Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One Pot Lamb and Spinach

One Pot Lamb and Spinach
Some weeknights call for a one pot meal that requires a minimum and chopping and slicing and generally allows you to be lazy but get great results.

One of my fallbacks is a dish that I learnt from Mr Canbella's mother that was originally called Shepard's Spinach. It's easy, delicious and pretty wholesome. It's not a light dish, speaking in terms of fat and calories, so it pays to keep portion size small to moderate.

I've made a few ingredient swaps to suit our tastes and what we keep in the pantry, but it's basically the same dish. I like to serve it with a homemade white bean and garlic dip to add a different temperature and texture to the dish.

One Pot Lamb and Spinach
Serves 4

20g Olive Oil Nuttelex
20ml Olive Oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 brown onion, diced
1 red onion, diced
2 Tbs Morroccan seasoning mix
1 Tbs low sugar ketchup
1/2 cup tomato juice from canned cherry tomatoes
250g lamb mince
120g short grain rice
250ml water or beef stock
Zest of one lemon
1 packet baby spinach
Lemon wedges to serve
4 Tbs parsley, to serve

White bean and garlic dip ingredients
1 can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly

2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup lemon juice
2 tsp morroccan seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot (I used our french oven), heat olive oil and saute onions and garlic on a low heat.
One Pot Lamb and Spinach
2. When soft and translucent, add seasoning mix, ketchup and tomato juice. Stir to combine.
One Pot Lamb and Spinach
3. Turn up heat and add lamb mince. Use a wooden spoon to stir and break up the mince, ensuring no lumps form.
One Pot Lamb and Spinach
4. When lamb mince is browned, add rice and cook for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. Add water or stock and cover, gently simmering for 20 - 30 minutes until rice is cooked and mixture thickens.
6. Meanwhile, put all ingredients for white bean dip into a food processor and pulse until texture is smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl.
One Pot Lamb and Spinach

7. Once meat and rice have thickened, add lemon zest and spinach and stir through mixture.

One Pot Lamb and Spinach

8. Remove from heat and serve with chopped parsley, lemon wedge and a dollop of white bean and garlic dip.

One Pot Lamb and Spinach

Ella xx

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