Lamb has started to become one of the most popular meat choices in the food world. This is because of it's versatility, as well as good taste, making it a good choice for people looking to enjoy a wonderful culinary experience.
Lamb, technically, is the meat of young domestic sheep. Mutton, which is also meat from sheep, comes from the adult animal. Often eaten unprocessed, lamb is a type of red meat usually used as substitute for beef in many cuisines.
The popularity of lamb in the recent years can also be attributed for its health properties.
Health benefits of eating lamb
Because it contains a lot of protein, lamb is perfect for muscle maintenance. It contains all nine amino acids needed by the body for maintaining muscle mass, especially in older adults.
It is also important for muscle function as it contains the amino acid beta-alanine, which the body uses to produce carnosine. High levels of carnosine in human muscle has been associated with decreased fatigue and improved exercise performance.
It also contains a lot of iron, which makes it perfect for anemia prevention.
Slow cooked diced lamb shoulder
- 500 g lamb forequarter or lamb shoulder
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 1/2 ground cumin
- 1/2 sweet paprika
- 1 medium carrot, diced
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons tomato puree
- 1 vegetable stock
- This dish can be served with couscous and finish with toasted almonds, raisins, dried apricots and fresh mint
- Heat a large pan over a moderately high heat and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Sautee the diced onion for a few minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the lamb in small batches and brown.
- Reduce heat in pan to low and cumin and paprika and cook for 2 minutes. Add the mustard and tomato paste and stir. Add, carrots, stock and a cup of water, stirring occasionally until it boils.
- Cover, and let it simmer for 1½-2 hours or until the lamb is very tender. Stir occasionally and adjust the heat as required to maintain simmer. Add a little water or stock if needed to keep the ingredients just covered.
- Serve with couscous and finish with toasted almonds, raisins, dried apricots and fresh mint. Enjoy.
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