Christmas, Easter and the annual return of GBBO – some things are worth waiting a year for. Love Lamb Week (aka the best week of the year) is no exception, as lamb lovers from far-and-wide come together to celebrate this most marvellous of occasions. To mark Love Lamb Week 2019, we asked some of our favourite home cooks to carry out a series of love lamb challenges, to disprove common (and crazy) misconceptions that lamb is expensive, unhealthy, hard to cook and not very tasty! Our love lamb challenges included…
Budget: a tasty meal-for-two costing less than a tenner.
Health: a hearty recipe packed with protein, vitamins and zinc.
Ease: an effortless midweek meal, ready in thirty-minutes or less!
Taste: a punch-packing lamb recipe, perfect for those special occasions.
First up was Recipes From A Pantry by Bintu Hardy, with the challenge of creating a delicious lamb dish that was equally as hearty as it was healthy. She didn’t disappoint! This Fragrant Moroccan Lamb Stew is a nutrient-rich, one-pot dish that is super simple to prepare, yet full of bold and complex flavours. Overflowing with all that good stuff like chickpeas, almonds, spinach and of course, lamb, which are all excellent sources of protein and rich in a variety of important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B and Zinc! Find more hearty dishes with our collection of Healthy Lamb Recipes.
Next up was Hungry, Healthy, Happy by Dannii Martin, with the challenge of showing just how easy and effortless cooking lamb can be. The result? This laidback Lamb Stir Fry, which goes from wok to plate in just 20 minutes – without skimping on flavour and nutrients! Simply chuck in melt-in-your-mouth lamb steak strips, broccoli, baby corn, pak choi and noodles and bring it together with a soy, garlic and ginger sauce. Step aside chicken, beef and other assorted proteins – there’s a new stir fry in town and it’s DELICIOUS. Find more laidback lamb classics with our collection of Easy Lamb Recipes.
Lamb is expensive, right? WRONG. As proved by Hani Hanss and her Cheap & Cheerful Lamb Chops! But not only is this recipe incredibly easy-on-the-wallet, with the lamb chops costing just £3.85 – it’s also full of flavour, nutrients and is a breeze to make. Simply serve with rice, salad – or other sides of your choosing – and drizzle in a tongue-tingling sauce. Then all that remains is for you to sit back, count your pennies, invest in shares, buy a pony and think of all those other ways you can spend your hard-saved cash. Find more wallet-friendly lamb favourites with our collection of Budget Lamb Recipes.
Tie racks? Clothes racks? Tender Roast Lamb Racks, served with garlic mash and a shallot, white wine and rosemary lamb gravy? We know which one we prefer! So, imagine our delight when Supergolden Bakes by Lucy Parissi pulled out all the stops for our signature taste challenge. But not only would this recipe look at home in a MasterChef Final, it’s also surprisingly healthy and easy to cook at home! Perfect for impressing friends at dinner parties, or for trying to convince your parents that you have your life in check. Find more flavourful lamb favourites with our collection of Lamb Dinner Party Recipes.
So, there you have it, folks. Our series of love lamb challenges – spanning budget, health, ease and taste – to show you just how amazing and versatile lamb can be! So, what are you waiting for? Don your apron and try our love lamb challenges at home. Or join the conversation and see how other people celebrated Love Lamb Week 2019 by searching for #LoveLambWeek on Facebook and Instagram.