Monday, August 9, 2010

Chili con Lamb

This is one of those compositions of foods that is even tastier to reheat and eat as a leftover. I have my talented sister to thank for the inspiration of this recipe since she holds the secret to the best Bolognese Sauce there is. The secret is to finely chop the vegetables and allow them to sweat and develop delectable flavours. It is not to be hurried.

Chili con Lamb
500g minced lamb
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
1 can/400g chopped tomatoes
1 can/410g kidney beans
1/2 tube/50g tomato puree
1/4tsp dried chili flakes
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Heat a large pan with some butter and add the celery, carrot, and garlic. Leave until the onion starts to get translucent – stir occasionally. Add some water if needed. Then add the rest of the ingredients and enough sea salt and black pepper to get the best taste out of the stew.Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for about 10-15minutes. Serves 4

Enjoy the Chili on its own or serve with rye bread, whole grain pasta or rice. This dish is protein rich with both its kidney beans and lamb. Even though lamb is consider one of the best meats it still contains saturated fat that needs to be kept to a minimum. Try to keep your red meat intake to no more than 2 servings a week and get your protein from other sources the rest of the week such as; legumes, egg, chicken, fish, nuts and seeds, and quinoa (one of the best).

HEALTH BENEFITS of Lamb: Lamb is a great source of protein and selenium; essential for muscle built, and the health of skin, hair and nails. It is rich in vitamin B12; essential for proper digestion, absorption of food, and the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Lamb is also a good source of zinc that works to increase the function of your immune system. The best lamb is organically grown without the use of hormones and antibiotics.

If there are any recipes that you would like a healthier twist on or if you have one specific ingredient you would like to get a few recipes ideas on; please add a comment or contact me via email and I will be more than happy to experiment and come up with something delicious, healthy and nourishing for you to enjoy.

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