Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics come together to celebrate National Nutrition Month. This year is no different, despite being very different, as the whole world braces itself for a prolonged period of social distancing. So, what better time to appreciate the wonderful world of food and the nutritional benefit it can bring!
Flying the flag for red meat is lamb, of course. Yes, we all know it’s tasty, but did you know these nutritional facts about lamb? Here’s just a few reasons why lamb should make its way into your shopping trolley.
- Lamb is naturally rich in protein, which helps muscle growth, supports muscle mass and is also needed for normal growth and development of children’s bones.
- Lamb also contains seven natural vitamins and minerals – Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorous and Pantothenic Acid – that support good health and wellbeing, help reduce tiredness and fatigue, boost your immune system and support normal mental function.
For 2020, the nutrition nerds behind National Nutrition Month are asking the world to Eat Right, Bite by Bite with a mantra that quality nutrition isn’t restrictive, but that small changes to diet can have a cumulative effect on health over time. Every healthy nutritional choice is a choice in the right direction.
To really feel the effects of cleaner eating, be sure to also take advantage of your daily exercise allowance and go for a walk, run or cycle in the great outdoors. Or for those who prefer to remain indoors, bench-pressing household items – bags of flour, chairs, children, small dogs – is completely acceptable, we think.
Here are a few healthy lamb recipe ideas, which can be made using store cupboard essentials and delicious, nutritious, everyday ingredients.
Keto Mediterranean Lamb Stew
Suitable for gluten-free, keto and low carb diets, this Keto Mediterranean Lamb Stew by Recipes From A Pantry is an awesome one-pot meal that’s nutritious, satisfying and full of flavour, yet surprisingly easy to make! Simply chuck these everyday ingredients in a pot, stew for an hour, then savour the great flavours of Greece, from the comfort of your home.
Spiced Lamb Leg Steaks with Sweet Beetroot Salad
Not all salads have to be bland. Case in point: these Spiced Lamb Leg Steaks with Sweet Beetroot Salad. Featuring tender lamb leg steaks, which are best marinated in lemon juice, garlic and olive oil for at least 20 minutes – the longer the better! You’re then free to grill or pan fry the lamb leg steaks as you please, which are to be served along with this salad that packs a surprisingly sweet and spicy punch.
Vietnamese Soup with Lamb Strips
As healthy as it is tasty, you've probably already got most of the ingredients for this Vietnamese Soup with Lamb Strips lurking in your cupboard! Made from tender lamb leg steaks, cut into thin strips, which are to be simmered alongside a fresh selection of veg and essential cupboard spices. It’s easy, healthy and guaranteed to teleport your taste buds to Vietnam – what are you waiting for?
Creamy Keto Lamb Korma
Keto Lamb Korma, anyone? A creamy korma is a deliciously comforting curry. However, you don't have to stick to chicken! Instead, enjoy all the flavours you know and love from a korma, but with delicious, nutritious chunks of lamb. If you want to keep the whole recipe keto, simply swap traditional sides of rice or naan for courgetti spirals or cauliflower rice. Genius.
Fall in Love with Our Lamb Recipes
So, there you have it, folks. Our lamb-inspired guide to some of the best recipes to cook up this National Nutrition Month! But these are just a few of our healthy lamb dishes from around the world that have been created by people like you, for people like you to try at home – what are you waiting for? Take a look and serve up a storm this National Nutrition Month.