There’s more! Read on for the recipe . . .


Grilled Lamb Chops and Asparagus with Balsamic Berry Sauce

Sometimes you need to step out of the box and shake things up.

For me, broiling lamb instead of pork is stepping out of the box. Kind of pathetic, isn’t it? That’s my excitement for the week. I broiled lamb, instead of pork.

Better yet, I made my own balsamic sauce to go with it, and even topped it with lovely chopped mint!

I have to say I was proud of myself. The lamb was a nice change from the usual pork and chicken, and the sauce made for a pretty presentation.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Balsamic Berry Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops with Balsamic Berry Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops and Asparagus with Balsamic Berry Sauce

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces lamb chops
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries, no strawberries
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • 1 pound asparagus, thin stalks, trimmed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a saucepan add berries, vinegar and water. Simmer over medium low heat for 30 - 40 minutes to reduce. Mash berries into the sauce.
  3. Place asparagus on a baking sheet lined with foil that is sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Spray asparagus with cooking spray and lightly sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Asparagus should be crisp-tender.
  4. Remove asparagus and turn the oven to broil.
  5. Place lamb chops on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 4 - 5 minutes per side depending on how well done you like your lamb. According to ehow.com a meat thermometer will
  6. register rare at 135 degrees, while well done is anything over 165 degrees. Do not overcook or lamb will be tough and dry. Read more: How to Tell When Lamb Is Cooked | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2271826_tell-lamb-cooked.html#ixzz0znFg4eJk
  7. Serve lamb with sauce and asparagus.
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What’s good for me in this dish?

The best lamb to purchase is milk fed lamb. This is lamb that is less than 6 months old. They are free of hormones and antibiotics. However, this is very expensive lamb, so the next best alternative is grass-fed. They will be free of hormones and antibiotics as well.

Lab  is a good source of vitamin B6, as well as phosphorus and manganese. It’s an excellent source of protien. Lamb is high in cholesterol, so if you are watching your cholesterol levels, you’ll want to make this a treat, as opposed to a weekly event.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 336
Total Fat: 16.94g
Cholesterol: 79mg
Sodium: 64mg
Total Carbs: 19.26g
Dietary Fiber: 4.47g
Sugars: 13.45g
Protein: 22.76g
Weight Watchers Points 7

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Caramelized Grilled Lamb Chops with Fresh Cilantro

Sorry, I’m still not a fan of lamb. I know – I’m crazy according to most people. My husband is one of those people, so I make lamb for him out of love and respect, but not because I plan on eating it. :)

Caramelized Lamb with Fresh Cilantro

Caramelized Lamb with Fresh Cilantro

I found this recipe from Grill! by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson. Even if lamb isn’t your meat of choice, this recipe makes it worth the effort for lamb lovers.

I didn’t marinate these chops for 24 hours. I had one hour after work, and it was still fabulous, according to Mike. Still, I bet it would be off the charts if you marinaded the lamb for 24 hours!

Happy cooking!

Caramelized Lamb Chops with Fresh Cilantro

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 6 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp mirin, Chinese rice wine or sherry
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 16 single-rib lamb chops

Instructions

  1. Combine the cilantro, brown sugar, soy sauce, mirin and garlic in a shallow baking dish. Add the chops, turning well to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill or grill pan to very hot. Brush with oil. Grill the chops to taste (4-6 minutes on each side for medium) until the edges are browned and caramelized. Transfer the chops to a platter and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving with grilled potatoes and a green salad or steamed green beans.
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Sweet Apricot and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops

Lamb chops are growing on me.

As you can see from the picture, I bought a few thick lamb chops from Costco. You can’t beat the price and quality of the meat you can purchase at Costco.

Sweet Apricot and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops

Sweet Apricot and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops

I decided that lamb and rosemary are an obvious combination for a lamb chop recipe. Rosemary goes with almost anything doesn’t it? If you don’t have your own rosemary plant, you should get one.

The only thing I wish I’d had to add to these grilled chops were grilled apricots. Wouldn’t that be great?

Happy, healthy cooking!

Sweet Apricot and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ea lamb chops
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, minced
  • 4 tablespoons Apricot preserves, Low sugar or sugar free
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients expect lamb chops in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Place lamb chops in a zip lock bag with 1/2 the marinade mixture and marinade for 30 minutes, up to an hour.
  3. Preheat grill and place chops on grill. Cook chops to 150 or 160 degrees, depending on your likes, brushing with remaining marinade towards the end of cooking.
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NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 218
Total Fat: 12.28g
Cholesterol: 26mg
Sodium: 172mg
Total Carbs: 15.10g
Dietary Fiber: 0.78g
Sugars: 8.68g
Protein: 6.84g

Old Weight Watchers Points 5

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Saffron and Thyme Grilled Lamb Marinade

One of the sources of protein recommended by my doctor during my wheat and gluten free exile from food, is lamb.

We aren’t big lamb eaters in this house, but I’m learning that it’s really a wonderful change from the usual pork.

Saffron Grilled Lamb

Saffron Grilled Lamb

This recipe came fromwhatyouhavingforyourtea on Food Buzz. When you look at the calories in this recipe, keep in mind that you are throwing away the marinade, and with it much of the fat that’s calculated here.

Happy Cooking!

Saffron and Thyme BBQ Lamb Marinade

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 lamb steaks/chops/etc.
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (crumbled)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 medium red onion (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large freezer bag. Seal the bag and shake it around to coat and mix very well. Leave for at least an hour, up to 24 hours. Grill.
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NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 367
Total Fat: 31.80g
Cholesterol: 26mg
Sodium: 27mg
Total Carbs: 10.08g
Dietary Fiber: 0.70g
Sugars: 6.55g
Protein: 7.29g

Weight Watchers Points 10


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Heavenly Honey Mustard Lamb Chops with Grilled Yellow Squash

I’ve finished week one of my physician imposed wheat/gluten/dairy free diet. Yeah!

I must admit, I cheated far more than I should have. Sometimes intentionally, and often unintentionally when we would eat out, or I had purchased a food that had wheat hidden in the ingredient information.

Honey Mustard Lamb Chops with Yellow Squash

Honey Mustard Lamb Chops with Yellow Squash

Still, I made it through the first week, and now that I know what to look for, I can do better this week.

Tonight’s meal made this eating plan so much easier. A grilled yellow summer squash and lamb chop recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. How could I go wrong? Even better, the honey, mustard and rosemary glazed both the chops and the squash making this a very quick meal to put together!

Heavenly Honey Mustard Lamb Chops with Grilled Yellow Squash

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 small lamb chops
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, halved, seeds removed and quartered lengthwise
  • 2 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs rosemary, minced

Instructions

  1. Season chops and zucchini with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Combine mustard, honey and rosemary and baste chops and squash.
  3. Grill approximately 7 minutes per side until chops are 160 degrees and squash is crisp tender, basting with remaining mustard sauce.
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Nutrition

185 calories

5 g fat

326 mg sodium

1 g fiber

Weight Watcher’s Points 4


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