Spiced Lamb and Lentils with Brown Rice

Spiced lamb and lentils is a dish that will truly warm your spirit on a cool fall evening. It's the kind of dish that will have you craving your favorite sweater and fuzzy socks. Warm, fragrant spices, rich lamb and hearty lentils come together in a saucy blend of flavor. This spicy goodness served over brown rice is one of the most nutrient-dense dinners I have ever crafted. And don't forget the fresh herbs on top; they transform this dish!

Spiced Lamb and Lentils

Ingredients

1 lb ground lamb
2 cups Green Lentils (Simple Truth Organic at Krogers is ONLY $2.69!)
1 32oz Chicken Broth (Simple Truth Organic at Krogers is ONLY $1.99!)
1 Onion, medium, finely chopped
1 Carrot, medium
3 Garlic Cloves
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Brown Rice

Seasoning Mix
3 Tsp Paprika
2 Tb Coriander
4 Tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 Tsp Sea salt

Fresh Herbs
Mint
Flat Leaf Parsley
Cilantro

Garnish
Feta Cheese (not shown in picture but so delicious!)

Directions

Lamb and Lentils- Saute Root Vegetables

Chop onion, carrot and garlic. Set the dutch oven to medium heat. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil in the pan. Saute onions, carrots, and garlic together. ENJOY the smells as they begin to fill the kitchen! It doesn't get any better than this.

Lamb and Lentils- Seasoning

 

Turn up the heat a bit and add the ground lamb. The lamb should brown nicely with little bits of flavor collecting at the bottom of the pan. Mix the seasoning together and add to lamb mixture. It will turn a gorgeous, deep crimson color.

 

Lame and Lentils- Adding Lentils

Rinse the lentils and then add them in with the lamb. Add the chicken broth. It will look like a lot but the lentils absorb a lot. Bring to a boil, turn down to low heat and let simmer with the lid on. It will take a good hour to an hour and a half to come together.

This is a great "make a night ahead" meal or a weekend supper on a cool evening. Serve over brown rice. Add the chicken broth. It will look like a lot but the lentils absorb a lot. Bring to a boil, turn down to low heat and let simmer with the lid on.

Garnish with fresh herbs and feta. Oohhh and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce would be amazing too. Don't forget a side of veggies! Serve with a fresh cucumber and tomato salad with parsley and mint.

Lamb and Lentils- Served with Brown rice

Nutrition

Lamb is a delicious source of protein (28 grams per 4 oz!), excellent source of B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, and choline. Selenium helps support normal thyroid function, choline supports brain development and a healthy metabolism, and Zinc supports the immune system and cellular functions.

Lentils are the smallest nutritional powerhouses ever! They are high in protein with 18 grams of protein per cup. They also contain folate, fiber, iron, B vitamins, zinc, and potassium. And studies have shown that the fiber and protein in lentils help stabilize blood sugar, great news for those who are diabetic or sensitive to sugar.

Brown rice might take some getting used to for those of us who were raised with the fluffy, white variety, but brown rice is so much more nutritious! Brown rice is full of fiber and selenium (remember- think thyroid function!), energy producing manganese, and studies show that brown rice may lower cholesterol.

Each one of these foods are incredibly nutrient-dense, and yet when lamb and lentils are combined with brown rice, it makes the most nutrient-dense dinner of all times!!

 

Substitutions

Meat If lamb is a bit too earthy for you or you can't find ground lamb in your store, you could easily substitute ground beef. I wouldn't do turkey or chicken though... I think it would get a little dry.

Vegetarian Options Try replacing the lamb with chickpeas. It won't have quite the depth of flavor, but it would still be fantastic. Chickpeas have loads of protein (15 grams per cup) and loads of fiber (13 grams per cup.) They also contain 50% of daily potassium needs, 21% calcium, 13% vitamin C, 69% iron, 55% vitamin B-6 and 57% magnesium. Wow, right?! Also, replace the chicken broth with veggie broth and you are good to go with this dish!

Spiced Lamb and Lentils
Spiced Lamb and Lentils

Spiced Lamb and Lentils with Brown Rice

October 27, 2016

Spiced lamb and lentils is a dish that will truly warm your soul on a cool fall evening. It's the kind of dish that will have you craving your favorite sweater and fuzzy socks. Warm, fragrant spices, rich lamb and hearty lentils come together in a saucy blend of flavor. This over brown rice is one of the most nutrient-dense dinners I have ever crafted. And don't forget the fresh herbs on top; they transform this dish!

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients

1 lb ground lamb

2 cups Green Lentils (Simple Truth Organic at Krogers is ONLY $2.69!)

1 32oz Chicken Broth (Simple Truth Organic at Krogers is ONLY $1.99!)

1 Onion, medium, finely chopped

1 Carrot, medium

3 Garlic Cloves

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup Brown Rice

Seasoning Mix

3 Tsp Paprika

2 Tb Coriander

4 Tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 1/2 Tsp Sea salt

Fresh Herbs

Mint

Flat Leaf Parsley

Cilantro

Garnish

Feta Cheese (not shown in picture but so delicious!)

Directions

1Chop onion, carrot and garlic.

2Set the dutch oven to medium heat.

3Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil in the pan.

4Saute onions, carrots, and garlic together. ENJOY the smells as they begin to fill the kitchen! It doesn't get any better than this.

5Turn up the heat a bit and add the ground lamb. The lamb should brown nicely with little bits of flavor collecting at the bottom of the pan.

6Mix the seasoning together and add to lamb mixture. It will turn a gorgeous, deep crimson color.

7Rinse the lentils and then add them in with the lamb.

8Add the chicken broth. It will look like a lot but the lentils absorb a lot.

9Bring to a boil, turn down to low heat and let simmer with the lid on.

10It will take a good hour to an hour and a half to come together.

11Serve over brown rice.

12Garnish with fresh herbs and feta. Oohhh and a drizzle of tzatziki sauce would be amazing too.

13Don't forget a side of veggies! Serve with a fresh cucumber and tomato salad with parsley and mint.

 

 

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