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Friday 26 February 2016

Lamb cutlets with cannellini beans and parmesan dressing

In the Northern Hemisphere Spring is getting nearer and nearer! Spring starts on Sunday 20th March and ends on Monday 20th June. Here in the UK the past few days have not been too bad and many have been out and about enjoying some blue skies and sunshine... So with Spring in the air, well in our thoughts, I thought why not enjoy some 'greenery' with our meal and enjoy this delightful dish. 

The greenery is provided by using wild rocket which is sometimes known as Arugula. Now we all know that salad greens are healthy, and that most are very low in calories. However, did you know that not all give you a good dose of nutrients... well Arugula/ Rocket is one leafy green vegetable that stands out as a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. 

Consider the difference between iceberg lettuce and arugula/rocket:
Arugula contains about eight times the calcium,
fives times the vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K,
four times the iron as the same amount of iceberg lettuce.
The choice is easy... start with arugula/rocket for a healthier salad! 

Here is what you need:
Serves Four
(16.9g carbs per serving)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 anchovies, very finely chopped
150 ml olive oil, plus extra for brushing
juice and zest of 1 lemon
4 tbsp grated parmesan
70 g wild rocket
12 lamb cutlets (approx 550g)
2 x 410g tins cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp white or red wine vinegar

Here is what you do:
1. For the dressing, whizz the mustard, garlic, anchovies, 100ml of the olive oil and the lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Pour into a bowl, then stir in the lemon zest, grated Parmesan and half of the rocket, chopped.
2. Preheat a griddle/grill pan (or barbecue). Brush the lamb cutlets with oil and season. Griddle/grill (or barbecue) the cutlets over a high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown and crisp.
3. Put the cannellini beans in a pan with the remaining olive oil and the vinegar; season well. Heat gently for a few minutes to warm through, then stir in the rest of the rocket. Serve the lamb on a bed of beans and rocket with the dressing drizzled over.

Thanks to Sainsbury's for the original idea here
I hope you may try out this dish soon.

Now is the table ready ...

... where did I put those place mats

Thanks for reading

All the best Jan


eileeninmd said...

Hello, the meal looks delicious. Thanks for sharing! Have a happy weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks Eileen, lamb can taste delicious, and great with a salad.
Have a good weekend.

All the best Jan

Gail said...

Your meals are always delicious looking and good for you too.

Thanks for visiting. We do love dogs and have some wonderful ones.

Have a blessed weekend.

Jo said...

Fabulous. Any sort of lamb meal gets my vote.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comments Gail. Lamb, although it can be more expensive here in the UK, does taste very nice!

Just love your dogs ...
Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks Jo, lamb is a great family favourite. Chops or a lovely roast, and I love mint sauce with a lamb roast, just great tasting food!

Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Looks very tasty. Interesting to read about the rocket.

Jenny S

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment Jenny. Pleased you found the 'rocket' facts interesting.
Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, this dish looks so good, Jan. I haven't had lamb in such a long time. Being Greek heritage, my mom used to make lamb sometimes for my dad when I was a kid. People either like it.....or they don't.

Have a nice weekend, dear.


Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks Sheri, I do enjoy lamb and my dear mum used to do a gorgeous Sunday Roast Lamb with mint sauce ... delicious...happy memories.
Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Lisa said...

Lamb is something we never but here. Graham did a food allergy test years ago and found he had a slight reaction to it, there are plenty of other things he likes so we stick to those.
Rocket has gained in popularity over recent years, I prefer watercress. Egg and watercress in a brown bread sandwich is lovely.
Lisa x

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for your comment Lisa. I agree if you are allergic to any foods - it is best and advisable to avoid them ... and as you say there are plenty others to choose from.
Rocket is very popular, which I enjoy ... but like you, I to like watercress and so many do not always think to use it!

As I type this, on Sunday evening, I hope you've had a good weekend

All the best Jan