Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Debbie Had a Little Lamb

When I was growing up at home, Mom would make lamb chops. I never particularly cared for it. For me, it had a little bit of a gamey taste to it. As I got older, I would walk inside her kitchen and smell something wonderful brewing in that oven of hers. Sure enough, it was the lamb that I always detested. She made the chops only, where she taught me how to eat bone marrow as well. Best. thing. ever! So as my love for lamb increased, I began making it much more. I only use the rack of lamb chops because they're just fun to eat and the best part is - they're finger food, like ribs or anything else that has a "handle" made out of bone. I prepare mine with a rub and a touch of oil (preferably coconut oil for Paleo) or you can always use olive oil, consisting of salt, pepper, garlic, tons of mint leaves (fresh or flakes) and a touch of mint jelly to enhance the mint overtones. I got these puppies on sale yesterday while shopping and they looked too good not to throw into my cart.

Here are some health benefits of lamb...
  • Lamb is a good source of high quality protein and supplies the body with 60.3% of the daily requirement for protein. 
  • The meat is a good source of selenium, a mineral whose deficiency can lead to asthma attacks. 
  • Lamb is rich in iron, which is an integral component of hemoglobin and aids formation of red blood cells in the body. The form in which iron is present in lamb is easily absorbed by the body. 
  • The meat contains a high amount of zinc, which is required by every living cell in the body for healthy immune function, cell division and overall growth. It is a good source of vitamin B12, necessary to prevent a dangerous molecule called homocysteine from harming the body. 
  • It also promotes a healthy nervous system, supports the formation of red blood cells and prevents anemia. 
  • Moreover, vitamin B12 is found naturally only in animal foods. The niacin (vitamin B3) present in lamb provides protection against Alzheimer's disease, promotes healthy skin and keeps age-related cognitive decline at bay. 
  • Moreover, it retards the risk of developing osteoarthritis by as much as half. Lamb is good for health conscious people, as it is a source of ‘good fat’ in the body and has less saturated fat than other meat products.
The best thing about lamb other than eating it? It's the EASIEST and FASTEST thing to cook. Put your stove on high broil and watch them cook nice and crispy, flipping them on the other side after ten minutes. You'll have delicious crispy lamb chops with a little bit of rareness inside. It's great paired up with a chianti or pinot noir. 

Bon apetit! 

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2 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Nope. Not a fan. I don't even like the smell of lamb as it permeates through the house. Himself does eat it (rarely) but even when I consumed meat I didn't. And I cook for my partner - but not lamb. Or offal.

Deb said...

Definitely not for everyone. I had to develop a taste for it. It's very heavy and I think I'm paying for it now. O_o