Do you ever cook lamb?
I gotta say that I don’t.
I rarely even think to order lamb at a restaurant either. I do enjoy lamb chops when I think to order them.
But ground lamb sliders sound too fancy and complicated to make at home.
Thankfully, Healthy Family Meal Plans is opening my mind (and my family’s) to trying new foods and is building my confidence in the kitchen!
I saw these lamb sliders on this week’s menu and I just went for it… because they only required 7 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cook time.
Yeah! Not as complicated as I thought. And YES, they tasted fancy, but without all the work!
Plus, even if you think you’re too tired to cook, you’ll want to read why this recipe will help boost your energy, even while you cook it!!!
Lamb: Heart Healthy Protein
I knew lamb was a good source of fat-burning and muscle building protein. But, when I researched more about lamb for you, I found that it’s good for your heart and gives you more energy too!
Here’s the lean grass fed ground lamb I bought (for the first time ever). It looks like ground beef – food you’re kid’s recognize, so their more open to try it.
Grass-fed lamb is a significant source of omega-3 fats, which decrease inflammation and decrease the risk of heart diseases.
“Grass-fed lamb is a very good source of selenium and a good source of zinc. Healthy intake of these antioxidant minerals is a protective factor against oxidative stress and development of heart disease” –whfoods.com
One of these patties (4oz of lamb) can have 105% of your daily recommended Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is also known as the energy vitamin. Vitamin B12 gives you more energy overall, boosts your brain power, and fuels your body to burn fat faster.
So, eating these lamb sliders will not only be like eating a fun food (burgers), but you’ll feel younger and full of energy, have sharper brain function and burn fat faster… Just from eating a burger! This type of “healthier” burger:
Here’s the before and after pictures so that you can see they look just like burgers.
So doesn’t bacon make burgers taste better? Well, you don’t have to eat bacon to get the bacon flavor on your burger.
Not that Bacon is bad for you – IF you eat the right kind.
I’ve researched and learned about bacon fat and feel honored to know and sit down with the authors of a super interesting book coming out in January 2016 “Smart Fat”. I’ll tell you about it more and even share my pictures I have with these amazing doctors.
But just a quick quote for you here in case you’re not sure about using bacon fat in this recipe:
“As Dr. Steven Masley and Johnny Bowden point out in their upcoming book “Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get More Healthy” (Harper Collins, Jan 2016), what makes a fat “bad” or “dumb” is not whether it’s saturated or unsaturated but whether it’s toxic or non-toxic. That’s where organic and pasteurized come in. I would not recommend bacon—or any meat for that matter- that comes from factory farmed animals”. – Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, (The Nutrition Myth Buster).
My favorite “healthy” bacon fat to use if from Pete’s Paleo and local pasture raised bacon I find at farmer’s markets.
Iv’e gotta say, when I tried rendering / saving bacon fat from the conventional, junk-filled bacon, it came out dark with black fakes all over. That was a red flag that I was saving the toxins from the bacon fat and threw it away.
This is a picture of the rendered bacon fat from a batch of farmers market bacon that I cooked. See how it’s super clean looking. No toxic antibiotics or growth hormones here.
Note: sometimes my rendered bacon looks more golden yellow and that’s okay too.
Sliders – Skip the bun and the lettuce wrap
In this recipe you can skip the buns not only for a more fancy gourmet flavor. But to make your lamb sliders even healthier, naturally gluten free and Paleo.
No you won’t just wrap your lamb patty in romaine lettuce like most Paleo burger recipes.
You’ll try something new and make this salad for it.
Still use romaine lettuce but chopped.
Thinly sliced red onions will give this recipe a pop of color and taste.
The roma tomatoes will also give it a pop of color. Note: I went to the store and bought hot house tomatoes by mistake so I sliced them in rounds and then in quarters. Oops! Just one of those “mom moments”.
But, I did slice one round piece (on the right) so you could see what your roma tomato will look like in your recipe.
Sliced dill pickles will give you that familiar burger feel and crispy crunch.
Mint helps digestion
Mint goes so well with lamb. I see it at restaurants and in gourmet recipes.
Here, I wanted to mention that mint is also a great palate cleanser and it promotes digestion. Soothes indigestion or inflammation. Gives relief for respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and common cold.
Mint is also a natural stimulant. The the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get your brain functioning on a higher level.
Remember… this recipe is an energy boosting recipe?!! Just the right recipe for a busy mom and a too tired to cook kind of recipe.
Get more energy while you cook
So if’ you’re too tired to cook, take the 17 minutes to make this recipe and feel energized while you cook it. All you have to do is take deep breaths while chopping the mint.
Who knew cooking could give you more energy?! I love aromatherapy!
Cooking gives you an energy boost when your tired with visual stimulation and satisfaction too. Just look at this beautiful and colorful salad you’ll be making?
Again, take a deep breath of that mint and BAM – more energy!
Here’s a picture of the simple dressing you’ll make for your sliders. Did I say SIMPLE?! SO simple and delicious with the lamb and salad combination.
This lamb slider looks fancy but you made them for the whole family in just 17 minutes. You now have extra energy to enjoy some family time and still have extra, extra energy for that “me time” you want after the kids are asleep.
Prep Time: 7 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cloves garlic ,minced
- 1 tablespoon bacon fat
- 1/3 cup shredded romaine lettuce
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion
- 2 small roma tomatoes ,thinly sliced rounds
- 1 cup dill pickle ,bite-size slices
- 1 tablespoon chopped mint
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
In a medium-size bowl, mix together lamb with salt and pepper and garlic.
Form meat into slider patties and arrange on a large baking sheet.
In a large skillet, heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat and cook the sliders for about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked to desired doneness.
In a large bowl, toss the lettuce through the mint and set aide.
In a medium bowl whisk together the oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour over the salad and top with the lamb patties to serve.
Will you take just 17 minutes to make these lamb sliders so you can boost you energy WHILE you cook and and have EXTRA energy for that “me time” you want after the kids are asleep?
I’m addicted to cooking real foods and shopping locally at Farmer’s Markets.I am a health revolutionary who is writing this blog with a desire to “pay it forward in health”.This desire stems from love and my pursuit to make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing”.
I am a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach that helps women discover their healthy lifestyle that finally works so that they can transform into the healthy sexy and confident woman they want, and are meant to be.
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