Chef Ray: Spiced Lamb with Chickpea Mash and Courgette Salad

This is a great recipe that is dairy free and diabetes friendly. It provides you with a good source of protein and also some great seasonal veges.

From: Freer, Chrissy; 5 Meals from 10 Ingredients In (Feb 17) Healthy Food Guide

Serves 4

  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • oil spray
  • 4x 125g lamb leg steaks, fat trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2x 400g cans no-added-salt chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 150g sugar snap peas, trimmed (or snow peas or beans)
  • 4 medium courgettes, trimmed
  • 1 roasted red capsicum, peeled, thinly sliced (see Cook’s tip)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Combine chilli flakes, dried oregano and cumin in a small bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over lamb leg steaks. Spray a large grill pan or non-stick frying pan with olive oil and set over medium-high heat. Grill lamb for 2 minutes each side (for medium), or until cooked to your liking. Transfer lamb to a plate, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Gently fry onion for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic and lemon zest and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add chickpeas to pan with ⅓ cup water and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Steam, boil or microwave sugar snaps for 2 minutes, or until just tender. Refresh under cold running water, drain well. Cut long ribbons from courgette with a vegetable peeler. Place courgette, sugar snaps and roasted capsicum in a large salad bowl with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Gently toss to combine.
  4.  Divide chickpea mash among 4 serving plates. Top with the lamb steaks and serve with courgette salad.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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